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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.

In general, browser hijackers represent software programs that may target all of your browsers – Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and others. Also, they might change the browsers in a different ways – the homepages and default search engines could be modified or totally replaced;  lots of ads in the form of pop-ups and banners may start covering your tabs and windows. What’s more, the most annoying part is that you could start getting redirected to online locations you never wanted to go to. – the Hijacker that we will elaborate upon down below, might do exactly that. It might be extremely irritating and affect your browsers by adding itself as a custom homepage or search engine.

How you may end up infected with

Practically everything on the Internet may be used to spread browser hijackers. More precisely, you may get contaminated by accessing an infected web page of that sort, by downloading a torrent or by coming across a drive-by download.

Nonetheless, one source of hijackers that is responsible for the majority of the infections that take place is what is called a file-bundle (the file-bundling method). A bundle is in fact several different programs added inside one installer and getting spread together for free. Lots of users are interested in something from such a bundle and they download it. Still, downloading doesn’t mean getting infected.

What the process of infection really is:

An infection may happen only if you install the software bundle using the wrong installation option. All the features that do not involve all the details about the content of a given bundle are not the ones you should choose. Stay away from the Quick, the Default or the Easy options that the installation wizard may offer. If you use them, you are likely to authorize the installation of the entire bundle – its content automatically becomes incorporated into your system without asking you what part of the bundle you need and not need.

For the purpose of staying safe and keeping a healthy system, we believe that you need to use the Advanced or the Custom installation wizard options since all of them feature customized installation settings. What we really mean is that you get the chance to choose what to install and what to leave behind.


What could you do to remove the changes that has made to your browser?

There may be lots of options for removing such a hijacker and the homepage and search engine that it has added to your browsing program. For instance, you might try following the tips inside our Removal Guide down below. All of the instructions we are sharing have been carefully selected for fighting such infections.

Still, you might find it necessary to contact a professional for their help and know-how if you aren’t feeling confident doing everything on your own. Whatever you decide to do, may it be successful! We really wish you the best of luck! Contact us if necessary. Removal

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 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). Removal


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. Removal

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: Removal
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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. Removal

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK. Removal

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: Removal

Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious. Removal

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: Removal

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. Removal Removal

  • 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). Removal

Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe. Removal Removal  Remove from Internet Explorer:

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

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

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

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

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

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

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome. Removal

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!

Are browser hijackers anything like viruses?

Luckily, most hijackers aren’t really malicious programs. Viruses have specific hazardous effects such as crashing your entire system, destroying data, folders or programs; modifying apps and files; stealing private info like social media and banking passwords and usernames. is probably not going to do any of this. This marketing-driven browser redirect has one primary purpose – to promote websites, homepages, search engines and various services and products.

However, could there be any hazardous consequences because of the contamination caused by

Browser hijackers are not 100% innocent. They could, at times, be the reason for much annoyance. For instance, the modification of your default search engines and homepages could really frustrate you, in spite of the fact that such a modification may only have marketing purposes. Moreover, the possible redirecting to web locations you do not really want to load may also be awfully annoying.  Furthermore, all such activities may result in the slowdown of your computer, because of the higher consumption of RAM and CPU resources than usual.

Also, we need to elaborate on one more very suspicious feature that nearly all ad-producing products may exploit for their purposes. The majority of the browser hijackers and Adware-based products could access the browsing history data of your apps, and may build their ad campaigns on the results of such a research. The pop-ups and banners that might be generated afterwards may only contain products and services you have recently sought. All these shady looking activities have earned browser hijackers the image of potentially unwanted programs.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Some browser app modification in terms of ads being generated, new homepages getting set and  redirection caused.
Distribution Method Via all forms of pop-ups, spam content, program bundles, torrents and so on.
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.


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