Browser Redirect Redirection “Malware” Removal

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

One of the most irritating and intrusive forms of software you could possibly encounter on the Internet and get installed on your PC are the infamous Browser hijackers. The applications of this type are well known for their intrusive page-redirects and aggressive ads-generation. What is more, a lot of web users are daily forced to deal with these applications as hijackers can easily become part of one’s Chrome, Explorer, Firefox or Edge browser and impose various unwanted changes on it. For instance, if you have an application like installed on your computer, you may notice that your homepage domain has been changed or a new search engine has replaced your default one. A new toolbar might have also appeared on inside your browser without you actually having approved it. You must have also noticed that ever since the browser hijacker has appeared in your system, an excessive amount of ads, different pop-ups, banners and hard-to-remove blinking boxes and new tabs have started to frequently disturb your normal browsing by prompting you to click on them. Redirection “Malware”

Basically, all this is a really common online advertising activity which applications such as are developed to perform in order to generate more traffic and views for certain sponsored websites or ads as well as to bring Pay-Per-Click revenue to their developers. However, this same activity and the software related to it is seen as a source of some serious irritation and browsing interruptions. Many users actually mistake browser hijackers for viruses and fear that their computer has been compromised by some nasty threat from the ranks of Trojan horses or  Ransomware infections. Luckily, these pieces of software do not fall into the category of any highly-dangerous and insidious computer threats and there’s no reason to get panicked if you have a hijacker on your computer. Still, nothing can excuse the aggressive way and other similar apps operate. That’s why, if you don’t want to be daily getting exposed to various intrusive ads, sudden page redirects and annoying browser changes, it is probably best to uninstall this software from your PC and have all of its imposed search engines, toolbars or homepage domains removed. In the manual Removal Guide below we have described in detail how you can do that, so take a close look at the instructions there and follow the steps as they are shown. Alternatively, if you still find it difficult to remove the hijacker effectively, there is an automatic removal tool down below which can take care of all the hijacker-related files and scan your system thoroughly for any undesirable data which might have been left behind. For best results, we suggest you make use of both the Removal guide and the professional removal tool in order to ensure your system is clean from the pesky software and its unwanted components. Redirection “Malware” 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


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.

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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

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!

Issues that “Malware” may create:

We already mentioned the most annoying characteristics of above. This browser hijacker, as any other similar app, is specialized in redirecting the web users to certain sponsored websites and making them click on certain Pay-Per-Click ads. The good news is that does not contain malicious code. Therefore, it shouldn’t be able to perform any harmful tasks or to initiate hidden attacks on your system. However, despite not being considered as a threat, the browser hijacker may cause certain issues if you are not careful with it. The thing that you should be especially concerned about is the kind of content this software can generate on your screen. Generally, “Malware” can display various types of commercials (pop-ups, banners, new tabs, blinking boxes, promotional links, etc.) as well as links to different webpages which usually can redirect you to third-party sites when you click on them. However, since you can never be completely sure about the safety and the legitimacy of these redirect links, there is a risk of accidentally clicking on something hazardous. For instance, you may happen to land on an infected webpage or activate a hidden Trojan horse or a Ransomware virus just from a single click on a legitimate-looking (but unsafe) ad. That’s why, for your safety, we would generally advise you to keep away from the hijacker and its content. There is simply no need to risk exposing your computer to various security hazards coming from unfamiliar web locations when you can easily uninstall the unwanted application and remove its aggressive advertising content.

Pay attention when installing bundles!

The Browser hijackers are commonly encountered all over the web and are usually distributed via free download links, torrents, different spam messages, freeware sites or software bundles. That’s why, if you don’t want to get your browser hijacked, you should try to avoid these sources of software or pay close attention when installing new programs on your PC. The best advice we have for you in this case is to always read the related terms of use of every setup and select the Advanced/Custom installation option over the Automatic/Quick one whenever it is available so that you can leave out any potentially undesirable bundled apps.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Annoying page redirects, pop-ups, ads, homepage or search engine changes
Distribution Method Commonly encountered in different freeware or shareware sites, spam, torrents, free download links, ads, and bundles. 
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