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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine

If suddenly hijacked your browser and you still cannot understand how it managed to do so, you should read this article and learn all about it. Firstly, it is important to mention that the application is classified as a browser hijacker. Usually, such software is rather annoying, since it can display third-party advertising. This program is not an exception as it may show you modified search results. It means they could be injected with various third-party links, pop-ups, and other irritating ads. The main problem is that some of the advertisements may originate from malicious web pages, so entering them could be risky. For this reason, we advise you to eliminate the browser hijacker while using the instructions provided below and surf the Internet without potentially harmful ads.

Let us begin with an explanation how the threat might have settled on your browser. According to our specialists, it could be spread with bundled software installers that may be distributed through torrent or other unreliable file-sharing websites. You might not even notice if you do not choose advanced installation settings or simply do not bother to read terms and conditions on the setup wizard. In this case, we would advise users to look for more trustworthy programs and download their installers from official sources.

It is also possible to receive the browser hijacker while clicking suspicious pop-ups or other advertisements. In some cases, such ads redirect users to web pages, which suggest installing a browser extension or other application. If this is how you received, it would be advisable to pay more attention to the software you choose to install. For instance, it could be enough to use a reliable search engine (e.g.,, and so on) and look for any information related to the application, for example, expert reviews, user comments, etc. This is necessary if you do not recognize the software’s publisher and cannot be certain if it is reliable.

As the hijacks your browser the applications does so by altering particular data or code lines in specific browser’s files. For example, if you are using Google Chrome, the program should change code lines in the files named as Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data. They are located in the C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default path. Naturally, it is compatible with different browsers too, so the affected data is not the same. Currently, the software can hijack the major browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. Other threats alike sometimes change user\s default search engine, homepage, and new page tab. However, this one was reported to replace only the homepage.

The software replaces your start page to encourage you to use While the user searches with the application, it might display suspicious advertising among the results. It is possible that the browser hijacker’s publishers may receive money from its third-party partners when you click the displayed advertisements. Sadly, it could be that they do not review the ads and some of them could redirect you to malicious web pages. Such websites could be dangerous as they might promote adware, potentially unwanted programs, or even malware, e.g. viruses, ransomware, etc.

It seems to us that application, which shows potentially dangerous content is not worth to be kept on the system. If you share our opinion, we advise you not to wait any longer and get rid of The manual deletion is not that complicated, but each user should see if for himself and take a look at the instructions provided below first. In case they look too difficult, we would advise using a trustworthy antimalware tool instead. With a security tool, you can even eliminate other possible threats and clean your computer. We would also recommend updating the tool regularly as it would allow it to guard the PC against new malicious programs as well. Users who require more help with the removal part can leave us a comment below or write us via social media.

Remove from browsers

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Win+R simultaneously, then type Regedit and select OK.
  2. Locate a value name called Start Page in the provided directory: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
  3. Right-click the Start Page and select the Modify option.
  4. Erase, type another URL address and select OK.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Win+E and navigate to the following path: C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{Unique Mozilla user ID}
  2. Search for a file that is named as Prefs.js and launch it with Notepad.
  3. Look for this particular line: user_pref(“browser.startup.homepage”, “”) and delete it.
  4. Save the document afterward and close it.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Win+E and go to: C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
  2. Look for files that are titled as Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data.
  3. Right-click each of the listed files separately and select Delete.
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