“Malware” Removal (March 2019 Update)

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In case you have been annoyed by ads and popping boxes displayed by , on this page you are going to find a proven way to deal with this disturbance. Browser hijacker programs like the above may sometimes cause a serious browsing issue. In this article, we are going to explain how to effectively remove it and save yourself from the ads once and for all. At the end, you will find a detailed removal guide with all the necessary steps you need to follow in order to uninstall the browser hijacker. But before you proceed, we suggest you spend a few minutes to read the information we have prepared in the next lines. This will help you better understand the way such applications operate and the prevention methods you should know.

What is a browser hijacker and what can it do?

There are pieces of software, which are specially developed to serve the online advertising industry by displaying different ads on the user’s screen. These applications are known as browser hijacker and is one such program. Usually, browser hijacker programs are used to show pop-ups, banners, ads, links, boxes and promotional pages every time users open up their browser. They may monitor users’ browsing history and searches, collect browsing related data and then target the ads they display based on the last searches or interests. Sometimes, in order to display more ads, the browser hijacker may modify the users’ personal browser settings, redirect their searches to promotional pages with ads or change their home page to some ads displaying page. This is a quite aggressive method of advertising and many users refer to such activity as undesired and actively seek for ways to save themselves from the ads. Unfortunately, the ads may be quite hard to stop and every time users try to close them, several more popping boxes may appear on their screen. The reason for this intrusive and annoying behavior is that browser hijacker developers earn a profit from the clicks on the ads that are displayed. This is done through a method called Pay-Per-Click, and they would aggressively display more ads so that users could click on them and this way generate more income for the developers.

Why didn’t you notice when the browser hijacker got installed?

Probably nobody would install browser hijacker on their own just because they like clicking on ads. Therefore, such programs are usually distributed with some other software, which users install willingly on their system. Most commonly, browser hijacker could be found bundled inside the installation packages of software that is distributed for free. If you happened to download and install such a piece of software in the past few days, this is how you probably ended up with “Malware” on your system. You probably didn’t notice it, because you skipped reading the EULA and you directly proceeded with the quick installation instead of checking carefully what software you are getting in the “advanced” options. However, knowingly or unknowingly, you gave your permission to the browser hijacker to get installed when you clicked the “OK” button on the installation package it was bundled in.

Could the browser hijacker be a threat for your system?

Many people refer to browser hijacker as a virus or malware and this is mainly due to its intrusive behavior. However, this is a wrong definition because browser hijacker programs like are legal pieces of software, which are developed with the sole purpose to display ads. They cannot be related to the malicious activities that viruses could do. For example, an infection with a Trojan horse or Ransomware, which are among the most malicious online threats out there, could cause major security risks, system corruption, encryption of your data and much more. browser hijacker, on the other hand, could really get on your nerves with its annoying ads, causing you browsing disturbance, but surely cannot corrupt your system or do any major harm on your data. Therefore, it is considered as a relatively harmless application which may expose you to undesired advertising content, causing you some irritation.

How can you avoid a browser hijacker in the future?

Browser hijacker advertising methods are becoming more aggressive with every single day. Therefore, knowing how to stay away from sketchy content that could load you with undesired ads is a step towards restricting the browser hijacker from disturbing us. Avoiding the places where browser hijacker is distributed the most, such as free software installation packages or open source sharing platforms, would reduce the risk of getting secondary programs along with you downloads. Reading the EULA and checking the advanced option, when installing software, would give you a better clue as to what exactly you are installing. It is up to you to prevent such software from getting installed and this is surely easier than dealing with it later.

How to remove ?

A browser hijacker is a bit difficult to remove, once it has found its way into your system. You will probably not find it in the PC’s uninstall option. However, if you closely follow the instructions in the removal guide below, you will be able to find the system files related to this program and successfully clean your computer from the constant ad-displaying sessions. In case you experience some difficulties, you can also try the removal tool that will automatically detect the browser hijacker for you.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (a relatively harmless application, which may expose you to undesired advertising content causing you some irritation)
Symptoms  Ads and popping boxes keep appearing on the screen during browsing sessions.
Distribution Method Open source sharing platforms, free downloads, free software bundles.
Detection Tool  may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

This was the first preparation.


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.

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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  –  may have hidden some of its files.

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.

  • Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.


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.



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 browser hijacker/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.

  • At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.


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.

Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.



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 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

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