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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is not a “guest” you should welcome when you notice it in your browsers, because chances are this search engine has sneaked onto your computer and made changes to your browser settings without your permission. That is why we have labeled it as a browser hijacker. Its simple presence is against the law since it breached your privacy the moment it set itself as your home page and default search engine without informing you. But that is not all, this hijacker may expose you to unsafe third-party content, which may easily result in more infections on-board or even worse. If you would not like to experience the encounter with websites run by cyber criminals, this would be the right time to take action and remove from your computer.

We have found that the most likely way for this browser hijacker to show up on your computer is via freeware bundles. That is really bad news because, as you may guess, this hijacker may not be the only malware infection in the bundle that you may have downloaded from an unfamiliar freeware website. It is also possible that you visited a torrent site and clicked on an ad or other way you ended up with a whole package of “baddies” on your hard drive. It is important to know that even if you download such an infected bundle, you may have an opportunity to deselect certain components and tools that you do not want to see on your machine. However, this is exactly the step that a lot of people ignore while installing a package, and that is how they infect their own PCs; actually, without even knowing. So, if this may describe your situation, we advise you to delete and right after that run a full system malware scan to find all the other possible threats so that you can step up and deal with the invasion.

We do not recommend that you ever use this search engine to search the web. As a matter of fact, uses to provide you search results. So why would you need this useless tool after all? But the redirection is not the real problem; this hijacker may modify the results and insert third-party ads and links among the normal results. We have also noticed that this search engine itself might display advertisements. All in all, third-party ads are never fully safe to click on as it is not guaranteed that you will land on a legitimate page. It is enough to click on just one infected ad and you might be redirected to a malicious website where you could be scammed to download some fake updater or even disclose your personal details. But, of course, these criminals are very creative, so God knows how many ways they might trick you. Only by removing can you make sure that these risks disappear. It does not mean, though, that you do not need to be careful with visiting all kinds of shady websites or clicking on pop-up and banner ads.

In order to regain control of your browsers and your computer, you should reset all your browsers. That will make all the setting changes go away and restore everything back to default for a nice fresh start. However, this will not sort out all your issues because there may still be other malware threats hiding. It would be a tedious task to hunt them all down manually, even for an expert. That is why we suggest that you should use a professional security tool to safeguard your PC.

How to remove

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and navigate to Settings.
  2. At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
  3. Scroll down and click Reset settings.
  4. Click Reset.

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T and choose Internet Options.
  2. Click the Advanced tab and press Reset.
  3. Mark the Delete personal settings checkbox.
  4. Click Reset and click Close.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Alt+H and select Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Click Refresh Firefox and in the pop-up window, click Refresh Firefox again.
  3. Press Finish.
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