Browser Redirect “Malware” Removal

This page aims to help you remove “Malware”. These removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Let we guess – you’ve landed on this page because your Chrome or Firefox browser has mysteriously been invaded by “Malware”. This is a browser hijacker, which is famous for its intrusive page redirects, the loads of ads, sponsored notifications, pop-ups and promotional messages it can display, and the unauthorized changes it may apply to your browser’s homepage or search engine. If you are forced to endure this rather undesired and aggressive activity every time you open a web page, then you’ve come on the right place. Here we will show you how to remove “Malware”, uninstall all of its annoying changes and return your browser back to normal. Don’t worry, because you don’t need to be an advanced computer user to do all this, and with the help of the step-by-step instructions in the removal guide below, we are sure you will be able to easily get rid of the annoying browser hijacker that has taken over your PC. 

Unauthorized new tabs, browser changes, and page redirects – am I infected with a virus?

If a number of undesired sponsored messages have been disturbing your online activity lately and some strange changes have taken place in your default browser, without you even approving them, then you might be thinking you have been infected with a nasty virus that is playing around your computer right now. Luckily, this is not the case with This program is not a virus, nor has it something in common with malicious threats like Trojans, Ransomware and other harmful scripts. is a Browser hijacker – a piece of software, programmed to hijack the users’ browsers and apply some rather undesired changes to their homepage, search engine or search queries by redirecting them to different promotions and sponsored ads, without their permission. This is done usually for profit, related to the infamous Pay-Per-Click method. Not a harmful, but certainly a very irritating practice, which some of the affected users may refer to as potentially unwanted and would therefore gladly like to uninstall the program causing it.

How can affect my computer and security?

Well, the first thing that may really make you wish to remove is the annoyance and the interruptions it may create to your normal browsing. With a browser hijacker like this one on your system, you would hardly be able to browse the web normally and you would more likely land on some unfamiliar websites or aggressively popping advertisements, sponsored ads and promotions every time you try to open your browser. Not only can this be very disturbing and time consuming, but there is a chance of you bumping into some compromised content, fake ads or misleading links that may infect you with some nasty viruses or threats like the recently popular Ransomware, or a Trojan. And even though the browser hijacker and its ad-generating activity itself is not malicious, you may not like it to know that this program may collect information about your entire online activity, including your browsing history, web searches, the pages you visit and the things you like on the web and then use it for various marketing purposes. The only sure way to get rid of all this possible annoyance is to completely uninstall the browser hijacker from your system. This will automatically remove all of the ads invasion and the imposed changes to your browser. The removal guide below can help you in that, so don’t hesitate to follow its instructions if has really gotten on your nerves.

How can I catch a browser hijacker and how to stay safe in the future?

Even if you remove now, there is no guarantee you won’t catch it again or some other similar browser hijacker. These programs are widely distributed on the web and can be found on various web locations like spam emails, download managers, freeware platforms, shareware sites, torrents, installation managers and direct downloads form the web, where they are usually bundled inside the installer of some other attractive or free software. That’s why it is better for you to avoid downloading and installing software from such locations, but if you really have to, there is one trick you should know. When installing new software on your computer, always opt for options like “Advanced” or “Custom”, where you can easily have control over the bundle and manually disable the programs you may not want. If you skip that, you are more likely to end up with a program like on your PC, since they are not clearly mentioned in the setup, unless you carefully read the EULA or manually customize them. This can save you a lot of discomfort in dealing with potentially unwanted programs, so take that piece of advice from us, and you will never have to deal with browser hijackers again.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Changes in your homepage or search engine, new tabs, ads and pop-ups on your browser’s screen.
Distribution Method It can be found on various web locations like spam emails, download managers, freeware platforms, shareware sites, torrents, installation managers and direct downloads form the web, where they are usually bundled inside the installer of some other attractive or free software.
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. “Malware” Removal


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).


This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove successfully!

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.


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 didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!

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