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Remove “Virus” Remove “Virus” – Details A particular category of programs, known as Browser Hijackers is, in most cases, the reason for any obstructive or intrusive online... Remove “Virus” – Details

A particular category of programs, known as Browser Hijackers is, in most cases, the reason for any obstructive or intrusive online Ads which don’t come from a certain website. On this page, we will discuss one such program/browser extension which goes under the name of A lot of people believe that Browser Hijacker applications like this one are created with the sole purpose of generating adverts and they are actually right. However, since very few people would normally allow such a program to remain on their PC for more than a few days, some Hijackers have some kind of usefulness integrated into them. The creators want you to allow the program to stay in your system for the free functionality it provides in spite of the pop-ups. This means that not all Browser Hijackers are totally useless – they do often provide useful features. However, those programs are a sort of software created to mainly distribute various ads. The ads are typically available in all shapes and forms – pop-ups, banners, messages, and in many cases, page redirects. The reasons why those unwanted ads are actually problematic is mainly because they significantly interfere with your browsing experience. Nothing of this is surprising – let’s be honest. The eventual target is to make you click on the Ads because the owners of the Hijacker typically utilize the pay-per-click scheme as a way to generate profit for every promotional message they display. One distinguishing feature of programs like is their aggressiveness when displaying adverts. Some of the more aggressive representatives that fall under the Browser Hijacker category may cover your screen with hundreds of sponsored pop-ups and redirect links, this way totally preventing you from using your PC unless you click on at least one of the Adverts. When the annoyance of the adverts outweighs the benefits from using the free functionality of the software, however, one normally prefers to remove it. In fact, the best solution when dealing with a program like would be to uninstall it from your machine as fast as possible in order to avoid all the ads disturbance and our removal guide below will assist you with that.

How dangerous is?

Oftentimes programs like, or are incorrectly called malicious. As frustrating as a Hijacker could be, however, this type of software is really not a vicious virus. There is certainly a very big difference between actual security hazards like Ransomware or Trojans and ad-generating pieces of software such as If we take the Ransomware as an example for a harmful virus you should know that once you get infected with it, the malware encrypts your documents, making them unusable until you pay a ransom for their decryption. No Browser Hijacker can do that and, therefore, it is not a reason for being worried. In case you currently have one on your PC, realize that there’s no need to fear – nothing fatal will happen. Still, do not mistake programs like for an absolutely risk-free software – these are still invasive and bothersome pieces which may redirect you to unknown web locations and make you click on various ads, some of which may hide security hazards. That’s why it is a good idea to remove them as soon as possible.

TypeBrowser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
SymptomsYou may notice various ads and pop-ups on your screen, as well as page-redirects, and strange browser changes.
Distribution MethodSoftware bundles, free installers, automatic setup packages, torrents, ads, spam, shareware and freeware sites. 








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

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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 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.

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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