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Remove Virus (Feb. 2019 Update)

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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.

In today’s article, we will discuss an application called, which is a common source of unwanted page-redirects, different browser ads, pop-ups and banners as well as of some strange browser changes. The nature of this application is not malicious but its behavior is considered as quite irritating because it operates as a browser hijacker. typically affects the way popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox and Explorer function by placing some changes to their search engine or homepage settings, which changes are supposed to trigger automatic page-redirects to some predefined web locations and sponsored links. Usually, most browser hijacker applications operate on the basis of reward systems like Pay-Per-Click or Pay-Per-View and deliberately try to generate as many advertising material of those kinds as possible during the regular web surfing of the user. They fill the screen with different click prompts, the sole purpose of which is to make the users click on the sponsored ads and websites because this is how the developers of the hijacker can make profits. In this regard, applications like may also often resort to different aggressive advertising methods that may not be approved by the majority of the web users. For instance, is a browser hijacker/redirect which, once integrated with your browser, may gain access to all sorts of traffic data. This means that the application can easily view and monitor the pages that you visit, what words exactly you enter into the search engine, which sites you visit frequently and also keep track of what your activity is in social networks and different web platforms. All this information is necessary for the hijacker to determine which of its sponsored advertisements will be most interesting to you. Later, the application may begin to focus on those advertisements in order to increase the chances that you will interact with them and thereby generate more profits for its developers. Of course, many people may not be okay with this behavior and this is why in the removal guide below we will provide them with an option to safely uninstall and remove its sponsored ads.

Can expose you to security hazards?

At the beginning of this article, we mentioned that has no malicious nature and is not the same as viruses and malware such as Ransomware, Trojans or Spyware. This is, in fact true, because the browser hijacker representatives, in general, do not have any harmful characteristics. However, they may indirectly put you at risk of infection with some very nasty viruses, even if the hijacker itself wouldn’t try to harm your machine. This may happen mostly as a result of the random redirects to all sorts of web locations which you may get exposed to. The reason is, the malvertising method nowadays is one of the most, if not the most, common method of infecting computers with terrible viruses such as Ransomware and Trojans. Hackers can inject their malicious programs into various ads, pop-ups messages and intriguing links, and when the users click on such advertisements, they may get attacked by the malicious program. In this regard, we always strongly advise our readers to keep away from random ads and remove or fully uninstall any source of unwanted or aggressive commercial content, which can redirect them to unfamiliar web locations or low-quality sites.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Aggressive ads and sponsored redirects may be some of the most visible symptoms of this program.
Distribution Method Spam messages, free email attachments, ads, software bundling, torrents, free downloads.
Detection Tool Removal

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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