How to Remove Browser Hijacker

There is a browser hijacker which named tries to bring me a lot of pop up ads. I check the homepage setting and search engine, both of them are changed to this site. When I use it to search, I see many additional ads on search results. I think it only wants me to click on these ads or links. What should I do?

Basic Information about is a new browser hijacker. Hijacking the homepage and search engine is the first part of its attack. Some people call this “browser hijacker” or “ redirect virus”. It is one of hacker’s tricks, super annoying, that every time we open homepage of the infected web browser we just get an unwanted page at the beginning. Then the website we want to visit or we are visiting will become the advertising page which may be used to show random pop up ads. And how does this browser hijacker master these ads so that it can continually display many annoying pop up ads? The answer is that it will hijacks the the main settings like homepage, search engine, startup page and search page at the beginning. Then this browser hijacker forces us to use its homepage, search engine or search page to search. What ads will it show depends on what keywords we search. As we use it to search anything, the search results it provides will contain a lot of pop up ads that may relate to the information we want to look for. If it keeps bringing ads and fake search results to the pages we visit, then it will make us click on some malicious links and ads.

No longer will we have a clean browsing, no longer will we have a satisfied searching. The browser will not act as the same as before as it is controlled by this browser hijacker. A victims can only do the same thing so many times before he or she can find the way to remove from computer and clear web browsers, so keeping closing the same pop up ads over and over again probably is not the best way to keep users away from potential dangers. It is obvious that this browser hijacker can earn profits for its developers through showing fake search results and displaying pop up ads. The more we click on insecure ads, the more benefits it will get. Why would we encounter such situation? After learning the basic information about this browser hijacker, let us continue learning the installation of it.


Why Do We Get on Computer?

How does get inside our computers without permission? That would be difficult for us to remember. However, just think about the programs that we just download recently or the links or ads we just click on with curiosity. If we have just download some programs and install them with quick installation method, then they might be the carrier of this browser hijacker. This malicious browser hijacker will be attached to the programs we download from websites, and it is agreed to install when the programs are installed. In addition to attaching to third party programs, this browser hijacker also makes use of email attachments, pop up ads and hidden links to deliver. If we do not pay attention to what we download and what we click, we may not be able to take this browser hijacker out of its carries.

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How to Remove Browser Hijacker

Step one. Change web browser settings
Step two. Remove malicious extensions and add-on
Step three. Clean unwanted registry entries and files
Step four. Reset web browser settings to default


Manual removal requires computer skills and there is no manual removal without mistakes. The kind of skill required for manual removal is the one that not everyone can handle. If you want to remove safely, do use professional removal tool below:




 Manual Removal Guide

Step one. Change web browser settings

Google Chrome

1.Change startup page

Open the start up page of Chrome, check whether it is changed to If this site automatically shows up, then the start up page of Chrome must be hijacked.

To change start up page: click main menu icon from top right corner of start up page, then select “settings”

Go to Chrome settings page, click “set pages” from “on startup” section

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As the start up page is opened, check the setting. If it is set to, just click “X” to remove it completely. (2)

Then, put a new address into the box ( or about:blank), or we can just leave it blank. And then click “OK” to save.

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2.Change search engine

Return to settings page, from “appearance” section, click “manage search engines”

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Find the related search provider we want to remove from list. (1)

Click to remove it fully


Then click “OK” to save and return

3. Clear Chrome shortcut properties

Right click Chrome shortcut, select “properties”

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Go to check target section and remove all things added after “C:Program FilesGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe”

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Leave “C:Program FilesGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe”. Then click “OK” to save

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  1. Change homepage

Open the start up page of Firefox. Move to the top right corner and then click main icon. From the drop-down list, select “options”


Go to general page, check home page setting. If it is changed to other site, we should change it back.


Click “restore to default” button.


2. Clear Firefox shortcut properties

Right click Firefox shortcut, then select “properties” option

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Go to check target setting, then remove all things added after “C:Program FilesMozilla Firefoxfirefox.exe”

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Do not forgive clicking “OK” to save

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  1. Change startup page

Open internet explorer, click gear icon at the top right corner, then select “internet options”


Go to general tab, check the home page setting. If it is changed to the malicious address without permission. We should reset it.



Click “use default” button below home page setting, then the home page will be set back to default Microsoft address.


Click apply to change

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Then click “OK” to save the return

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2. Clear internet explorer shortcut properties

Right click internet explorer shortcut, select “properties” from list

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Check target setting once shortcut window is opened.

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Remove all things added after “C:Program FilesInternet Exploreriexplore.exe”

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Click “OK” to save the changes

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Step two. Remove malicious extensions and add-on

The original caused of annoying ads, simple but overwhelmingly danger, have controlled the web browser: malicious extension, programs and registry. These three elements can result in browser troubles. Even though this is a browser hijacker, it will sometimes add other additional items to browser, especially advertising add-ons or extensions. Thus, malicious extension or add-on is what we need to remove completely in order to fix browser issues.


ie icon * Remove unwanted add-on/extension from internet explorer
Open IE, click main menu icon from top right corner, and then select “tools”ie-manage1_


From the new tab, click “toolbars and extensions” option


As all installed extension and add-on are listed, check them one by one. Find the malicious extension relates to this browser hijacker or other unneeded extensions, select them and click “remove” button at the bottom

chrome icon* Remove suspicious extensions from Google Chrome

Open chrome homepage or startup page, click the main menu icon at the top right corner first, and then select “more tools” option.

Continue clicking “ extensions” option


Then all the extensions which are added to Chrome will be listed on the new tab.

Check all of them and then find the one relates to the browser hijacker we want to remove.


Select on target extension and click “trash” button

firefox icon* Remove unwanted extension from Mozilla Firefox

Open Firefox, click main menu icon at the top-right corner, select “add-on” option


From manage page, choose “extensions” option on the left side of the page


Check all extensions, find the one relates to this browser hijacker

Select on the extension and then click “remove” button

Step three. Clean unwanted registry entries and files

Malicious traces are some unsafe files, folders and registry entries which are left by the insecure program. They are not something we need now and then open them once or twice, and then close. They are just something dangerous and risky. They are the potential threats which appear on the system, and carry some malicious codes, exe files and other risky data. Finding these kinds of malicious traces do require certain level of computer acknowledge and skills as some files and registry entries may hide deeply to avoid being found. Thus, when we are lack of computer skills and we still have to remove these malicious traces, we need a trustworthy tool. It is definite basic for a kind of safe removal.

(It is not compatible with Windows XP operating sytsem)

Step 1. Download SpyHunter Here and Save related files.

download SPYHUNTER



Step 2. Double click the Exe file, choose run.


There will be a language option window pop up, select your language and then click OK.

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Step 3. Click continue to forward SpyHunter installer

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Step 4. Accept EULA and Privacy Policy to End User License Agreements

step 4. User License Agreements

Step 5. Wait several seconds to complete the installation

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Step 6. Once the installation is completed, click exit.

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Step 7. Right now, SpyHunter is automatically running on your computer, run a entirely scan on your computer.

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Note: Do not worry if SpyHunter automatically updates because it will update at the beginning once you download an old version.

Step 8. As long as the scan is finished, remove all threats from your computer by clicking Fix Threats.




Step four. Reset web browser settings to default

When we just find any suspicious settings are changed by this browser hijacker and we just can not do anything as we do not how to do it, it is a good idea to reset browser settings to default. It is not easy to reset all malicious settings one by one and we can restore all settings to default with only several clicks. But there is one thing we need to note which is that it may sometimes lead to data lose when we reset browser settings to default. So, do back up some important data we save in order to avoid data lose.


How to Avoid Being Infected Again?

Anytime we still find this browser hijacker appearing on the screen, it is a good idea to check with automatic tools. When we use computer, many things can be done to protect computer and help us feel safer. Using professional tools- a trustworthy tool – is a great idea because it can help us reduce the risks of being hacked. In addition, we can make protection stronger through running security tools. We may probably know using security tool is good for computer safety, but it is also a proven way to put us in a better mood when browsing. So it make sense that using professional tool is an effective way to avoid being hacked again, but that is not all – there are still other things we can do to make the defense stronger.




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