How to Remove Completely? – Removal Tutorial

The default homepage of my IE got hijacked by Yesterday I was googling some information for PC cleanup tools and I landed on a random website. I clicked a pop-up advertisement on the page and all of sudden something started to download. I closed the site immediately and I wasn’t sure what happened. Now every time I start IE and loads automatically as the default startup page/homepage. It’s weird because I’ve never visited the site before. I’ve tried resetting the IE homepage but it didn’t work. The security software also detects nothing. Any suggestion will be appreciated!

What is

Similar to, and, is also considered as a browser hijacker. By being bundled with free downloads from the Internet, the browser hijacker can get into your PC and alter browser settings like the default homepage and the default search engine to its own. In addition, it may bring a lot of advertisements when you use the affected web browsers including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome and other popular browsers.

Usually, the following symptoms may occur if your browser is hijacked:

  • The homepage of your browser is replaced with another site that you never intended to visit
  • Your search engine is changed to another one and the search results often contain many ads
  • Certain unwanted toolbars or bookmarks are added to the browser without your permission
  • The browser sometimes freezes or crashes and web pages load very slowly
  • Some unknown apps appear on the PC and your PC performance becomes slower than usual

Once infected, your browser may redirect you to the unexpected site rather than the original homepage/startup page. The site looks like a real search engine and provides you with quick links to some popular sites including Yahoo, FaceBook, Twitter, Amazon, Linkein and MSN, etc.

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It seems that the site is innocent and useful. However, cyber criminals use such browser hijackers to make a good chunk of money. The site itself is not a virus but it changes your default homepage and search provider and displays the search results and sponsored advertisements that it wants you to see. Cybercriminals will get paid when you click on the links or ads displayed by the browser hijacker. In addition, the third-party content that the ads or links showed by the site link to is out of control. You’d better not click on those links otherwise you might be redirected to malicious websites and more other unwanted applications or even malware may get into your system and further damage and compromise the PC. Please note that the threat not only interferes with your browsing experience, it may also lead to online personal privacy issues. The site uses cookies to track your online data including your IP address, browser version and type, search queries, visited websites, etc. The data may be sold to third parties for marketing purposes.

Note: To protect your computer and prevent further damage, we suggest you remove as soon as possible. Have tried resetting browser settings and other manual methods but the browser hijacker still comes back? You may need to download and install a powerful malware removal tool now!

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Tips to prevent and other potentially unwanted programs:

Usually, potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) like browser hijackers can be installed on the PC as a part of freeware from the Internet. In addition, it can be distributed via drive-by downloads, spam email attachments and file-sharing sites. To avoid the PUPs, here are several useful suggestions:

☑ Always choose the Advanced/Custom Installation. When downloading and installing a free application from the web, be cautious because some unwanted additional items may be contained during the installation process. If you install it in a hurry without paying attention to those “special offers”, many unwanted items may be installed on the PC.

☑ Read the EULAs carefully. Some PUPs are hidden in the End User License Agreements. If you don’t read the EULAs when installing a program, some unwanted programs might be installed on your PC unknowingly once you accept the agreements.

☑ Make sure all your software are updated. Outdated software may contain vulnerability that could be exploited by hackers to attack your system or install malware. Thus, keep your Windows, web browsers, security software and other installed programs up-to-date.

☑ Keep an advanced and powerful anti-virus program, like SpyHunter Anti-malware, on the PC. It can detect and remove malicious threats from your PC and safeguard the system against various malware infections. browser hijacker removal instructions:

Note: The following steps show you how to get rid of the browser hijacker completely. If you have tried manual methods like uninstalling suspicious programs, removing unknown browser extensions, reset the browser homepage and search engine, reset the browser settings or even reinstalling the browser but the site keeps coming back, we suggest you try a automatic removal tool to fix the problem effectively.

arrow-right-Option1: Run SpyHunter anti-malware to remove completely (Recommended)

SpyHunter is able to find and remove all the traces of the browser hijacker as well as other threats on your PC entirely. With advanced technology, it can detect malware including Trojans, worms, rootkits, spyware and potentially unwanted programs that may harm the system. If a threat can’t be remove manually, you can try SpyHunter and it will do the trick within a few clicks of the mouse.

To do that, follow the steps to install SpyHunter and perform a scan of the system:

1. Download SpyHunter to your PC by clicking on the button below.


2. Once the file is downloaded, run spyhunter-installer.exe -> Select the language you need -> Click Continue when Enigma Installer appears -> Check I accept the EULA and Privacy Policy option and click Install button -> Click Exit when the setup is successful. SpyHunter is installed on your computer now.


3. Usually, the tool will automatically scan your system after the installation is successful. To effectively scan and clear the infections, you can check the version of the product version and the DB version. Make sure they are the latest version and then click on Scan Computer Now button to start the scanning. To quickly scan the PC, close all running programs and files before scanning.


4. SpyHunter starts to scan the system files, drivers, registry keys and other data. This may take you several minutes.


5. When the scanning is completed, and other threats are displayed in the scan results. The tool shows brief info of the threats and lists all the traces of them. Click on Fix Threats button to clear all the threats detected on your PC. Make sure that you have purchased the full version of SpyHunter.


6. After the browser hijacker has been removed, you may need to set the default homepage and other settings to what you want. Read on and learn how to repair the browser settings.

arrow-right-Option2: Remove manually from the PC

Sometimes, some browser hijackers can be removed by hand and the browser settings can be reversed easily. The instructions below show you how to remove the hijackware manually when you experience them.

Step1: Uninstall suspicious programs from Windows

Windows 10

  1. Click on the Start button in the lower left corner and then click on the Settings in the menu.
  2. Click on the System in the Settings screen.
  3. Click on App & features on the left side and all the installed programs will be displayed.
  4. Find any unfamiliar program which was installed recently without permission and click on Uninstall button.
  5. A pop-up will appear. Click on Uninstall button to confirm the removal.
  6. Follow the instructions on the screen to remove it completely.

Windows 8/8.1

  1. Press Win + X to bring up the Power user Menu.
  2. Click Programs and Features on the menu.
  3. All the installed apps will be displayed in the Programs and Features screen.
  4. Find and select the program associated, and then click Uninstall button.
  5. Follow the instructions given to complete the uninstallation.

Windows 7/Vista/XP

  1. Click on Start button and click on Control Panel.
  2. For Windows 7/Vista, click on Uninstall a program under Programs category (View by: Category) or Programs and Features (View by: Large icons). For Windows XP, double click on Add/Remove Programs.
  3. A list of all installed programs will be showed. Find the recently installed unwanted program which are strange to you and click on Uninstall button or Remove button.

Step2. Remove from Internet Explorer

Remove unwanted add-on from IE

Repair IE homepage and search engine

Reset IE to the original settings

Step3. Remove from Google Chrome

Eliminate dubious extensions from Chrome

Reset the Chrome startup page/homepage and search engine

Restore Chrome settings to defaults

Step4. Remove from Mozilla Firefox

Disable/Remove unknown add-ons from Firefox

Delete from Firefox homepage and search engine

Reset Firefox to the original settings

Friendly Reminder:

With the steps above, should be removed from your PC now. Sometimes, your browser target filed might be hijacked by the browser hijacker. In addition to the manual steps above mentioned, you can also open your browser properties by right clicking on the IE/Chrome/Firefox shortcut icon on the desktop -> selecting Properties. Under the Shortcut tab, make sure there are no strange texts like in the Target field. If any is found, delete it and click on OK button. We strongly suggest you download and install a powerful malware removal tool to deal with such annoying and stubborn cyber threats quickly and completely.

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The following video offers a complete guide for Redirect Virus removal. You’d better watch it in full-screen mode!

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