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The annoyance coming from the browser ads and page-redirects could be highly frustrating for any user who needs to use their browsing program on... Remove (Chrome/FF/IE)

The annoyance coming from the browser ads and page-redirects could be highly frustrating for any user who needs to use their browsing program on a daily basis. This is why it’s a good idea to have an ad-blocker in your Chrome or Firefox (or another) browser that would shoo away the majority of the advertisements that try to obstruct you. However, even a quality ad-blocker is likely not going to be able to stop the adverts that apps like could spam on your screen. is an app that may look like an add-on for your browser but it’s actually a potentially unwanted piece of software that the security researchers refer to as a browser hijacker. It’s main goal is to distribute as many ads as possible to as many users as possible. Replacing the homepage, the search engine and some of the toolbar buttons of your browser are some of the techniques this piece of software may employ in order to increase the overall number of advertisements that you get exposed to. Normally, the app doesn’t ask for your permission to make those changes and it doesn’t allow you to choose if or what ads would get shown on your screen. It’s end-goal is financial profit which is why there would be little to no regard about your browsing comfort. Sometimes, some representatives of the browser hijacker software category may seem to try to present you with some useful features and may be promoted as helpful additions to the browser but the truth is that it’s almost always better not to keep such software in your computer for long periods of time. To help you uninstall in case it’s currently bothering you, we’ve prepared a list of removal instructions and added it to this write-up.

Concerning the safety of your computer

Normally, most web users are scared of threats like Spyware, Viruses, Trojans and Ransomware and don’t really think about the dangers that an app of the hijacker type could represent. To be fair, a typical browser hijacker truly isn’t as problematic as a Ransomware cryptovirus or as harmful as a Trojan Horse program. However, there are still certain aspects of the browser hijackers that could be seen as potentially hazardous which is another important reason why it’s best to remove from your machine if it is currently inside it. The main security concern regarding the hijackers is that the sources of the ads they show may at times be unreliable and unsafe. This means that if you are unlucky and click on the wrong advert, your machine may get exposed to all sorts of sketchy and questionable content. Since this is certainly something that you’d like to avoid, we once again remind you to act quickly and eradicate the app by using the guide from this page. This will both put an end to the ad-spam and would also allow you to return your browser settings to their normal state.

Type Browser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms The visible symptoms include browser modifications, ads and random page-redirects.
Distribution MethodNormally, a hijacker needs the help of another program in order to sneak inside your computer (by being bundled with that other program’s installer).


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 Rabsirolcalat.infoStep 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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