Xg4ken is not a virus and does not pose a direct threat to the computer it has been installed on. However, Xg4ken can alter elements of your Firefox, Opera, Chrome, or other browsers on your machine without your approval, making it an unwelcome presence on your system.


If you’re looking for information about an undesired software component named Xg4ken.com that has recently attached itself to your browser and altered its starting page, toolbar, and homepage, this article will provide insight into its specific characteristics and how to effectively address any issues it might cause to your computer and browser. Xg4ken.com is likely to redirect your searches to random promoted pages and display obstructive pop-ups, blinking boxes, and flashy banners on your screen. Such annoyance can significantly impact your browsing experience negatively.


Most users confronted with a hijacker on their devices become highly frustrated by the incessant ads, banners, and page redirects. Furthermore, the changes made to the browser are typically unwanted and unpleasant. For example, the search engine might display modified results favoring content promoted by the intrusive software. The new homepage might only serve as an advertisement platform without providing any valuable information. Consequently, most users prefer to remove Xg4ken.com as soon as possible to put an end to the invasive ads, redirects, and browser modifications. Our removal guide for the Xg4ken.com app can help you resolve this issue.

You can choose between manual steps provided in the guide below or a recommended professional security tool that can identify and remove the unwanted software from your computer without manual intervention. You can even use both methods to ensure the complete removal and uninstallation of the undesired app.

What is xg4ken.com?

Xg4ken.com is a browser hijacker that invades users’ browsers and takes control of them. Common aftereffects of this infiltration include changes to different elements of the browsing program, generating advertising materials, and redirecting to random webpages. While some users may tolerate these annoyances, it is still crucial to remove such apps from the computer as they can pose security risks that expose the targeted device to various malware types, such as ransomware or Trojans.

Although hijackers are not malicious viruses on the same level as ransomware, spyware, rootkits, worms, and Trojan horses, you can never be certain whether the ads and redirects stemming from software like Xg4ken.com, Shampoo Extension and Wigglewurm are trustworthy. Malvertising, the practice of using misleading ads to infect more users with malware, is a prevalent technique for virus distribution. It’s best to avoid any sketchy or suspicious web ads, especially those originating from a hijacker.

Distribution techniques for hijacker apps

Creators of software like Xg4ken.com use various methods to distribute their products, including spam emails, sketchy websites with numerous ads, and software bundles. In the case of software bundles, the installer of another program has the hijacker added, and users need to manually deselect the hijacker within the setup menu before installation. Keep this tip in mind and always employ it when installing new software on your computer to avoid future hijacker infections.


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Please follow all the steps below in order to remove Xg4ken!

Remove Xg4ken Malware

  1. First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
  2. Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Xg4ken in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select Xg4ken from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps in the removal wizard.

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.

What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:

  • From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
  • Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to Xg4ken.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Xg4ken.
  • If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.

Remove Xg4ken from Chrome

  1. Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
  2. Go to more tools
  3. Now select extensions
  4. Remove the Xg4ken extension
  • Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
  • Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to Xg4ken and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
  • Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
  • Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.

How to get rid of Xg4ken on FF/Edge/etc.

  1. Open the browser and select the menu icon.
  2. From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
  3. Look for the Xg4ken extension
  4. Get rid of Xg4ken by removing it from extensions

If using Firefox:

  • Open Firefox
  • Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
  • Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
  • Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
  • Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.

If using MS Edge/IE:

  • Start Edge
  • Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
  • Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
  • Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
  • Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “Xg4ken” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete Xg4ken

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the Xg4ken process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete Xg4ken
  • Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
  • Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
  • If you don’t see a “Xg4ken” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
  • Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
  • If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
  • Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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    • If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
    • Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.

    How to Uninstall Xg4ken

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for Xg4ken in there
    4. Uninstall Xg4ken from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Xg4ken-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat. 
    • Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found. 
    • After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to Xg4ken in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory. 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random

    About the author


    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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