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How to Remove Browser Hijacker? ( Redirect Removal Guide)


Substituting for normal homepage, homepage constantly appears on users’ web browser these days. However, many of us don’t know how to get free from this pretty nasty hijacking and how to keep a secure network environment. Take a careful look at this article as it tackles these questions one by one for you.


About Browser Hijacker (also can be called redirect virus) is browser hijacker in the form of or Similar as and hijacking, this irritating redirect infiltrates your PC bundled with the 3rd party software installers from the internet to alter your current browser settings without your knowledge and permission. Let’s take a closer look at its distribution and malicious traits.





As a member of browser hijacker, the main way for to go to our PC is packaged with the 3rd party software installers including video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators from websites like,, software.informer to trick you into installing such software under its default installation settings by exploiting your carelessness.


Malicious traits


Once hijacking appears, it means that there must be adware/toolbar/PUPs (all can be called the 3rd party software) installing on your PC. In the view of this infection got on computers alongside these software, you are at the risk of be infected by other malicious redirects, adware or toolbars. (one freeware from the internet can carry several infections)

Besides, may act on your browser via extensions added by adware/toolbar/PUPs sneakily. So it is necessary to check if there are annoying add-ons and extensions on your browsers.

Hijack your browsers in the form of or Meanwhile, the items your search for will be redirected to the result from That is to say, your provider is also be changed, let alone your browsing experience such as displaying ads in your search result.



Monitor your online activities, collect the browsing habit as well as save your personal information privately.

Generate traffic and monetize it by misleading you to visit spam websites marketing practice on internet.


Tips for Avoiding Being Infected by Hijacking


These tips are applied to all of browser hijacker, redirect virus, adware, toolbar and PUPs that share the common with distribution.

1. Be attentive to visit websites, especially those unknown and with strange looking. It is high recommended to install a protective tool like Anvi AD Blocker for blocking malicious websites and popups, for details, please read Easy Ads-free Surfing with Anvi Ad Blocker, or you can choose to Turn on Security Features of Internet Browsers for Safer Surfing Online to block malicious websites.

2. Always keep an eye on what you click and download, including music, movies, files, browser plug-ins or add-ons. When you do install software, make sure you’re getting the software from a trusted source

3. Keep your antivirus software and other security protect applications up to data.

4. Delete internet browsing history including the history of the websites you have visited and the history of the downloads you’ve performed to prevent you from getting malicious infections again.



How to Remove Browser Hijacker


the effective method

Step 1> Uninstall adware/PUPs related to and optimize your PC via Cloud System Booster
Step 2> Remove Browser add-ons related to from your browsers
Step 3> Remove malicious argument from the shortcuts of browsers
Step 4> Block spam ads, malicious websites including phishing websites automatically via Anvi Ad Blocker



Step 1> Uninstall adware/PUPs related to and optimize your PC via Cloud System Booster


Please note, Browser Hijacker is installed on your PC alongside different free software you download from the internet. So you are suggested to uninstall this free software. By the way, you’d better consider the recent installed program tracing back to time of its malicious homepage appearing. If it’s hard for you to distinguish which one is malicious or useless, we recommended you use antivirus software Anvi Smart Defender to give your PC a full scan. For more details, please see Malware Prevention Tips.

Before uninstalling, please close all your browsers.


1. Please install Cloud System Booster first.

Free version:

Pro version:


2. After installing, open it and click Expert, and then click Toolbox to download Anvi Uninstaller within several senconds; and then run it.



3. Switch to the Recently Installed tab to remove unknown and dubious program. ( Please Skip “Create System Restore Points” when removing)



4. Please go back to Home, and click on Boost to scan junk files and invalid registry entries left in your computer; and then click Clean to optimize your PC.

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Please always use the tool like Cloud System Booster to clean up the leftovers in the computer to get a clean and optimized PC environment.


Step 2> Remove Browser add-ons related to from your browsers


Option 1: Remove via Anvi Slim ToolBar( Recommended )

Option 2: Remove from IE, FF & Google Chrome manually


Option 1: Remove via Anvi Slim ToolBar


1: Download and install Anvi Slim ToolBar.


Download link:

Purchase link:


2. Remove extensions from browsers


After installing Anvi Slim ToolBar, please open it(if you use trial version, click wwwat the right bottom of box; if you use pro version, input your license key in the blank box), and click on Manage to detect extensions, add-ons and plugins in your browsers. When result is displayed, select DefaultTab, DownloadTerms, Less Tabs, Selectlinks, MixiDJ Toolbar, Webcake  or other toolbars and then click on Remove.




3. Repair hijacked homepage and modified search engine.


In Anvi Slim ToolBar box, please click on Browser Repair. IE, FF and Google Chrome are listed in the left; you can select any of them to change its homepage and search engine. When you choose customize homepage or customize search engine, please input the one you prefer.


Then click on Repair button to repair hijacked homepage and modified search engine and click on OK.



Option 2: Remove from IE, FF & Google Chrome manually

Reset Internet Explorer
Reset Mozilla Firefox
Reset Google Chrome


IEFor Internet Explorer users


1. Go to Internet Explorer> click the gear icon(for IE 9 and 10)/Tools (for IE 8) at the top (far right)>click Internet Options.



2. In the following pop-up box: click Advanced tab>click Reset button>click OK.



3. In below section: select Delete personal settings>click Reset



4. After completing the reset, click Close and then click OK.



Next step–remove malicious shortcuts form IE


FirefoxFor Firefox users


1. Go to Firefox KQ)0~}BED~G9HGB2Q_AL`BU, move to Help and then click Troubleshooting information.



2. Then, click on Reset Firefox to restore browser settings to their original defaults.



Next step–remove malicious shortcuts form Firefox


chromeFor Google Chrome users


1. Click the Chrome menu 8 on the browser toolbar and select Settings.
2. Click Show advanced settings and find the “Reset browser settings” section. Click Reset browser settings.
3. In the dialog that appears, click Reset.

Note: When the “Help make Google Chrome better by reporting the current settings” checkbox is selected you are anonymously sending Google your Chrome settings. Reporting these settings allows them to analyze trends and work to prevent future unwanted settings changes.



If you want know what settings will be impacted after resetting your browser settings, please see Reset browser settings on Google’s website.


Next step–remove malicious shortcuts form Google Chrome


Step 3> Remove malicious argument from the shortcuts of browsers


The removal guide below is available for Internet Explorer, FireFox and Google Chrome. We take Internet Explorer as an example.

1. Right click the shortcut of the browser and click Properties. (take IE as an example) 12


2. When below window appears, switch to Shortcut tab, then remove redirect virus from the Target and click OK to finish the operation.




Step 4> Block spam ads, malicious websites including phishing websites automatically via Anvi Ad Blocker


To avoid being infected by adware and annoyed by popups, you are recommended to install internet ads blocker—Anvi Ad Blocker to give you a real-time protection. It  protects Windows system from malicious URLs, phishing websites, pop-up/flash ads as well as your unwanted websites by blocking them all. Moreover, it also speed up your webpage loading meanwhile it blocks all risky or potentially risky things from the Internet. Install Anvi Ad Blocker to protect the browsers from various pop-up ads, malicious websites. Download and install free or pro version of Anvi Ad Blocker. Then open it and it will keep running to help you to protect your computer from various online risks and annoyance ranging from spam ads, pop up ads, flash ads to phishing, hacked websites and many other malicious websites.

Download link:  

Purchase link:


After installing the spam ads and malicious URLs blocker, please click on the ON button to keep it running, so it will give you a real-time protect to help you out of the annoying of popup ads and attack of various malicious URLs.



When appearing malicious or unwanted URL, Anvi Ad Blocker will popup this window to Remind you. If you are agree to block it, please click OK; if not, please select Add to the White list to let the URL never be blocked again.



Besides, you can add malicious URLs to Black Lists to block them run and add URLs that you think aren’t annoying to White Lists to allow them to run.




Now, you have removed Browser Hijacker completely and are relatively safe online with the protection of Anvi Ad Blocker .


Malware Prevention Tips


Due to browser hijackers like going to computer packaged with freeware installers and other 3rd party software, it can’t be avoid that those freeware installers still carry other viruses and infections, even they can’t be removed from control panel or can’t be trace on your PC. Under this circumstance, you need use your antivirus software like Anvi Smart Defender ( download: to detect and remove these malicious and stubborn malware and give you a prompt protection.



Keep your disk drives clean

After computer working for a long time, your disk drives will carry a heavy load. What’s more, due to the infection of this browser hijacker or even other more malicious malware, there will be some of file system errors and junks and invalid fragments in your disk drives. it is necessary to install a repair and clean tool like Anvi Ultimate Defrag to help you fix bug and errors of files in your disk drives, clean up junk files, rearrange fragmented data in the disk as well as optimize the performance of your disk drives.

Free download:


After install it, please select the disk drive you want to repair and clean and operation you would like to run ( Repair, Clean, Defrag and Optimize ), then click on Start.

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  • Ittiandro

    Qone8 has somehow hijacked my Chrome browser. I really wanted to get rid of it. I have followed ALL the above directions, but unfortunately when opening Chrome, I still get the Qone8 search bar page instead of Google. I wouldn’t worry so much if it weren’t for the fear that somehow my browser is still hijacked. I did a settings reset, I do get the Google page at start-up, but the next time over it goes back to Qone8. Any help?


    Franco Vi

    • Eden_anvisoft

      Hi, have you removed all of unknown and dubious programs from your PC? You are suggested to remove them via Cloud System Booster at first, especially these installing recently. And then it is valid to reset your Google Chrome according the method shown in the article. For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thanks.

    • amber

      I had the same problem as you until I went in and changed the target shown in Step 3 above. I did the same thin both on internet explorer and chrome. It was the only thing that worked for me.