Browser Redirect Removal (Sept. 2017 Update)

Parasite may reinstall itself multiple times if you don't delete its core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs installed with it. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes. 

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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.

You have likely heard the term browser hijacker before, or maybe you haven’t and that’s why the encounter with has been quite the unsettling experience for you. Usually it’s always the same story. You open your browser, and notice that it’s not your usual homepage there, and after a while you also come to realize that the default search engine has been changed too. And in addition to that, when you try surfing the web, every now and then your page redirects you to some random website you’ve never seen or heard of before. But as if that weren’t enough, the pesky program never misses the opportunity to shove a new banner or popup right under your cursor and get you to click on it. It’s easy to see how all of this can quickly get on your nerves and cause you to panic even. And that’s why we’re offering you an effective solution in the form of a removal guide. You will find below on this page and can use it to get rid of for good.

What is this program and is it in any way harmful?

People who have never experienced the effects of a browser hijacking program before usually tend to get quite nervous around one, after they’ve been infected. The numerous ads, the suspicious changes to your browser settings – this can all lead you to believe that you may have been infected by a virus of some sort. Fortunately for everyone, is not a virus and can certainly not be compared to malicious programs of the ranks of Trojans or ransomware for example. In fact, browser hijackers don’t qualify as malware at all. These programs lack the capacity of inducing any harm on your computer. They are, however, not seen as functional and useful to users, which puts them in the potentially unwanted program category.

There are a few reasons for that. One of them is the fact that software of this type can keep tabs on your browsing activities. It can selectively record traffic data and use it to optimize its advertising campaigns, or in other words all those popups, box messages and in-text links that you’ve been bombarded with lately. The purpose for that is to earn more revenue for the developers. But as pointed out, there’s little to no use for the end user. Not to mention that all these changes that browser hijackers may initiate could potentially lead to bigger and more serious issues. Your computer’s defense mechanisms could be weakened and you could become more susceptible to external threats. Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware 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).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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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


Another unpleasant thing about browser hijackers like is the way they get distributed. Most people, who have never had this experience before, have no idea where the annoying ad-generating program could have come from. And that’s partially also where all the virus scares stem. Unlike real viruses, browser hijackers need you to approve of their installation. But they get you to do that in a rather sneaky way, because the developers are well aware that nobody will willingly install such software on their computers. So, what they do to ensure that their pesky little hijackers do spread is they bundle them with other programs. These are usually programs that someone would go out of their way to find, download and install: media players, converter software, games, etc.

Once you’ve downloaded the said program of interest, you then proceed to the installation manager. And what happens there is that most users will rush the installation process, opting for the Automatic or Default setup. Then, in a few hurried clicks on the ‘Next’ button they have their desired software – along with a couple of unwanted components like You can easily prevent this and stop the unwanted hijackers or other added components from being installed as well. All you have to do is just spend the extra couple of minutes to select the Manual or Custom setting and read through each step of the process. In the majority of cases, there will be a step specifically mentioning and listing any added content. And more importantly, that step will also give you the option to remove the check mark from the box besides the added install. Thus, you will have eliminated the issue before it even had the chance to become one.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms New homepage, new default search engine; numerous online ads on your screen
Distribution Method Predominantly by being bundled with other software that can be downloaded for free from file-sharing platforms
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

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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