How to Remove Redirect (Browser Hijacker Removal Guide)

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How to Remove Redirect (Browser Hijacker Removal Guide)

Postby Sophia » 2014-04-14 1:01 hijacks your web homepage? Redirected to Wow Search every time you open your web browser? Read this article to figure this out. A removal guide to help you get rid of such browser hijacker is here to stay.

What is, or virus as some users may call it, is actually a browser hijacker that changes the web homepage and replaces the search engine provider. If you see redirects or homepage hijack your web search, then your computer should have installed some adware or PUP. Once installed, the adware or PUP responsible for the redirects will set your homeapge and search engine to (wow search). Beware that wow search is not the only search engine name that comes under the domain and there are multiple subdomains with different names, so in your case the search engine name might be different. Typically, this browser hijacker also comes along related browser extension installed to serve the purpose of displaying advertisements and collecting user's online data. The browser extension related may vary randomly in terms of names. Potentially unwanted programs and extensions are downloaded onto your PC without making it clear beforehand that you're doing so. So that's a rather underhand technique we're looking at right there. However, this doesn't mean that a PUP is actually a virus or malware.

The screenshot:


As such, the redirects come for one thing and the only one thing to make money by promoting advertisements and tracking user's online behaviors. This will certainly violate users' online privacy. The related adware or PUP infection could result in floods of ads to jam the web search whilst degrade browser performance and brings much annoyance to users.

Many users may find this still remains even after they uninstall the adware and reset the homepage, etc. Then, this is because this browser hijacker becomes more stubborn with its shortcut added to the properties of the web browser.

Other similar browser hijackers could be listed like,,, etc. Beware.

If you are suffering the annoyance of having redirects, then below guide will walk you through the removal to get rid of redirects and related adware or browser extension.

It is advised to read the terms and conditions when you decide to install some freeware downloaded from the Internet. During the install, always opt for custom install and always pay close inspection to those pre-checked items to make sure no other bundled or unwanted items installed. If anything unexpected found, you are highly encouraged to reconsider the install and find an alternative that is clean and safe. Good luck and be safe online.

How to Remove Redirects (Browser Hijacker Removal Guide)

This is a comprehensive guide and the solution is provided for free while the advanced steps are also offered for alternative choice. Please completely the removal in suggested order. If any question in the process, please stop and get in touch.

Removal guide outlined:

    Step 1. Uninstall suspicious PUP from computer
    Step 2. Remove redirects from IE/FF/Chrome
    Step 3. Remove tracking cookies, junk leftovers and maintain system performance
    Step 4. Run antimalware scan to remove any potential infectious components
    Step 5. Block malicious websites and popup ads using Anvi Ad Blocker


Step 1. Uninstall suspicious adware or unwanted programs from computer

Note: To completely fix the issue, you need to remove all PUP related .

For Win 8 users: Click Windows key > Start Menu > Control Panel , Find and click dubious program related, click Uninstall.

For Windows 7/Vista: Click Start windows key > Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall a program, find and locate dubious program related to right click the item, click Uninstall/Change. If there comes an confirmation, click Yes to proceed.

For Windows xp: Click Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs, find and click dubious programs related, and then right click the item to click Remove to proceed the uninstall.


Alternatively, you can also use the Anvi Uninstaller, integrated in Cloud System Booster (a system cleaner) which will be in use latter, which will list all your recently installed programs and provide advanced uninstall solutions.

1. Download and install Cloud System Booster.

Free version:

Get Pro version :

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 related programs to uninstall.


Note: The related PUPs would be multiple. Ensure uninstall all PUPs related.

If any confirmation prompt appears, proceed it right to continue.

Then you will see similar windows as shown in below images:



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:

Step 2. Remove redirects from IE/FF/Chrome

The browser repair here includes remove related browser add-on, reset homepage, delete related search provider, and delete the shortcut, respectively in IE/FF/Chrome.

For Google Chrome users:

To remove extension →
Open Google Chrome and click bars icon > toolbars and extensions, find related or unwanted extensions to locate and click on the Trash can icon to remove it.

To remove startup page →
Click Settings at the left menu, find On startup area and click set page. Locate it and click x to remove the startup page.

To remove homepage →
Locate the Appearance area, click Change. Then remove the url from the text box. Click OK to save the change and exit.

To remove related search engine →
Browser hijacker also changes your default search engine in chrome. Check it and choose your preferred search engine as default.Find Search area, click manage search engines… button. Then, make your preferred search engine, like, as default and then remove related search engine from chrome by locating it and clicking X as it shows.

To delete the shortcut →
Close the chrome and then locate the chrome icon on your desktop, right-click it and navigate to Properties to open the Properties window, where you need to click the Shortcut tab, locate the Target text area and delete the from the url text.

When finished, open Chrome to check if the issue is gone.

For Mozilla Firefox users:

To remove add-on →
Open Mozilla Firefox, click on Firefox button > Add-ons to open the mange add-ons window. On the opened window of manage add-ons, locate the Extensions tab to locate related add on and click Remove button to remove it. Besides, you also need to check for the plugin tab on the add-on manage window, where you may also find other unwanted plugin and if any, make sure remove it as well.

To reset homepage →
Click Firefox button to select Options > Options from the dropped menu.Locate General tab and reset the homepage by either entering your desired homepage like or click on Restore to Default button. When finished, click OK to save the change and exit.

To repair search engine →
In the opened Firefox window, click the right place besides the search box as shown in below image to drag out a dropped menu from there to select Manage search engines…. Click on suspiciously related search engine...locate it and then click Remove to remove it. Or you can just click restore to default button to repair it. Click OK to save the change and exit the window.

To configure Firefox →
Open a new blank tab in your Firefox, and type about:config in the address bar to open a window as shown in below picture.
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Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue.

Then, on the appeared window, type utop in the search box to find any items with value containing the keywords of the PUP from list there and highlight the item, right click on it to select Reset, one by one.

To delete the shortcut →
Close the Firefox and then locate the Firefox icon on your desktop, right-click it and navigate to Properties to open the Properties window, where you need to click the Shortcut tab, locate the Target text area and delete the from the url text.

When finished, restart the Firefox to check. That’s it.

For Internet Explorer users:

To remove add-on →
Open Internet Explorer, click Settings icon to select Manage add-on. Locate on Toolbars and Extensions tab, search through the list to find related add-on. Click the item to disable and remove.

Note: Some PUP’s inserted add-on/plugin in IE can only be removed through control Panel, that is to say, if you uninstall it from the Control Panel, this add-on will automatically disappear in IE.

To remove Search provider →
Still on the window of manage add-ons, switch to Search Providers tab, and then search for related or unwanted search provider to locate it and click on Remove button at the bottom to get rid of it. (Please note if the search provider to remove is set as default, firstly you need to set other search engine like bing or google as default and then proceed the removal. )

To reset homepage →
Click on Settings icon and then select Internet Options. On the coming up window, locate General tab → Home page area, you can either click on the Use Blank button or type your desired homepage like in the edit box. Then, click OK to save the change and exit.

To delete the shortcut →
Close the IE and then locate the chrome icon on your desktop, right-click it and navigate to Properties to open the Properties window, where you need to click the Shortcut tab, locate the Target text area and delete the from the url text.


That’s it.


Step 3. Remove tracking Cookies, junk leftovers and Maintain System Performance

See to remove the tracking cookies since there would be cookies associated to secure your online privacy.

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

Besides, PUP install and adware popup can jam the system and degrade the system performance. It is necessary to clean the system from all those junks. Yet, you can use some system cleaner like Cloud System Booster for both tasks ( cookies cleaning and junks removal).

1. Download and install.

Cloud System Booster download:

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.

2. Click Home button to back on home page and click Quick Care button and the system maintenance begins.

Step 4. Full Scan the Computer to Remove Hidden Risky Components from Computer

Generally speaking the uninstall and the browser repair will heal the adware problem.However, antimalware scanning wouldn’t hurt since many adware or adware related infection show malicious traits to harm the system as well. Here we use the antimalware Anvi Smart Defender by Anvisoft as an example for demonstration purpose.

1. Download and install Anvi Smart Defender

Free version download:

Get Pro version:

(Pro version can provide more protection to help the computer immune to future threats alike.)

2. Click the Scan module-> Full Scan button.

3. Remove the malicious results scanned by Anvi Smart Defender antimalware.


Step 5. Block malicious websites and popup ads using Anvi Ad Blocker

Here you may also choose the Anvi Ad Blocker to help you block this sites by adding the URL to its blacklist. Besides this tool provides a huge online database to help you filter most malicious/phishing websites and annoying advertisements.

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.


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.

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


Good luck and be safe online.
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