Remove (Chrome/FF/IE)


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

“ ads”, “ produced ads”, “ provided advertisements”, and other similar messages all over your screen could be the primary indications that your computer has been hijacked by an ad-generating software app called A change in the homepage or the default search engine could be some other signs that your Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer might have been taken over by this program.

You may also find that it is quite difficult to remove those changes, the advertising messages, the new tabs, and banners no matter what you do. If you already know what we’re talking about, and are annoyed by the activities of this program, we’d suggest uninstalling it. For your convenience, in the manual removal guide below, we have described the exact steps you need to follow to remove the invasive software.

Is a danger to your PC?

Remove (Chrome/FF/IE)

An ad appeared on your desktop and it has been constantly appearing with the address of is a Browser Hijacker application which does not represent a security threat and operates mainly as an ad-generating and page-redirecting tool. Generally, most of the programs from the Browser Hijacker category are perfectly legitimate, but studies reveal that this is not always the case. In some instances, such programs may accidentally prompt the web users to click on misleading links, or on fake pop-up ads, which may get their systems compromised with some computer infection, such as a Trojan Horse, or a Ransomware cryptovirus.

Therefore, whether you see messages, pop-up advertisements, banners, new tabs, videos or redirect links “Powered by” or by another similar program, be careful not to click on them. The main reason their ads, and the homepage/search engine changes related to them aren’t to be trusted is because they may expose you to some aggressive web content that you may not want to interact with.

In fact, due to the invasive activities described above, most of the web users often consider the Browser Hijackers as viruses. However, the Browser Hijackers are NOT hazardous malware and do NOT have the harmful abilities that threats like Trojans, Ransomware, and other harmful computer infections. At their worst, these pieces of software are potentially unwanted programs that produce advertisements to promote content from third parties and receive ad income via the Pay-Per-Click model.

They use some aggressive marketing practices to generate countless advertisements on the users’ screens in order to make pay-per-click profit for their creators. Regardless of whether you think this is a reasonable or somewhat invasive manner of making money through advertising, the fact is that such software does cannot directly cause any severe damage to your computer.

As regular web users, however, we should always have a choice on how to browse the internet, what advertisements to see, or what applications to install on our systems. That’s why, if you feel you’re bothered by this Browser Hijacker and its annoying ads, pop-ups, banners, and constant page-redirects, then you should uninstall the intrusive app.

How to uninstall

There are two basic methods to remove, and its components from your computer. One of the options is the professional removal tool, and we highly recommend it if this is the first time you are dealing with such software. However, if you think you can handle the manual instructions from our guide, which is the other removal option, go ahead and give them a try in order to uninstall the pesky hijacker.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  A change in the browser’s homepage or the main search engine are typical symptoms for browser hijackers.
Distribution Method Spam, freeware, shareware and program bundles are common distribution methods for browser hijackers. 
Detection Tool Removal

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

Remove (Chrome/FF/IE)

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. 

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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. 

Remove (Chrome/FF/IE)

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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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:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Remove (Chrome/FF/IE)

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.

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Remove (Chrome/FF/IE)

  • 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).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

Remove (Chrome/FF/IE)

Remove (Chrome/FF/IE)  Remove from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  Remove (Chrome/FF/IE) —–> Manage Add-ons.

Remove (Chrome/FF/IE)

Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Remove (Chrome/FF/IE) —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

Remove (Chrome/FF/IE) Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  Remove (Chrome/FF/IE)  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove (Chrome/FF/IE)Remove from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

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Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

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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!


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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