How to Remove Redirect (Browser Hijacker Removal Guide)?

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How to Remove Redirect (Browser Hijacker Removal Guide)?

Postby Autumn » 2013-05-28 1:41

No matter which browser you use, always hijacks your search results? The webpage is redirected to some advertisements or porn websites? Really get bored with that redirect? Don’t worry. This article helps you remove it effectively. Keep reading.

What is Redirect?

At the first sight, the redirect looks like a useful search engine. Apparently, it is a legal search engine like Google chrome, which gives the search results of users. In fact, it is not a good guy but a computer virus. The redirect comes under the browser hijacker category. What is browser hijacker? The browser hijackers are featured with overriding the default home page and redirecting the home page to other malicious websites or phishing websites. The creator of browser hijacker makes money from the pop-up advertisements. However, the problem goes further than that. Once you use the illegal search engine, this virus may collect your search results, display sponsored links, monitor your actives online, steal your personal data, such as credit card number, bank account, password and son on, and then deliver the sensitive information to the third parties. If the cyber criminals get the personal information, you may be at a high risk of losing a large sum of money. Therefore, you should be away from that shady virus.


How does the computer get infected with the virus?

You may wonder that how does the virus enter into your computer? If you often visit internet, watch video, play games, and download software online, the virus easily captures you. This browser hijacker propagates through e-mail attachments, shared files, pornographic webpages or free software downloads. When users install free software bundled with that virus, they originally have a chance to refuse the malicious program. But users may skip some installation steps because of rushing. That is the reason why you are difficult to realize the installation of the virus. So, users should always pay attention when installing free software with optional installs, opt for the custom installation and uncheck those toolbars which you are not familiar with.

Symptoms of the redirect virus:

    Modification of browser settings and DNS settings without consent
    Display of popups and sponsored links
    Redirects of
    Installation of useless add-ons, extensions and toolbar application

How to Remove Redirect (Browser Hijacker Removal Guide)?

    Step 1 uninstall virus through control panel
    Step 2 Repair modified hosts files and DNS settings
    Step 3 Repair modified browser
    Step 4 Remove virus and related malware infections using Anvi Smart Defender
    Step 5 Block pop-up ads and using Anvi AD blocker

Step 1 uninstall virus through control panel

Windows 8

Move mouse cursor to the bottom right corner of the screen. Click Settings on Charms bar and go to Control Panel. Select Uninstall a program and remove related programs.

Windows 7/Vista

Go to Start, navigate to Control Panel, select Uninstall a program/Programs and Features, find related programs, and click on Uninstall.

Windows XP

Go to Start, navigate to Settings and click on Control Panel, navigate to Add or Remove Programs, choose Programs and Features, find related programs, and hit Remove.

Note: The virus is so tricky that you can’t find it on the control panel. Skip this step and keep reading.

Step 2 Repair modified hosts files and DNS settings

1 Go to start, type C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc in the search box
2 Double-click hosts file to open it. Open with Notepad or any other text editor.


The Windows hosts file should look the same as in the image below (Windows XP). There should be only one line: localhost (Windows XP) localhost ::1 (Windows Vista/7/8).


Note: If there are more lines, remove them and save changes.

3 Check out the DNS settings

If your computer fails to access the network, please check the DNS settings according to the following guide:

Launch your Internet Explorer, click on Settings icon or Tools, hit Internet Options in the dropped-down menu, navigate to Connections tab, click on LAN settings, in the LAN settings menu, uncheck the use a proxy server as your LAN, hit OK and close the window. Then retry the browser.


Step 3 Repair modified browser

Internet Explorer:

1 Reset homepage

Tools> Internet Options> General > replace with a desired domain like> Click Apply to complete the operation


2 Reset the settings

Go to Tools> Internet Options. In the Internet Options dialog box, click on the Advanced tab, then click on the Reset button


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


After Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click on Close and then click OK.



1 Reset homepage

Tools> Options> General> replace with a desired domain like > Click OK to complete the change.


2 Reset settings

Click the Firefox button on the top left corner, go to the Help sub-menu (on Windows XP, click the Help menu at the top of the Firefox window), and hit Troubleshooting Information.


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


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

Google Chrome
1 Remove from the Startup pages of Chrome.

Click on the Chrome menu Image> tools>Settings> In On startup section click Set pages> mouse-over to the and click the X symbol to remove it> Add your preferred domain and set it as your homepage.


2. Remove from the homepage.

Click on Settings> In Appearance section click Change

Remove from Startup pages by clicking the X symbol, you can also choose to add a new page by entering its URL and hit OK to complete the modification.


3 Change default search provider, and remove from the search engines list.

Click on the Chrome menu Image> tools>Settings> In Search section click Manage search engines…> Choose to set another preferred one as the default search engine by clicking Make default> Remove from the list.


4. Remove associated add-ons through managing Extensions.

Click on the Chrome menu Image> tools> Extensions > Find and delete related add-ons from the list.

Note: The extension may under a different name, thus search for and delete programs that are suspicious or under similar file name.

Step 4 Remove virus and related malware infections using Anvi Smart Defender

In order to be sure that there are no other undesirable files present in your system, run a full system scan with Anvi Smart Defender. Anvi Smart Defender is a powerful malicious software removal tool, which can help users prevent malicious software such as virus, Trojan, adware, spyware and so on. The light and smart swordfish scan engine will not consume extra resources and influence the operation of the computer. And here we recommend you the Anvi Smart Defender antimalware.

Anvi Smart Defender Anti-Malware Software safe and direct download link:

1.Install the free or paid version of Anvi Smart Defender Anti-Malware software

Free version users: please update the database following the prompt.
Existing version users: please update the software by navigating to Settings > Update tab.

2.Launch the program
3.Scan the malware infecting the computer system


4. Check out the detailed results and remove the malicious files once and for all

Click on View Details to see detailed results and click on Remove button to completely remove the malicious files from your system.


Step 5 Block pop-up ads and using Anvi AD blocker

You may often encounter this kind of redirect. If you are luck, it just changes the default settings of the browsers. What’s worse, this browser hijacker may redirect the homepage to malicious and fishing websites. That is highly risky if your personal information are delivered to and used by cyber criminals. So, it is highly recommended you block redirects and pop up ads using Anvi AD Blocker.

Anvi AD blocker is a popup ads blocking software preventing spyware from infecting computers. The blocker can effectively blocks malicious advertisements and fishing websites. It is matched with antivirus software to protect computers from virus in real time.

You only need to Download Anvi AD Blocker> Install and run the program> Click MORE on top right of the main screen then select Settings> Click on Blacklist> Hit Add URL> Enter the URL that you want to block> Hit Add and close the window> Click Apply to save all changes.


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Re: How to Remove Redirect (Browser Hijacker Removal Guide)?

Postby » 2014-08-05 23:45

Just try...
Firefox Browser...
in addressbar of Firefox
Search for
"Searchalgo" in the search box
Double click on the highlighted lines to change to your desired search engine name etc.,
That 's it.
Click on new Tab to see the effect.
Be careful before you do anything.

Good luck.

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Joined: 2014-08-05 23:39

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