Virus is a browser hijacker program capable of generating different types of commercial messages in any web browser. The main targets of are popular browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and Edge – it infects their browsers and takes over their homepages and search engines.

The virus can start to spam your screen with pay-per-click advertisements, and pop-up notifications

As soon as it becomes a part of your browser (usually through a bundle of free software or a carelessly performed software update), can start to spam your screen with pay-per-click advertisements, pop-up notifications, colorful banners and different page redirect links and messages. To facilitate its activity, the intrusive program may even substitute the homepage address with a different URL, install a new search engine or toolbar of its own and place some buttons that automatically redirect to specific websites. These changes ensure that any time a new browsing session is started, you will be automatically guided to different sites where you can purchase or install additional plug-ins, some browser extensions, other related software, as well as different products or services.

If you don’t want your surfing to be interrupted by a new search engine or an unfamiliar homepage and you seek how to eliminate these potentially unwanted modifications, it is best to uninstall their source and remove all relevant components that can cause page redirects and ad-generation.

In case you don’t know how to do that, you can either search your device with an up-to-date removal tool like the one on this page or follow the instructions in the removal guide below. Keep in mind, though, that to reset your browser settings, you will have to delete the browser hijacker and its supporting components entirely. That’s why we advise you to use a qualified removal tool if you want to deal with the unwanted software faster and without taking unnecessary risks for the health of your OS. If you prefer the manual removal steps, we have to warn you that most browser hijackers  like and Reverse Captcha can reinstall themselves in the default browser unless all their components are correctly removed. This is why you should carefully follow all the directions described in the guide to ensure that the uninstallation process goes smooth.

The virus

The virus is the a specific browser hijacker version that targets all browsers. The virus will produce ads inside the browser and suddenly redirect your searches to questionable sites that may not be safe for you to be on.

The goal of is to make you click on the web ads and the messages it displays because this is how this software generates income for its developers. The commercials that are promoted through apps like are typically sponsored via pay-per-click or pay-per view remuneration models.

That’s why it is not surprising that the majority of the pop-up notifications, banners and offers that places on your screen try to look very attractive and intriguing and try to prompt you to click on them by all means. Typically, you will notice that the ads appear on strategic places on the screen so that you cannot ignore or remove them. All of this is done with the idea to redirect the web users to other predefined websites, and pages that support specific goods and/or services.

Technically, this method of online promotion is not illegal, that’s why the browser hijacker is not seen as malware. Still, we do not advise you to easily trust and click on everything that this software shows on your screen because sometimes nasty threats (more specifically Ransomware and Trojans!) and various viruses can hide in the randomly displayed commercial messages and links and one wrong click can invite them into your system. For optimal protection it is best to uninstall the hijacker and use professional software that can keep such unwanted apps and actual viruses like the above-mentioned Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware and other malware away from your system.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms The browser’s screen may get filled with unusual amounts of pop-up commercials that are hard to remove.
Distribution Method This software can be found in spam messages, free file bundles, torrents, email attachments and shareware platforms.
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Remove Virus 

To try and remove quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed removal guide below.

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


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).



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:

    hosts_opt (1)

    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.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    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 Firefox, click 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 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!

    About the author

    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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