How to remove browser hijacker from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer belongs to the browser hijacker programs. These programs are not virus, they do not cause direct damage to the system. Typically, the virus only needs to get in the computer and immediately starts its malicious activity. Browser hijacker works different. Also, the virus is much easier to detect because it starts doing bad things in your system and your anti-virus will spot it immediately, however it will not detect the presence of browser hijacker such as The browser hijacker will not start doing malicious actions on your computer, firstly it will ensure the safety for itself by creating in several places a copy of the self-installer. Also, it will set the task to install itself if it will be removed by user. After finishing the first phase, will be hard to remove, and at this stage it will start doing for what it was created for, in particular – display numerous pop-up advertisements, banners, redirect user to sponsored websites, steal personal information and transfer it to the third parties.


The main web page of the HoistSearch will offer user to install some browser extension that integrates a new feature that displays search results from some of your favorite websites directly in the window that you are viewing.  Basically, they are trying to trick user to install additional malware to display intrusive ads while browsing the Internet. After a while user might notice that his default home page and search engine were changed to some unfamiliar websites as well as favorite web pages might be replaced with sponsored websites. In addition, hijack badly affects the overall performance of the operating system and reduces it.

The main objective of browser hijacker is to increase traffic to certain websites. By other words, the developers of such malware are profiting from the fact that infected users are put in the conditions in which they are forced to visit certain sites. Sadly, the interests of the people on this issue are not taken into account. As a result, when you launch your browser infected with hijacker you will certainly read about where to buy cheap Viagra or things like that. These ads will appear on the home page and search engine on the page and even when you open a new tab. Sometimes, even if you manually type some website address you might be automatically redirected to another website that will contain endless advertisements and malicious scripts that might launch auto download or installation of some unwanted programs.

It is highly recommended to get rid of browser hijacker from your computer as quickly as possible. For this purpose, we have developed a universal step-by-step manual removal guide. All you need to do is just to follow the steps in the correct order and you will be able to completely remove malware. However, we also recommend to install automatic removal tool and scan your computer for additional threats that might be inactive, waiting for the time to start their malicious activities. Removal Instruction

Automatic Removal for

Symptoms of infection on your computer can be: computer crashes, unusual homepage or search engine on your browser, unwanted pop-up ads and advertising banners. We recommend to download our automatic removal tool. This removal tool has been tested for threat removal and it is easy to use.

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Manual Removal Instruction for

Step 1
Windows XP / Vista / 7
  • Click on the Start button in the left lower corner and select → Control Panel. After that find the Programs and Features (if you are running Windows XP , then click on Add/Remove Programs). remove from Windows - step 1.1
Windows 8/8.1/10
  • If you are running Windows 8 or Windows 10 operating system , then right-click on the Start which is in the lower left corner of the screen. After that select Control Panel and go to Programs/Uninstall a Program. remove from Windows - step 1.2
Uninstall and related programs
  • In the list of installed programs find the or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Click on them to select and then click on Uninstall button to remove them. remove from Windows - step 1.3
Step 2
  • Step 3
Remove suspicious add-ons
  • Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the upper right corner of the browser and select Manage Add-ons.
    Remove from Internet Explorer - Step 2.1
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Now, find the and other suspicious add-ons. Disable them by right clicking and selecting Disable:
    Remove from Internet Explorer - Step 2.2
How to change your homepage if it was modified by browser hijacker:
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) on the upper right corner of the browser and select Internet Options.
  • On General tab remove unwanted URL and enter your desired domain name such as Click Apply to save changes.
    Remove from Internet Explorer - Step 2.3
Resetting Internet Explorer browser
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) again and chose Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  • Now click on Reset button, the new window should appear. Select the Delete Personal settings option and click on Reset button again. Now you have deteled completely.
  • Remove from Internet Explorer - Step 2.4
Remove suspicious extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon which is located in the top right corner. Now select Add-ons and go to Extensions.
  • Remove from Mozilla Firefox - Step 2.1
  • Now you can see the list of extensions installed within Mozilla Firefox, simply select and other suspicious extensions and click on remove button to delete them.
  • Remove from Mozilla Firefox - Step 2.2
Resetting Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu icon which is on the upper left corner of the browser and click on the question mark. Now, choose Troubleshooting Information option.
  • Remove from Mozilla Firefox - Step 2.3
  • New windows will pop-up where you can see Refresh Firefox to its default state message and Refresh Firefox button. Click this button to remove completely.
  • Remove from Mozilla Firefox - Step 2.4
Remove suspicious extensions
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon in the upper right corner and select More Tools and then select Extensions.
  • Remove from Google Chrome - Step 2.1
  • Now, find the and other unwanted extensions and click on trash icon to delete them completely.
  • Remove from Google Chrome - Step 2.2
  • Click on menu icon once again and select Settings and then Manage Search engines it will be right under the Search section.
  • Remove from Google Chrome - Step 2.3
  • Now you will see all of the Search Engines installed in your browser. Remove any suspicious search engines. We advise you to leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
  • Remove from Google Chrome - Step 2.4
Resetting Google Chrome
  • Click on menu icon which is on the top right corner of your Google Chrome browser. Now select Settings. Click Show Advanced Settings...
  • Scroll down to the end of the page and find there Reset settings and click on it.
  • Remove from Google Chrome - Step 2.5
  • New window will pop-up where you click on Reset button to confirm the action and remove completely.
  • Remove from Google Chrome - Step 2.6
Step 3

After performing all of the steps above you should have all of your web browsers clean of the HOISTSEARCH.COM and other suspicious add-ons and extensions. However to complete the removal procedure we strongly advise to scan your computer with antivirus and anti-malware tools like SpyHunter, HitmanPro 32-bit, HitmanPro 64-bit or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Those programs might help to you find registry entries of malware and remove them safely.

Information added: 03/30/2016 06:18 PM;