Browser Redirect Pop-up Ads Removal

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This page aims to help you remove Pop-up Ads. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Safari, as well as every version of Windows and Mac.

Annoying browser hijackers the likes of can be found all over the Internet and you could land such an app in many different ways. Those irritating apps are one of the most widespread forms of potentially unwanted software that you could encounter. Their main abilities are to infiltrate the user’s browser, make unwanted changes to it and flood it with advertising materials. For instance, if you have on your Safari, Chrome or Firefox or any other browser on your PC, it is likely that the undesirable app would try to change the search engine of the browser, its toolbar or maybe its starting page or new-tab page. Also, it is pretty much guaranteed that you’d be subjected to various pop-ups, banners, page redirects, box messages, blinking boxes and other similar forms of online advertisements. There are two main problems with such activities. The first and more obvious one is that the ads and the imposed changes made to your browser are typically extremely annoying and irritating. This, however, isn’t the only reason why hijacker apps are seen as undesirable. Another issue with such software pieces is that the ads and page redirects that they generate might oftentimes represent security risks. Now, we cannot say that apps like are viruses – here we aren’t talking about Ransomware, Trojans or Spyware threats. However, aside from being highly irritating, browser hijackers such as this one might indirectly make your machine more exposed to different online dangers which is one more reason why it is better if users who are face with a hijacker make sure to remove the unwanted application as soon as possible.

Dealing with hijackers

The majority of people who have (or any other similar hijacker) on their computers would gladly have the pesky app removed. However, removing a hijacker can sometimes be tricky since there are usually no built-in methods of uninstalling the unwanted software component from the computer and from the browser. That said, it is still possible to manually get rid of such an app provided that you know where to look for it inside your system. In the guide from this page, you can find instructions on exactly what you’d need to do in order to eliminate the undesirable piece of software from your PC without the need to take your machine to an IT specialist. However, you must make sure to closely follow each of the steps provided in the guide or else you might end up worsening the situation. In case you feel like you might not be up for the task of manually dealing with, you can always resort to the removal tool that we have put in the guide as an alternative method of taking care of the hijacker issue. Of course, you can also employ both of the methods available on this page for maximum certainty that the hijacker is removed. Anyway, regardless of what method you choose, it is essential that you take away since there’s simply no need to put up with its nagging ads, its frequent page redirects or its obstructive alterations to your browser. Furthermore, there is also no point in risking your machine’s security by allowing some obscure app to stream potentially hazardous ads on your screen. All in all, hijacker apps rarely provide the user with any real functionality and even in the rare cases when they do, the said functionality is still probably not enough to make up for the negative effects coming from the unwanted app. Pop-up Ads Removal

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/iPad 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).



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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More information on SpyHunter, steps to uninstallEULAThreat Assessment Criteria, and Privacy Policy.

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

Preventing future hijacker invasions to your browsers

The best way to prevent any form of unwanted software from infiltrating your machine is to stay careful on the Internet and avoid unreliable web content and online locations. Spam, malvertising, torrents, certain streaming sites, illegal or low-quality downloads and many other similar techniques could be sued for the distribution of undesirable software components the likes of which is why you should always keep your eyes open and avoid interaction with anything that doesn’t fill you with confidence regarding its reliability. One particularly effective method for spreading such undesirable apps that we need to focus on here is the program bungling. If a hijacker gets bundled to another program’s installer, it is likely going to get installed alongside that other program if the user doesn’t manually customize the setup configuration in order to leave out the undesirable optional component. To opt-out of the hijacker’s installation, you’d usually need to access the Advanced/Expanded setup menu where more options are usually available. From there, uncheck the checkbox that allows the bundled app to get installed and only then continue with the main program’s installation – this will enable to install the main program without getting the potentially unwanted bundled app.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  If your browser has recently started to behave oddly, the chances are you have a hijacker on your PC.
Distribution Method Mostly distributed via spam letters, file bundles, deceitful ads and misleading online offers.
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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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