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

What is the Virus?

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You have surely heard about browser hijackers or at least encountered some piece of software that falls under this category. Those are apps/software components that works as a part of the user’s Chrome, Firefox, Opera, IE or any other browser and imposed certain (mostly unwanted) changes to it which is also the main reason why they are called hijackers. Among the more typical changes are the replacement of the search engine with some obscure new one or the imposing of a new homepage and maybe a new new-tab page. A new toolbar might also get added to the browser in certain cases. The other very typical effect that hijackers tend to have on the user’s browser is that they oftentimes flood it with ads and redirect it to promoted pages during each end every browsing session. Such browsing disruptions and changes to the user’s browser can really be quite irritating especially if you are a person who goes on the Internet a lot. Here, we are about to tell you more about tone particular hijacker app – a software component known as . This is a new browser hijacker but a lot of disgruntled customers have complained from it and have reported that this is one extremely annoying and obstructive application that heavily disrupts one’s regular browsing experiences with its ceaseless stream of advertising materials, frequent redirects to unknown sites and unwanted and unpleasant changes to the browser. 

Bringing things back to normal

If you are going through a similar situation, then know that there’s an easy way out of it – you’d just have to carry out several steps in order to eliminate the app from your machine and everything will be back to normal. However, we should tell you that uninstalling a hijacker might prove to be a bit trickier when compared to uninstalling any other regular program. The reason for that has to do with the fact that the developers of such page-redirecting and ad-generating software typically program their products to be difficult to remove. This means that it’s likely you won’t find an uninstallation .exe file on the app’s directory or you might not even find a directory for the hijacker whatsoever. There’s likely not going to be an entry for the unwanted software in the list of installed programs in the Control Panel and in some cases even if you somehow manage to get the hijacker uninstalled, it might still return if there has been some piece of data related to it that you have not removed. For that reason, you must really make sure that everything associated with this pesky app is gotten rid of so that there would be no chance of the hijacker returning to bother you again. The good news is that, on this page, you can find a detailed manual specific instructions on how to fully eliminate and eradicate Also, inside the guide manual, we have added a recommended piece of software that can also help you with the removal of the hijacker in case you need the extra help or if you’d prefer the automatic removal method. So, if you need to get rid of, The Goodcaster,  “Pornographic Virus Alert from Microsoft” stay with us in order to find out how you can do that.

Hijacker distribution and why it’s important to avoid such apps in future

Software components that fall under the category of browser hijackers normally get distributed through different methods such as spam messages, fake or deceitful adverts, offers and web-links, pirated software, etc. In many cases, a browser hijacker could also get added to the installer of some free or cheap program and get installed alongside this other program if the user isn’t careful and vigilant while going through the setup menu. Always remember to carefully examine the installation menu for new programs and check if there are any bundled apps. In many cases, the options that allow you to leave out the bundled components would only be available under the Advanced/Custom/Manual setup settings so it might be a good idea to use those the next time you are about to install something new on your PC. Just make sure that you don’t allow any more hijackers inside your system. While they might not be some kind of dangerous viruses like Ransomware or Trojan Horses, their ads and redirects could easily land you on sketchy web locations where you might indeed have your PC exposed to such threats. Therefore, if you don’t want to get your files locked by a Ransomware or your system corrupted by some noxious Trojan, we advise you to keep your machine clean and get rid of Virus if you currently have it on the computer.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Browser Hijackers typically try to impose different (usually unwanted changes) to the user’s browser programs.
Distribution Method You can land a hijacker through a file bundle, a misleading web ad, through a spam message attachment or by downloading some shady torrent file.
Detection Tool

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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

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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. 

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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.

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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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  • 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.

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Open IE, click  Remove Virus —–> Manage Add-ons.

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

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Open Firefoxclick  Remove Virus  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
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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!


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