Site icon Virus Removal Guides Virus is an extension for Windows-compatible browsers that floods the browser it’s installed in with page-redirect links and ads. also changes the search engine with a custom one of its own so that it can automatically redirect your searches.

The virus introduces changes to the browser

If you think that might currently be a part of your browser, then you have probably already noticed some rather unwanted changes and activities in the affected browsing program. We already mentioned the replacement of the search engine, but a similar thing might have also happened to the browser’s toolbar, its homepage address, and to the address of its new-tab page. All of these changes serve the purpose of getting you exposed to as many advertising materials as possible during your browsing sessions.

The virus

The umbrella term that typically refers to apps like the virus is “browser hijacker”, and Firefox, Chrome, Edge, and even Safari (for Mac browser hijackers) can get affected by this kind of software. Since most apps such the virus do not fall under any virus category, a lot of times the antivirus installed on the user’s computer won’t flag a hijacker as something dangerous and would allow it to get installed in the browser.

Furthermore, in some cases, the line between a hijacker and an actually useful and legit browser extension is really thin, so it is oftentimes up to the individual’s opinion to determine whether or not a given app is closer to one or the other type of software.

Regardless, there are some characteristics belonging to that have led us to the conclusion that this app can indeed be categorized as potentially unwanted software of the browser hijacker category. As we already mentioned, it introduces changes to the browser, which in and of themselves might not sound like a huge deal weren’t it for the fact that the changes are made automatically, without asking for user permission and, furthermore, they can’t be removed or reverted while the hijacker remains in the browser. Another problem with those changes is that they are mostly there to serve the advertising agenda of the hijacker and don’t really benefit the end-user in any conceivable way.

All things considered, even though and  Top Captcha Solver are certainly no Ransomware, Trojan, or Spyware, their presence in the system could potentially cause some rather unpleasant browser-related disruptions that most users would rather not put up with.

A security warning

Despite the fact that most hijackers are mostly harmless as they aren’t intended to damage the system in which they are installed, we must warn you about the potential of getting exposed to more threatening forms of software such as Ransomware, Trojans, or Worms if there’s a hijacker present in your browser. It’s just not very safe for your computer to have random ads shown on its screen during browsing time as many of these adverts could be linked to unsafe web locations. That is the reason why it is almost always better to not allow the hijacker to tamper with your browser and to instead uninstall it as soon as possible – the removal guide you’ll see next can help you with this.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Browser hijackers try to change your browser in order to flood it with ads and page redirects.
Distribution Method A hijacker can get in your computer after you install a file bundle without taking the time to check for optional installs.
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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

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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.

    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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    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.

      Remove from Internet Explorer:

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

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

     Remove from Firefox:

    Open Firefoxclick    ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

    Remove 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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