Browser hijackers like are not a direct security threat to the users’ system yet, a lot of web users want to remove them. Compared to nasty infections such as Trojans or Ransomware, however, these pieces of software are mostly harmless.

They do not corrupt anything in the system and do not contain malicious code which can initiate criminal activities. But, on the other hand, the browser hijackers can rarely provide any useful functionality which can benefit the ordinary users. In reality, such applications usually just take space on the computer and mess with the default browser (be it Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or another one) by generating various sponsored ads, pop-ups, banners and redirect messages on its screen. In addition, pieces like can be linked to unwanted modifications to the main search engine or the homepage domain, which can oftentimes be replaced with some third-party tools and URLs. As you can see, more often than not, such applications may prevent the people from fully using their browser, whether it would be for work, education or leisure. What is more, most browser hijackers can often have side effects which further add to the decision to uninstall them.

Through the advertising processes they carry out on your screen, these apps normally generate profits for their developers on a pay-per-click basis. However, in order for these advertising processes to be more efficient and profitable, the creators employ some aggressive methods to make you click more often on the ads that they display. For instance, the hijackers are programmed to automatically redirect you to pay-per-click ads and to display sponsored search results through its imposed search engines, toolbars and URLs. They may also keep track of your browsing history, latest searches, bookmarks, the content that you share within social networks, etc. with the idea to later generate ads that you are more likely to click on.

The other undesirable effects of the presence of such software on your PC, due to which you may want to uninstall, may be more serious. At the beginning of the article, we mentioned that this is not a virus application but, unfortunately, this does not exclude the possibility of indirectly getting infected with real malware because of it. All the redirects that you may have to endure because of the browser hijacker can actually be a serious risk for your machine as you can’t know how reliable the sites you get redirected ti are. That’s why it is very possible that some of them may be infected with malware. In addition, hackers often like to integrate different viruses and malicious applications, especially Trojans and Ransomware, in different online ads, pop-ups, banners and similar promotional materials. In this regard, we generally advise our readers to refrain from interacting with random online advertising content simply because it is not possible to know for sure whether this or that advertisement is a carrier of a virus or not. Therefore, in order to reduce the risk of having your system infected, we recommend that you simply remove and also get a browser extension that would block online advertising. In this way, you can protect yourself to some extent from unwanted ads and dangerous system threats.


Type Browser Hijacker
Detection Tool


You are dealing with a malware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to clean up and reset your browser to its original settings without the malware returning. You can find the removal guide here.

For mobile devices refer to these guides instead: Android, iPhone


About the author


Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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