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

Have you encountered a browser hijacker recently and are now searching for a way to remove this intrusive program from your PC? Did the numerous ads you see have the words “Powered by” or similar written somewhere on them? Then you’ve been infected by a specific hijacker called, which just as any other program of this type have taken charge of your browser (Chrome, Firefox, etc.) and has replaced your standard homepage and default search engine with different ones. Not to worry, though, our removal guide at the bottom of this page will help you solve this issue and rid yourself both of the imposed new settings and the annoying ads. Do read through the following few paragraphs, however, as they will give you a better understanding of the software you’re dealing with and what exactly it’s doing on your system.

What does

What sets browser hijackers aside from most other programs is their ability to track some of your browsing activity, taking special note of the pages you visit and the topics you research online. This information is then processed in order to adjust the next advertising campaign in your browser specifically to match the data gathered on you. And the reason behind this is that you will be more likely to click on those ads that correspond to your current interests, than just some random ads. That is precisely what the developers of programs like are after: your clicks. They make money based on the number of times you click on the ads and they’ll obviously do their best to make that number as large as they can.

The downsides of browser hijackers

Though the above might sound clever and creative to some, many find this kind of behavior invasive and worrying. To make matters worse, there’s also the possibility of landing on misleading ads that do not answer to the images or slogans they showcase. And in the worst of scenarios you can even end up clicking on a malvertisement, created by some hacker by infecting an actual ad with a virus, like ransomware. If you click on a malvertisement, you will either automatically download the virus or be redirected to webpage from which the malware will infect you. It’s not too likely that this would happen to you, but it’s a risk you shouldn’t be willing to take.

An additional, more realistic effect that browser hijackers may have on your computer and eventually happens to anyone who’s had the intrusive software on their PC for long enough is the inevitable slacking in your computer’s performance. You might soon find yourself being irritated by incredibly long load periods of your browser as well as other applications on your computer. Due to the large amount of resources programs like could end up using, you might also begin to experience system errors and browser crashes and just a general sluggishness of your entire system. This is also what prompts users to remove the software altogether and restore their system’s performance to its previous state.

How to prevent hijacker infections

The key here is knowing how they are most commonly distributed. You may not recall the exact instance of when you contracted, but we will name the most widespread distribution techniques and with the help of this information you will be able to effectively dodge hijackers from now on. The number one source is considered to be program bundling. When downloading content from various file sharing websites or open source download platforms, it could happen that the main freeware/shareware has been bundled with an ad-producing product or even several of those. The simplest way to stop the added components from getting installed alongside the main install is by customizing the installation settings. Simply choose the advanced or custom setup in the wizard and you will be given information about all the added content.

Additional sources may include spam emails, clicking on which could result in the download of such software. Therefore we recommend paying close attention to all incoming emails, as this is also a favorite technique for spreading far more dangerous pieces of programming such as Trojans. Don’t be quick to trust messages from unfamiliar senders and take your time before deciding whether or not you should open them at all.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  A changed homepage without your consent may be a sure sign of a browser hijacker. 
Distribution Method The main source is program bundles, but can also be contracted from spam emails and other hijackers.
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).


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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – may have hidden some of its files.

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.



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.

  • At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.


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Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.



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 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

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