Browser Redirect “Virus” Redirection Pop-up Removal

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

If certain changes have recently been imposed on your browser and if there are a lot of ads that pop-up on your screen whenever you try to surf the Internet, then you most likely have or some other similar browser hijacker app on your computer. While the sight of the ads and the browser changes might lead a lot of people to think that their computer has gotten infected by some insidious malware piece like a Ransomware virus or a Trojan Horse infection, the good news here is that hijackers like are not all that dangerous. Sure, they could typically latch onto any browser (IE, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc.) and spam it with ads, page redirects, banners and other similar advertising materials and they are also likely to replace the toolbar, the default homepage and the search engine tool of the browser but in general, hijackers are not dangerous viruses and typically have no malicious code inside them. Of course, this doesn’t make this category of apps any more desirable. Browser hijackers are widely regarded as unwanted pieces of software and most users are eager to have them removed from their machines as soon as the hijacker’s presence has been noticed. Here is, however, where many users face certain difficulties with hijacker apps. You see, a regular program that isn’t considered to be unwanted would typically have an easy and intuitive way of getting uninstalled and removed. With hijackers, however, things tend to be different as most such applications are somewhat difficult to remove, especially if the user is inexperienced. That said, it is still possible to manually get rid of or any other similar piece of software as long as you know where to look for it inside your system. To help you with that, we have posted a removal guide on this page that will provide you with the necessary information regarding the elimination of the pesky app. Just follow the steps listed below and/or use the recommended program for removing – either method should work just fine and, of course, you could always use a combination of the manual steps and the removal tool for maximum effect. “Virus” Redirection Pop-up 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.

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

Why you are not advised to keep hijackers on your PC

Some apps that fall under the browser hijacker category might actually seem like useful software and might even provide you with certain beneficial functions. However, even if a hijacker does come with some functionality and even if you can put up with its nagging ads, redirects and browser changes, it is still typically advisable to get rid of any piece of software on your PC that can be categorized as a hijacker. We said above that software like is different from Trojans, Ransomware and other virus and malware programs (Worms, Rootkits, etc.). However, this is not to say that hijackers are absolutely safe and trustworthy. Normally, an app like wouldn’t try to directly harm your computer but the thing is that you could never be absolutely sure about the reliability of its advertising materials. Ad-generating and page-redirecting apps tend to spam the users’ screens with all kinds of ads and a lot of those ads might actually originate from unreliable and unsafe sources. This makes clicking on hijacker-generated advertisements a rather risky action as you could never know if you won’t’ land on some shady, questionable and potentially harmful website. This is why, even if you aren’t too bothered by the hijacker’s activity, we still advise you to remove the potentially unwanted software so that your PC won’t be at risk of getting exposed to more serious software hazards.

How users get hijackers installed on their machines

There are various ways in which you could get a browser hijacker like installed on your PC system without even realizing it at first. For instance, you could open some spam message that has an attachment and download that attachment thinking its a legitimate piece of software whereas instead it is a hijacker. You could also agree to install some fake update request coming from some questionable site or click on a web offer and agree to download something that isn’t what it looks like. Also, if you install a new program on your computer using the Quick setup option, you might also land a hijacker if one had previously been bundled with the program you wanted to install. Note, however, that using the Advanced setup menu and opting-out of the installation of any added components that look sketchy would prevent them from getting installed alongside the main program. Remember this tip and use it in the future to stay away from and other hijackers.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Most hijackers can be noticed as soon as they start making changes to the targeted browser.
Distribution Method Usually, a hijacker like would get distributed through file bundles, spam messages and online advertisements.
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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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