Browser Redirect Removal (Mac/Win)

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

If you have installed on your PC, you are most probably experiencing a flow of ads, page redirects and some strange changes to the homepage and the search engine of your Chrome or Firefox browser. In case you feel disturbed by this strange program, which comes from the browser hijacker family, you are probably looking on how to remove it and restore all your normal settings. This is what we are going to show you on this page. The removal guide below has all the steps you need to follow in order to completely uninstall and all its traces from your machine. In addition, we are going to explain the risks browser hijackers are related to and the way they get installed on you PC. You never know when you may come across such programs again, so it may turn out to be helpful to know how to prevent them from sneaking inside your system in the future. redirect Removal

What can do?

As a typical browser hijacker, is a piece of software that is developed to hijack and redirect your searches to various advertisements and sponsored links. To do that, it incorporates some potentially unwanted changes in your browser. At first glance you may notice that your homepage has probably been changed and every time you search something, a new search engine may redirect you to unknown promotional web pages. It may look just like any other normal search bar. However, if you try to browse the web with it, it will show you mostly advertisements, pop-ups, banners, and sponsored websites. What is more concerning is that this browser hijacker contains a component that may track your browsing habits in order to match the ads with your interests. This may eventually lead to the collection of some personal browsing-related data, which could be transmitted to the developers for analysis, or even sold to third parties for additional profit. This way your data may be involved in some marketing research and you may suffer from even more redirects to dozens of personalized pop-ups, ads, banners and web pages.

The main idea of this aggressive redirecting activity is to bring traffic to the advertised pages and collect paid clicks which turn into income for the browser hijacker creators. The infamous Pay-Per-Click scheme is involved here, where every click on such sponsored links brings huge profits for the owners of, that’s why they flood the screen of the users with as many ads as possible. Although it may look a bit shady and quite irritating, this activity is actually legitimate and is part of the online advertising and remuneration strategy of many businesses and software developers.

How can be installed on your PC?

Very often you may hear that browser hijackers are called viruses or harmful malware. But this is a wrong statement, because these programs generally do not represent any security risk to your system. Unlike viruses, browser hijackers get installed on your computer just as any other software and they need you to actually run an installation package and agree to its terms. A virus or malware like Ransomware, for example, would never get installed officially or ask for your permission, but it will silently infect you and corrupt your system. The browser hijacker would never do any harm to your machine, apart from the huge amount of ads it may expose you to.

However, the likelihood of you downloading and installing a browser hijacker just because you enjoy clicking on dozens of ads is very small. That’s why these programs are distributed along with other useful and attractive software, usually bundled inside their installers. This way, once you run the setup of the program you want, a program like may automatically get installed with it, especially if you skip the advanced options in the setup and just click on the standard installation. Actually, this is what most people do when they install new software on their computers – they simply follow the quick/standard installation without reading the EULA or checking exactly what is in the given bundle. Such negligence sometimes results in the installation of a bunch of undesired programs, adware, browser hijackers or in some rare cases even malware like Trojans and Ransomware. Especially, if you often download software from insecure web locations, spam emails, torrents, file sharing sites or freeware installers. That’s why you are advised to avoid interaction with any suspicious web location that may hide some sketchy content or security hazards. And if your system has already been affected by the undesired activity of, you can easily remove it if you follow the removal guide below. For optimal protection, you can scan your system with the professional removal tool, which will ensure that is successfully uninstalled from your computer.



Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Search redirects, changed homepage and search engine, dozens of ads and pop-ups on your screen are all signs of the browser hijacker’s activity.
Distribution Method This program is usually distributed through program bundles, installation managers, torrents, freeware platforms, direct downloads, spam emails.
Detection Tool

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To remove from Mac OS, please follow this 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).


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.

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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – may have hidden some of its files.

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.



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.

  • At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.


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.

Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.



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 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

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