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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Hijacks homepage

If your default homepage and search engine get changed without your knowledge to, you have been infected with a browser hijacker. A browser hijacker is a malicious computer infection that has been created to redirect you to affiliated websites. Although it does not try to infect you with malware per se, could be easily used as a tool of malware distribution, so it is obvious that you cannot keep it on your computer. You should remove from your computer automatically, using a licensed antispyware tool because manual removal may not be enough to get rid of all the associated files and programs.

It is very likely that you didn’t notice how entered your computer. It is clear that this browser hijacker does not have a direct download link. After all, who would ever want to install a browser hijacker willingly? Hence, usually gets around by traveling together with adware and potentially unwanted programs. Based on our research, this browser hijacker is usually included in InstallCore and Vittalia installers. You can encounter these installers on third-party websites that host freeware.

From this, we can see that you may initiate a download of a completely different program, and you may not even know that comes with it. It is also very likely that the installation wizard doesn’t even inform you about additional apps that get installed together with PC Optimizer, AppEnable or Vonteera – these are just few of the potentially unwanted applications that might arrive with.

At first glance, it may seem that is not dangerous, and you can simply run a custom web search through this website. However, you have to remember that as a browser hijacker will definitely collect all the information on your web browsing habits it can find. Sooner rather than later, you will be exposed to a mass for commercial advertisements that will display the content related to your likes and preferences.

Tracking cookies are employed by multiple websites to customize your online environment. However, when it comes to browser hijackers and, the tracking of web browsing habits should not be tolerated. The problem is that could display potentially corrupted ads that contain links to dangerous websites.

You should scan your computer with the SpyHunter free scanner, to determine what unwanted programs are currently installed on your computer. Remove all the unwanted programs, and then terminate by restoring your browser settings to default.

Do not forget to acquire a reliable antimalware tool that will keep your computer safe in the future. For any further questions, do not hesitate to leave us a comment in the box below this description.

How to reset browser settings

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T and click Internet options.
  2. Select Advanced tab and click Reset.
  3. Mark Delete personal settings option and press Reset.
  4. Click Close.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Alt+H and click Troubleshooting information.
  2. When a new tab opens, click Reset Firefox.
  3. Press Reset Firefox on the confirmation box.
  4. Click Finish.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and click Settings.
  2. Scroll down and click Show advanced settings.
  3. Scroll down and select Reset browser settings.
  4. Click Reset on confirmation box.
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