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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.

Browser hijackers are commonly seen as annoying and irritating pieces of software which tend to mess with popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox or Explorer and which can modify the way they operate. You may come across these applications when downloading and installing free software, torrents or program bundles but they may also become part of your system when you visit ad-supported pages and install some misleading updates or add-ons without customizing their settings. A recently reported representative of this software category is the so-called  This application, as per the information that we have, is a source of some undesirable automatic page redirects as well as various ads, pop-ups, and banners, which could be rather difficult to remove from the screen. is also associated with some browser changes which may include the installation of a new search engine, an unfamiliar toolbar or a homepage which may often display sponsored search results and promotional websites every time you use the browser.

From a first look, all these browser modifications, pop-up ads and redirects could easily scare any web user and make them believe that they have had their PC infected with some nasty computer virus or a malware program of some sort. Luckily, this is not the case because applications such as typically aren’t intended to harm the system or mess with the user’s privacy in the way that a real malware piece such as a Ransomware virus or a Trojan horse could. Nevertheless, despite not being regarded as viruses, the browser hijackers could be undesirable on the machine and there are some important aspects that you should know about them. To learn more about these pieces of software, we suggest you stick around and read on the information in the next paragraphs. There, you will find a detailed Removal Guide with uninstallation steps and some tips about prevention and protection against such annoying applications and their irritating activities.


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

What can a browser hijacker do and how dangerous an application like could be?

Applications like exist for one simple reason – they operate as online advertising tools and serve the needs of hundreds of online-based businesses and software developers, who need to promote their products, services, and websites on the users’ screen. By displaying various aggressive ads, pop-ups, blinking boxes, banners, in-text messages and page-redirect links, these applications expose people to different commercial messages and offers or automatically redirect them to certain websites in order to popularize them. This is a profitable advertising approach, which generates traffic and clicks to sponsored adverts and increases their exposure and, thus, the chances for an eventual sale.

Usually, the people who want to have their ads displayed directly on the users’ screen pay to the developers of applications like to promote their products. Every time the user clicks on the displayed sponsored content, revenue is generated.

Unfortunately, in some cases, in their strive to promote more and to earn more from paid clicks (the Pay-Per-Click scheme), the owners of the hijacking applications may overdo it with the amount of popping offers and redirects and may adopt some questionable marketing tactics. For instance, they may try to use their software to “hijack” the users’ browser by imposing some automatic changes just like the ones we mentioned above. They may also try to monitor the users’ browsing habits, search queries, likes and shares for the purpose of targeted ads generation and relevant page-redirect services.

From a legal point of view, such practices are actually mostly seen as legal. However, by running different ad-generating and browser tracking tasks in the background of your computer, the hijacker may actually consume a fair share of your system’s resources and also, after all, regardless of whether it’s legal or not, this is certainly a privacy invasion that many people might not want to occur in their computers. In some cases, it is not excluded that the hijacker may also provide you with modified search results. In its attempts to show you certain ads or promotional websites, this software may randomly generate links and page-redirect ads that may expose the users to some dangerous threats, such as Trojan horse viruses, Ransomware, Spyware, Worms, and others. This may also happen if you accidentally click on a fake ad which might be a carrier of a nasty computer threat. With all this in mind, it might be better to uninstall from the system and remove all of its components instead of keeping it there and risking getting exposed to unfamiliar or questionable content.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Difficult-to-remove ads, pop-ups, banners and automatic page-redirects may interrupt your web browsing. 
Distribution Method This program may get installed from software bundles, free download links, automatic installation managers, torrents, spam and ads. 
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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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