How to Remove (Chrome/Firefox)

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

If pop-up ads keep appearing when you surf the Internet, we can safely assume that your system is jeopardized by adware, also known as “ad-supported” software. It has only one purpose, to make money for its creators. The website is only available if you have its adware installed on your computer. In case your system is clean, you will see only an error message when you try to reach this website. In the occasion that you can see content on the website, then you can be sure that your machine is infected. It is strongly advised to take immediate actions and remove this threat.

Adware programs, such as, gain profit by the pay-per-click mechanism. Hackers get paid for every ad you see. They get paid even better if you click on those ads. That is why adware developers choose ads that will appeal to you, and they do this by spying on you. Once infected with the adware, anything you do on your computer is recorded. The malicious program knows you better than you think. It knows which websites you visit, what you search on the Internet, what programs you have installed on your computer. It knows what you like and need, so it shows you very adequate ads.

As handy as those ads may appear, they are not your friends. Hackers don’t care about your well-being. They only care about their profit, thus, they won’t hesitate to expose you to dangerous content or redirect you to malicious websites. Unlike may pay-per-click platforms, this one has no restriction mechanisms. Anyone with money can use it to promote anything, sometimes even dangerous products or unlicensed services. Be extra careful if you have kids. The website may display content that is not suitable for little children.

The Virus

Never forget that the adware is type of a software, a program that is installed on your computer. That means that it can make changes to your system and to the programs installed on it. That includes your Internet browser.’s ads can appear on websites that were previously ad-free. Actually those platforms are still ad-free, but you see ads because the adware installed on your computer is displaying them to you. Don’t trust anything you see while this tool remains on your computer. Be extra careful and don’t log in to any banking service or social media, for any user name and password may be recorded and send to the people behind that dangerous software.

Once you know your system is compromised with adware, take immediate actions. The longer it stays, the more dangerous it becomes. This program has your permission to reside on your system. If you get redirected to a malicious site, you may get infected with much more serious threats, including ransomware. Any browser can be affected by this hazardous program. For their popularity, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge are its most common targets. The adware can even change the shortcuts created by other browsers and infect them too. Locate the adware and delete it ASAP.

The adware doesn’t appear out of nowhere. You installed it on your machine and you gave it permission to make changes to your computer. Don’t be harsh on yourself. You didn’t know what you were actually installing. Freeware and shareware bundling is the cause for many such cases. Developers hide additional software under a custom/advanced tab. If you rush through the installation process and choose the suggested fast installation, you will end up with tons of extra programs that are not essential for your system. Often they are dangerous rather than helpful.

There are other possible methods hackers often use to distribute adware. Some of these are: spam emails, fake program updates, corrupted links and pages, malicious ads or torrents. Yet, to get on your computer, all those devices need one thing, your permission. Always delete suspicious emails and download software from verified souses. Never rush through the installation process and make sure you install only programs that you actually need. Removal

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you know how to do this, 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-2Please, follow the steps precisely to remove 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.

2 thoughts on “How to Remove (Chrome/Firefox)”

  1. This is very strange…I rarely get my system infected. My laptop which I keep very safe…and dont use USB and my home PC both got infected by TOPONCLICK aka searchprivate …..

    I reinstalled Windows on both of them independently. Home PC was reinstalled at my office and my laptop was done by myself using Windows 10 RESET option.

    My home PC was even reformatted, Windows partitions removed

    Effectively they hve not shared anything, no EDD, no USB drive, no CD/DVD ….and they both are again infected.

    When I check msconfig/programs installed/process running…..nothing is out of the ordinary… all programs are either MIcrosfot/Google/Intel ones.

    How can that happen

    1. Hello Gary,

      There is a small chance that the router you use for Internet is compromised and thus redirecting your traffic to these sites. How do you connect to Internet ?


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