Browser Redirect Removal (March 2018 Update)

Parasite may reinstall itself multiple times if you don't delete its core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs installed with it. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes. 

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

If you unknowingly ended up with a program called on your computer, and now this program is causing chaos in your Chrome, Firefox or Explorer browser, stay on this page to learn how to remove it. is software from the browser hijacking type. This software is generally not as harmful as a Trojan horse or Ransomware virus, however, it can be incredibly irritating, especially when it starts to redirect your web searches, modify your homepage or search engine and throw hundreds of nagging ads, pop-ups and banners on your screen. Like a person with some computer skills, you have probably already tried a few typical ways of uninstalling the annoying program, but to your surprise, without effect. The moment you load your browser, the annoying program appears again and starts to bombard you with a new stream of irritating advertisements, unfamiliar toolbars, and homepages. What can you do about it? Uninstalling a browser hijacker effectively appears to be a bit tricky, however, it is not that difficult. You only need some special instructions for that. That’s why, for those of you who are struggling with the elimination of on this page we have prepared a detailed removal guide. To understand what exactly you are dealing with, though, we first recommend you read the information that follows.

What is and can it be harmful to your PC?

A program like, which can take control of your default browser (make changes to its homepage or search engine, display ads, redirect your searches, etc.), is typically classified as a browser hijacker. This type of software is often seen by users as very intrusive and some people even call it a virus. However, a program like is not something that aims to corrupt your system or destroy your data. This significantly distinguishes it from a real virus or malware like a Trojan horse, Ransomware or Spyware for example. The point of this software is to advertise. Its developers basically make money from clicks on sponsored ads, that’s why they aggressively try to expose you to as many as possible. The online marketing industry sees nothing wrong in such activity, but in most of the cases, the users suffer from never-ending ad streaming, modifications in their search results and unwanted redirects, which significantly disturbs their normal browsing. For this reason, experts classify pieces like this as potentially unwanted. Another reason you may not want a browser hijacker on your computer is the data tracking activity it may run in the background of your system. Not only may such software be using your system resources, but it often may collect some information about your browsing activities and extract certain marketing-related information from them. Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware 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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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

For instance, the most common things may be monitoring could be the websites you like and spend the most time on, your recent online searches, things like your social media likes and shares, or your bookmarks and favorites. All this data is usually transmitted to the developers and can be used to give them an idea about your interests, which they can easily link to their ads. You may often notice that after a couple of searches for let’s say “smartphone”, the hijacker may start to show you more ads related to smartphone sales, smartphone accessories or redirect you to certain smartphone related web pages. This may not sound that bad, but the thing is you can never be sure of the authenticity and safety of the ads and websites you are exposed to. While the browser hijacker is generally harmless on its own, it may still unknowingly prompt you to click on some fake link, an ad or a website that the hackers may insert in the stream of commercials you are seeing. For this reason, we would recommend you not to interact with the content that such software generates, or completely remove it from your system.

How to effectively uninstall

Uninstalling the browser hijacker and all of its components is the only sure way that you will stop it from redirect you and generating various ads. This can be done manually with the help of the removal guide below or automatically, by scanning your computer with the professional removal tool. Once you remove the components, make sure you don’t catch such software again. For that, we advise you to avoid sketchy software installers, download links that prompt you to install additional components, or program bundles, which may often contain potentially unwanted programs. When installing a new setup, always read the EULA and customize the installation process via Advanced/ User/ Manual option. This allows you to have better control over the setup and prevent “suggested components” from getting installed on your PC without your knowledge.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Your homepage or search engine may mysteriously be replaced by some non-familiar ones.
Distribution Method Spam messages, torrents, free installers, software bundles, free installation packages, download links, ads.
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.

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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