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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.

If you are constantly forced to navigate through tons of ads that constantly get spammed inside your browser and if the browser itself has had certain changes made to it without your permission, then it should probably not come as a surprise to you that you likely have a browser hijacker that’s currently inside your computer. A browser hijacker, unlike Ransomware, Trojan Horse infections, Rootkits and Spyware, is not a software piece that is supposed to harm your computer. It might be highly irritating, though, especially if you need to use your browser on a daily basis for important activities such as working or studying. The starting page, the new-tab page, the search engine and the toolbar might all get replaced in your Chrome or IE or Firefox or any other browser that you are using on your PC. Redirects to certain pages with advertising contents and different promotions might also occur. In addition, there could be different download prompts and purchase suggestions that aggressively try to persuade you into interacting with them and getting the suggested product. However, note that in many of those cases, the products that are being advertised might be of questionable quality or an outright scam. Oftentimes, there’s simply no way of knowing if a certain advert is legit or if it is a ruse supposed to generate quick profits for some online frauds. is one such tool that can be blamed for unwanted changes to the users’ browsers and for the generation of large amounts of advertising contents on the users’ screens during browsing time. It is usually best if this app is uninstalled from the machine as this is the only truly reliable way of making sure that its advertisements no longer show on the screen and that its browser changes are definitively revoked. Below, we have a guide which can help you with that.


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).



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

The reason a specialized guide is required for the removal of some mere browsing annoyance like has to do with the fact that most browser hijackers are actually rather difficult to uninstall through any conventional means. In fact, in some cases a special removal software for unwanted apps and programs (such as the removal tool we’ve added to the guide) might also be required for the full elimination of a hijacker app.


While not innately harmful, could still be a potential risk for your PC’s safety. As said above, the ads and redirects it could show you might be of questionable quality and it’s even possible that some of them might possibly land you on sites infested with Ransomware and other serious and malicious virus threats.

It’s simply best if you remove the hijacker as it’s also likely not something that’s overly useful or needed on your computer. It should also be worth it to keep away from obscure download sources and questionable sites in general as this would not only decrease the chances of landing another hijacker but would also make it less likely for actual malware threats to reach your PC.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Look for the ads ad the changes to the browser – you really can’t miss them!
Distribution Method Usually, file bundles are sued to spread such apps.
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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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