“Virus” Removal

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

If you have opened your browser and discovered that your preferable homepage is mysteriously replaced by, then you are a victim of a browser hijacker. is a mediator for a rogue program. The website is only the face of something much more dangerous: a hijacker that managed to bypass your security and gained your permission to install itself on your computer. It monitors your browsing habits and uses the collected data to serve the interests of the hackers behind it.

The website appears to be useful, for it is an endless stream of news and has a search bar for fast assess to anything on the Internet. And that’s all there is on that page. You won’t be able to find any terms of use, privacy policy or contact information. But then again, whom will the contact information get you in touch with? Who is the developer and owner of the website? Not even their search “engine” was able to give an answer to any of those questions. The only actual usage to this website is for it to serve as a warning sign. Once hijacks your browser, you can be sure that your system is no longer secure.

The first task of the hijacker is to collect data. It means that a spying program is tracking your every move. Every site you visit, every link you click, everything is recorded. When sufficient data about you is collected, the furtive tool can proceed to the next step: sending the data to its owners. At that point you will find yourself suffocating in a sea of ads. At first you may find those ads helpful, for every one of them is somehow related to your needs or interests. Think about it. Every ad appeals to you, because it is specially chosen for you. The hackers are using the data collected on you and selling it to marketers. They use the pay-per-click system to earn money. That allows unsafe and unlicensed products and services to be marketed without restriction. Don’t trust anything you see while this tool remains on your computer.

The Virus

The website itself is not dangerous. The danger comes from the content the hijacker is showing to you. The hackers can design search results to appear as if they are coming from reliable sources, but once you click on them you may be redirected to malicious websites. Have you ever heard of drive-by download? That kind of download starts automatically, the user is not required to do anything. Opening an infected website for a wink is enough for this type of download to be initiated. By using, you are exposing yourself to all kids of threats.

A drive-by download may be the way you got infected with the browser hijacker. Other possible ways include spam emails and messages. It may have also arrived as bundled software to some legitimate program that you have installed on your computer. Developers often use a method called bundling to hide additional software under the custom/advanced tab. If you rush through some routine installation, you may not notice that tab. If you don’t deny the installation of the suggested additional program, you are actually giving your permission for it to be installed and to make changes to your computer.

The changes the hijacker can perform are many. For example, it can download anything and install it on your computer. It can spy on you, change your system registry and make it even more vulnerable to threats. And since this tool is running on your CPU, it makes your system slower. With time, it can cause system crashes and eventually system failure. And, of course, the ads will never cease. They can start appearing even if you are not using your web browser. This will make your computer inconvenient to use.

All browsers are vulnerable to the infection. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge are its most common targets. These three browsers are the most popular among PC users. Therefore, they are the hackers’ main targets. If you have more than one browser installed on your computer, it is very likely that all of them have been infected with the hijacker. Using your browser in incognito mode won’t prevent this utility from snooping on you. Don’t use any banking services before you have eliminated the tool, or you’ll end up loosing more than your privacy. 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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