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If your default browsing application is getting spammed with hundreds of aggressive commercial messages (typically in the form of ads, pop-ups, banners, redirect links, new tabs, etc.) which constantly appear on your screen regardless of your efforts to remove them, then the chances are that you might have accidentally installed a browser hijacker such as inside your system. This software is not among the most dangerous computer threats but its behavior is considered to be rather unwanted as it may often irritate the web users. Another sure sign that you are dealing with a browser hijacker is the unauthorized installation of new toolbars, search engine tools, buttons and homepage URL changes inside your main browsing program, which typically lead to the exposure to sponsored commercials and some predefined third-party domains. Such applications typically attach themselves to popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or Edge, but they may also target other browsers in order to carry on with their ad-generating and page-redirecting tasks. The activities they perform are usually harmless and entirely advertising-oriented, which means that we cannot consider the browser hijackers as computer viruses or as representatives of any malware category (such as Ransomware, Spyware or Trojans).  However, many users who have pieces of software like inside their PC report that they have troubles browsing the web normally and refer to the new browser changes as potentially unwanted. Unfortunately, in most of the cases, people face difficulties with removing the browser hijacker and uninstalling it from the affected browser, which is why we’ve decided to create a detailed removal guide with instructions that explain the uninstallation process of this software in detail. If you are looking for a permanent solution to the ads invasion on your screen, we suggest you carefully repeat the steps below or just run the professional removal tool for a quick and risk-free elimination of the invasive software.

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Many of you may initially mistake for some sort of a malicious or a virus-like application. And this is not surprising because, as every browser hijacker, this application tends to impose its changes and sponsored ads without asking for an approval. The good news is that, unlike threats like Ransomware, Trojans or other pieces of malware, is incapable of causing any permanent damage to the operating system or to its data and is unlikely to affect anything else inside the computer, apart from the main browser. That being said, we still need to warn you about the third-party messages, redirect links and blinking boxes, which this software may spam you with. While, in most of the cases, they may simply be annoying but not harmful, it is not excluded that some of the advertising materials might be potentially dangerous and misleading. For this reason, clicking on everything that the browser hijacker may display is not advisable. In fact, it is much safer to simply remove such random messages permanently by uninstalling their source as a preventive measure instead of accidentally stumbling upon something hazardous when you least expect it.

Type Browser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Typical symptom is the excessive exposure to various aggressive ads, pop-ups and sponsored banners. 
Distribution MethodCommonly found inside different free installers, program bundles, torrents, shareware sites, freeware platforms and ads.


Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.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 FoldersBefore 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.Removing Fireappeal.funStep 1: Checking the Task ManagerOpen 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 programsUse 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 programsGo 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’sOpen 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.Step 5: Cleaning-up the browsersYou 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:ChromeOpen 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.FirefoxOpen 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.IEOnce 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.EdgeOpen 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 EditorOpen 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 entriesFor 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 RestoreIn 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/ResetUse 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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