(Easy Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge Removal Guide

What is – a Bing redirect virus version that alters the way you browse the web is a browser hijacker that seeks to profit for user clicks on ads is the name of a domain that you might suddenly find as soon as you open Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or MS Edge web browser. While this might come as a surprise, these changes are initiated by a browser hijacker – a potentially unwanted program[1] that has been installed behind your back. Users who found the URL on their browser reported that the changes were related to Adblocker for YouTube extension, although it is not a rule.

Once the installation is complete, the hijack will be visible straight away, as the homepage of the web browser will be altered (might sometimes be set to hxxps:// and a customized search engine applied. Each time you use the omnibar or the search bar to browse the web, you will be redirected to Bing, and search results will be filled with sponsored links or ads. Besides, browser hijackers such as often track users' online behavior and use that information for marketing purposes.

Type Browser hijacker, redirect virus
IP address
Distribution Software bundle packages, deceptive ads, fake update prompts
Symptoms Unknown extension or application is installed on the computer; homepage and new tab address are set to hxxps://; a customized search engine is appended to the homepage and redirects to Bing; search results are filled with sponsored links
Associated apps Adblocker for YouTube
Risks Installation of other potentially unwanted programs, privacy risks due to information gathering practices, financial losses
Removal You can uninstall potentially unwanted programs by following the manual guide below or by scanning the computer with powerful anti-malware
Optional steps Computer infections can cause significant damage to system files or disrupt normal settings. To revert these changes and remediate the OS, perform a full system scan with FortectIntego repair software

First of all, it is important to understand what a browser hijacker is. According to security experts,[2] it is a type of a potentially unwanted program that changes web browser settings, applying its own. Such applications are typically, while not desirable, relatively harmless. Nonetheless, there can be always nuances, as some hijackers might be just as dangerous or hard to get rid of. Unfortunately, users claimed that they had problems with removal.

Browser hijackers are a part of a potentially unwanted program category partly because of their stealthy distribution techniques. Most commonly, users notice the hijack after they install some free software from third-party websites – software bundling is to blame. Once a freeware app is installed, it might include an optional component that would enable to perform changes on the web browser.

In other cases, however, sudden changes to the web browser occur seemingly out of nowhere, as users claimed they never downloaded anything. According to users' findings, it turned out that the hijack of was initiated by a browser extension called Adblocker for YouTube.

Thus, if you noticed that your homepage and other browser settings changed, it might be that some extension you have installed have went rogue. is a potentially unwanted program that changes web browser settings without permission

Visually, the so-called virus does not differ much from similar PUPs, for example:

All these might look differently visually, although their purpose remains the same – to deliver users alternative search results and make a profit from user clicks due to the pay-per-click scheme. Such alternations to the web browser can meddle with your normal activities and result in difficulty in finding relevant info.

Another reason to remove is due to data tracking practices. PUP authors deploy browser cookies, web beacons, and other tracking technologies to harvest IP addresses, visited websites, links clicked, technical device details, and other data for marketing purposes.

To get rid of, you need to delete the associated browser extension or an application that could have been installed on your machine. Either follow the manual removal guide below or scan the system with anti-malware, such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes. Finally, perform further checks with FortectIntego for the best results.

Sudden browser changes: the first sign of a potentially unwanted program infection

It does not matter whether your Google is redirecting to Yahoo, Bing, or a less trustworthy search provider. All that you should care about is that you are unlikely to be able to perform your searches as previously. Overall, there are many security reasons to avoid PUPs altogether.

Most commonly, browser hijackers infiltrate the machine during the installation of freeware. Therefore, whenever you are downloading apps from third parties, you should always be careful:

  • Don't download an app before you check its reviews online;
  • During the installation, always pick Advanced/Custom mode instead of Recommended/Quick one;
  • Remove all the ticks from checkboxes that allow installation of unknown programs;
  • Watch out for fine print and misplaced buttons;
  • Decline all the deals and offers;
  • Install a powerful security application that would warn you about PUPs.

Additionally, you should never download anything that is suggested on random websites, where it is claimed that something is out of date or missing. For example, Flash Player is often used in various scams [3] and sometimes might lead to such malware infections as ExecutorV3 ransomware. redirect redirects all search results to Bing and fills them with sponsored links

Remove Adblocker for YouTube to get rid of the hijack

Adblocks are great tools to prevent an excessive number of ads and increase the security of web browsing sessions. However, there is plenty of rogue ad-blocking extensions that deliver advertisement campaigns or change web browser settings without permission. Thus, to remove, you should first check for suspicious browser extensions such as Adblocker for YouTube.

In case the removal is not successful, but the mentioned extension is present, you should go to the following folder and delete its contents:

C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions

If that does not help, you should then scan your machine with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes, or another powerful anti-malware and then fix virus damage with the help of FortectIntego. You can also attempt to look for the installed potentially unwanted applications via the Control Panel (Windows) or Applications (Mac) – we explain how below.

You may remove virus damage with a help of FortectIntego. 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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Getting rid of Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

To delete potentially unwanted programs from a Windows machine, please follow these steps:

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 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.

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

Remove from Google Chrome

Get rid of Adblocker for YouTube or another suspicious browser extension on Google Chrome:

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. Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  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.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted 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. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

You can reset Safari if you are unable to delete some extensions:

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 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

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. However, if you want true anonymity, we suggest you employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN – it can encrypt all the traffic that comes and goes out of your computer, preventing tracking completely.


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