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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.

Regardless of whether you need your computer for your work, for your education or if you simply use it for leisure activities, you still probably need a fast, reliable and annoyance-free browser. And pretty much all modern browsers deliver on all these requirements. Nowadays, even sites that are known for spamming their visitors with too many ads are no issue because one could simply use an ad-blocker to stop most of the advertisements. However, if an app from the software category known as browser hijackers has somehow managed to get installed inside the browser you normally use, then you may have some issues while on the Internet. These issues mostly include uncontrolled generation of overwhelming numbers of web-advertisements as well as unwelcome browser modifications that may slow-down the browser – these are mostly replacements of the search engine tool and of the starting page. Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Safari seem to be the usual targets of the majority of browser hijackers nowadays but it’s possible to land such software on most other browsers as well. And once the invasive app is added to the browsing program there is not much you can do to stop the invasive and unpleasant activities initiated by the pesky app, aside from removing the hijacker. This is what brings us to the gist of this article – our main goal in this post is to help our readers take care of one very annoying representative of this software category. The application in question is named and the annoyance that it has brought is is likely what has lead you to seek online help and, as a result, end up on this page. If that is indeed what has happened, know that we’ve got you covered and the instructions you will find right below will help you remove and uninstall all unwanted components that it may have added to your browser.

If any of you are having difficulties with the completion of the manual guide or if, for some reason, the guide is not enough to solve everything in your case, you may want to consider trying the removal tool that is linked inside the guide. It is a tested and reliable program that is specifically designed to take care of many different types of unwanted software, including browser hijackers like

Be careful not to land another browser hijacker in the future

Even though the abilities of are nowhere near as hazardous and as problematic as those of a Trojan Horse or of a Ransomware virus, you are still strongly advised to uninstall the hijacker and to never again allow any such apps inside your computer. The main reason for this is the dangers that may come from the many ads that hijackers are known for showing. It is possible that hazardous viruses, Trojans, Spyware and, of course, Ransomware could be hidden in the sites that some of these ads may redirect you to. Therefore, remember to not download software from unknown or obscure developers and sources so that you don’t end up with another hijacker, which may, in turn, put your system at risk.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms In most cases, the hijacker will cause unwanted ads to appear in your browser and will also trigger nagging page-redirects. 
Distribution Method In most instances, you can land a hijacker after installing another program with which the unwanted app has been bundled.
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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