How to remove browser hijacker

Have you seen annoying ads in the browser that are generated by the search? Did you see the presence of somewhere else on your device? If any of these is true – the PC is infested with an advertising program, and this article was written to assist you to eliminate it.

What is

Immediately after the penetration, switches the properties of the browsers. That's its only aim, as the substantial part of this illegal system is the “search engine” which appears in the browser when you install So, removes your default start page, as well as your favorite search and puts the scammer’s search instead of them. Now you cannot use the reputable Bing, Google, Yahoo or any other search you prefer – you’ll surf the Web through the low-quality fake search, giving away pop-ups untrusted links advertising banners of all forms and colors. The virus also corrupts the properties of browser icons so that even if you return the regular controls, you'll see the fraud search in the starting tab.

If you've already bothered to uninstall, you could notice that it restores, regardless of how many times you eliminated it. It occurs thanks to the virus' defensive systems, and we'll explain to you their essence:

  • The first method of defense is to create a scheduled task for the reinstallation of if the operator had removed it. These tasks aren’t typically used by usual PC users, so the virus just develops a task to confirm if it is running, and if it isn't – to download and install it one more time. That task verifies the virus' status after each reboot, and that’s why keeps coming back.
  • Another manner is pretty much like the previous one, but it employs the OS's registry and not the system tasks. You have to clear the registry to defeat this technique, but it’s a rather difficult thing for a novice user. The regular registry values are needed for your PC to function, and by removing any of them, you might bring serious damage to the OS.

The virus that distributes banners is called, and it is adware. can do nothing useful, as it was created to do one thing: to annoy you. Well, your annoyance is not its direct purpose, but you'll be irritated in any case while adware does what it does – distributes advertising pop-ups. Right after the penetration, it changes the controls of the browser and displays you lots of ads, ensuring that you will see a few of them. Hackers earn a little money for each click you’ve made, and now you realize why the ads keep appearing: it’s a real bonanza. In the next sections, we will explain how adware infected the machine and how you can protect it against similar threats. If you’re not interested and simply want to uninstall ASAP – ignore the other sections and proceed to the deletion guide.


How was installed in the system

To clarify the things a bit, we will picture the process in total. 99% of the advertising tools are each other's copies, duplicated millions of times and passed to different scammers with lesser alterations made. One of the suchlike lads got on an illegal website, tuned it and published it on file-exchanging portals all over the Web. That’s where you picked it up, huh? Wait, are you sure that you haven't looked for adware that will irritate you? Or, you needed a perfect messing-it-all-up tool for your workstation, and received a direct link to downloader? Still no? Well, then, it might have been another tool that is really helpful. Sort of a free tool created by a not-so-famous developer, or a pirated replica of some paid tool you didn’t want to buy.

We know this method as the “sponsored installation”, and its essence is that scammers merge the installation files of 3-4 viruses and a sole useful tool into one package. The principal point of that bundle is that its scheme opposes a victim from seeing the viruses inside of it. On some of the steps, you're allowed to see an offer to install more viruses, with the required fields filled and the mouse cursor already hovers over “proceed”. We suppose that you did so, if you're on this page today. Don't forget about another technique, with the “installation manners”. It's very simple: the installation for practiced customers means that you can decide a folder for a utility to be installed, and how many extra tools do you want. In case of, choosing the easy installation means that you let all the adware from the bundle into your workstation laptop.

Methods to remove

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove manually

Step 1. Uninstall from the operation system

Step 2. Remove from the browser (Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari/Edge)


If you are MAC user, follow this guide How to remove virus from MAC

Now you understand what is, and you know in which way it penetrated your computer. We’ve explained nearly everything, besides the most important thing: the ways to uninstall this virus. Let’s fix that. You can eliminate through following these basic methods. The first one is what you’ve already attempted to perform – manual uninstallation. We know a proper manner to perform it, and below this part, you’ll see the instructions on manual uninstallation. The worst disadvantage is the impossibility to erase many advertising tools with its help because it will take too much time. We present you another method: you might totally erase the virus within 5 minutes through Spyhunter anti-viral program. This antivirus has multiple pluses, including extended signature database, round-the-clock user support, increased working speed and the ability to operate along with other antiviral tools. Don’t waste your time, attempting to guard the device through unpaid tools – try the decent antivirus. Push the button under this paragraph to inspect the hard drive with the unpaid version with limited capabilities. removal tool

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Instructions for manual deletion

Step 1. Uninstall software from the system

Windows 7

1. Uninstall from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select and press Uninstall

2. Delete elements that stayed after uninstalling from Control Panel

  • C:\Program Files\
  • C:\ProgramData\
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Search for "" and delete these elements


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Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select and press Uninstall


Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by:, select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Delete from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select and press Uninstall

7. Remove elements like on Win7.


Step 2. Remove from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove

Step 2.Change homepage:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Home page
  • Put “about:blank”

Step 3. Change new tab page:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Tabs


Google Chrome

Step 1. Remove add-on:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • More Tools
  • Extensions
  • Remove

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • Open a specific page or set of pages
  • Delete all specific pages


Mozilla Firefox

Step 1. Delete add-on:

  • Open menu
  • Add-ons
  • Extensions
  • Remove

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open menu
  • Options
  • General
  • Put “about:blank” into Home page field


Opera browser

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Open Opera;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Extensions;
  • Choose and press button "Remove from Opera"

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • On Startup;
  • Open a specific page or set of pages;
  • Press button "Set pages" and change Homepage to your favorite one.



Step 1. Start Safari browser

Step 2. Display a menu of General Safari Settings

Step 3. Reset Safari...

Step 4. Press "Reset"


Microsoft Edge

Step 1. Delete the suspicious extensions.

  • Menu
  • Extensions
  • Choose unfamiliar extension
  • Press Uninstall

Step 2. Change homepage.

  • Go to the website of the search engine you want
  • Select More actions
  • Settings
  • View advanced settings
  • Change search engine
  • Select search engine you want and Set as default


Video how to reset browser and remove all extensions


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