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Remove virus (Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Browser hijacker virus sneaks inside computers and alters browsers’ settings virus belongs to the browser hijackers’[1] category that targets web browsers and modifies their settings. The purpose of this computer infection is to hijack browsers’ homepage and search engine, promote questionable programs or products, and provide shady online ads. All these activities help developers generate revenue from affiliate marketing or pay-per-click advertising strategies. However, after hijack you will have to deal with decreased browsing quality and increased risk to encounter dangerous cyber threats. While hijacker resides on your PC, it might open the backdoor for malware[2], trick you to visit infected websites or install questionable third-party tools without asking your permission. Research has revealed hijacker’s associations with other browser hijackers such as,,,, etc. The domains and design of these websites are resembling. Even though logos slightly differs, the main page offers to use web, image, video and news search. Moreover, all of them provide results from Google that might be modified. Hence, using these search engines is not recommended. Remove as soon as this suspicious domain appears on your browser. This website may look secure, but some of the links provided by this engine might lead to the malicious sites[3].

Questions about virus browser hijacker affects all browsers that are installed on the affected computer. Undoubtedly, hijacker will attack Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer, and alter their settings. First of all, it sets its domain as default homepage and search engine. Keep in mind the virus does not need your permission to do that. Then, it takes some actions to protect itself and prevent you from resetting your browser by cleaning the shortcuts. virus is designed not only to append arguments to some Windows shortcuts but also to detect when users clean them. Once it finds out about this activity, it hijacks them again. For this reason, removal is harder than you could have expected before. However, there’s a quick and safe solution to eliminate browser hijacker. Install reputable anti-malware/anti-spyware program (for instance, Reimage Reimage Cleaner , [2]) and scan computer’s system.

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All browser hijackers and bogus search engine usually initiate few main issues that diminish browsing experience and puts users at risk. Firstly, browsing the web will be disturbed by pop-ups, in-text ads, banners or even full-page endorsements. Secondly, hijacker might initiate redirects to questionable and promotional websites. Thirdly, it might alter search results and include sponsored links. We briefly mentioned that redirect tendencies are worrying. Some of the ads and links might lead to the infected, phishing or scam websites[4] where you can get infected with malware, lose your money or even identity. The cherry on top is hijacker’s feature to collect information about the users that might identify them personally[5]. In the Privacy Policy, it is noted that this information includes name, gender, date of birth, and country. What is more, users browsing habits are also tracked through the use of cookies. Even though the developers claim that has advanced technology that “provides you with the best of what the web has to offer, and makes it easier than ever to find exactly what you are searching for,” it’s just a beautiful promises that have barely meet the reality.

How can I get infected with a browser hijacker?

Computer users, who often install new software and do not pay enough attention to this process, have high chances to get infected with a browser hijacker. This type of computer infection spreads along with free programs that you can download from various websites or file-sharing services. If you are attentive and careful with software installation, you might find browser hijacker in the software package as an optional application. To opt out and prevent this PUP from entering the system, you have to install new programs under Advanced/Custom setup. Do not rely on Quick/Recommended installation mode because it let all additional applications to step in.

How to remove

For removal you have two options – manual and automatic elimination. The first method is harder than second. However, if you follow the instructions below you should not encounter tremendous difficulties or problems. Following the guidelines, you have to find and uninstall browser hijacker, the program that brought it inside, and other applications that might have been installed on the computer and web browsers. Once you complete these steps, you will be able to set your preferred homepage and default search engine. Furthermore, you can remove automatically within several minutes. This method guarantees that browser hijacker is eliminated along with all its components. Automatic removal requires installing an anti-malware/anti-spyware program, updating it and scanning computer’s system.

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To remove virus, follow these steps:

Erase from Windows systems

To remove from the Windows OS, you have to follow the instructions and look for browser hijacker and other apps that might be related to it. Detele all questionable applications from PC and all web browsers.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall and related programs
    Here, look for or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Get rid of from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Eliminate from Internet Explorer (IE)

After hijack, in the Internet Explorer you might find questionable add-ons. Remove them as shown below.

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove virus from Microsoft Edge

This step-by-step guide will help you to restore Microsoft Edge after the hijack.

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

First of all, uninstall all questionable extensions or plugins from Mozilla Firefox. Then, reset your browser as shown below.

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall from Google Chrome

In the list of Extensions search for unknown and suspicious entries, and remove them. Once you do that, reset Google Chrome and set your preferred homepage.

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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    January 18th, 2017 at 7:55 am

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  2. Wednesday says:
    January 18th, 2017 at 7:56 am

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