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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a questionable search engine that may appear in your browsers out of nowhere. It can infiltrate your computer in a free software package and make changes to your browser settings without your knowledge. Due to this intrusive and illegal trait we have labeled it as a browser hijacker. This malware infection may be a dangerous threat to your virtual security because it may expose you to unreliable third-party content. If you want to keep your PC protected, you should remove right now even if it seems that currently the server is down. As a matter of fact, we have discovered that this browser hijacker is identical to and, which are also down at the moment. However, it does not mean that their presence on your computer is desirable. In fact, it can indicate that there are several more malware infections on your system. Therefore, we advise you to read our full article in order to know more about the potential risks that surround this infection.

Although it may seem that right now is not working as a search engine since you will only find its promotional page at the same address, it does not mean that it will not be activated in the near future. That is why we think it is important to be aware of the risks of this browser hijacker and how it may be able to cause harm to your operating system. Let us tell you this, if you notice this search engine as your new homepage in your browsers, that is already a privacy breach since it is most likely that you did not allow it to make the necessary changes in your browsers. The most probable way for such a hijacker to show up on your computer is via bundles. However, these bundles are likely to contain more than just one malware infection.

It is very easy to infect your machine if you end up on unfamiliar and questionable file-sharing websites. It can happen if you are searching for some free software on the web and get redirected to a site. But you need to be very careful with this as you might get more than you bargain for so to speak. While you might think that you are downloading a useful application or tool, you might simply infect your operating system by allowing a whole package of malware threats on board. On a suspicious website you need to watch where you click. As a matter of fact, you should close these pages right away if you land on them “accidentally.” But even that may be too late since certain malicious websites run a code as soon as you load the page and it will download malware automatically in the background without your noticing it. The best you can do after installing such a bundle is to delete and all the other infections you may find if you run a malware scanner.

This is what the website tells you about the distribution of this search engine:

Download-Offer has partnered with some of the most popular software packages in world, giving you the option to install our search settings during setup and giving them the opportunity to offer you their products for free.

It clearly states that it travels in software bundles. Of course, they will not say that these may be packed with infections. However, our experience certainly shows that.

When this search engine is active you cannot trust the results it displays after entering a search query. As soon as you hit the Enter key, your query gets recorded and sent to a server. This information may be combined with all kinds of data this hijacker may collect about you based on your browsing habits. This can be used by this hijacker as well as third parties to send targeted ads and links to your screen. However, clicking on these would be a huge mistake since you might get redirected to malicious websites and thus further infect your computer or get scammed in a variety of ways. Your only choice is to remove from your system.

There is only one positive thing we can mention regarding this useless search engine: You can easily remove it by running its uninstaller in Control Panel. Please follow our instructions below to make sure that you get rid of this malware entirely. If you wish to avoid similar attacks in the future, you should think about downloading a reliable antimalware program that can protect your PC from all known malware infections.

How to remove from Windows

Windows XP

  1. Click the Start button and go to Control Panel.
  2. Select Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Click on the application and press Remove.

Windows Vista and Windows 7

  1. Open the Start menu and pick Control Panel.
  2. Select Uninstall a program.
  3. Click on the application and press Uninstall.

Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10

  1. Tap Win+X and go to Programs and Features.
  2. Click on the application and press Uninstall.
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