Waitgirlbroke falls into the software category of so-called browser hijackers. Software like Waitgirlbroke ‘hijacks’ its host browsers by altering their settings without obtaining the end user’s permission.
Or at least that permission isn’t obtained in a way that the user is made explicitly aware of what they’re agreeing to. Now as for the changes that programs like Waitgirlbroke may enforce on your Chrome, Safari, Firefox or other widely used browser, there are plenty.
For instance, Waitgirlbroke may replace your default search engine with a lesser known one. It may also change the homepage of your browser, so that every time you open it – you generate hits for whatever new domain is set to greet you. And if you try to change any of these settings back, which is the standard first reaction, you will find that it just doesn’t work.
The minute you restart your browsing session, all the changes imposed by Waitgirlbroke are back in place and there’s nothing you can do about it. Well, there is something.
That something is the removal of Waitgirlbroke altogether. Yes, the only way you can take control back of your Chrome or whatever other browsing app you have is by deleting the hijacker from your computer. And since the developers of such software tend to make this rather difficult for users, we have designed a special removal guide to help you out. It’s located just below this post and available to use free of charge. Just be sure to read the rest of this article, some of the information here may prove useful in the future.
What browser hijackers do
Hijackers are a type of browser add-on that is designed to do little else than generate revenue for its creators. This is done with the help of paid banners, popups and various other ads that usually earn profit based on the number of times they’ve been viewed or clicked on by users.
And due to this way of making money, the ads and page redirects of such applications tend to be quite aggressive. And that, in turn, is why most people prefer to do away with the pesky software responsible for them.
But what’s less obvious is the fact that browser hijackers like Waitgirlbroke also run a bunch of processes in the background. Constantly. And that consumes a lot of your computer’s resources, which may lead to worse performance quality and issues in your system. Not to mention that some of these processes involve tracking your browsing activities for targeted ad campaigns.
But in addition to that, quite often the type of websites and pages that browser hijackers are associated with aren’t generally too reliable or even safe. So there’s always the risk of running into malware or viruses because of this, even scary ones like Trojans and ransomware. And in order to prevent anything like this from happening, it’s good to try and abstain from interacting with any of the online ads you see on your screen. But it’s even better to just get rid of their source – in this case Waitgirlbroke.
Some users report that they have been able to remove Waitgirlbroke quickly with the help of these instructions:
- In your affected browser, click on the main settings button and select More Tools/Add ons.
- After that, find the Extensions tab and open it.
- Once in Extensions, search for any Waitgirlbroke-related extensions that have recently been added without your approval.
- Remove these extensions when you find them.
- Remove any other unfamiliar or suspicious-looking extensions/add-ons.
If the steps above aren’t helpful in your case, and you still get disturbed by Waitgirlbroke non-stop, please follow the detailed Waitgirlbroke removal guide below.
During the completion of this guide, you may have to exit your browser at some point. That’s why in order to get back to the removal instructions quickly, Bookmark this page as a start. After that, reboot your computer in Safe Mode and proceed to the instructions below:
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Now, tap on the Start button and type “Task Manager” in the Windows search field. Open it and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Search the list for questionable processes and when you find a suspicious one, right-click on it and tap on Open File Location.
Then use the scanner below to scan the files in that location for malware:
If the scanned files end up being part of the browser hijacker, end their processes and delete their folders.
Another place where you have to look for Waitgirlbroke-related entries is the Control Panel. Type Run in the windows search field, and press enter. After that type appwiz.cpl in the Run box and click OK.
This will lead you to the Control Panel. Carefully check the list of programs for suspicious entries and if you find any that seem to be related to Waitgirlbroke, Uninstall them.
Open the System Configuration by typing msconfig in the search field and pressing the enter key.
Head straight to the Startup tab and Uncheck any entries that Waitgirlbroke may have added to the list.
Type Run in the search field, press enter, and then copy this in the Run window:
Press enter and a file named hosts should open. Scroll to the bottom of the file where it is written “Localhost” and look for Virus Creator IP addresses as shown on the image here:
If you detect any questionable IPs in your hosts file, please leave us a comment below this post as this might be an indicator that your computer is hacked.
Next, in the windows search field type Network Connections and open it. After that, select the Network Adapter that you are using and right-click on it. Tap on Properties and navigate to Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP). Next, click on its Properties. In the next window, make sure that the “Obtain DNS server automatically” bullet is selected. Then, click on Advanced and click the DNS tab. Look for rogue DNS in the field and remove everything there. Click OK at the end to save the changes.
Next, go to the windows search field, type Regedit, select the result, and open it.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the Name of the browser hijacker. Click on Find Next and delete any results that are found by right-clicking on them. Lastly, go manually to each of the following directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
The instructions in this step will help you remove Waitgirlbroke from your browsers. Note that we are explaining the steps in Google Chrome, but you can apply them for Mozilla Firefox and IE (or Edge) as well.
Right-click on the browser’s shortcut and then choose the Properties option.
Once you get inside Properties click on the Shortcut tab and in Target, remove everything that has been added after .exe.
Remove Waitgirlbroke from Internet Explorer:
Launch IE, then click and choose Manage Add-ons.
Find the browser hijacker in the Add-ons list and click on the Disable button. After that, go to and select Internet Options.
Check if the homepage URL has been replaced with an Waitgirlbroke-supported domain and change it to an address that you want. Click on Apply.
Remove Waitgirlbroke from Firefox:
Launch Firefox, click and navigate to Add-ons > Extensions.
Remove Waitgirlbroke from Chrome:
Close the Chrome browser and go to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. Highlight the folder called “Default”:
Rename that folder to Backup Default, save the name and restart Chrome.
Feel free to ask us any questions in the comments section below. Also, if the guide can’t help you remove Waitgirlbroke, use the recommended removal tool to scan your computer.