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Remove hijack (Simple Removal Guide) - updated Sep 2019

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser Hijackers hijack is the program that tricks people into using a useless search engine as a legitimate one and visiting commercial pages is the PUP that people are installing without even noticing because the hijacker gets bundled with freeware. is the program installed on a computer without users' consent or even knowledge. This browser hijacker categorizes as a potentially unwanted program because of this fact and the method used to deliver such hijackers. Freeware installations get interfered with software bundles, and when the person skips through some steps, all included programs get installed automatically. Unfortunately, you cannot notice this behavior until real infection symptoms get displayed. 

Questions about hijack

The main issue with hijack is redirecting to commercial pages and advertisements injected to online search results. This program claims to offer uselful web browsing features and improve the results of in-browser searches. However, there is nothing valuable since the content that gets added to the list of results causes more pop-ups and redirects. When the user gets exposed to such material his or her privacy may at risk due to ad-tracking functionality commercial pages have.

Type  Browser hijacker
Symptoms  Manipulates internet browser settings, changes preferences, makes alterations in system folders and functioning
Distribution  Freeware bundling, deceptive content, commercial material, other PUPs
Main danger Privacy issues,[1] redirects to dubious websites, unwanted pop-up delivery
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The main issue that makes PUP annoying is intrusive advertising content that gets delivered to the screen constantly. Banners, blinking boxes, pop-ups, pop-unders, and in-text links create tons of additional windows and machine cannot run properly,

However, affects even more crucial parts of the device in the background when it alters Windows Registry keys, startup preferences, and so on. However, the most noticeable features of the browser hijacker happen on Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Explorer:

  • changed default search engine, homepage, new tab settings;
  • installed extensions, add-ons, toolbars.

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 and related intruders.[2] 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. The hijacker 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 have had a customized homepage and search engine. browser hijacker is the particular type of intruders that fake legitimacy with the common appearance of a search engine. 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.

You should remove because it 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.

Data leakage is an issue related to PUP infiltrations. 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 perform an removal without a delay. For this purpose, you can rely on Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

Slowdowns that you encounter on the system, in most cases, indicate the cyber infection. also corrupts various settings on web browsers and Windows system, which can cause crashes, freezes, and similar issues. If you notice anything not common on the machine scan the system as soon as possible to see if the PC got infected. is the fake search engine that appears on various browsers, often even on all of them.

Ways to prevent PUPs from landing on Chrome, Firefox, IE

Various potentially unwanted programs are spread using the same deceptive methods. The browser hijacker is spread by employing the software bundling technique. If this term means nothing to you, then you probably have never installed freeware, but ended up with some PUP instead of it.

Bundling is inseparable from free software. In other words, shady search engines, including this virus, adware, and various third-party add-ons/ plug-ins/ toolbars/ extensions are spread as attachments of various download managers, media players, PDF creators, Flash Player updates, etc.

The problem is that to opt-out of unwanted applications, people must select Advanced/Custom installation option and monitor the entire program 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 the questionable website as a default search engine/homepage or install an unfamiliar add-on. BUT: never trust quick/basic/recommended installation option since those are installations that automatically allow all the pre-packed apps to get installed. hijack

Remove as soon as it starts affecting your time online

Although virus is a browser hijacker, not malware, it can land on a web browser without asking for permission. This means that you have no idea how long your machine has been affected. Besides, the hijacker is commonly bundled with other unwanted programs.

Thus, although it is possible to remove manually, we highly recommend you to do that using a reliable anti-malware tool. Only this way, you will be sure that all unwanted/malicious apps have been gone permanently. Also, such a program can improve the performance of the machine significantly.

Automatic removal is the way to go. Anti-malware programs that we recommend using for the elimination also can find all intruders and possible threats, fix virus damage and even recover needed system files. Experts[3] always talk how important it is to get rid of virus damage before adding anything new on the machine.

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To remove hijack, follow these steps:

Eliminate from Windows systems

Make sure to eliminate from the machine

  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)

Terminate and any content possibly related to this shady hijack

  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

You need to rely on changing the web browser settings if you want to get rid of the intruder

  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

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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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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