is a browser hijacker that is capable of tampering with your existing web browser’s settings and adding a new search engine or a new homepage that initiates redirects to partnering websites. is also reported to spam the computer screen with pop-ups, banners, and commercials during regular browsing sessions.

The virus monitor your latest online search requests and try to link them with ads

The term browser hijacker is most commonly used to describe programs designed to control your Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari, or other popular browser and to modify its settings, (including the default search engine and homepage) without your approval. The programs recognized as browser hijackers are also known for filling the screen of the web browser with sponsored ads, pop-up notifications, and banners that serve as redirects to predetermined websites. 

If you’ve landed on this site because a specific program of this type called has invaded your default browser and has already mad the above-mentioned changes, you’re certainly in luck. Here, we’re going to give you all the details you need to fully uninstall the unwanted changes and remove this program from your machine. Below is a comprehensive removal guide that includes detailed instructions that can help you do just that. But before you head over to it, we advise you to first find out what potential dangers may expose you to and why it is important to rid your device of such browser hijackers.

Are the browser hijackers dangerous?

If you are facing a browser hijacker such as for the first time, you don’t need to fear that this software will destroy your system or encrypt your files – these are often the results of an encounter with other infections such as Trojans and Ransomware viruses. The browser hijacker’s real purpose is relatively harmless and serves the online marketing industry’s interests. At its worst, programs like and will spam your screen with pop-ups, banners, and promotional materials that, once clicked upon, redirect you to specific websites. The main problem comes from the fact that, in order to advertise more effectively, most browser hijackers employ some aggressive online advertising practices. For instance, they may “hijack” the main web browser and force it to display only sponsored search results by replacing its search engine or by installing some page-redirecting buttons and add-ons. Also, they may set a new homepage or a new new-tab page with a pre-defined URL that gets loaded the moment you start the browser. To get more clicks on the displayed ads, programs like may place them on top of the page you are visiting so that you cannot ignore them.

In many cases, the browser hijackers can keep track of the websites that you most frequently visit and the types of content that you like and share on social media. They can also monitor your latest online search requests and try to link them with ads that contain the same keywords.

Clearly, it’s not a good thing to keep track of user activity like this. And, certainly, it is not very pleasant to browse the web with a browser that is totally controlled by a third-party program. Therefore, even though, technically, is not something that can cause damage to the system and is not considered a virus, a Ransomware, a Trojan or any other similar malware, we would suggest that you remove it and uninstall its changes from your main web browser in order to regain full control.


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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. 


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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
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    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.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    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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    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.


    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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    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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