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 new browser hijacker which redirects the users’ searches to sites that advertise different products and services has recently been reported to our “How to remove” team. The app is called and it is capable of integrating with any browser, be it Chrome, Firefox or Explorer, and replacing its homepage or the main search engine with some sponsored ones which constantly generate aggressive ads, banners, page-redirect pop-ups and links. Additionally, the potentially unwanted software may cause annoying interruptions to the browsing activity in the form of screen freezing, browser unresponsiveness and sudden crashes which often are a result of the hijacker’s constant occupation of the system’s resources.

As most browser hijackers, may not only spam the screen with various ads and automatic page-redirects but may also collect browsing information and use it as a marketing tool. In order to generate revenue, the app uses various methods such as pay-per-click, automatic redirects and tracking techniques (such as tracking cookies and other methods) that allow it to monitor your browsing history, bookmarks, latest searches and similar traffic data and transfer it to its creators. This data is valuable to the marketing activities of the hijacker because it helps the customization the ads that get displayed on the screen of every user. And custom ads, in turn, help increase the traffic the linked webpages and generate pay-per-click profits for the browser hijacker creators.

You, as a user, however, may not be able to find any value in keeping a program like on your system. In fact, during most of your web browsing sessions, you may find yourself getting redirected to different unfamiliar websites or misleading offers which may trick you into purchasing some questionable software or products. It is not excluded that you may even face fake or hazardous content, including Trojan and Ransomware transmitters. That’s why it is very important not to click on everything that displays and keep your personal information safe by not revealing it to dubious webpages.

Of course, the best way to avoid such risks and to regain the control over your browser is to remove the browser hijacker from your computer and uninstall all the changes that it has imposed.

How to quickly uninstall from your browser?

A browser hijacker is a type of software, which is not malicious but could be tough to eliminate. That’s why, in order to successfully get rid of, you must remove all browser-extensions and help components that might have come along with this unpleasant app. To do this, we suggest you follow our step-by-step guide at the end of the article. However, make sure that you carefully perform each step because, if something goes wrong, not only may you corrupt your OS but also may come back to bother you again.

If you want to quickly remove the hijacker without any risk for the OS, it is best to download and install a professional removal app, such as the one included in the guide. This tool will help you get rid of the unwanted software in a matter of minutes and will also provide you with protection against other, much more serious threats such as Trojans, Ransomware encryption viruses and Spyware.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Your default search engine or homepage may get replaced with some sponsored ones.
Distribution Method Software bundles, different free download sources, torrents, ads, spam and shareware are common distribution methods for 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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