Remove Browser Hijacker (Virus Removal Guide)

Remove Browser Hijacker

In this guide, you will find instructions on how to remove hijacker from the affected browser and its files from the system. Hoax Search Engine / Bogus Redirect

The domain was detected to hijack trustworthy browsers installed on both PCs and Macs. On the one hand, it acts like a typical browser hijacker that alters main browser preferences without users’ knowledge and permission. On the other hand, it appears in browsers to present misleading information and offers. Its sudden appearance in the browser is most likely associated with the presence of a potentially undesired program on the system. Security experts advise affected users to locate and remove all files associated with the unwanted appearance of hijacker.

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Threat Summary hijacker
TypeBrowser Hijacker, Redirect, PUP
Short DescriptionPretends to be a reliable search engine with quick access to free online games. Applies modifications to browser homepage, new tab page and default search engine without asking for perission. Generates deceptive offers.
SymptomsThe homepage, new tab page and search enigne in preferred web browser are set to display the hoax search engine
Browser is slowed down by an increased number of online ads.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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More Information About Browser Hijacker is a hoax search engine that is pushed by a browser hijacker. The app is considered to be a potentially unwanted one due to the fact that it lands on computer systems without users’ knowledge and permission. Then it accesses installed browsers to hijack some of their main settings in order to start pushing the services of its hoax search engine. Usually, browser hijackers like affect browser homepage, start page, new tab page and default search engine.

During our research, we identified that may not only act like a browser hijacker but like a typical browser redirect as well. So your browser may be redirected to different pages with sponsored content and deceptive offers. An example of such a page is the one we were redirected to. It attempts to convince online users that their FlashPlayer is out of date and they need to install an update. And here is what shows to affected users:

Install Required
Flash Player might be out of date
It’s recommended to download an updated version of Flash Player. browser redirect pushes fake flashplayer update rogue software stf

However, the end goal of this deceptive web page is to trick users into installing a rogue and potentially harmful application. In this case it was the bogus Chrome extension HeApp. forces users to install harmful browser extension stf

When added to the browser, this extension poses serious danger to users’ online security and their privacy as it can read and change the data you enter on a number of sites including Google, Bing, Yahoo and Booking.

dangerous browser extension pushed by redirect stf

By spying on all details, you enter while surfing the web, this browser extension enables its operators to understand what your online interests are, which websites you visit, and even your sensitive credentials like logins, financial credentials, etc. Beware and never install the apps pushed by questionable websites like,,, and similar to them.

As regards the sudden appearance of in your favorite browser which we guess is one of the popular Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, it is very likely a result of an unnoticed installation of a potentially unwanted program. Potentially unwanted programs are constantly lurking across the web. They may appear in a software installer, on a corrupted website, link in a social media post, etc. Software bundles and corrupted software installers are preferred. So the undesired program associated with hijacker may have landed on your system in a bundle with other freeware like reader, rogue FlashPlayer, and browser hijackers like

Onc started on your system, the undesired app becomes able to spy on search queries entered in its search box, browsing history, clicks on links, IP address, browser type and version and other details that define your online behavior. All data records are sent and stored on the hijacker’s remote servers. As an additional issue, your browser may be inundated with lots of annoying ads delivered by the app. These ads may try to force you into visiting sponsored content as this action of yours will generate revenue to the owners of the undesired app via the popular pay-per-click advertising model. The appearance of all these ads may make affected browsers sluggish and even unresponsive.

You should be very careful when interacting with sponsored content generated by suspicious apps as they may present ads that land on poorly secured or even hacked web pages. Visiting corrupted web pages can lead to unnoticed malware activation. There are many hacked web pages are designed to start a background service that drops malicious code on the system and then activates it without your knowledge.

For the sake of your PC / Mac security, it’s best to consider the complete removal of hijacker from the affected browser and system.

How to Remove Browser Hijacker

In order to remove browser hijacker along with all associated files, you should complete several removal steps in a precise order. The guide below presents you manual and automatic removal approach. In order to fully get rid of files installed by undesired programs and strengthen PC security, we recommend that you combine the steps. The manual removal might be quite a complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps, navigate to the automatic part of the guide.

In case you have further questions or need additional help with the removal process, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for four years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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