The Guide for Permanently Removing

How can I remove completely from my browser? Please help! I think my computer must get infected by some kind of virus. This strange site loaded as the homepage of my Chrome browser and added itself to the search engine.

I’ve tried everything from resetting browser to installing many different antivirus programs including Malwarebytes Free and AdwCleaner but nothing helped. I don’ see any suspicious activities on Task Manager. It is pretty annoying to suffer from redirect to this unwanted site and pop-ups. Any help would be greatly appreciated!


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Details about

Technically speaking, is not a virus that can infect existing executable files and replicate by reproducing itself, but it is really a computer threat that will alter computer settings without permission and cause poor system performance. In fact it is a fake search engine associated with browser hijacker that forces web users to visit its own page and other advertising-supported websites. Under normal circumstances, people will not visit this web page initiatively. This malicious website will arrive on computer as the homepage of your web browser without your knowledge once your computer is infected with this browser hijacker. This is one of common visible signs of a hijacked browser. Actually as long as you feel there might be something weird on your browser, your intuition is usually right.

A lot of computer users have reported that this annoying site loads on their browsers (include Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer) constantly against their will. They don’t know what to do but to close the page time after time. Though displays specific portal links to popular sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Ebay and Amazon, the fact that it is a scampish website cannot be changed. home page

In addition to the browser’s home page, this browser infection will set the default search engine to in order to drive as much traffic as possible to this website. It will insert new search bar and browser add-ons by itself. You can’t expect this bogus search provider to give you any useful information even it will redirect you to Bing search result page. This deceitful browser hijacker can even modify the search results to make them useless or even harmful to users. The seemingly innocent search results can link to the web pages that users did not intend to visit. Users would be brought to shady websites that are often full of ads or other similar trustless search pages. Even more distressing is the fact that no matter where you go or click on the web, a great number of random pop-ups will keep showing as a new tab or a new window. You close one and more pop-ups will appear which is like an endless loop. Even if you have closed all windows and quitted the browser, the intrusive websites can still keep coming out of nowhere.

These irritating pages don’t even give users the chance to ignore them. All activities on the affected computer will be interrupted except for web browsing. The cyber criminals who are behind this browser hijacker will get paid well for users view or click on the ads or spam pages even though most of users close these annoying things immediately when they are delivered to target computers. And that is why there are so many browser hijacking viruses being created every day. browser hijacker is also considered as a redirect virus as it will take users to unwanted websites during browsing. A lot of users are unable to reset the browser settings and fix the redirect problem because they don’t know the cause exactly and there is no threats detected according to their anti-virus tool, but a hijacked browser should be get recovered as quickly as possible. This is a growing problem and it will not just disappear by itself. It would have a major impact on system performance which will make the computer more vulnerable than ever. The potential risks like malicious programs from Internet may gain access to the system and personal data. The authors of advertisements will monitor your online activities and deliver user-tailored ads based on browsing pattern, so the redirect virus problem should be taken seriously.

If you have no idea the cause of this redirect issue, you can take a look at the next section. However, even if you know the how this happened, you may still not find any solution for it. To get rid of completely, you can use our free scanner to locate this computer infection as well as other latent threats on your PC.


How Does Come into Your System?

Knowing more about the ways that the browser hijacker arrives on a computer is good for users to solve the problem quicker. Additionally, you will learn what you should be careful of when you using the web which can help reduce the risk of getting such kind of malware in future.

Here are some common ways spreads:

  1. Email Attachments

Propagating a computer infection by email is the simplest way for attackers. You receive spam probably because your email address can be leaked when registering a new account or leaving comments online. Perhaps you are just one of the targets of random phishing campaign. The doubtful email sometimes looks like an authentic urgent notice about an unpaid invoice or overdue bill as the screenshot showed below:


From important documents sent by your colleagues to photos shared by friends, the subject of the malicious emails can vary. The “From:” address may be presented as something familiar to you while in fact it is fake in order to mislead you to open the infected attachment. The spam email filter is 100% effective and not all junk mail will be recognized as spam, so you should be as discreet as you can in your daily email communication.

  1. Rogue Ads and Websites

Web ads are common to see nowadays and most of them are acceptable and nonintrusive, but they can be used by cyber criminals for malvertising which is a serious threat to computer security. Most of users do not know that the ads on popular websites could be compromised by malware. Malicious ads do not only appear on the sites that are of poor quality, but also well-reputed sites. By adding hazardous exploit kit furtively, malicious ads can be transmitted through affiliate networks fast.

The vicious ads will manage to connect to the malicious servers once it comes to a vulnerable system. The servers then will download exploit kits so as to explore the system for security flaws. Once any existing vulnerability on system is found, the malware including redirect virus like will be automatically installed without user’s knowledge. Unwanted programs usually can be installed on the PC when users click on a malware-infected ad, but it is possible that users don’t even need to click on the ads when they are viewing a web page and computers will be infected nevertheless.

  1. Freeware Software Downloads

It should be made clear that not all free software contain malware, though it is really more risky to download freeware from Internet. In most cases, anti-malware program can’t detect the threat even after the system has been compromised by browser hijacker severely. Users often install the program they want in a hurry after it has been downloaded without reading Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The potential unwanted programs can be offered in the installation process.

Without reading the requirements, users often ignore the additional programs and install them along with program that they really want. At the same time, users are granting them access to browser settings and allowing them to modify system settings, and that is the reason that when users complete the installation, they will find their browser settings get changed and there are unwanted shortcut icons appeared on the desktop. Helping pushing the software that users don’t need will be upsetting, but this also covers the cost of free software. Therefore it is important to download the free program only from official websites or reliable source. Browser Hijacker Removal Guide

Before starting removal of, you should know:

Some users might have tried resetting the browser and uninstalling suspicious programs but did not work. It could be more difficult for users to get rid of the malicious search engine completely when there are half-uninstalled/deleted programs and files. The manual removal requires users to remove all traces of including files, related programs, folders, registry keys and more which will take users long. Deleting wrong items could lead to irreversible damages on system, thus using an effective removal tool is the most popular way to eliminate computer threat.

SpyHunter is such a helpful tool which is able to detect on an affected device. Its advanced built-in mechanism is very effective in scan virus/malware/Trojan that some other similar security products can’t find. It is now available in our site:

Compatible with: Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10

Once you have completed downloading the installer file, run the installer and start to set up the application.

SpyHunter installer icon

And then choose the installation language you wish to use and click on OK. SpyHunter Installation step 1

Proceed the installation by clicking CONTINUE button.

SpyHunter Installation step 2

Read the terms and policy. Mark the checkbox of “I accept the EULA and Privacy Policy” and click INSTALL to continue.

SpyHunter Installation step 3

The setup may take a few minutes to get finished.

SpyHunter Installation step 4

When the finish window appears click FINISH.

SpyHunter Installation step 5

A quick smart scan for your system will start automatically after the installation completes. Besides, you can choose a Custom Scan or a full scan as you like.

SpyHunter has the ability to detect browser hijacker as well as other PC threats. It will check for potentially unwanted programs, scan risky cookies, find the corrupted registry keys generated by malicious software, and even display the specific path of each detected infection.

When the scan is complete, click on Fix Threats button to delete all malicious files from your PC.


Please be informed that SpyHunter can be used as a free scanner while it is not free as to the malware removal and other advanced features like real-time virus protection and program updates. If you wish to remove the all infections, you’ll need to purchase its full version.

If you prefer to remove on your own effort, the manual removal guide is attached below. Please be careful when performing each step even you are a tech-savvy user.

Step by Step Guide to Remove from Your Computer

Remove Suspicious Program in Control Panel

If the redirection to has only recently become an issue, you can try to remember what applications you have downloaded or installed these days and uninstall the programs responsible for the issue by using Control Panel.

If you cannot remember the name of the program or any related details, you can click on the “Installed On” column to sort your programs by the date of installation. So you can have a rough idea about which program may be the malware.

Remove suspicious program

Remove from Internet Explorer
1. Open Internet Explorer
2. Click Tools > Internet Options
3. In General tab, edit the home page by typing another address of website to replace and then click OK


4. Click Tools > Manage add-ons

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5. Look at the Add-on Types, select Toolbars and Extensions firstly
6. Find any extension associated with and disable it

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7. Now move to the types of Search Providers
8. Select the malicious add-on and click on Remove

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9. Close the browser and restart it

Remove from Mozilla Firefox
1. Open Mozilla Firefox
2. Click Menu > Options
3. In General tab, delete the link of and enter a new home page link

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4. Switch to Search tab, choose the Tech-connect search engine and click on Remove
5. Click Menu > Add-ons

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6. Choose Extensions tab, click on Remove button to uninstall the unwanted browser extension
7. Choose Plugins tab, choose Never Activate to stop the malicious plug-in from running

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8. Close the browser and restart it from Google Chrome
1. Open Google Chrome
2. Click on Menu icon > Settings

3. Click on Change under Appearance

4. You will see that the homepage as well as new tab page are set as the web address of the browser hijacker. Delete it and input a new web address you like and click on OK


5. Click on Manage search engines… under Search

manage search engines in Chrome

6. Click on the Delete mark to remove the search engine

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7. Close the browser and restart it

Check Your Hosts File

The hosts file is a Windows system file that can map hostnames to IP addresses. A hostname is a domain name belonged to a host computer on the Internet. The Windows hosts file is a text file that contains a train of computer IP addresses which will be accessed when users enter the website address into their browsers. The browser will check the hosts file to see if the address exists in the hosts file. When it confirms, it will take users to the right website. Making modifications to the content of hosts file or redirecting it is a common way used by malware authors to quietly redirect users to unwanted websites. Usually, after the hosts file was changed by computer infection, the affected computer users will easily get cyber attacks and be showed with malicious content, when they do browse with the infected browser, they will possibly be rerouted to some strange web pages that they don’t intend to visit. In some other cases, victims will be unable to access certain sites. No matter they try to open the website by clicking on the link from search results or typing the exact URL in the address bar, they will never get the result as they wish. To check your hosts file, you should:

  1. Open C:WindowsSystem32driversetc, the hosts file resides there

hosts file

Please remember the hosts file should run with Notepad, if the file could not be opened normally, you can choose the program to open it by yourself.


  1. If you see there are similar lines as:

It means that this browser hijacker has contaminated the hosts file and made modifications to it.

How to Safeguard Your PC From Malware Attacks

Most malware requires you to click something to download and install it. These links often disguise as something they are not. If you are aware of what suspicious links can look like, you can possibly avoid them.

Limiting your computer’s vulnerability to malware is a crucial safe browsing habit. You can protect your computer by running antivirus and antimalware software like Plumbytes Anti-Malware and SpyHunter. These programs can block malware from being installed and can remove it if it does get onto your computer. Even if you don’t see signs of malware on your computer, running regular scans can catch any malware that has escaped notice. Antivirus doesn’t offer a perfect solution to the problem of malware, but it is a critical first step to securing your PC. You may download the our tested security program to against malware attack:




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