Malware is a potentially unwanted browser extension compatible with Chrome,Safari,Firefox, Edge, and other browsers. works as an ad-displaying tool that aims to promote different sites by forcing the browser it is attached to to open those sites without the user’s permission. Malware

The Malware redirect your searches.

For the most part, this piece of software is incapable of causing direct damage to anything on the computer where it is installed. Its purpose is different from the purpose of Trojan horses, file-encrypting Ransomware viruses, Spyware, or any other form of dangerous malware that you could encounter on the Internet.

Despite this, it is still highly advisable to not keep this app on your computer for any extended period of time. Its changes to the browser’s default omnibox search engine, homepage, and toolbar could all lead to potential vulnerabilities in the system. Also, the frequent page redirects may result in you visiting sites that may contain fake or low-quality software, misleading offers, phishing forms, or even pirated content that is used to disguise malware downloads such as the aforementioned Ransomware, Trojan horses, and Spyware (as well as other potential threats). All things considered, it is not advisable to interact with any of the content this app puts on your screen as its safety can’t be guaranteed.

Removing the hijacker

Many users who try to remove this app on their own face various problems with the uninstallation. Some may seem to initially manage to remove the app only for it to soon return to their browser and continue with its advertising campaign. Others don’t even get this far and simply can’t get the unwanted app removed from their browser. In some cases, it may seem like the hijacker is no longer in the system or in the browser and yet the users keep seeing the ads and keep getting redirected to pages they don’t want to visit. All of this is to be expected from a representative of the browser hijacker category. Since these apps make money from their paid advertisements and page redirects, the people who develop them have an interest in ensuring the hijackers remain on the users’ computers for as long as possible in order to maximize the potential advertising profit. Knowing this, it should not come as a surprise that these apps are rather difficult to properly uninstall. That being said, there’s still certainly a way to achieve full removal of the hijacker and we will show you exactly how to do it in the guide posted below this article.

How to avoid and other hijackers

The main thing here is to never interact with anything on the Internet that seems like it could be an attempt to trick you into downloading unwanted software. Examples of what you should avoid are the different forms of spam messages, the many types of clickbait ads, and, of course, the pirated and/or low-quality programs that can be found on illegal torrent and file-sharing sites. Keep away from these and the chances of getting a hijacker installed would be significantly decreased.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Giveaway signs such as invasive pop-ups and page redirects in the browser are sure symptoms of a hijacker. 
Distribution Method Spam, clickbait advertisements, and software packages that carry the hijacker alongside other programs are some of the most common methods.
Detection Tool

Not Available

Remove Malware

To try and remove quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed removal guide below.

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 Malware

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). Malware


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. Malware

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: Malware
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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. Malware

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK. Malware

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: Malware

Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious. Malware

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: Malware

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. Malware Malware

  • 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). Malware

Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe. Malware Malware  Remove from Internet Explorer:

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

Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Malware —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply. Malware Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick Malware  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions. Malware

Find the adware/malware —> Remove. MalwareRemove from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside: Malware

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome. Malware

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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Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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