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This page aims to help you remove Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Browser hijackers are not the most dangerous type of applications that you may encounter but we can say with confidence that they are among the most annoying ones. If such an application has somehow sneaked in your system and has started to spam your screen with hundreds of aggressive advertisements and to mess with the settings of your main browser, then you will certainly agree with us. In this post, we are going tell you about the hijacker. Here, you will find a permanent solution to the constant flow of ads, pop-ups, banners and sponsored page-redirects that this application may typically initiate as well as an effective method of removing all the changes made to your homepage, default search engine, toolbar and so-on, which might have imposed to your Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge, Explorer or any other browser that you are currently using. Our “How to remove” team has prepared a detailed removal guide below with exact instructions on how to uninstall the unwanted browser hijacker from the system. The removal process is explained step-by-step and includes detailed screenshots so it should not be difficult for you to follow the given instructions. After all, is not some stealthy virus, a Ransomware or a Trojan Horse infection and its elimination should not be a challenging task if you carefully follow the guide. However, if you have any questions or doubts about the files that you have to delete, we suggest you run a scan with the professional removal tool that is included in the guide in order to avoid making any mistakes that may destabilize your system.

What is the essence of browser hijackers and in particular? Are they dangerous?

If you are a user who is facing a browser hijacker for the first time, then you surely have a lot of questions about the nature and the purpose of an application like Luckily, these applications are not viruses and do not pose a direct threat to you or your system. In fact, applications of this type are usually perfectly legitimate and are not intended to harass you like a Ransomware cryptovirus or a Spyware infection. However, there are a number of reasons why the browser hijackers are classified as potentially unwanted and why the users may want to remove them. The aggressive ad generation, the browser changes and the automatic page-redirects are the most obvious ones but another one of these reasons is the method of distribution of these applications. Most users usually don’t have a clue when and how a piece of software like can get installed in their system. And this is mainly because the browser hijackers are typically bundled in the installation wizards of other applications that people willingly download and install on their PCs. However, since the presence of the hijacker in the installation package may oftentimes not be clearly disclosed, one may need to specifically click on the Advanced or the Custom menu in order to find and disable the added hijacker component. However, most people don’t pay close attention to these settings and that’s how many end up with such additional software without actually wanting it.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  You may notice some unauthorized changes in your browser’s homepage or search engine.
Distribution Method Typically found inside different free installers, software bundles, automatic setups and updates, spam, ads and torrents.
Detection Tool


If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 


Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.


Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.



  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).


Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.


Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

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