“Virus” Removal

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

If you constantly get redirected to, or pop-ups from keep appearing, then you can be sure, your machine is infected with adware. The website is only available for users with its adware installed on their computers. If you try to reach the website with an adware-free machine, you will be able to see only a message stating that the server is working, but the domain is used for an ad related service. That can only mean one thing, this website’s sole purpose is to display commercials.

If you have the adware installed on your computer, this means that everything you do is recorded and can be used against you. What websites you visit, what you are searching for on the Internet, all your online habits are monitored, and the data is sent to the people behind the adware. If you are not careful enough and log in to some banking service or social media, the hackers can get your user name and password. You can imagine what they can do with that information.

With the data collected on you, the adware can target you with ads, especially chosen for you. But, ads can’t be dangerous, can they? Of course they can! The pay-per-click mechanism is widely spread among search engine providers, however, unlike authorized ads, displayed by the big companies, employs rather mischievous tactics. The scheme is simple: anyone with money can advertise. And I mean anyone! It doesn’t matter if the promoted products are safe or dangerous, or even legal. The hackers behind the adware care only about money. If they manage to lure you into an online purchase and you pay via credit card, since the adware is still running on your computer, they can steal your credit card details. Don’t underestimate them. Those ads will intrigue you, for they are based on your online habits.

The Virus

The danger from’s ads does not end here. Ads can be malicious, they can redirect you to infected websites, where much more dangerous threats (including ransomware) can be downloaded to your computer. This can happen without you even noticing. A drive-by download is the term used to describe an automatic download that starts without any user’s interaction. It takes a wink to execute and there is no way for it to be canceled by the user, especially since it has no visual representation. This type of distribution is almost completely undetectable.

The ads are not only malicious, they are annoying, too. The longer the adware stays on your computer, the more aggressive its ads will become. You will start seeing ads on websites that used to be ad-free. Those sites are still ad-free, but the software on your computer places ads which only you can see. You will find yourself drowning in a sea of special offers, pop-up ads, coupons, video ads, deals, discounts etc. The websites you see those ads on don’t profit from them, for they have nothing to do with them. The adware makes the ads appear as if they are part of the host website, while in reality, the ads are only part of the rogue program.

We are talking about this adware installed on your computer, but do you remember installing it? No, you don’t. It managed to gain your permission to be installed without you even noticing. The adware may have come as bundled software to some freeware. To make some money, developers often use a method called bundling to hide additional software under a custom/advanced tab. If a user rushes through the installation process, this tab may be overlooked. Never rush through an installation. Check the terms and conditions and make sure you know what you are installing. Spam emails and torrents are other popular methods for adware distribution. Removal

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.

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