Chrome hijacked by the redirect issues? How to stop browsers from being redirected to unwanted links? If you are currently having difficulties when surfing online and are constantly redirected or getting unwanted pop-ups, be aware that your browsers can be hijacked which can cause you so much trouble if you don’t get rid of the hijacker. Redirect – Browser Hijacker Removal

The is categorized as a browser hijacker which is quite similar to a former hijacker – the redirect. This problem is known for specifically affecting and compromising browsing applications including the most popular used Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. We all know that browser is one of the necessities installed on a computer because it helps us get through to the Internet and find out wanted resources shared on the webs. But when it’s hijacked, these functions or abilities will be greatly affected causing constant troubles for PC users to get online properly. Watch out for this hijacker thing when you are surfing online!

Generally, this redirect is not treated as a computer virus or infection by most anti-virus programs. It’s more of a hacked URL that has similar abilities as a search tool. A search tool (a.k.a search engine) is the place where PC users enter the key words to search and find out resources of their queries on the Internet. It’s created to help enhance users’ online experience. Now how does this hijacker get on our browsers? Bundling is one of the common ways to help distribute this hijacker on the Internet. It can bundle with other suspicious URLs, unknown “free” programs or unauthorized attachments ect. When PC users accidentally click on these links or download these unfriendly programs, they can come across this browser hijacker issue later.

When getting on browsers, redirect can modify these applications and make all the functions go wrong once you are trying to get online. It can cause you unable to get what you want by constantly redirecting you to other places or displaying unwanted pop-up ads ect. It’s like a misleading URL that can get you to false information and can even help prompt certain malicious adware from these links or pop-ups. But most importantly, similar to many other browser hijackers, this new variant can record your browsing histories which contain lots of personal data. Cyber criminals will be benefited a lot when they can get this info. Hence, a complete removal of this hijacker will be needed to keep PC safe.

To successfully remove redirect, contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts for further assistance if you are not a PC expert or can’t handle it on your own:

Browser Hijacker Manual Removal Instructions

As mentioned before, this hijacker thing is not treated as a virus by most anti-virus programs. Running security scans from these applications may not detect anything or remove the hijacker. Instead of re-installing or getting rid of the compromised browsers, a manual removal process is suggested here to get rid of the redirect. The manual removal will require expertise to achieve as the associating files or registries you are about to deal with can be named differently on computers.

A step-by-step guide to remove hijacker:

Step A: Open Windows Task Manager by hitting Ctrl+Alt+Del keys at the same time; go to Processes tab on top and scroll down the list to find odd processes to select ‘End Process’. Names of the processes may not show exactly the same on each PC:


Step B: Open Control Panel from Start menu and search for Folder Options. Go to Folder Options window, under View tab, tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK. This will help show the hidden files of this hijacker:


Step C: Press Windows+R keys together to pull up Run box and type in regedit to open Registry Editor. Delete registry values associating with this hijacker:


Step D: Change home pages back from this URL redirect (Google Chrome):


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The redirect can be a new variant of the former hijacker. Similar problems can be released every once in a while to annoy PC users and even scam them by displaying false information online. Computer users should watch out for this kind of issue when surfing online. If browsers stop working properly all of a sudden and you are getting constant redirect actions or lots of pop-ups, please make sure the browsers are not hijacked before you continue to use them. Other consequences of a browser hijacker can be a) experience slowness when launching the browsers; b) web pages or even the browsers stop responding more often and c) default settings like home pages and search tools are replaced constantly without consent. As privacy security issues can be highly threatened by this hijacker, we suggest you to get rid of it ASAP!

Note: Having difficulties in figuring out which files or registry values to delete? Please contact YooSecurity Online Experts to get further help to avoid these potential risks on PC:

Published by Tony Shepherd & last updated on September 24, 2013 2:23 am

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