Spinyon is an application that actively redirects user searches to specific websites by opening multiple page-redirecting ads, pop-up, banners and new tabs inside the main web browser. Spinyon cannot harm the computer in a serious way but it can make changes to the browser’s homepage address, the search engine and the taskbar settings.


The Spinyon Virus will make unwanted changes to your browser.

Applications that can do this are commonly known as browser hijackers and usually affect the more common browsers including Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera, etc. and show pop-up advertisements on them. Such applications can be incredibly irritating as they typically do not allow you to browse the Internet in peace and constantly interrupt you with redirect prompts, banners and full-screen notifications on every page that you visit. They may also try to redirect you to different websites you do not browse for.

Furthermore, no ad blocker can save you from the invasive advertisements and you may find yourself being bombarded with commercial offers that cover the navigation buttons of your browser and leave you with no other choice than click on them. Not only can this practice be very irritating, but it also can potentially force you to interact with content that may be questionable and may contain viruses, or malware like Trojans, Ransomware, and other security hazards. After all, no one can guarantee the reliability of all the advertisements that a program like Spinyon can display. At the same time, the intrusive software will keep prompting you to visit ad-supported sites for as long as it runs on your device and will keep annoying you with aggressive advertisements and unauthorized browser changes. That is why it is usually a good idea to remove such software and uninstall any unnecessary changes that can cause chaos during your web browsing.

How to safely uninstall a browser hijacker

One specific trait about browser hijackers is that their ad-generating and page-redirecting activities cannot be stopped until all the elements that support them are removed from the system. That’s why the best way to deal with a browser hijacker is to use reliable security software to detect all the related elements and to delete them. Another way to get rid of the unwanted software is to uninstall it manually. This method is more time-consuming but you can find instructions for it in the removal guide below.

Luckily Spinyon is a program that has no malicious intentions and, in comparison with online threats form the rank of ransomware viruses and Trojans that run various harmful activities in the background of the system, its only aim is to show commercial messages on the users’ screen. To complete its agenda, Spinyon hijacks the system’s main web browser and uses it as ad display tool. The newly set search engine ensures that you receive more sponsored search results while the new homepage address that gets loaded every time you open a blank tab redirects you to a specific website that benefits from dragged traffic.

The clicks and the visits to the displayed ads and links generate revenue for the developers of the hijacker thanks to pay-per-click and pay-per-view remuneration models. This explains why applications such as Spinyon will usually keep spamming your web browsing sessions with unstoppable commercial messages until they get removed.



Name Spinyon
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms The usual symptoms include automatic redirects to promotional web pages and aggressive generation of pop-ups and banners on the screen.
Distribution Method Browser Hijackers get commonly distributed via free program bundles, click-bait ads, spam messages, torrents and automatic installation managers.
Detection Tool

Remove Spinyon

To try and remove Spinyon 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 Spinyon extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Spinyon by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Spinyon and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Spinyon 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:


    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.


    Spinyon Remove Spinyon from Internet Explorer:

    Open IE, click Spinyon —–> Manage Add-ons.


    Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Spinyon —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

    Spinyon Remove Spinyon from Firefox:

    Open Firefox, click Spinyon ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.


    Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
    SpinyonRemove Spinyon from Chrome:

    Close Chrome. Navigate to:

    C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:


    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!


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    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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