Browser Redirect


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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.

A large number of complaints have recently been received by our “How to remove” team in relation to the behavior of an application called . This application is a representative of a software category better known as browser hijackers and, luckily, it’s among the nastiest computer threats that are presently lurking on the Internet (such as Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware, etc.). However, its presence in the system may affect the way that popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Explorer and others operate and may be related to a lot of browsing disturbances. Most often, such applications tend to place changes to the main homepage or to the default search engine as well as to generate various kinds of online advertisements, such as pop-up windows, banners, page-redirecting links and ads on the users’ screen during web browsing. The reason is, all browser hijacker pieces of software are designed to generate large amounts of online advertising content on the users’ screen through their main browsing app with so as to ensure the effective promotion of different goods and services. Thanks to financial reward models such as Pay Per Click, the developers of applications like can earn money every time you click on a pop-up window or banner that their software has placed on your screen.

Oftentimes, this behavior may lead to panic in the users and to the wrong conclusion that is some sort of a nasty virus but, fortunately, this is not the case. In the next lines, will tell you exactly what the purpose of browser hijackers like is and, more importantly, we will show you how to safely uninstall such applications along with all of their changes and promotional materials that prevent you from using your browser normally. Below, you will find detailed removal instructions that will explain to you how to do that. But before proceeding, we would advise you to first read all the information outlined below and gain a better understating of this type of software.

What do and the other browser hijackers do?

In order to maximize the profits from your clicks, the developers of applications like oftentimes resort to some techniques that can be regarded as sketchy. We are talking about the possibility of the browser hijackers installing some third-party components inside the main browser in order to access the history of your searches and extract traffic data as well as to you redirect to different sponsored web locations. These are usually the main reasons why many people want to get rid of browser hijackers like the one that we describe and uninstall the imposed changes. Not only does this violate the personal space of the affected users but it is not known where the obtained data can be send after that and who may have access to it. There are even more reasons because of which it would be a good idea to remove such applications in your system. For instance, thanks to the random redirects, a piece like may land you on insecure web locations where nasty malicious applications and viruses, such as Ransomware and Trojans, may lurk but by uninstalling the hijacker you eliminate that risk.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  This program may redirect your web searches to different web locations, sponsored ads, banners and pop-ups.
Distribution Method Commonly found inside free software bundles, torrents, ads, spam messages, free download links and shareware sites.
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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