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About is a potentially unwanted application which may cause modifications to the browser settings that could be rather difficult to uninstall. Such applications, in general, are known as browser hijackers and are famous for their ability to change the homepage, the default search engine and the new tab page with some sponsored tools, toolbars and third-party domains without the users’ approval. Once the hijacker has imposed these changes, it starts to page-redirect people to predetermined sites to increase those site’s traffic and popularity. If you have on your Chrome, Firefox or Explorer browser, you may frequently experience automatic page-redirects to different pages full of ads, pop-ups, banners and promotional messages. By generating this content on your screen and making you click on it, the browser hijacker earns money for its developers on a pay-per-click basis. Unfortunately, nothing can guarantee you that all the ads and sites that get promoted are legitimate and harmless. Therefore, clicking on them could be risky risk and landing on a real virus or a malware (such as Trojans, Ransomware or Spyware) is a real possibility even though exposing you to malware isn’t the intended purpose of a hijacker. Removal guide for windows and mac

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Browser hijackers like , , Technet Search and are generally tools for online advertising which aren’t interested in causing harm. Unlike computer viruses and other forms of malware, they don’t have malicious scripts that can damage your system or involve you in criminal schemes. Yet, almost all browser hijackers can impose changes to people’s browsers and can collect information about their browsing habits. These applications are interested in learning what terms you use when searching, what sites you visit, what files you upload or download, what information you enter in different sites as well as other similar browsing-related data. They use this information to determine what your interests are and which ads you are more likely to click on so that they can modify their stream of ads accordingly. Those activities, however, may have some rather unpleasant effects on the system and may give you a good reason to uninstall the application that is initiating them.

How Dangerous is

Here are some of the most common effects that a typical hijacker app may have on the computers where it’s been installed.

  • Modification of the settings of each of the browsers. When you are “infected” with an application like, you can expect to find an unknown homepage, a new default search engine and a new tab page enforced on your browser. In addition, the browser hijacker may also add or remove buttons and tools in your taskbar. These activities are typically performed without the user’s approval.
  • Redirects to unfamiliar sites. Browser hijackers are most often used to redirect people to predetermined sites, thereby promoting the said sites by increasing their traffic. The hijacker’s search engine may also show results that favor such sites. Be careful because there is no guarantee that any such site is harmless and these redirects can seriously reduce the security of the computer or get you exposed to transmitters of real threats like Ransomware, Spyware, Trojans and viruses.
  • Problems related to the stability and performance of the system. Most browser hijackers slow the browser down and worsen the system’s performance because they use high amounts of CPU and RAM resources for streaming their sponsored content. That’s why you may notice stability issues, errors and sudden crashes as a result of such activities.

If you want to get the settings of your browser back to normal and protect your personal space, we suggest you remove from your system with the help of the instructions below.

Type Browser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms You may notice modifications in your browser’s settings as well as constant generation of sponsored ads on your screen.
Distribution MethodSpam, torrents, free download and software bundles are some of the most common sources of browser hijackers.







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The following guide is only for windows users, it 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 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 From Windows

Step 1: Checking the Task Manager

Before we start deleting files related to we want to make sure that all services related to the viruses are killed before we proceed. 

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:

Getting rid of from Chrome

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.

Removing From Firefox

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.

Removing From Windows Internet Explorer

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.

Removing From Windows Edge

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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