Browser Redirect “Virus” Removal (March 2019 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 “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows. is a program that is available as a free browser plugin and usually integrates with your Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer and claims to improve your internet experience by customizing your browser homepage or search engine. Besides the fact that it looks like a useful browsing component, the program also tends to redirect the users’ searches and promotes other applications, products or services by displaying tens of ads, pop-ups, banners and new tabs. If you have this software on your PC, you should know that you are dealing with a typical browser hijacker. In the next lines, we will tell you more about the specifics of this type of software, but if you are here to learn how to remove, we’ve got you covered. At the end of the article, there is a free removal guide with step-by-step instructions, as well as a professional removal tool in case of the need for additional assistance. Make sure you first read the related information though, so you can effectively uninstall all the browser hijacker components form your PC.

Pros and cons of having a browser hijacker on your system

Browser hijackers, despite sounding like some sort of a virus infection, are legitimate pieces of software. These programs are created typically by software developers, who use them to advertise certain programs, products or services or earn revenue from increased traffic and pay-per-click campaigns., for instance, is a program that operates on the same principle, and in order to redirect you to certain sponsored ads, it usually “hijacks” your browser. Such activity is generally not harmful and cannot corrupt your system in the same way as if it were infected with a Trojan or Ransomware, for example. However, keeping a browser hijacker on your PC may affect your browsing and may eventually lead to some unwanted consequences for you and your system. “Virus” 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

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!

Apart from the intrusive homepage or search engine replacements and the unexpected redirects, a common practice that most hijacker developers employ is the so-called “traffic data collection”. The privacy statement of applications like normally notifies that the program may collect some non-personal information about the users, which may include data about their browsing queries, frequently visited pages, bookmarks, browsing history, location, and web activity. Although it is claimed that this information is only used for statistical and marketing purposes, it is also mentioned that third parties, who promote their content through the browser hijacker, may also use these tracking tools. In short, while the browser hijacker is running on your system, your web activity may constantly be monitored by various third parties, which may at any time expose you to their ads. The only effective method to save yourself from the invasion is to uninstall the ad-generating software. You can do that manually through the instructions in the guide below. If you still see ads by, you can scan your system with a professional removal tool. In case you don’t have one, it’s a good idea to install the removal tool, as it will help you deal with even more dangerous threats.

How to protect your PC from programs like in the future?

Once you’ve successfully removed “Virus”, make sure you prevent possible future contamination of this type. For this, you should know what to avoid in order to keep browser hijackers away. Typically, ad-generating software like this is commonly distributed through the bundling technique – a method that attaches two or more programs (usually free apps) in one setup pack. Users usually don’t pay attention to all the components that come in the setup and use the “Recommended/ Automatic” settings to install the main program, but along with it they often end up with the additionally bundled software. Besides the aforementioned method of spreading through free software, you can also download from different websites such as freeware or shareware platforms. Also, this application can be promoted through sponsored domains, ads or free download links. In other words, you can click on a link that advertises this program and redirects you to its domain.

To avoid installing browser hijackers on your PC, it is important to pay attention to the installation wizard. No matter what program you choose to install, check if it also promotes some optional software. To find it, select “Advanced/ Manual” setup settings and uncheck the potentially unwanted programs. Only then you can safely proceed with the normal installation. By doing so, you will surely be able to protect yourself from and other dubious tools or even malware such as Trojans and Ransomware viruses.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Changes in the browser’s homepage or search engine, intrusive exposure to ads, pop-ups and banners.
Distribution Method Software bundles, free download links, ads, spam email messages, torrents, shareware and freeware 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.


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