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Remove hijack (Simple Removal Guide)

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser hijacker has messed up my web browser! It landed on Google, later on Firefox and settled down as a default start page, search engine, and a new tab. I did not ask for it! Nor did I install by myself. It’s malware, and I need top get rid of it ASAP!! Please help. Disabling it from extensions does not help.

Online forums are flickering with the comments of outraged computer users. In fact, it would be a challenging task to find anything positive about search. Such animosity is natural because this search engine performs like a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). In fact, it belongs to the above-mentioned group of programs, so it’s correct to call it malware. However, those who consider to be a virus are wrong since technically it cannot cause you any damage. hijack. How to prevent it from landing on Chrome, Firefox, IE?

Questions about hijack is spread by ‘bundling.’ If this term means you nothing, then probably you have never installed a freeware, but ended up with some PUP instead of it. ‘Bundling’ is inseparable from free software. In other words, search engines, including virus and various third-party add-ons/plug-ins/toolbars are spread as attachments of various download managers, media players, PDF creators, etc. The problem is that to opt out of unwanted applications, people must select Advanced/Custom installation option and monitor the entire installation process. This way, you will get the chance to untick check marks that have been pre-checked for you and say that you agree to set as a default search engine/homepage or install an unfamiliar add-on. BUT: never trust quick/basic/recommended installation option. hijack

How does hijacker work?

  1. infiltrates computers in a bundle with free software. Right after that, it replaces a default start page and search provider within Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari. such modifications, of course, cause some inconveniences and outrage, especially if you has had a customized homepage and search engine.
  2. displays alleged search results, which is why it can be difficult to find information that you need. According to malware studies, this search engine is powered by Google (customized search). If you try to open Privacy Policy or EULA, you would be redirected to Google privacy policy. Even though it renders Google search results, they are sponsored. In other words, this search engine displays ads and sponsored links to boost SEO ranking. However, redirects are problematic. They not only disrupt normal browsing, but can also make people visit websites that are neither informative, nor useful, nor safe.
  3. displays sponsored ads on all websites. You may see commercial and non-commercial pop-up ads. Some of them can offer to buy some items for an incredibly low price; the others can try to convince you that your PC has some errors and should be fixed by calling for remote technical support or you may be urged to update software. Such and similar ads can lead to issues like installation of another PUP, online scam, or even virus infection.
  4. Data leakage. redirect virus uses cookies and collects personally non-identifiable information. If you are not willing to disclose your email address, PC’s location, IP address, search terms, mostly visited websites, etc., you should remove virus without a delay. For this purpose, you can rely onReimage.
  5. Slowdowns. corrupts various settings on web browsers and Windows system, what can cause crashes, freezes, and similar issues.

How can I remove virus? is a browser hijacker that can land on a web browser without asking for permission. Besides, it is commonly bundled with other unwanted programs. Thus, although its possible to eliminate virus manually, we highly recommend you to do that using a reliable anti-malware. Only this way, you will be sure that all unwanted/malicious apps have been gone permanently.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove hijack, follow these steps:

Eliminate from Windows systems

  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.

Uninstall 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'

Delete from Internet Explorer (IE)

  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

Erase hijack from Microsoft Edge

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.

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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

Get rid of from Google Chrome

  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

Eliminate 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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  1. mark kathy Sette says:
    November 10th, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Is malware that hijacks your browser. Inserts ads to boost SEO rankings. search has nothing posiotive if compared to google.

  2. Snamuh Msn says:
    November 10th, 2015 at 8:29 am

    WTF?! i cant reset my browsers settings. is sitting as my default start page and does not seem to step aside easily. how can i get rid of it quickly and easily?

  3. Ronnys Medina says:
    November 10th, 2015 at 8:32 am

    dont you see the instructions above? on top of that, the list of anti-spywares is given on all computer-security oriented websites. i had hijacker as well and removed it by myself. However, later on i initiated a system check with anti-malware due to an increasing amount of pop-ups and found out that adware has been installed alongside it. So i recommend scanning the system anyway.

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