browser hijacker (spam) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge browser hijacker Removal Guide

What is browser hijacker? is the intruder that modifies web browser settings with the purpose of redirecting users to other sites

Multisearch.liveThe search engine gets altered, so the browsing experience diminishes significantly. is the program considered a browser hijacker because it affects browsing online significantly. The program controls the online traffic by causing redirects to other pages, showing advertisements constantly, and exposing the person to possibly malicious material online. The application can change the default search engine, homepage, new tab, new window settings to regularly offer other content.

The program itself gets promoted as the convenient tool, Google Chrome browser extension. It can be found in the Web store for chrome tools, advertised on different platforms, and pushed through various advertisements. However, the program can not only affect the performance of the browser, but it also significantly diminishes the speed of the machine itself and is dangerous because of the tracking functions. These data-tracking issues come from the browser hijacker and sponsored content creators, advertisers. These PUPs and online content creators all have advertising purposes that require ad-tracking. Information can be used in later scams, malvertising[1] campaigns, and other instances where personal information and identity can be at risk.

Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program
Issues The program affects the speed and performance of the machine because it alters settings to control the content that users get exposed to. The app can also install various programs on the browser and the computer without permission
Symptoms Homepage, new tab, the default search engine gets altered and set to this site, so each browser session is rerouted to the particular engine and filled with various advertisements
Distribution Freeware installations and deceptive pages can lead to such infiltrations because of the bundling technique. Also, these browser-based apps can be promoted and distributed on various web stores, torrent sites[2]
Elimination The best option for the full cleaning of the system is anti-malware tools because a full system scan eliminates all found threats
Repair tip Your device requires a bit more attention when PUP can alter settings, so run FortectIntego to recover any corrupted parts

Issues with the browser hijacker is the intruder related to various advertising networks and it can be classified as a possibly malicious or dangerous application due to the additional relations to scammer pages and other platforms with shady purposes. There is nothing valuable about the program. It should be eliminated from the machine if it managed to install itself without permission.

However, when the intruder is not an intruder, ut directly installed piece from the web, users who choose to do so can see warnings about all the changes the program will do once added on the browser. Those particularly include:

  • reading and changing data on the websites you visit;
  • replacing homage, new tab, search engine settings;
  • default search engine replacement to;
  • managing apps, browser-based programs.

These are the most frustrating features of the potentially unwanted program because altering those preferences back to default might not be the easiest. People are not advanced in the internet and technology when these intrusive ads start filling the screen with harmful materials. siteThe information, in particular, gets altered and settings altered when the extension is enabled

You can remove the browser hijacker with tools like AV tools like SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes and make sure to get rid of the PUP itself, but those alterations on the browser remain unchanged. This is where you need to manually go through each section and alter anything that is not set to your liking.

Change your homepage first, since it is the preference that hijacker always alters:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

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 the unwanted program 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.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted components completely:

  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.Reset Chrome 2

Functionalities of the general potentially unwanted program

There are various ways that potentially unwanted programs can spread because developers of the browser hijacker or the adware-type program can pre-pack their programs with freeware that is distributed on torrent sites and other platforms that base their services on the not-so-legal pirating activities.

Also, it is possible to get the particular extension on purpose when the promotional material appears on your screen or when you specifically choose to add the on the browser from a web store. That is complicated because when you fall for those claims on the promotions, you are not aware of the particular issues this PUP is going to cause you later.

Your machine might get affected instantly after the installation of this piece, so you may notice that the program was not so useful or valuable. However, PUPs have the general feature of spreading silently without causing any symptoms for a while. Then, you need to find the responsible application and get rid of it immediately.

That can be time-consuming, so you are not recommended to remove these intruders manually. Anti-malware tools can help properly clear the machine from any intruders that are related to browsing or not. Also, you can rely on these:

Instructions for Windows 10/8 machines:

  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 the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till the 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.
  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.

Even though the PUP itself is not malicious or dangerous, experts[3] note that activities related to browser hijacker, or any other PUP program can lead to problems with your system and speed, performance issues. Various online sites can include malicious material.

All the tracking issues should also be considered dangerous. Even though those particular details related to your browsing activities, preferences while online are not personally identifiable, you need to get rid of those programs and avoid any services that can possibly access such information and record it for shady purposes. browser hijackerThe promotional material claims this is a useful app, but all the changes the addon wants to make are concerning

You must remove the intruder yourself and double-check before doing anything else on the machine. The existence of the intruder can cause issues with system files over time, so the sooner you remove browser hijacker, the better. You can rely on the guide below that shows how to deal with these issues on different browsers.

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Getting rid of browser hijacker. Follow these steps

Delete from macOS

Remove items from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all 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 an unwanted app, 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 and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files. Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove 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 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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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 Delete Advanced 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” -Verbose Advanced 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, search 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

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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 unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Settings.
  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

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, 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. Reset Firefox 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension 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 browser hijacker 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: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting browser hijacker

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 from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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