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Can’t Remove ? This page includes detailed instructions on how to remove that can be found at the bottom half of this article.  Luckily,...

Can’t Remove ? This page includes detailed instructions on how to remove that can be found at the bottom half of this article.

 Luckily, in the next lines, you will find very helpful information on that in the form of detailed instructions, neatly organized in a Removal Guide. We are going to talk about the specifics of and its nature and we will give you some useful tips on protection and prevention.

Generally, this application can be classified as a browser hijacker. Now, the browser hijackers are not viruses (contrary to what many of you might think) but they are not very pleasant applications either. Typically, these pieces of software are considered as potentially unwanted because they tend to change the browser’s default homepage or search engine and to install some new toolbars or other unfamiliar components without the users’ approval. What is more, the moment they become part of the system, the hijackers usually start to produce many ads, pop-ups and different banners on the users’ screen and trigger redirects to random websites and sponsored advertising content. If any application does that, the chances are that your browsing experience may start to get heavily disrupted and you may face difficulties while surfing the web due to constantly getting interrupted by annoying pop-ups or being redirected to various unfamiliar pages. The good news is that it is not so difficult to uninstall this type of software and, unlike an infection with a Trojan Horse or a Ransomware, the “infection” with a browser hijacker would hardly do any serious system harm to your system. You don’t even need to bring your computer to an IT specialist because with the help of a Guide like the one that we have prepared below, you will easily be able to get rid of it.

What does an application like do?

The main reason for browser hijacking software to exist is the growing demand for online advertising of the marketing industry. These pieces of software are basically tools which are developed for promoting certain products, services, web pages, other software and so on. Of course, they also are created to generate profits for their developers by employing different remuneration marketing strategies. Usually, applications like are tied down to Pay-Per-Click or Pay-Per-View models where every time a user clicks on the ads, pop-ups or visits the promoted pages that the hijacker displays, the creators of the pesky software receive some small amount of money for their advertising service. The majority of the users, however, would rarely find it beneficial or useful to get exposed to hundreds of sponsored advertisements during each of their browsing sessions. In most of the cases, the activity of the browser hijacker would cause irritation and frustration with its unwanted redirects and browser changes which won’t go away unless the undesirable app gets removed.



Could a Browser Hijacker pose a security risk?

The applications from the browser hijacking type usually don’t have a very good reputation because a lot of people mistakenly think they are some type of harmful and malicious viruses. However, this assumption is, wrong. There are some significant differences between ad-generating applications like and any real kind of malware. For instance, a Trojan horse or a Ransomware virus, which are some of the nastiest possible kinds of malware, would not spare your PC and personal data. An infection with them could result in some serious system corruption, destruction or encryption of data, theft of information or other nasty and harmful consequences. If you have a browser hijacker on your computer, though, nothing fatal or destructive would happen unless you are not careful and end up interacting with some infected advertising content.

A application like cannot directly damage your system on its own but there is always a chance that such an application may accidentally redirect you to potentially dangerous web locations or make you click on infected ads, pop-ups, and fake notifications. That’s why, you should always be careful what you click on and, if possible, avoid interaction with randomly generated content, sketchy ads and unfamiliar sites for the sake of your safety. If that is not possible and the hijacker is too intrusive in its advertising attempts, it might be a good solution to uninstall it in order to permanently remove its ads-streaming from your screen. In fact, that will also let you restore your previous browser settings and will eliminate the potentially unwanted changes from your favorite browsing program.

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Mac user, please use our Mac Malware Removal guide.

The following guide will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant software. Follow the instructions and complete each step for best results. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them using our comment section down below.

Preparation: Entering Safe Mode and Revealing Hidden Files and Folders

Before you proceed with the actual removal instructions, you will need to take two extra steps in order to ensure that the guide has maximum effect.

For best results, we advise our readers to boot into Safe Mode prior to attempting to remove the virus. If you do not know how to do that, here is a separate How to Enter Safe Mode guide.

Also, in order to be able to see any potentially undesirable files, you should reveal any hidden files and folders on your PC – here is how to do that.


Step 1: Checking the Task Manager

Open your Task Manager by using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys and go to the Processes tab. Look for any suspicious processes. For example, any unfamiliar process that uses high amounts of RAM and/or CPU. If you aren’t sure if a certain process comes from malware, tell us in the comments.

Right-click on any process that you consider shady and select Open File Location. Delete anything from the file location of the process.

Step 2: Disabling Startup programs

Use the Winkey + R keyboard combination to open the Run search bar and type msconfig. Hit Enter and in the newly opened window, go to the Startup tab. There, look for suspicious entries with unknown manufacturer or ones that have the name on them. Right-click on those, and select disable.

Step 3: Uninstalling unwanted programs

Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program. Click on Installed On to sort the entries by date from most recent to oldest and look through the programs that come at the top of the list. Right-click on any entries that appear shady and unwanted and then select Uninstall to remove them from your PC. If you see the name in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation.


Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s

Open your Start Menu and copy-paste notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts in the search bar. In the notepad file, look below Localhost and see if there are any IP addresses there. If there are some, send them to us in the comments and we will tell you if you should take any action.

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Step 5: Cleaning-up the browsers

You will also have to uninstall any undesirable browser extensions from your browser programs. Here’s how to do that for some of the more popular browsers:


Open Chrome and open its main menu. Go to More Tools > Extensions. Look through the list of extensions and uninstall any that you think could be suspicious. To remove them – click on the trash can icon next to each extension.

You can also use a specialized Chrome CleanUp tool if you cannot manually remove a certain extension. Here is an article where you can learn more about the CleanUp tool.


Open Firefox and go to its Menu. Select the Add-ons button.From the left panel, select Extensions and take a look at the different entries. Remove any of the that might be unwanted.


Once you open your IE browser, click on the Tools button at the top-right corner of the program and from the drop-down menu select Manage Add-ons. Check each one of the four different groups of add-ons and search for anything that seems undesirable. If you find anything, click on it and them select Remove.


Open the main menu of Microsoft Edge and go to Extensions. Find the extensions that you believe could be unwanted and right-click on them. Then, select Uninstall.

Step 6: Checking the Registry Editor

Open the Run search bar again and type regedit in it. Hit Enter and once the Registry Editor opens press Ctrl + F. In the search field type and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for in your PC’s Registry.

Step 7: Deleting recent entries

For this step, you will have to open your Start Menu and copy-paste the following lines, one by one:

  • %AppData%
  • %LocalAppData%
  • %ProgramData%
  • %WinDir%
  • %Temp%

Hit Enter after each one to open a file directory. In the directories, delete the most recent entries that you find there. In the Temp folder, delete all files.

Step 8: System Restore

In order to be fully sure that the unwanted software has been removed from your machine, you can also try using a Restore Point to roll back your system its last stable configuration. However, in order to do that, you would have to previously had had a restore point created. On most systems, such points get created automatically but this isn’t always the case.

  • If you want to learn how to configure System Restore and how to manually create Restore Points, follow this link.
  1. Open your Start Menu and type System Restore.
  2. Click on the first result – a setup wizard should open.
  3. Read the brief description of the process and select Next.
  4. Now, choose a restore from the presented list. You can also check the Show more restore points option in order to reveal any other restore points that might be saved on your PC.
  5. Click on Scan for affected programs to see what programs will get deleted or restored after you use the Restore Point. (optional) 
  6. Click on next and take and then select Finish.
  7. A warning window will appear telling you that once the process starts, it shouldn’t be interrupted. Select Yes and be patient as this might take some time. Do not do anything on your PC throughout the duration of the process.

Step 9: Windows Refresh/Reset

Use this method only if nothing else has worked so far as it is a last resort option. If you do not know how to do it, this separate guide will give you the information that you need.

Daniel Sadakov

Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded, a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people.

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