“Virus” Uninstall

I wrote this article to help you remove This removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

If you have opened your Internet browser and discovered that your homepage is magically replaced by, I have good and bad news for you. The good news is that you are not a victim of a rampaging magician. As for the bad news: your computer is infected with a browser hijacker. The browser hijacker changes your homepage and default search engine and it won’t allow you to restore your preferable browser settings. It displays many different types of ads and often redirects you to

The hijacker will set as your new homepage. You can find a search bar and an endless stream of news on that website. Not a bad choice for a homepage, right? Think again. The search results that displays are not as reliable as you think. There are fake entries among them. Those results are ads which are part of a pay-per-click system. Every search engine has payed entries, what is different here is that does not label those entries as ads. You can never be sure which results are real and which are payed to be there.

The Virus

You may think that if you are cautious, this is not so dangerous. That’s terribly wrong. The browser hijacker is software that is installed on your system. It can monitor everything you do online, meaning it is spying on you. Every site you visit, every search request you make, everything is recorded. The hijacker would send that data to the owners of the software, and they can do whatever they want with it. Most often they’ll use it to choose ads for you, but they may also sell it to third parties.

Once the hijacker has enough data about you, it will start bombarding you with tons of pop-up ads, coupons, discounts and special offers. You will get redirected to the website without any apparent reason. That can be very annoying and distracting. Furthermore, the rogue program is using your computer resources. It works on your CPU and uses RAM. The more ads you see, the more RAM it uses. That is slowing your machine down. Can you imagine getting any work done in such conditions?

The website itself is not dangerous, the danger comes from the commercials it displays. Some ads may redirect you to malicious websites. There, a drive-by download may initiate. A drive-by download is a term used to describe a download that starts without user interaction. It can distribute any type of virus which can infect your computer.

But how did the hijacker manage to bypass your system security and get installed on your machine? It probably arrived as bundled software to some freeware you installed on your computer. Developers often add extra software and hide it under a custom/advanced tab. When you click on it, you can choose to deny the installation of any additional program. Never rush through an installation, look for an advanced tab and deselect anything you don’t need. It is not that time consuming and it can spare you many troubles in the future.

Other frequently used methods for adware distribution are: spam emails, torrents, malicious links and ads. When you receive an email, make sure you know who the sender is. Scammers often write on the behalf of some popular institution or corporation, such as your local police department or bank. Remember that such institutions will use an official way to contact you, not an email. If you spot anything suspicious, delete the letter immediately. Uninstall

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here are the steps you must perform to remove the hijacker from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.


Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut


Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.


Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.


Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.


Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.


Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.