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In case that you have landed a browser hijacker on your computer, then you most probably have already seen how unpleasant this type of applications could be. As a rule, they usually place changes to the settings of your Firefox, Chrome, Edge, IE or other browsers and install to them a new homepage, a new default search engine, a new toolbar or some shortcut buttons, which typically start to redirect your web searches sponsored web locations if you try to use them. In addition to that, most browser hijackers tend to cover the screen with all sorts of advertisements such as banners, ads, hidden links that try to page-redirect you, pop-up notifications and new tabs. These activities are not intended to cause harm to the computer system, however, they may affect the productivity of your browser and even cause disruptions in its work such as crashes, sluggishness and freezing of the screen. This can happen due to the fact that the browser hijacker uses the system resources of your PC to generate and display sponsored ads. But there are some additional and even more important reasons to uninstall such software and to remove its sponsored content. We are talking about the risk of accidental interaction with fake ads and misleading links, which could be carriers of much more terrible applications such as Ransomware, Trojans and viruses.

In this article, we will discuss a specific representative of this type of applications called This is one of the newest additions to the browser hijacker family of apps and for all of you who might currently have issues with it, here we will explain how to uninstall all the unwanted changes that the browser hijacker has brought to your system and how to effectively remove all the nagging ads from your screen. You can do this by using the removal guide for the hijacker that you will see next. It contains detailed manual steps on how to find and delete all files related to as well as a professional removal tool for professional and quick automatic assistance.

The principle of operation of the browser hijackers

The browser hijacker apps serve the interests of the online advertisers. Their main purpose of such software is to generate and display hundreds of online promotional materials (banners, pop-ups, redirect links, colorful ads, etc.) on your screen while you are browsing. All this is part of a fairly common business model which is usually based on a certain remuneration scheme. This scheme is better known as Pay Per Click or simply PPC for short and its essence lies in the fact that the developers of applications can earn income based on how many times the users click on the promotional materials that the browser hijacker displays. Therefore, the more advertisements you click on during your web browsing, the higher the profit for the hijacker’s developers. This dictates the whole behavior of most browser hijackers and similar ad-generating software. However, interacting with hundreds of aggressive ads and dealing with automatic redirects may hide some serious risks for the end users because oftentimes hackers with malicious intentions often use online advertising as a means of spreading various viruses like Trojans, Rootkits and Ransomware. Therefore, clicking on everything that pops up on your screen may not be a good idea.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Most browser hijackers tend to spam the browser’s screen with various sponsored ads and page-redirects.
Distribution Method Spam, software bundles, free downloads, automatic installers, ads and torrents are common sources of browser hijackers.
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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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