My computer is running crazy as my IE explorer and search engine seems to do some random redirects. Usually I search for something in google and real results will be listed, but now when I click on them, they will redirect me to a different site, sometimes to some search sites like or other ads site. Is this a virus? I ran Malwarebytes, SuperAntiSpyware, PC Tools Disk Doctor, Kaspersky, MSE but no viruses found!! How do I get rid of this hijacker? Hijacks Your Browser? – How to Remove Browser Hijacker? is categorized as a malicious browser hijacker that comes together with freeware applications you download from the Internet by yourself. If it is installed on your computer, it can attach itself to browsers you installed immediately like Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Opera, etc. Then it takes over the web browsers and replaces the default search engine and homepage to its own page without giving you any notice. At that time, you may also see unfriendly plug-ins, ads-on and toolbar added on your browser together with this nasty hijacker. More than that, you may get many annoying pop-up ads on the screen like informing you have won a prize or your computer may need to be optimized. Don’t click on any ads showing on your computer randomly, it may lead your personal information exposed or let other viruses access your computer.

The most noticeable sign that your computer is hijacked by redirect is your homepage and default search page are changed without your permission. This websiteis a bogus web search engine that claims can give you any information you want. However, this statement is totally false because is totally a useless search system. It involves a tracking cookie which helps attackers to change search results on Google and other major search engines and redirect Internet users to and other malicious advertisement websites. If you keep it as your default search engine rather than Google, Bing, cyber hackers who create the hijacker can visit the infected system secretly to collect your privacy and other sensitive information aggressively. In order to avoid any further loss, you should delete from the computer completely and timely.

Note: Expertise will be required during the manual removal. Contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts for instant help now if you are not good with computers: Hijacker Screenshot:


Troubles To Be Expected from A Browser Hijacker

1. When browsers are hijacked, net users’ online information (user names, passwords, browsing histories ect.) can be collected by the hijacker using tracking cookies and online third-parties can benefit from these valuable records;
2. redirect is capable of bringing in PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) to further scam PC users;
3. The hijacker can generally slow down the performance of the affected web browsers as well as the whole system;
4. Victims of the hijacker can experience constant pop ups online;
5. The start-up pages and default search engines can keep being replaced by the hijacker.

Step-by-step Manual Removal Instructions

Now that we know the browser hijacker makes the antivirus malfunctioning and failing to delete any virus, then manual removal becomes a better choice. Manual removal is a process that requires to be taken with great caution, as it is quite complicated and difficult. Any mistakes of deleting wrong computer files may cause great damages to the computer. In the case, you can back up important system data before carrying out any removal step. Redirect virus removal guide is given below  that will enable you to deal with the stubborn virus effectively.

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 the virus 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 redirect:


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 the hijacker:


Step D: Change home pages back from this redirect (Firefox):


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Conclusion hijacker can easily target Mozilla firefox, Safari, chrome or Interet explorer when the user carelessly surfs the web or downloads free software from internet. It makes your browsing activities nearly impossible and unacceptable. After being infected, page keeps popping up and you will be forced to go to this phony search page without your approval. Perhaps, a search toolbar may appear at the top of your browser and it won’t allow you to uninstall it. By running in the background, a hijacker can keep record of your browsing information and your search contents, then it display the associated advertisement to let you click on it. Users should realize that is nothing but a low-quality search engine that displays more advertisements than legitimate results. It cheats people by pretending itself to be a useful search system. In reality, this hijacker can use browser helper objects and third party malware including sponsored adware and spyware platforms to change your homepage and modify your browser settings without your permission to disturb you. Remove it as quickly as you can instead of leaving this malicious threat inside the computer.
Note: Have tried different things but still cannot delete hijacker? Please contact YooSecurity Online Experts to get further help:

Published by Tony Shepherd & last updated on November 4, 2013 11:37 am

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