Remove Hijacker is causing havoc to mobile users, causing their devices to be redirected to said web address each time they are browsing the Internet. This redirect issue seems to be affecting Android and iOS systems.

It is noted that a certain code bundled with a fake software download is the culprit for these hijacking problems. Additionally, it is said that the beneficiary of this redirect is a program called Candy Crash Saga.

In a more in-depth analysis, appears to not be caused by a virus, trojan, or any kind of malware. It is a tracking cookie or something that is said to be malfunctioning or having a conflict with the script loader. Thus, instead of monitoring ads on your devices, it redirects instead.

Solution for iOS Devices:

Reset Settings:

1. Go to Settings, and then click on General.

2. Scroll down to the bottom and click Reset. This method will reset some of the modified settings, not everything that is stored on the device.

Uninstall Apps:

1. Track the Apps you have installed recently. Removing them may help stop the hijacking issue. Some of the reported apps that are causing this are Iconmania and MineCraft. However, there is no confirmation yet if users who got affected have downloaded the legitimate copies. It could be a version with code injected into it.

Logout Facebook Account:

It is said that Facebook app King Bling has something to do with this redirect problems. In some occasions, it will show an error: You don’t have a Facebook app user session! Please log in to the King Bling app in Facebook.” You may want to delete the app from Facebook or logout the account and see what happens.

Solution for Android Devices

Clearing Cache from Google Chrome Browser:

1. Open Google Chrome.
2. Press the Menu (3 dots) in upper right corner of the screen.
3. Tap on Settings.
4. Scroll down and tap Privacy.
5. Scroll down and tap Clear browsing data.
6. Press Clear Data button.
7. Please restart Google Chrome browser.

Clearing Cache from Generic Browser:

1. Open your web browser on an Android device.
2. Press the Menu key. Select “More“, then “Settings“.
3. Scroll down until you see the three menu options: Clear cache, Clear history, and Clear all cookie data.
4. Execute each one one by one. Press “Ok” when it confirms if you want to proceed.
5. Press the back button until you get back to the web browser. You may want to restart the browser to see the changes. Removal Procedure

Below is a systematic instruction that is very useful in getting rid of unwanted programs from compromised Windows computers. Aside from removing the malicious browser extension, this guide is also helpful in deleting browser hijackers and pop-ups. In order to totally eliminate the threat, it is vital to follow the process exactly.

Quick Fix - Scan the PC with Combo Cleaner for Windows

Combo Cleaner is a trusted PC security and optimization tool equipped with powerful virus and malware detection engine. This program can get rid of browser hijacker like through this procedure.

1. Download the application from the following page:

2. Save the file to your preferred location.

3. Double-click the downloaded file CCSetup.exe and install with the default settings.

CC for Windows Installation

4. At the end of the setup process, click Finish to run Combo Cleaner.

5. The tool will update the signature file, please wait for this process to complete.

6. To begin checking for threats like, click on the Start Scan button. Wait for this scan to finish.

CC for Windows Start Scan

7. At the end of the scan process, click on Remove all threats to delete hijacker including all malicious objects from the computer.

Free features of Combo Cleaner for Windows includes Disk Cleaner, Big Files finder, Duplicate files finder, and Uninstaller. To use antivirus, privacy scanner, and to delete identified threats, users have to upgrade to a premium version.

Please continue with the succeeding removal procedures if your are comfortable to manually get rid of the threat and malicious items linked with it.

Step 1 : Delete Browser Extension

Most adware and unwanted programs use an application called a "browser extension" to be able to take over the settings of internet applications. Therefore, we highly recommend checking and removing the extension that is closely related to If it is not present, look for and delete any suspicious browser extension.

Remove the Extension from Google Chrome

1. Open your Google Chrome browser.

2. Type chrome://extensions/ in the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard.

Chrome URL

3. Find or any relevant entry and remove it from the Google Chrome browser.

Uninstall the Extension from Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser.

2. Type about:addons in the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard.

Firefox URL

3. Choose Extensions from the sidebar menu.

4. Look for an object that pertains to and remove it from the browser.

After deleting the malicious browser extension, it is expected that pop-ups and other troubles will be gone from the internet browser.

Remove from Microsoft Windows and Edge Browser

1. On your keyboard, press Windows Key + R and then, type the appwiz.cpl command.

2. The Program and Features window will open. Arrange the list in a chronological manner, with recently installed applications on top. To do this, click on the 'Installed On' column.

Add-Remove Malware

3. Select or a recently installed unwanted entry. Then, click on Uninstall to remove it from the Windows system.

If is still present on the browser and there are still homepage and pop-ups, another option is to remove the browser hijacker from the browser settings.

4. Open the Microsoft Edge program.

5. Input edge://extensions/ in the URL bar and press Enter on the keyboard.

6. Look for and Remove or Disable entries for from the Installed Extensions area. Additionally, delete the same object from the Search Providers section by executing the Hijacker Removal Procedure for Edge.

7. Close the window and restart Microsoft Edge.

Step 2 : Scan the computer with Sophos Antivirus

To remove automatically, scanning the computer with this powerful anti-virus tool is recommended. This scanner does not just uncover known threats like viruses or malware, it is also effective in discovering browser hijacker like that slows down online browsing activities.

1. Download Sophos Virus Removal Tool from the link below. Save the file on your computer where you can easily access it.

2. Once the download completes, browse the location of the file. Double-click to run the program and begin the install process.

3. On first windows of installation wizard, click Next to continue. Then, it will display the program’s License Agreement. You need to Accept the terms in order to proceed. If Windows prompts for User Account Control, please click Yes to proceed.

Screenshot of Sophos EULA Page

4. On succeeding windows, click Next or Continue to carry on with the installation. After completing the installation process, Launch Sophos Virus Removal Tool.

5. Internet connection is required when running this scanner in order to download important updates. Make sure that everything is up-to-date to effectively remove malicious program like

6. Click the  button to  carry out the Scan. This will check the system for presence of malicious objects, malware, and viruses. The tool reveals items that were found linked to and other suspicious entities. Be sure to remove all identified threats.

Screenshot of Sophos Virus Scan

The above procedures should have totally eliminated the browser hijacker. However, if you found that there are still remnants of the threat, please proceed to manual removal of associated objects as outlined below.

Step 3 : Scan and Delete Adware with AdwCleaner

In addition to the procedure, we suggest scanning the computer with AdwCleaner tool. Possibly, there are some traces of on the browser that was not deleted during the preceding steps. This tool will scan the computer and check for presence of malicious applications as well as invalid browser entries that produces hijacking, redirects, and pop-ups.

1. Follow the link below to download the tool called AdwCleaner.

2. When the download has completed, please close all running programs on the computer especially browsers affected by

3. Browse the location of the downloaded file and double-click on adwcleaner_Ver.exe to start running the tool. Then, click on Scan button.

Image of AdwCleaner Dashboard

4. AdwCleaner searches the computer for malicious programs, extensions, plug-ins, adware, and any items that may be associated to It will also check for suspicious entries on browser settings that is associated with the hijacker.

5. Clean or Remove all suspicious and harmful items identified after the thorough scan.

6. After the cleanup procedure, rebooting the computer is required to finalize the removal of detected threats.

Check if your internet browser application is no longer being bothered by If the browser hijacker still persists, please continue with the steps below to reset internet programs to default settings.

Optional : Reset Internet Browser Program

Cleaning your internet browser from clutter and unwanted add-on/extension is a must when dealing with The procedure below discusses on resetting various browsers to their default state.

Restore Google Chrome to Default Settings

Resetting Google Chrome to its default settings is helpful in deleting hard-to-remove extensions, such as This method is highly advisable to perform if you have difficulty removing unwanted extensions.

1. Open the Google Chrome internet browser.
2. On the address bar, type chrome://settings/reset and press the Enter key.
3. Click on Reset Settings on the sidebar and choose Restore settings to their original defaults.
4. On the confirmation window, click the Reset settings button to clear all entries for
5. Close the existing tab and restart Google Chrome. That should have removed the extension and associated objects.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

This section describes how to remove unwanted extensions from Firefox that may be related to This process can fix many browser issues by restoring Firefox to factory settings without affecting your essential information (bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and Internet cookies) on the browser. If you desire to remove only a specific extension, please see the manual removal of add-ons from Firefox.

1. Input the string about:support on the Firefox web address and press Enter on the keyboard.
2. You will now see the Troubleshooting Information page of Mozilla Firefox.
3. You will notice a section in the upper-right corner of the screen stating, Give Firefox a tune-up. Click the Refresh Firefox button.
4. If a confirmation window appears, click Refresh Firefox to continue.
5. Firefox browser will close and start the resetting process. When done, it will display a list of restored data. should be gone by now. Click Finish to open a fresh version of Firefox.

Restore Microsoft Edge to Default Settings

1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser.
2. On the address bar, please input edge://settings/reset and press Enter on the keyboard.
3. Once you are on the Reset Settings page, click on Restore settings to their default values.
4. A confirmation window will appear; click on the Reset button to continue.

Your data, like favorites, bookmarks, and history, will remain in the browser. However, this process will delete add-ons by and other unknown objects.

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21 thoughts on “Remove Hijacker”

  1. I got this “virus” thru downloading something…the only way I could get rid of it was to factory reset my mobile device, which is a pain, but the only way I could find to get rid of it. Had to remove SD chip and SIM card first, but it worked. Haven’t reloaded anything yet.

  2. huseyin topcu

    Right, I got it too. Follow as explained above. It works. Delete the cache etc… and reset the browser. No need to reset mobile device to the factory settings.

  3. I am sick of this popping up out of no where like an uninvited guest at a party. Please make it stop before I throw my phone.

  4. I followed the Android instructions on my Samsung Galaxy Note II. It worked for a couple days, but came back. There must be a better way to eliminate this extremely annoying nuisance

  5. I was sick and tired of, then I removed apps that I installed recently, it was like 20 apps, so I don’t. Want to name them, but it is gone, zip, nada, no, , so guys its one hundred percent related to apps. Just delete the apps you recently downloaded.

  6. I cant download apps since I have no credit card on my nook, I’ve already reset my nook tablet and everything and I still get the Adtrack thing! How do I get rid of it?

  7. Hello.

    I only recently have started to receive the redirect (with Candy Crush Saga listed at the end of the web address) when I open my web browser and only when I am using DeviantArt. I have tried everything listed here. Clearing/deleting internet history, cache, cookies, and even disabling the clever little “Network Location” app that has too much access to personal, networking, internet, and location files. Yet, I still wasn’t receiving the redirect pop-up, though it does not take me through the Google Play Store to Candy Crush Saga. I do recall accidentally clicking some ads in apps I have downloaded, so I have deleted those apps (Candy Crush Saga, What’s the Word?, the Facebook app, and Words with Friends). But I am Still receiving the redirect even when going through the steps listed here and on other websites. My phone is a Samsung Galaxy S3 which I have only bought early this year, but had left at home from the beginning of August through the week before last. More advice would be greatly appreciated as I often use DeviantArt as an active artist. I would hate to think that it is DA, but the question maybe it was an ad I pressed still remains as well.
    Thank You for your time.

  8. @WM Did you restore your browser to default settings after you deleted all the data? I had the same problem only with DeviantArt, I emptied the cache, deleted all cookies etc. Then, restored the settings and I can access the website just fine now.

  9. Deviantartist

    I also only seem to be getting the adtrack.king redirection when using deviant I use deviantart often so I really hope this can be fixed this definitely has something to do with candy crush look at the URL for the site

    I think I downloaded candy crush a long time ago only to delete it after playing it but I didn’t have this problem before this week I have and IOS device but the reset thing doesn’t seem to be working I hope a solution will be found soon I really love using Deviantart and refuse to believe that it could possibly be the cause of this.

  10. @WM
    There is currently a banner ad in DeviantART that contains a JavaScript redirect to I should mention at DA does not choose their ads, they are part of a larger adverting network. I have sent a help desk ticket and am awaiting a response (the help desk is closed today) and what they are likely to do is report the offending ad to the advertising network. The network in turn, will either remove the ad or mark it correctly. DA does not allow page redirects in their ads, and once it is marked properly, it won’t appear on DA.

    Short version: Hang in there, it’s being worked on!

  11. This hack is back, but I glimpsed a different URL this time, not Will capture it next time… which won’t be long.

    It shouldn’t surprise anyone that they are doing it again… look at how successful it was the first time around! That damn game became a huge hit. Reward a thing, get more of it.

  12. I have been bothered buy this annoying pop up for months. I followed the instructions cleared the cache and reset my browser to default and as of right now I do not have any pop ups. I’m going to see how long this last but for now I am happy. Thanks so much for the help.

  13. I think I have fixed my phone. I downloaded Farm Heroes Saga. That day I got the direct virus from Adtrack king. It kept bringing me back to farm hero saga. What I did was I saw when I Googled something I saw in the top right hand corner of my screen that it pulled up another window beside the one I Googled… so I clicked on it and saw hidden behind my window there was a hidden one . Redirecting me to Adtrack king. So I closed that window and have not had a problem since. I hope this helps others.

  14. I got the virus on my Galaxy Note 3 after reading the comments I removed history cookies cachet then the only game I could think of was loops legend which constantly had ads that I had to do about three or four things to back out. I uninstalled loops of Legends and I haven’t seen the Adtrack virus since

  15. My screen keeps getting hijacked away sometimes multiple times in one turn while looking for a word placement. I am not even touching the I pad when the screen jumps to a popup empty page with some site in the browser window. This has been going on for a couple of months. I have re booted, cleared cookies and history and do not know what else to do. I don’t mind the actual ads between games but these pop ups are annoying!

  16. I’m currently having the same problem but on PC/laptop I have found the actual file to remove King browse ads from my computer but every time I prompt to remove and delete, it constantly pop-up a window saying I don’t have permission to delete the program even on an administrating profile. I believe this to be a complete joke. I’ve spent £500 on a laptop that can’t remove a silly little advert program. I feel like I don’t have control anymore and Norton Security hasn’t even helped or recognized a faulty program this is a joke, a proper violation of privacy and want someone prosecuted.

  17. Chona, thanks for the post. I am now receiving this annoying redirector and I’m slow at some of this technical stuff. So, I’m hesitant to “reset” my phone, because I will have to start over and don’t want to lose info that’s important to me. However, I was able to copy the “string” or the line of info that redirects:

    http: //adtrack.king. com/modules/adTracking/adClicked.jsp?type=ad&idfa_raw=&st1=hitfox&st2=33&st3=US&st4=&st5=aff_lsr&st6=1020456fa3f5f95938bd3cfd1388c8&st7=&linkId=3301

    Will this help find and get rid of this malware, virus, or whatever it’s called now? Thanks for your time. RR

  18. We need to just get everyone that has had this problem especially people who has had their source of income interrupted, and threaten to sue unless the problem is resolved. I have never downloaded candy crush and have not recently downloaded anything. If this plan works then either they will fix it or everyone who has had this problem may be rewarded some money. We would have to be careful and get set up. But maybe if we play our cards right shady business like this will slow down. Not stopped that’s impossible. Sorry I just needed to rant there for a little while.

  19. sandesh ghandat

    For mobile devices, do the following:
    step 1: Install Xplore app its free and without ads
    step 2: open app and in settings tick the box of show hidden files
    step 3: In search put the string ad.*
    step 4: from results delete files inside android/data/mob

    That’s it. Uninstall Xplore if you want to.

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