How To Remove / Browser Hijacker / is a recently launched browser hijacker. If your computer suddenly starts redirecting to this website it means that you have been infected by the adware.

The hijacker homepages look identical to hundreds similar ones, most likely launched by the same developers. It has four main “Web, Images, Videos, News” links and a search field. When trying to search, it redirects your queries to Yahoo search page. The main purpose of this website is to generate traffic from hijacked browsers and monetize it by displaying unwanted advertisements. and are parasites which should be removed from your computer as soon as possible. We have an automatic tool which will not only eliminate the virus but also protect your system in the future. We also have a manual removal guide. However, you will still need antivirus afterwards if you choose this method.

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What are and browser hijackers?

Technically is not a virus and just a potentially unwanted program. This is because users install this adware themselves (although in most cases unknowingly and unwillingly). The browser hijacker is bundled with other freeware which you download from the internet. It is included in the setup wizard as an additional option and usually made so it would confuse you and trick into clicking “Accept”. It then gets installed together with the original program and potentially even more adware or malware.

The best way to protect yourself from browser hijackers and similar unwanted programs is to carefully follow the setup process and always choose “advanced” option instead of “automatic”. It is much easier to avoid the adware than to remove it later after it infiltrates your system. Browser hijackers tend to place backup programs that monitor any changes to browser settings and revert them immediately. This is why sometimes it is impossible to change your homepage or remove unwanted extensions and they come back after a while. website does not have any real functionality. It pretends to be a search engine but in reality it simply redirects your queries to Yahoo search. This allows the creators to earn money if you click on sponsored results. The website may also display unwanted advertisement banners, popups, redirect to other sites and suggest to install additional “recommended” software and extensions. This might result in further infections and even getting infected with more serious malware.

The website falsely claims that it uses an advanced technology. In reality it is just another clone of hundreds of other similar hijackers and it takes jut twenty minutes to set up such website:

initialsite123 aims to provide the ultimate online search experience. 
Our advanced technology provides you with the best of what the web has to offer, and makes it easier than ever to find exactly what you are searching for.

The website also provides uninstall instructions. However, they are very vague and do not completely remove the threat. This is why it manages to stay on infected computers. As we can see from the statistics below, it already managed to grow into having close to 1,500 pageviews per day even though it has been operating just for a week. This shows that users are probably unable to remove this unwanted homepage and are forced to stay with it.

You should remove from your browser as soon as possible. This will restore normal browsing experience and system speed as well as protect you from spying and possible future infections. We have an automatic removal tool which will scan your computer and eliminate this and any other threat it finds. It will also protect your computer by acting as a complete antivirus bundle. We also have a manual removal guide for experienced Windows users. However, choosing this method will still require you to secure your system with a proper antivirus afterwards. browser hijacker screenshots:


 Manual Removal Instructions:

NB: Make sure you are familiar with editing important Windows settings and files. In order to not only remove the symptoms but also any possible leftovers of the adware as well as other possible infections we recommend using the automatic tool provided above.

Bookmark this page, print it out or simply open on another device in order to access it after a browser or computer restart which will be required during the removal process.

Step 1:

Remove any suspicious programs that might contain the adware.

Start by opening the Programs and Features window using the following method:

Hold Windows () key and click R key while holding.

Enter the following in the field:


Click OK.

You might have to wait a bit before the list of all programs is loaded as it displays a list of all programs installed on your PC.

We recommend sorting the programs by “Installed On” column (simply click on the column name in order to sort by this value).

Look for any recently installed suspicious programs that might contain the adware as a bundle or could be the adware itself. Such programs also have the word “search” in their name. If you have never seen or used an app chances are that it is an unwanted software.

Example of a program name:


Uninstall all suspicious programs by right-clicking on them and choosing Uninstall…

Repeat this process until no more suspicious programs are left.

Step 2:

Delete registry values created by this adware.

Press and hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:


Click OK.


Search for virus entries by pressing keyboard buttons CTRL + F and entering the virus name. Here is an example:


Click Find Next.

Delete any registry entries associated with the virus.

Repeat the search until all entries are cleaned.

Step 3:

Clean up Windows temporary files.

You can safely remove all temporary files without posing any risk to your computer.

Hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:


Click OK.

All temporary files will be listed in the directory.

Select all temporary files by simultaneously pressing CTRL + A and delete them.

Step 4:

Remove suspicious programs from your startup config so they would not launch as soon as you boot your computer.

Hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:


Click OK.

Go to the Startup tab and uncheck all suspicious entries. Look specifically for “InitialSite” as well as other similar programs.

You will see locations of the files in “Command” column. Navigate to the location and delete it if a suspicious file is found.

If you are unsure you can simply leave it unselected but not delete it.

Click OK when you are finished unselecting and deleting all potentially dangerous processes.

Step 5:

Delete the shortcuts for all browsers on your computer as they might have been changed by the hijacker.

Remember that there are shortcuts not only on your Desktop but also in other places (for example, Start Menu).

Then create them again in order to have clean browser start.

Alternatively, you can click Properties on each of the shortcuts and remove any additions made to the Target field by the adware.

Step 6:

IMPORTANT: Now you will have to reset browser settings for each browser individually that you have installed on your computer. Alternativelly, you could simply reinstall them.

The unwanted addons are usually named similarly to the program you have just uninstalled using Add or Remove Programs.

 Google Chrome:

Launch the browser and select More Tools, then click Extensions.

Check for any suspicious extensions.

Click Remove From Chrome for each unwanted or suspicious toolbar or extension (the trashcan icon on the right).

Go to Settings.

Scroll to the very bottom of the settings page and click Show advanced settings…

Scroll to the very bottom again and click Reset settings.

Click Reset.

 Mozilla Firefox:

Launch the browser and go to Add-ons.

Search for any suspicious toolbars and add-ons and Remove them.

We recommend going to Options (input about:preferences in your address field and press Enter) and clicking Restore to Default near the Home Page field.

You can also completely refresh the browser settings by entering the following in the address (URL) field:


Press Enter.

Click Refresh Firefox… and then click Refresh Firefox again.

 Microsoft Edge:

Since Microsoft Edge is not a separate program and is a core component of Windows 10 you should backup your computer or at least create a Restore Point before continuing.

Navigate to the following folder (where %username is your computer user name):


Clear all contents of the folder. Click CTRL + A to select everything and delete the contents.

Click Start (Windows logo).

Search for Windows PowerShell.

Right-click on the result.

Choose Run as administrator.

Paste the following command:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}

Press Enter.

The settings should now be reset to default.

 Internet Explorer:

Press and hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:


Click OK.

Enter the following command in the appeared window:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ResetIEtoDefaults

Press Enter.

Check Delete personal settings.

Click Reset.

Alternatively you can run this command to delete all caches and settings:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 4351

After removing the virus

When you have finished removing the “InitialSite123” adware and reverting your browser settings make sure to protect your computer by installing a good antivirus suite that would identify the threats online and in programs you have downloaded. Also, never install suspicious programs. If you are installing a new software, make sure it has nothing bundled in it by following the install wizard as well as searching for user reviews online.

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