Virus is a browser-redirecting app that installs in the browser through file-bundles and hijacks important elements such as the starting page or the search engine. will constantly try to reroute your browsing traffic to different sites, some of which may be unsafe.

The virus

If you have noticed that this potentially unwanted app has recently found its way into your browser (Chrome, Firefox, or any other), then you are probably eager to have it uninstalled ASAP in order to stop its constant page-redirects and to return your browser to its normal state. We will help you with the removal process but before we get to that, we must tell you several important things about the software you are currently dealing with.

The virus

The virus is a domain used by a malicious payload to spy on Google/Bing/Yahoo search results and modify them. It has the ability to redirect arbitrary search results through

For starters, we need to address one of the most common questions that users have when they get such an app added to their browsers. So, is a virus (or any other type of malware that can damage your system and compromise your virtual privacy)? Well, technically, apps like cannot be defined as viruses – they are usually deprived of any harmful abilities and their purpose is different from the typical goal of a malicious program such as a Ransomware cryptovirus, a Spyware program, or a Trojan Horse. Besides, many apps that can be regarded as browser hijackers are actually legitimate and even have official sites from where one could download them.

All of this said, however, we believe that you should still not trust or other similar apps like Captchatopsource nor should you allow them to reside in your browser. The reason we say this is linked to the content typically advertised by applications of the browser hijacker category. The main goal of the people behind such apps is to maximize the advertising profit that is generated by their apps. To do this, they tend to allow all kinds of ads into the advertising stream of the hijackers. However, this means that some of the site-redirects and the different types of pop-ups and ads spammed by browser hijackers could be directly linked to questionable and outright unsafe websites. In the worst case scenarios, you may even get redirected to disguised hacker and/or scammer pages that may trick you into downloading Trojans, Spyware, and other threats onto your computer. If you are not careful, you may even get all of your data encrypted by a stealthy Ransomware threat.

How to protect your computer?

Obviously, the first step is to uninstall We have covered this in our guide that you will find below and that you can use for free. However, after you’ve removed the hijacker, it is still important to make sure that another similar app doesn’t get added to your browser in the future. Since most apps like are distributed as components added to low quality apps, it is essential that you download new software in the future only from sources that are verified as being reliable and safe. Do not download apps and programs from sketchy or pirate sits or you could easily end up with another hijacker on your computer in no time.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Different symptoms such as changes in your browser’s search engine and toolbar as well as the sudden redirection of your traffic to unknown sites can be noticed when there’s a hijacker in the system.
Distribution Method Hijacker developers typically rely on spam and file-bundles to get their hijackers installed onto more computers.
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Remove virus

To try and remove quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed removal guide below.

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.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    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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    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

    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!


    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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