Browser Redirect “Malware” Removal (July 2019 Update)

How irritating is this problem? (4 votes, average: 5.00)

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.

The kind of software discussed in the following paragraphs is the group of the so-called browser hijackers. The exact program from this family which may have infected your system is “Malware”. This hijacker is very likely to change the search engine of whatever browser you have installed (Chrome / Firefox/ Explorer/ Opera); to set your browser to redirect you to unknown web pages; and to inflict the generation of an annoyingly big number of online ads (pop-ups / tabs / boxes and others). All this may take place without your conscious permission. Here you are going to find some valuable information about the typical contamination caused by “Malware”.

Are browser hijackers really viruses?

None of the known hijackers nowadays has been identified as really malicious. Usually, any form of malware is characterized by its somehow intrusive and disturbing behavior once installed on your device. This may include using your banking or account info in order to steal some data/money from you; sealing some important files (as a dangerous virus like Ransomware typically does); or even spying on you remotely via your own camera. No such awful activities can be carried out by any browser hijacker, so you do not have to deal with a virus. Stay calm!

Why could “Malware” be acting in such an irritating way?

The way “Malware” normally acts is related to the way it is distributed on the web. The usual method of spreading such ad-broadcasting programs is via bundles. A bundle is any mix of software versions, which typically contains a piece of ad-producing software, either a hijacker or Adware and other genuine programs. Such bundles are often distributed for free and any user is able to download them and install them. What is more, the majority of the “Malware”-caused infections actually happen in a very similar way. We have come to the point when we are about to give some explanation why such bundles and ad-generating software exist in general. First of all, many users are willing to download software for free and give it a try. Developers want their newly-developed programs popularized and tested by the public, and that is why they put them in such mixtures. Also, they also put programs such as “Malware” there as they still need to earn something from such bundles, apart from simply popularizing their own software. Moreover, by putting ad-generating programs inside and creating a way to fool the users into installing the entire content of a specific bundle, they get employed and paid by the advertising industry, as each single ad could generate huge profits for the ones interested in promoting products and services. Generally speaking, we are not talking about a problematic infection here, we are just reviewing the modern ways of advertising goods, one of which is by programs like Adware and browser hijackers. “Malware” Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware 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:

Drag and Drop Files Here to Scan
Maximum file size: 128MB.

This scanner is free and will always remain free for our website's users. You can find its full-page version at:

Scan Results

Virus Scanner Result

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 automaticallyIf 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 Targetremove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove “Malware” from Internet Explorer:

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

pic 3

Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove “Malware” from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

pic 6

Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove “Malware” 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!

How could we install “Malware” without even noticing?

Alone the download of any bundle is not about to infect your computer with a browser hijacker. Nonetheless, the improper installation methods can certainly land you such an infection. When we talk about bundles, users might easily forget that they contain more than one program and could decide to install them through the Default option, thus letting all the software from the bundle in their systems. Really, this is not at all wise, as such a method of installing new programs may even cause malware infections. The proper way to install any piece of software is through choosing the more elaborate methods, usually called Custom, Advanced or Customized. That’s how you will get the chance to personally select the programs and features that you need on your PC.

How do we “heal” a PC infected by “Malware”?

Depending on your particular case, you may be able to uninstall the majority of the common hijackers, including “Malware”, in a simple way. You can always try to achieve that by following the Removal instructions down there in our Guide. They present you with all the necessary info and should be what you need to clean your device from “Malware”. However, stay cautious, because in some specific cases, the situation of your system may need some more professional help. Such cases are not the general ones, though and happen very rarely.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Very irritating ones such as choosing another homepage for your browser, redirecting your searches and making many pop-ups appear and slow down the browsing process.
Distribution Method Many possible ones – via software bundles, illegal web pages, torrents, spam.
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.


Leave a Comment