How Do I Recover a Hijacked Google Browser?

Certain types of viruses specifically target Web browsers by changing the default home page or search engine, automatically opening pop-up windows containing ads or redirecting users to websites affiliated with the creators of the malware. If such a virus has infected your Google Chrome browser, remove the virus using anti-virus software, and reset Chrome's settings.

Remove the Virus From Your Computer

To remove the malware from your machine, install a free anti-virus program such as Avast Free Antivirus, BitDefender Antivirus Free Edition or Panda Free Antivirus 2015 and run a full system scan.

Reset Chrome's Settings

Resetting Chrome's settings brings your browser back to a near out-of-the-box state, therefore undoing any changes a virus may have made to your home page, default search engine or startup tabs.

Step

Open Chrome's Settings page by clicking Settings in the Chrome menu.

Chrome menu open, with Settings option highlighted.
Open the Chrome menu by clicking the icon with three horizontal bars.
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Click the Show Advanced Options link to reveal the browser's advanced settings.

Show Advanced Settings link on Chrome's Settings page.
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Click Reset Settings.

Reset Settings button at the bottom of Chrome's Settings page.
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Select Reset to finish the process.

Reset Settings pop-up frame, with Reset button highlighted.
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