DotFab Blog » Adware»Remove Redirect Virus (Browser Hijacker Removal Guide)

Remove Redirect Virus (Browser Hijacker Removal Guide) hijacks your web browser search and displays random spam ads banner? If so, you have got some PUP or adware installed on your computer. Read more in this article to get rid of this browser hijacker.


What is


Users get redirected to which seems to override their web browser search often as a result of installing some PUP or adware. The is a browser hijacker distributed to make money via extra ads banners and drawing traffics. Similar to websearch., or, this browser hijacker can display random ads banners under the search box, most of which are spams or even risky sites to visit. As well, it helps draw traffics by blackhat SEO tactics. This means if you are using or any kind of such browser hijacker, regardless of its pretending to be a real search engine, not only will you not get any useful information, but also you will face endless risks of redirecting to dangerous sites and even easier to get infected with other malware infections like trojans, ransomware, rogueware or the stubborn rootkits. So be very careful when you get hint of the presence of


The image of

Websearch-searchbomb-info browser hijacker


The ads banner is random and often by clicking it, you will be redirected to some websites that you will not want to, which are often full of spams or nothing but unsocialized places.


Risks of Having Stay


♦ It slows down web search and even system running.

♦ It makes computer system expose to more risks of getting infected by redirecting you to unreliable or unsocialized sites.

♦ It hijacks the normal web search and degrades your browser search experiences.

♦ Chances are it generalizes more and more junk files to jam or mess up the system files.

♦ More significantly, it introduces so many spams and even scams.


Thus, avoid  at all cost for the sake of security online and the health of the system.

If you have  currently within your IE, Firefox or Chrome, you may follow below removal guide to get rid of it from your computer and browser now.


Tips to Avoid Browser Hijackers like


♥ 1. Use caution when surfing online. Basically you are supposed to turn on security features of your web browser. See detailed instructions to turn on security features of IE, Firefox and Chrome. Or see here to learn how to block using Anvi AD Blocker.

♥ 2. Be very careful when downloading or installing some freeware from the Internet.

♥ 3. If there is a need to download some software, especially freeware, online, please ensure there is nothing else bundled with it.

♥ 4. During the install, always opt for custom install instead of continuing hitting next step button in order to avoid anything else bundled to install. Pay attention to any precheck box in order to see anything unwanted selected and installed.

Please note some PUP or adware may also get installed even if you deselect the relevant precheck box. If such is the case, instantly uninstall the bundling freeware which comes to be a potentially risk now.


Below is a guide for removal.



How to Get Rid of Redirect Virus (Browser Hijacker Removal Guide)


Step 1. Antimalware Scan and Remove Rootkits or Other Potential Infections

Step 2. Uninstall Related PUP or Adware from Control Panel

Option 1. Automatic Uninstall using Anvi Uninstaller

Option 2. Manual Uninstall from Control Panel

Step 3. Remove from IE, Firefox and Chrome

Step 4. Remove related browser cookies and maintain system performance

Step 5. Block using Anvi AD Blocker


Step 1. Antimalware Scan and Remove Rootkits or Other Potential Infections comes together with other PUP/adware install, which may show rootkit traits to hide in the system. Thus to ensure your computer is clean away from hidden risky components related , you are highly recommended to full scan your PC using your installed antivirus or here recommended antimalware-Anvi Smart Defender.


delta search asd scanned result


Instructions: 1. Download and install. 2. Switch to the second tab-the scan tab and click on Full Scan button. 3. Remove the malicious results scanned by Anvi Smart Defender antimalware.


Step 2. Uninstall Related PUP or Adware from Control Panel


Please choose an option below to uninstall related PUP or adware from computer:

Option 1. Automatic Uninstall using Anvi Uninstaller

Option 2. Manual Uninstall from Control Panel

Tips: If you can’t identify the related PUP or adware, and any other trouble alike in the uninstall process, it is a good idea to removal all programs installed at the date that you first catch the sight of the issue.


Option 1. Automatic Uninstall


Please note the Anvi Uninstaller is integrated in the system cleaner Cloud System Booster, which can also help you remove the leftovers and maintain the system after the removal. The Anvi Uninstaller which contains a Recently Installed Tab can help you conveniently find the related PUP from recently installed program list to uninstall.

To use Anvi Uninstaller, you can follow below steps:

  • 1. Download and install the Cloud System Booster. (Safe download link:
  • 2. Start it and click on Toolbox at the bottom of the main screen to access where you can locate Anvi Uninstaller to Download and Run.
  • 3. Locate the Recent Installed tab and then find the Delta Search toolbar and the related programs to uninstall.

uninstall lyrics woofer using Anvi Uninstaller-1

Here just uses the LyricsWoofer adware as an example for demonstration purpose. 

Then you will see below windowAnvi Uninstall

remove lyricswoofer leftovers from computer using Anvi Uninstaller

Please note that here the process 3 is only available for Pro version users. This step can help you clean out those left files, mainly registry entries of the uninstalled PUP.

And if you want this, you can conveniently purchase the Cloud System Booster here:

Next Step>


Option 2. Manually uninstall Related PUP or Adware from Control Panel


Some adware or PUP related will install its program to the Control Panel. To remove it, you can:

For Win 8 users: Press Windows key or hover the cursor in the bottom left of the screen to access Start Menu →locate the related PUP → right click on the icon→ Click Uninstall from the appeared toolbar at the bottom of the screen.

For Windows 7/Vista: Click Start →Click Control Panel → Locate Programs, and click Uninstall a program→ find the related PUP from the opened list → Locate the item you want to uninstall and right click to open the dropped menu, where you need to click Uninstall/Change. If there comes an confirmation, click Yes to proceed.

For Windows xp:  Click Start → Select Control Panel → Click Add/Remove Programs → Find the related PUP from the opened list → locate and right click the item which you want to uninstall → click Remove to proceed the uninstall.


Step 3. Remove from IE, Firefox and Chrome


Generally to remove from web browsers including IE, Firefox and Chrome, you will need to check any modifications of browser add-on, search provider and homepage/new tab. And also you can just simply reset the browser settings to clean out the redirects. Below is just the instructions to reset browser settings.

> Reset Internet Explorer

> Reset Mozilla Firefox

> Reset Google Chrome



IEReset Internet Explorer


1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the gear icon (Tools for IE 8 and below users) at the top (far right), then click again on Internet Options.


2. In the Internet Options dialog box, locate the Advanced tab, then click on the Reset button.


3. In the Reset Internet Explorer settings section, check the Delete personal settings box, then click on Reset.


4. When Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click Close in the confirmation dialogue box and then click OK.

>next step


Firefox Reset Mozilla Firefox


1. Open Firefox, click the Firefox button, go over to the Help sub-menu, and select Troubleshooting Information.




2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.



3. To continue, click Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.

4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish.

>next step


chromeReset Google Chrome


1. Access to below file:

C:Users[username]AppDataLocalGoogleChromeUser Datadefault

The folder “Default” contains all of the requisite settings.  To reset Chrome, close it and change the folder name of “Default” to anything else…”Default old” or “Default broken” or whatever else you like. Once you reopen Chrome it will be reset!

If you want to retain some settings (especially things like bookmarks and login info) you can copy (don’t just move them because they should be kept intact as backups; copy them) those files into your new Default folder any time that Chrome is closed.

Note: The current version of Chrome does not provide the reset function in its settings list and you can sue the above method to set it to default settings in order to fix the browser issues without reinstall it.

However, in Chrome 15,16,17, you can go to: Options →Personal Stuff → Users→Delete User.

If you are the only chrome user, you will be the only user in the list. Click on “DELETE THIS USER” and viola…. You have reset Google Chrome to default settings.

All your add-ons, settings will restore to defaut.


Step 4. Remove Tracking Cookies and Maintain System Performance (Important)


See to remove the tracking cookies of and other leftovers including junks to maintain the system performance.

Note: Before the cookies removal, you’d better backup your important personal information like some important username and passwords.

As for removing tracking cookies and cleaning system junk files, you can use some system cleaner like Cloud System Booster.

Cloud System Booster Download:

Instructions: 1. Download and install.

2. Click Disk Cleaner button on the main screen and then on the left navigator, locate the web browser like Internet Explorer or Google Chrome that you use, and then select item of removing cookies. It is recommended to select all web browsers that you have on your PC.

remove cookies using Cloud system Booster


3. Now you can either click Start Scan button on the left bottom and clear the junks when the scan finished, or click on Home button to back on the main screen and click Quick Care to fully clean the system. The later is our recommendation any way.




More recommended: if you want a deep optimization, then hard disk defragmentation would be a good idea. As for this, Anvi Ultimate Defrag is available for your nice try.

This is a trial version of Anvi Ultimate Defrag download:


Step 5. Block using Anvi Ad Blocker


Some tools like Anvi Ad Blocker would also a good idea to help you block this redirect by adding the URL to its blacklist. Besides, it also provides a huge online database to help you filter most malicious/phishing websites and annoying advertisements.

ad blocker

Anvi AD Blocker download:

Please note this is a trial version of Anvi Ad Blocker for 15 days free use. If you want it for longer time, you can conveniently buy it here.

>> See more on Safer Surfing online with Anvi Ad Blocker

To block the using Anvi AD Blocker, you can follow below instructions on the image:

block unwanted websites using Anvi Ad Blocker

>> See more on Safer Surfing online with Anvi Ad Blocker


Not only this tool can help you block those malicious, phishing websites and most advertisements to reduce risks of getting infected, but also it can assist you in filtering those unwanted URLs like this by adding the URL into its black list.

If any question in the removal process, contact us at any time for timely help.