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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.

Most apps like are not something to be afraid of – if you have such a piece of software on your computer, you are likely to start seeing random adverts and experience unpleasant page redirects in your browser but there will probably nothing harmful that would happen to your PC. Some of the other typical symptoms associated with hijacker apps are the replacement of the default search engine tool of the browser or the changing of the homepage and of the new-tab page. Alterations of the toolbar could also occur if you have a browser hijacker the likes of on your computer. It doesn’t matter what your browser of choice is since most hijackers are compatible with pretty much any browser as they aren’t actual browsing add-ons. So, you might be a Chrome user or you might predominantly browser using Firefox (or maybe some other browsing program like Opera, Edge, IE and so on) and it won’t really matter because, as we said, a hijacker would be typically be able to add itself to any browsing program on your PC. And once it has been added to your browser, the irritation, the ads, the page redirects and the unwanted changes would start to occur. So, what can one do to handle this type of situation. Well, the answer is actually quite simple – just remove the pesky or whatever other hijacker might currently be residing in your PC and there should be no more interruptions and unpleasant activities in your browser. Easier said that done – most apps the likes of are not so easy to uninstall as some users might think before trying first hand to eliminate the unwanted app. Although it isn’t a Ransomware, a Trojan, a Spyware or some other nasty type of virus, a hijacker is still a software piece that is considered undesirable and most developers of sch apps make sure to make their products as difficult to remove as they can (without violating any legal restrictions). So, the hijacker might have no built-in uninstallation function, it might not appear in your Control Panel’s “Uninstall a program” list as well as a number of other factors that might make it kind of difficult to get rid of this app. However, the next guide 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

Using a specialized removal guide such as the one we’ve posted on this page or a dedicated removal tool like the one added to our guide is a must when dealing with hijackers. As we said, they can be kind of tricky to remove and most users (especially ones that aren’t overly experienced) don’t know what to do and how to do it in order to properly remove every piece of data associated with the hijacker that might be inside their computer. For instance, you might think you have removed the pesky from your browser by disabling it from the extensions menu only to find out that it has returned and re-imposed its changes to your browser the next type you initiate a new browsing session. That is why it is essential to locate and remove everything that might have added to your system or else there’s a chance that it might return to disrupt your online experience. Also, a very important thing we ought to point out here is that it is not only the annoyance coming from a hijacker that makes it so important to get rid of such an app. You also need to consider the fact that the ads and the redirects displayed by or any other similar piece of software might not always be what they initially appear to be. Some of the ads you see online that come to you due to the presence of a hijacker in your system might be potential redirect links to dangerous sites and even to sources of insidious viruses like Trojan Horses, Rootkits, Ransomware infections, Spyware programs and many more.

Keeping the system clean and the computer protected

The main rule to keeping your machine safe is to never ever interact in any way with stuff online that might be unreliable and hazardous. Sure, you can never be fully sure when something is a potential security hazard but there are still some general guidelines. For instance, clicking on spam e-mails or sketchy-looking ads as well as downloading pirated content and visiting potentially illegal sites is a no go. Also, you have to be careful with installation of new programs – always double-check the installer for extra elements that have been bundled with the main program. If you think that some optional software component might be a hijacker or some other form of unwanted software, leave it out by opting out of its installation.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Most apps like will try to spam your screen with ads and page redirects and also introduce unwanted alterations to your browsing program.
Distribution Method Most such software gets distributed via spam, malvertising and installation bundles.
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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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