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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is another search engine that will replace your homepage and search engine if a browser hijacker enters your computer. In order to set on Internet Explorer, this hijacker will change the data of the Start Page Value in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main registry key, modify the prefs.js file (it can be found by following this path C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{Unique user’s ID}) to appear on Mozilla Firefox, and, finally, it will change the data that can be found inside files Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data located in C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default to reach Google Chrome users. If you have all these three browsers installed on the computer, it means that you will have to remove from them separately. Unfortunately, we cannot say that it will be very easy to do that, especially if it is the first time you are going to delete a browser hijacker from your computer. Therefore, you will find more detailed information regarding the deletion of this threat in the article. Below the article, you will also find the manual removal instructions.

Many users get very surprised when we tell them that needs to be erased because it looks like a decent search engine at first glance. It contains the search box on its start page, and users can even access Facebook, Gmail, Instagram, YouTube and other popular websites quicker by clicking on easy-access buttons (they can be found on the start page of too). To be frank, you should never judge the trustworthiness of a search engine from its appearance because unreliable search engines usually do not differ much from those trustworthy search tools the way they look. If you take into account only the appearance of, you will never find out that this search engine is going to display ads and sponsored search results for users because its main goal is to drive traffic to other websites. What is more, it only becomes clear after checking the Privacy Policy document that this search tool is going to gather different types of information, for example, “data contained in log files” and personal information “at various times when you use our website or plugin”. If you wish to protect your privacy, you need to remove as soon as possible because it is also known that the recorded information might be shared with third parties. To be frank, this also means that your privacy might be violated.

There are so many users’ complaints saying that the browser hijacker has entered their computers without permission on the web, so we believe you when you say that you do not know how and when the browser hijacker has entered your computer. According to researchers at, there are two ways this computer infection is distributed. First of all, it might travel inside software bundles. Secondly, it has been revealed that users might allow a browser hijacker to enter their systems unknowingly by clicking on a malicious pop-up advertisement shown on Desktop by malware hiding on the system. It is not very easy to prevent undesirable software from entering the system, so we suggest installing security software rather than trying to protect the computer from harm alone. Also, it is highly recommended to stay away from various P2P websites too because it has been noticed that users often get software bundles from these websites.

There are two ways to delete the browser hijacker. You can reset your browsers one by one using our instructions (scroll down to find them), or you can acquire the reputable scanner and then perform the system scan with it. Not all the scanners are capable of eliminating for you even though they seem to be quite trustworthy, so you should only use a tool which you know is fully reliable. If you know nothing about the antimalware scanners, we suggest that you use SpyHunter. You can download the free diagnostic version of this scanner from It will find all the threats for you quickly.

Delete manually

Internet Explorer

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

Google Chrome

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

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Launch the browser.
  2. Open the Help menu (Alt+H).
  3. Open Troubleshooting information.
  4. Locate the Refresh Firefox button and click on it.
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