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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.

The representatives of the widespread software category known as browser hijackers (apps like are generally regarded as unwanted add-on components for different browsers (mostly Chrome, Safari and Firefox). They are different from viruses and are typically not programmed to carry out malicious processes in the system. Compared to a cryptovirus Ransomware, a Rootkits or a Trojan Horse, the typical browser hijacker is actually a rather harmless software piece. Despite this, however, the hijacker apps are still seen as unwanted and there are actually quite a few reasons for that. The first and most obvious one are the intrusive ad messages, pop-ups and page-redirects that such apps are likely to show on the screen of the computer’s main browser. This, however, is hardly the only annoying thing that a hijacker could do. In addition, such an app may set its own custom search engine and homepage address you your browser without really asking you for a permission. And, to top it all, any changes made by a hijacker inside your browser would be there to stay – in most cases, even if you try to restore the regular settings of your browser and bring back your preferred homepage, new-tab page and search engine, the chances are that the hijacker wouldn’t allow you to do that. Usually, as soon as you close the browser after having seemingly restored your personalized browser settings, the pesky hijacker would bring its own custom changes back and the next time you open the browser, you’d once again get faced with the unwanted modifications imposed by the invasive software piece. and what you can do to deal with it

The likely reason you are reading this post at the moment is the presence of an invasive app called that is presently operating from within your computer’s main browser. It is understandable if you’d wish to uninstall from your machine and liberate your browser from its presence because this is one of the newest hijackers out there. And, needless to say, the full removal of this software is pretty much the only surefire method of stopping its obstructive and unpleasant activities. In fact, there’s one other, even more important reason why removing this app is the best course of action in such a situation. We said at the start of this post that the hijackers aren’t really harmful pieces of software that are programmed to damage your system or mess with your personal data and we stand by our words. However, since the main goal of a hijacker is to make money through online marketing, it is likely to show you as many ads and redirect you to as many pages and sites as possible. The problem with that, aside from being incredibly annoying, is that it may sometimes contribute to a decrease in the safety and security of your machine. What we mean by that is you may get your computer exposed to potential carriers of Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware and other dangerous virus if you aren’t careful with the ads. Because of all that has been said so far, we strongly advise you to use the guide below which will show you how to remove and how to stop its ads from spamming your screen.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Unpleasant ads and changes in the main browser.
Distribution Method File-bundling is the method most commonly used for spreading this sort of apps.
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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