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Picture this: you’re using your web browser, and suddenly, things start acting weird. The homepage you’re used to is replaced with a different one, and the search engine you prefer is switched with another you didn’t choose. Annoying ads pop up out of nowhere, making your online time a hassle. Your browser might even look different, with new buttons or tools appearing. And when you try to visit websites you always go to, you might end up on strange websites you’ve never heard of. These strange changes mean your browser might be under the control of a program like , Mintnav or Chromstera. If this happens, you should act fast to fix it and get things back to normal.

Chrome browser is redirected to the virus
The website will display pop up ads and notifications

Is safe?

When it comes to , you can’t just brush it off as completely safe. While it might not be the most dangerous thing around, it still has its risks. This sneaky browser hijacker can change how your browser works, mess with your privacy, and expose you to unsafe online content. To stay protected, you need to be smart about your online habits. Make sure your browser is always updated, use strong security software, be cautious with what you add to your browser, and if anything strange happens, take it seriously and fix it. Virus

In the world of digital threats, there is often a confusion between browser hijackers like and computer viruses. While both fall under the umbrella of undesirable software, they follow separate paths. A computer virus is like a digital germ that copies itself, infecting other files and potentially causing widespread harm to a computer’s functions. In contrast, the “ virus” (as many users wrongly call it) is a browser hijacker that has its sights set on web browsers. Its mission? To steer users toward sponsored websites, often aiming to generate money through ads or pay-per-view schemes. That being said, it’s important to clarify that the term “ virus” isn’t fitting for this software and if you want to deal with it you should make the clear distinction to accurately address it.

What is is an intrusive computer program that attaches itself to your browser without asking for a clear approval and changes its settings. It can replace your homepage with another one, install a completely unfamiliar search engine and make your browser redirect you to random web locations. What’s specific about is that its main goal is to make money for the people who made it through clicks on sponsored ads, banners and links. That’s why, from the moment it gets installed, it starts showing you dozens of blinking promotional messages and pop-ups all over your screen. This it’s certainly not as bad as some other computer problems, but dealing with the stream of ads and the browser changes can make your web navigation difficult and unenjoyable. Pop-ups

The pop-ups that suddenly invade your screen, aren’t the most reliable thing that you want to see when you open your web browser. While not instantly dangerous, these pop-ups can cause an understandable concern. If you click on them, for instance, you may get redirected to websites that have nothing to do with the initial ad that was displayed. Or, you may find yourself on a page that aggressively asks you to grant it permissions to display more pop-up ads, banners and promotional windows. If you are not careful, you may even be prompted to download and install some undesired or harmful software that could jeopardize the security of your system. on Chrome

A browser hijacker has the ability to affect various web browsers, including widely-used ones like Chrome, which ranks among the most popular choices. So, if you spot on Chrome, what you can do is check your system for recently installed new apps and browser extensions that could be causing the browser changes that you want to remove. If you find anything suspicious or potentially unwanted, such as unfamiliar applications and newly added extensions that don’t help with your web browsing, make sure you uninstall them. With this done, head to your browser settings to manually reset your preferred homepage and default search engine. Once you complete all this, on Chrome should be removed.

Shein top

The automatic redirects to websites like Shein top can carry varying degrees of risk, ranging from minor inconveniences to potentially serious hazards. The level of danger hinges on the content and purpose of the destination websites, as well as the intentions of the hijacker operators. Some redirects might lead users to sites that are bothersome, intrusive, or irrelevant, causing annoyance. Redirects to Shein top could disrupt browsing by inundating users with unwanted ads or pop-ups that cause frustration. In more concerning situations, these redirects could land users on sites promoting the download of unneeded or harmful software, which could compromise the security and privacy of their systems.

Type Browser Hijacker
Detection Tool

How to Remove

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.

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Next, Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step1 Uninstall the app and kill its processes

The first thing you must try to do is look for any sketchy installs on your computer and uninstall anything you think may come from . After that, you’ll also need to get rid of any processes that may be related to the unwanted app by searching for them in the Task Manager.

Note that sometimes an app, especially a rogue one, may ask you to install something else or keep some of its data (such as settings files) on your PC – never agree to that when trying to delete a potentially rogue software. You need to make sure that everything is removed from your PC to get rid of the malware. Also, if you aren’t allowed to go through with the uninstallation, proceed with the guide, and try again after you’ve completed everything else.

  • Uninstalling the rogue app
  • Killing any rogue processes

Type Apps & Features in the Start Menu, open the first result, sort the list of apps by date, and look for suspicious recently installed entries.

Click on anything you think could be linked to , then select uninstall, and follow the prompts to delete the app.

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Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc, click More Details (if it’s not already clicked), and look for suspicious entries that may be linked to .

If you come across a questionable process, right-click it, click Open File Location, scan the files with the free online malware scanner shown below, and then delete anything that gets flagged as a threat.

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    Delete files and quit its processes.

    After that, if the rogue process is still visible in the Task Manager, right-click it again and select End Process.

    Step2 Undo changes made to different system settings

    It’s possible that has affected various parts of your system, making changes to their settings. This can enable the malware to stay on the computer or automatically reinstall itself after you’ve seemingly deleted it. Therefore, you need to check the following elements by going to the Start Menu, searching for specific system elements that may have been affected, and pressing Enter to open them and see if anything has been changed there without your approval. Then you must undo any unwanted changes made to these settings in the way shown below:

    • DNS
    • Hosts
    • Startup
    • Task
    • Services
    • Registry

    Type in Start Menu: View network connections

    Right-click on your primary network, go to Properties, and do this:

    Undo DNS changes made by

    Type in Start Menu: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts

    Delete IPs from Hosts

    Type in the Start Menu: Startup apps

    Disable startup apps

    Type in the Start Menu: Task Scheduler

    Delete scheduled tasks

    Type in the Start Menu: Services

    Disable services

    Type in the Start Menu: Registry Editor

    Press Ctrl + F to open the search window

    Clear the Registry from items

    Step3 Remove from your browsers

    • Delete from Chrome
    • Delete from Firefox
    • Delete from Edge
    1. Go to the Chrome menu > More tools > Extensions, and toggle off and Remove any unwanted extensions.
    2. Next, in the Chrome Menu, go to Settings > Privacy and security > Clear browsing data > Advanced. Tick everything except Passwords and click OK.
    3. Go to Privacy & Security > Site Settings > Notifications and delete any suspicious sites that are allowed to send you notifications. Do the same in Site Settings > Pop-ups and redirects.
    4. Go to Appearance and if there’s a suspicious URL in the Custom web address field, delete it.
    1. Firefox menu, go to Add-ons and themes > Extensions, toggle off any questionable extensions, click their three-dots menu, and click Remove.
    2. Open Settings from the Firefox menu, go to Privacy & Security > Clear Data, and click Clear.
    3. Scroll down to Permissions, click Settings on each permission, and delete from it any questionable sites.
    4. Go to the Home tab, see if there’s a suspicious URL in the Homepage and new windows field, and delete it.
    1. Open the browser menu, go to Extensions, click Manage Extensions, and Disable and Remove any rogue items.
    2. From the browser menu, click Settings > Privacy, searches, and services > Choose what to clear, check all boxes except Passwords, and click Clear now.
    3. Go to the Cookies and site permissions tab, check each type of permission for permitted rogue sites, and delete them.
    4. Open the Start, home, and new tabs section, and if there’s a rogue URL under Home button, delete it.


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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