Browser Redirect “Malware” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

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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.

Are you unable to find an effective way to remove from your Chrome, Firefox, IE or Edge browser? If yes, then stay with us because this article is entirely dedicated to this new browser hijacker and, in the paragraphs that follow, we will give you useful information about all its specifics and uninstallation steps. Our “How to remove” team has prepared a detailed Removal Guide with step-by-step instructions which will guide you through the process of completely removing from your system as well as all of its related toolbars, homepage or search engine changes. The Guide below will also help you get you rid of the annoying page-redirects, ads, pop-ups and intrusive banners which might have started disturbing your normal web surfing from the moment this browser hijacker has become part of your system.

What do you need to know before you start dealing with

The term “Browser hijacker” sounds a bit alarming and is likely to raise concerns in most of the web users who have no clue about the true nature of this software category. However, this term stands for a type of software which is not really malicious in the real sense of the word. Typically, a Browser hijacker is an application which has the ability to redirect the users’ searches to certain web locations and to display various ads (such as pop-ups, banners, links, new tabs, etc.) directly on the default browser’s windows. When people browse the web, the job of the hijacker is to expose them to certain sponsored commercial messages, offers, ads promoting software products, search engine tools, homepage domains and web pages which need promotion and traffic. Fortunately, the main idea behind this advertising and page-redirecting activity is not to cause you harm but to make you click on the promoted links, ads and pop-ups. The reason for that is, your clicks generate traffic and revenue from Pay-Per-Click ads and this is what the owners of the hijacker are really after. “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.

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

Unfortunately, many people do not know that the browser hijacker generally has no malicious intentions and, therefore, when they first encounter it, they oftentimes panic thinkin their machine has been compromised by some scary virus like a Trojan, a Ransomware or a Spyware. This is a very common confusion because, after all, such software may really decrease the quality of the normal web surfing by causing frequent automatic page redirects and may impose some browser changes which may not have been approved by the users. Also, there is a common (and justified) fear among the users that the hijacker may try to land them on potentially dangerous sites, unfamiliar links or content which might be carriers of real viruses such as Trojans, Ransomware or spyware. For this reason, a large number of those who end up with such software, seek methods to uninstall its components and have its ads removed from their screen.

There is also another quite questionable ability of applications like Their developers typically set such hijackers to gather some browsing-related data from people’s hijacked browser without their direct control or approval. This way, the marketers can learn more about the users’ browsing preferences, search queries, recent interests, location, language, browsing history and frequently visited pages. This data is not personal and is normally used for different targeted advertising campaigns completely legally. Still, some people find it disturbing to have their web activity tracked and analyzed by such software and the third parties behind it. That’s why, for them, uninstalling the hijacker is the best solution.

Can you safely remove and avoid invasion of such annoying software in the future?

It is not difficult to remove and prevent browser hijackers from invading your PC. Unlike the situation with stealthy infections such as Trojans, Ransomware or similar nasty viruses, you have much more control over applications like than you might think. Typically, such applications are found in different free software bundles, automatic installers, free download links, torrents and spam messages. They are often promoted as “recommended” components to the main application and are usually pre-selected for installation along with the rest of the content of the given setup. That’s why, when the users run the Automatic installation, they usually allow such additional components to become part of the system by default.

Fortunately, it is really easy to avoid the unwanted components and all that you need to do is select the Advanced/Custom installation options instead of the Automatic ones. SImply manually disable what appears to be potentially unwanted and you should be good to go. Of course, if you stick to reputed software developers and avoid freeware or shareware in general, you may not have to deal with applications like very often. Still, reading the EULA and using the most detailed installation options with each new software package on your computer is something that we highly recommend that you do.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Intrusive new homepage or search engine changes, new toolbars installation, automatic page redirects. 
Distribution Method Frequently found in program bundles with other freeware or shareware, torrents, free download links, spam, ads.
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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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