Browser Redirect Removal (August 2017 Update)

Parasite may reinstall itself multiple times if you don't delete its core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs installed with it. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes. 

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Hijackers represent a software family, the programs in which might infect and change all of the browser apps, installed on your computer, even the most popular ones such as Firefox, Chrome and Explorer. Afterwards, any hijacker might inflict some possibly annoying alterations – your default homepage/ search engine may be lost and new ones may take their place; a big number of ads {pop-ups/banners mostly} may start covering your screen. What’s even more irritating, your browser apps could begin to launch lots of redirection processes and take you to websites you hadn’t had the intention to go to. – the specific hijacker, discussed in the coming paragraphs, is a standard representative of this irritating software category.

The typical way of ending up bothered by a infection:

To be completely precise, nearly all of today’s web content might be exploited as a means of distributing hijacker-like programs. You might catch such a browser hijacker from contagious websites, contaminated torrents, drive-by downloads, browser add-ons, spam and many more sources. Despite the great number of possible hijackers’ means of spreading, none of them could be blamed for all of the recorded cases of infections. Nevertheless, the exact sources that result in most of the infections ever recorded are the sets of free programs known as  “bundles”. Such a bundle is, actually, many various apps, games and programs, distributed together on the Internet, normally for free. It’s generally true that these bundles may appear to be very appealing since they might contain some original or paid software versions; interesting games, etc. Usually, any bundle may also contain any form of ad-generating software – normally Adware or a hijacker. Moreover, it is extremely important that you remember that no bundle can ever infect your PC on its own: they have no such capabilities. Down here you will be shown how an infection might occur and some of the ways to avoid it. 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).



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 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 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.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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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!

How an infection may take place:

Any cyber infection caused by a browser hijacker may only happen under the circumstances we have described in the following lines: 

  • Only on the condition that you install a program bundle using the ‘incorrect’ installer option. All the characteristics available to you that do not contain any information about the content of the given bundle you are having installed, are the ones to be always avoided. Normally, they are: the Recommended, the Default and/or the Easy feature.
  • To ensure that your system continues to be healthy and stable, it is recommended that you select the Advanced or the Custom installation features. They are your wisest choices.

Can anything relate browser hijackers to any virus program?

Surprisingly, no hijacker from this category has ever been officially identified as dangerous; it is just that most of them have been classified as potentially unwanted. The programs that could be regarded as malicious usually possess some awfully hazardous features and might seriously harm your PC and your privacy and safety. Their outcomes might include: crashing the entire system; changing, corrupting, or even robbing you of your data, folders, programs or any other details. Fortunately, is really INCAPABLE OF causing such trouble.

Nonetheless, why are and the other hijackers referred to as potentially unwanted?

Pretty much as expected, browser hijackers are not 100% harmless and simple. Actually, some of them may have inexplicable and even suspicious features, which might result in great annoyance. For example, the substitution of your typical search engine or homepage could seriously disturb you. However, these changes are of advertising nature and are no threat to you or your system. What’s more, the possible redirecting to websites you haven’t commanded the browser to display may appear even more irritating. One more quite intrusive effect of many hijackers can also be pointed out and explained here:

  • Nearly all ad-causing programs could exploit your browser app records in order to enhance their promotion campaigns. What might happen is that the data about your recent search requests could be used by the hijacker developers for designing an algorithm, which may be later used for foreseeing your personal surfing preferences. Consequently, only ads that may appear interesting to you will get displayed.

To remove successfully:

Check out the Removal Guide we have designed especially for your needs.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Many annoying changes in the behavior and the appearance of your default browser app.
Distribution Method Via the so-called infamous bundles of software. Possibly inside torrents and shareware also.
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.

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