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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is an unreliable search engine promoted by a browser hijacker, so you might notice it set on all your browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) one day. This might especially happen if your PC is unprotected, you surf the web on a daily basis, and tend to download programs and various files from torrent websites. In case has already affected all your browsers, you have to get rid of it as soon as possible. While the search engine itself is not very harmful, its search results are really quite dangerous, which is why it would be best to set another search engine instead of We are sure that not all the users know how to eliminate a browser hijacker from the system. Therefore, we are going to provide more information on the removal of this hijacker further in this article.

According to researchers at, the biggest possibility to encounter browser hijacker is if you live in India, Algeria, Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, or Vietnam because this hijacker is the most prevalent in these countries. Of course, nobody can feel safe, especially those users who surf the web and download various programs that belong to the category of freeware or shareware. Luckily, it is possible to protect the system. All you need to do is to install a security tool on your system and keep it there all the time. On top of that, you should download software from reliable sources only. This will definitely help you to prevent other browser hijackers, e.g.,, and, which are similar to from entering the system.

Many users wonder why we put into the category of untrustworthy search engines, so we will try to explain them why it is so in this paragraph. First of all, this search engine cannot be considered reliable because it provides users with hundreds of modified search results. Of course, they need to enter the keyword into the search box of this search engine first. Unfortunately, it is extremely hard to say which of the search results you see on the search results page are unreliable. Therefore, hundreds of users click on those modified search results and end up on other unreliable web pages with infectious contents. Of course, this is not the only reason why is known to be an untrustworthy search engine. Researchers at have managed to find out that this search engine is going to record details about users, for instance, IP address. Luckily, it is not going to record personal information (at least it is declared so in the Privacy Policy). Of course, nobody can guarantee that it is not going to do that.

It is clear that browser hijacker travels in software bundles together with other applications. These bundles are usually available on different third-party websites, so it is not surprising that you see the presence of this search engine if you have recently tried to download some kind of file from the web. The first symptom that browser hijacker is installed is, of course, the presence of a new search engine and homepage; however, more experienced computer users might also notice that this hijacker modifies Search Page, Default_Search_URL, and Start Page values in HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main and HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MAIN. In addition, it modifies the prefs.js file that belongs to Mozilla Firefox, and changes data inside Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data files that are usually located in C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.

Fortunately, it is not so hard to delete browser hijacker from the system. All you need to do is to reset all your browsers one by one. If you still see this unreliable search engine, scan your system with an automatic malware remover. Of course, you will have to acquire and install one first. Believe us; there are hundreds of scanners that claim to be powerful and reliable; however, not all of them work in a beneficial way. Therefore, you should be careful. If you do not want to make a mistake and seek to install a 100% reliable scanner, download SpyHunter from our website. It will fix all the infections for you after you upgrade it.


Internet Explorer

  1. Open your browser.
  2. Tap Alt+T.
  3. Click Internet Options.
  4. Click on the Advanced tab and click Reset.
  5. Check the Delete personal settings box.
  6. Click Reset.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open your browser.
  2. Tap Alt+H and go to Troubleshooting information.
  3. Click Refresh Firefox.
  4. Click on the same button in the pop-up window.

Google Chrome

  1. Open your browser.
  2. Tap Alt+F.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Click Show advanced settings and click Reset settings.
  5. Click the Reset button.
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