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This page aims to help you remove Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Safari, as well as every version of Windows and Mac.

Within the paragraphs that follow, we will introduce you to a piece of software called This piece of software has been recognized as a potentially unwanted browser hijacker. If you have recently detected it on your Chrome, Firefox, Safari (or another browser that you are using as your default), on this page, you will learn more about it. does not represent a serious danger to your computer because it does not belong to any virus or malware category and lacks the typical malicious capabilities of a Ransomware, a Trojan Horse or other similar nasty viruses. However, having it on your computer may lead to serious disturbance of your normal web surfing, such as exposure to unwanted ads, pop-ups, and banners, automatic page-redirects and unresponsiveness. may lack malicious features but it may introduce some unwanted modifications to your main browser and replace its homepage or search engine, install some new toolbars and buttons or extensions without your approval. The main reason this application behaves this way is that it is programmed to push forward some sponsored tools, domains and commercial materials on the users’ screen during their web surfing. In fact, most browser hijackers, including are created to advertise stuff on your monitor and to generate revenue via pay-per-click or pay-per-view advertising methods. Your computer is unlikely to get damaged from such an activity but it is not excluded that you may get redirected to sketchy web locations or to accidentally click on misleading or potentially dangerous content. That’s why, even if is not a threat as nasty as a Spyware, a Trojan or a Ransomware virus, it is generally a good idea to uninstall it and to remove its changes from your browser as soon as you notice them. In the removal guide below, you can learn more about the steps and the methods that you can use in order to safely get rid of the browser hijacker without risking the health of your system.


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

Uninstalling is highly recommended

Getting random ads, sudden pop-ups and occasional page-redirects may not be such a big deal for some of you. However, there are people who may get really irritated by the never-ending stream of promotional materials, links, blinking boxes and browser changes.  That’s why those of you who find to be a source of unbearable irritation should have the option to remove it and restore their browser settings. The effective uninstallation of a browser hijacker like this one, however, may be quite challenging because such advertising software usually has the ability to reinstall itself again in order to continue its aggressive advertising activity. That’s why using a professional removal tool is the best way to scan your system and remove all the related ad-generating and page-redirecting components of the hijacker. A manual removal is also an option for those of you who know which files need to be deleted. If not removed correctly, however, a piece of software like may continue to spam your screen with nagging ads, interrupt your web surfing by adding some new browser changes and even prompt you to click on shady links and offers with questionable quality.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  You can easily spot a hijacker thanks to its aggressive ads generation and intrusive browser changes. 
Distribution Method Mostly found inside different free installers, program bundles, torrents and spam messages.
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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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