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If random ads are getting shown on your screen, and if they follow you to every site and page you go to, then the reason behind them could be a browser hijacker like The browser hijacker apps are small pieces of software that typically operate as additions to the browser rather than as independent programs.

The virus will display pop up ads and messages

These apps can normally be encountered in any browser, from Chrome, and Firefox to Edge and Safari (and others). Their main goal in the browser is to show ads in it, and to promote and create traffic to certain pages and sites. To achieve that, many of them go as far as to change the homepage of the user’s browser, replacing it with the site they are supposed to promote. The search engine tool may also get modified, and it may start to page-redirect the user to other sites that the hijacker is trying to advertise. Again, it’s all done with a promotional and advertising purpose, but such activities could both be quite irritating, as well as somewhat risky to your system.


We do not mean to say that if you have a hijacker, such as the newly reported Unfurlyawweed, you are dealing with a hazardous malware threat like a Trojan, or a cryptovirus of the Ransomware family. The hijackers are certainly not that problematic, but they still need to be handled carefully, and removed from the system in order to avoid complications.

As we said, the goal of the hijacker is advertising-related, but the constant display of intrusive ads, and page-redirects, both of which may have some rather sketchy origins, could easily make your computer more vulnerable to real malware attacks from the Internet. Keep in mind that even if you try to avoid the ads, and not click on them, you may still accidentally interact with some pop-up or banner that shows up in front of your cursor right as you are about to click on something else on the page you are visiting. And, if that pop-up or banner is coming from some sketchy site with malware on it, you may end up getting your computer infected with some highly insidious threats – we are talking about Trojans, Spyware, and Ransomware among others.

And even if you are lucky and no ad gets you infected, you’d still be left with a heavily modified browser, which has been optimized for ad exposure. This is likely to heavily obstruct your online activities, and make navigating through the Internet quite an arduous task. Because of this, there really is no reason to keep such an app installed on your computer. Therefore, our advice for you is the following: take a look at the steps presented in the guide below, and see if you can follow them. Completing this guide should get uninstalled from your system. In case the manual removal method isn’t your thing, you can try the removal tool we’ve linked down there, and it will allow you to quickly and effortlessly get rid of the browser hijacker.


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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

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.

    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
    a professional malware removal tool.

    More information on SpyHunter, steps to uninstallEULAThreat Assessment Criteria, and Privacy Policy.

    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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