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Remove (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 Update

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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.

Although seeing that your browser has suddenly had some of its elements (such as the starting page address, the search engine tool or the toolbar buttons) altered without your permission and that your screen has started to get spammed with different banners, ads, page-redirects and pop-ups may be a bit scary and lead you to believe that your computer has gotten attacked by some nasty malware infection (such as a Trojan Horse, a Worm, a Spyware program or a Ransomware cryptovirus), if these are indeed the only symptoms that you are seeing in your browser, then know that your machine is likely not in any immediate danger. The aforementioned symptoms are actually an indication of the presence of a browser hijacker on your computer. This is a type of software that targets different browsers like Chrome or Firefox (and sometimes even Safari!), aiming to swarm them with ads and basically turn them into a platform for generation of advertising materials. Of course, what that ultimately does is earn money for the developers of the hijacker since as a result of the exposure to the ads that the targeted users are subjected to. The problem with all this is that it can be quite annoying and also that it may sometimes show obscure, obscene and, on rare occasions, unsafe advertising materials in the users’ browsers. A good example of an app that possesses similar abilities is the recently discovered and reported On the outside, this app may appear to function just like any regular add-on for your browser but once installed in the browser, it’s bound to show its true colors by which we mean that its likely going to heavily obstruct your online browsing with its nagging ads and also introduce unwanted and unauthorized changes to the targeted browser. Dealing with this irritation should be rather easy, though, if you make sure to use the instructions or the recommended tool from the following removal guide.


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

Safety concerns related to

Now that we have explained to you what and other browser hijackers are, we hope that you are no longer overly worried about your computer’s safety. After all, this isn’t some Ransomware cryptovirus infection or a Trojan Horse threat so there is no need to panic and stress over the presence of in your machine. This, however, is not to say that you should be perfectly fine with the fact that there is a hijacker in the midst of your system. Though relatively harmless in and of themselves, the browser hijackers are still seen as potentially unwanted and that is not only because of the irritation that they are known for causing but also due to the uncontrolled nature of their advertising campaigns. As we said earlier, some of the ads may be sketchy, obscure, obscene and even potentially risky. This doesn’t mean that the hijacker is meant to purposefully show you such questionable ads but the fact that it’s possible that this may still happen should be another good reason for you to ensure to uninstall and remove its changes from your browser.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The browser changes and the pesky ads are what usually gives away hijacker apps like
Distribution Method Some of the commonly used methods for distribution of hijackers are software bundling, spam message campaigns and through the use of misleading ads and online offers.
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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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