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Remove hijack (Free Guide) - updated Jan 2021

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser hijacker is the browser-based intruder that changes its activities and affects the time online in various ways – potentially unwanted program that appears out of nowhere and runs in the background affecting many features and functions to generate revenue for the sponsor and redirects to affiliated pages where views can get monetized as well. Any potentially unwanted program can cause intrusive symptoms that you notice, but the intruder also runs in the background and affects functions from the inside without your knowledge. Add-ons, tools and other software that appears installed on the machine also are related to the PUP infection. You shouldn't wait for too long once the speed and performance get affected because the more time intruder gets, the more affected your device becomes.

Even though when virus enters the machine and changes the default search engine, homepage settings, it displays the Yahoo search bar, there is nothing good about the fake search engine. Common features and recognizable names are used to show the alleged legitimacy that makes people more eager to use the shady application willingly. Nevertheless, this is the browser intruder that modifies settings, delivers dangerous content on the screen, and shares information collected from your page visits with third-party companies and dangerous people.

Type Browser hijacker, but also acts as a redirect virus without altering browsing-related settings
Main danger Potentially unwanted programs track and record information regarding users' habits online and details about location, device specifications. There is a possibility that recorded data ends up in the hands of third-party companies or even malicious people
Symptoms Pop-up ads, banners, blinking boxes get injected on various pages and redirects user to commercial pages where sponsored content and deceptive promotional material keeps the user from accessing needed information. Push notifications and redirects affect the performance, speed and online traffic significantly
Distribution Freeware gets pre-bundled with unwanted applications and downloaded without additional permissions needed – during insecure installation
Elimination The best option for removal is to get anti-malware tool and run a system scan, during which security program indicates, detects and deletes malicious behavior-based programs and files
Repair  AV tools are focusing on terminating malware, but your device gets more affected by the PUP than you can notice, so rely on PC repair tool like ReimageIntego that may help to fix those system issues and recover the damaged files is categorized as a browser hijacker that people typically install unconsciously. That's because it tends to travel in the software bundle along with various freeware and shareware.[1] Also, promotional content advertisers PUPs as tools that enable web browsing experience in various ways. Such promotional content may also claim to have access to the most reliable search results, provide a more secure web browsing, and so on.

Unfortunately, such promises are nothing else, but a marketing trick used to intrigue people into installing this app. Once inside, it may hijack each of your web browsers (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer) and initiate various system modifications, including registry entries or files added in particular folders. To get settings back to default and fix these changes in parts of the system, you need a proper system tool like ReimageIntego that may find, indicate, and even repair affected files.

This PUP was mainly complained about back in 2015 and 2016. However, the intruder primarily was acting like a browser hijacker and affected online searching activities with shady injections of advertising content. Right now, in 2020, when cyber threats evolve, Jogostempo is spotted to act like adware or redirect virus too. This means that not many settings get changed on the browser directly, but pop-ups and new windows appear on the screen with the material that is possibly dangerous and can expose the victim to malware-laden sites.

Consequently, when the browser hijacker-type infection occurs, you may start seeing instead of your default homepage and search provider. Beware that in order to reset these changes, it's not enough to change browser's settings or exit the appeared window. It's important to eliminate the main installer of the hijacker. is the intruder that enters the system and can change settings of the browser and the computer itself without your permission.

For that, we recommend using reputable anti-spyware programs and remove As long as this virus is inside your machine, we recommend you to browse the net very carefully because it may start delivering altered search results to you and fill websites with sponsored advertisements. The commercial content that you are forced to see can be unsafe, and there is no guarantee that more significant malware is not entering the system behind your back.

That's because such and similar potentially unwanted programs are, usually, supported by third parties that seek to drive visitors' traffic to predetermined websites and increase their financial profit. Adware is mainly focusing on pay-per-click revenue generation and promotional content delivery.[2] removal is needed to stop this activity and ensure that the machine is not permanently damaged. It can happen if you leave the PUP running in the background for too long.

Be careful with redirects since you can never know when they will lead you to unreliable websites, or when they make you visit corrupted pages. Besides, this browser plug-in may be related to privacy violations. That's because it uses cookies to collect user's search terms, websites visited, data entered, and time spent on them, IP address, email address, and other non-personally identifiable information.

However, some pieces of gathered information may be sensitive enough to be used for tricking you and stealing your identity if the information ends up in the wrong hands. Thus, do not wait long if the virus has already started bothering you and run a full system scan. is the PUP mainly categorized as a browser hijacker due to the fact that it delivers altered search results and injects every page with useless and intrusive ads.

Freeware bundling issue that leads to cyber infections 

If you already encountered annoying redirects and noticed all the changes to your browser settings, then you should not wait long and take needed actions to get rid of this shady program. If you are seeing a suspicious search provider at the moment, probably its homepage is filled with tens of commercial advertisements, quick links, video files, and similar things. The potentially unwanted program already fixated on the system by now.

Such commercial content may chase you everywhere while surfing through this search site; therefore, you get exposed to sites where additional PUPs can be distributed. Deceptive techniques that get used to spreading adware and hijackers around include malicious pages and promotional content. Every ad can trigger the download of a PUP without your knowledge.

If you wonder how to prevent such infections in the future, keep in mind that suspicious browser add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars, and extensions that may cause various system modifications are mainly distributed alongside freeware and shareware. No matter if you consider the software to be reliable and trustworthy, you should check whether the installer filled with additional components anyway. For that, select the Advanced or Custom installation option and carefully monitor the entire process. Do not accept to install anything except the freeware that you have selected.

Remove potentially unwanted program from the system

No matter how the intruder behaves, the virus can be eliminated either manually or automatically. Of course, it's your choice. However, we, like any other security experts,[3] always recommend using a reputable anti-spyware for eliminating all programs that infiltrate your PC without permission asked.

The automatic removal can give better results because a full system check terminates all programs and files that get detected as malicious or potentially dangerous for the device. Potentially unwanted programs can get persistent when additional files get installed on the computer.

To remove you need to clean all the associated programs and reset browsers to default, so all the changes made without your permission get recovered. Anti-malware tools are the best for such a process because when all PUP traces are deleted, you can run through some settings and get back to properly working machine immediately. 

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to 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:

Uninstall from Windows systems

Get rid of PUP and clean the machine from any suspicious intruders

To remove hijack from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to hijack (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Get rid of from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove hijack from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for hijack-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove hijack, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to hijack and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the hijack-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for hijack and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example,
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete hijack removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate hijack from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the hijack-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Erase from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Make sure to check the machine for anything suspicious and remove that content asap

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to hijack and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case hijack did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete hijack removal.Reset Firefox 2

Delete from Google Chrome

Reset Chrome to default and use the browser safely again

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to hijack by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the hijack-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete hijack removal.Reset Chrome 2

Uninstall from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to hijack and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

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