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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage is a new questionable search engine page that can show up in your Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers after you let a browser hijacker on board. This threat does not seem to affect Google Chrome for some reasons. We have found that this hijacker is practically identical to other well-known risky search engines coming from the same family, including and among many others. The only goal to create such a search engine is to direct web traffic to affiliated websites through modified search results and third-party advertising. This makes this search engine potentially risky since cyber criminals can easily exploit it. If you do not want to let more malware infections onto your system or become a victim of online scams, we recommend that you remove from your infected browsers ASAP.

Most users may not even know how easy it is to install a browser hijacker without even noticing it. A lot of times you may even think that this happens silently, without your permission. Although it is possible for some more intrusive hijackers to crawl onto your system without your knowledge, we must tell you that this usually happens with your approval actually. This malware infection, for example, can show up in your browsers after you click on corrupt third-party advertisements, such as banners and pop-ups that could be generated by adware programs or browser hijackers as well. The installation of this hijacker can take place directly after you click on an ad, but you could also drop a bundle of threats onto your system at the same time. When you install a bundle, you may be informed about the contents that you are about to install, including However, this may only be revealed to you if you read the license agreement carefully or you choose the custom installation option instead of the quick one.

But you may also be exposed to unreliable third-party ads by viewing shady file-sharing websites, including torrent and shareware pages. These sites are usually packed with questionable third-party contents, such as banner and pop-up ads that can be rather misleading. If you land on an unfamiliar website, it is quite easy to click on fake buttons, for instance. While you may think that you clicked on a download button, you could drop a bundle of malicious installers onto your computer or get redirected to malicious sites that can scam you or trick you into believing that you need to download an urgent software updater and so on. All in all, if you find this browser hijacker in your browsers, you need to scan your system with a trustworthy malware scanner to identify all possible threats after you delete from your browsers.

This questionable search engine offers you a fake toolbar with a search box and a number of quick links to food and cooking-related third-party websites, including Landing on the related websites might be risky for you as this hijacker might inject third-party ads into these sites that could take you to malicious websites when you click on them. Another threat source is the search engine itself. We have found that this infection may modify the search results of your queries to include third-party ads and links to promote affiliates, i.e., to generate income from advertising third parties. Since this browser hijacker can also collect information about your browsing habits, it is possible that you will find totally relevant ads and promoted pages that seemingly match your desires, too. Keep in mind that even though you end up on a Yahoo search results page every time, these relevant-looking ads might come from cyber criminals who simply want to lure you onto their malicious websites to scam you or to infect your machine with more threats. If you do not want to lose your banking details or your identity to criminals, we suggest that you do not hesitate to remove from your computer.

If you are ready to act, we recommend that you reset the affected browsers to make sure that all components of this attack are eliminated and your browsers are all set to default. This infection may change your home page, new tab page, and default search engine settings so you could also try to undo these modifications one by one manually if you do not want to lose your preferences or installed extensions by resetting your browsers. Please follow our instructions below if you do not know how to reset your browsers. If you want to defend your computer efficiently and more powerfully, we advise you to consider using a professional security tool, such as an anti-malware program.

How to remove from browsers

Internet Explorer

  1. Tap Alt+T and select Internet Options.
  2. Click on the Advanced tab and press Reset.
  3. Select the Delete personal settings checkbox.
  4. Click Reset and press Close.

Mozilla Firefox

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