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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a new way to make easy money for the authors who are responsible for a number of identical unreliable search engines, including,, and We have labeled this infection as a browser hijacker because it is capable of changing certain browser settings. For this reason, it is possible that you may find this search engine as your new home page, your new tab, or even your new default search engine. This would mean too much exposure for possibly unreliable third-party web content this hijacker may present to you. Engaging with anything coming from this search page could lead to more infections on your system and the possibility to get scammed by criminals. Therefore, we suggest that you remove as soon as you can. Please continue with our report to find out more details about this threat source.

It is very important that you become aware how this browser hijacker can emerge in your browsers because this is the only way for you to be able to protect your computer from similar threats unless you install a proper up-to-date anti-malware program. This hijacker can be installed after you click on questionable third-party advertisements or during the installation of malicious freeware bundles. Actually, in both of these cases you click on unsafe third-party ads. This clearly shows that first, you need to stop clicking on random ads because it may end badly for you. Another thing you need to avoid is suspicious websites that host unreliable third-party ads.

These sites are mostly related to file sharing, gaming, gambling, and pornography. It is possible that you end up on such a page after a web search and you are totally unfamiliar with it. This is how most inexperienced users can infect their computers because these pages could be filled with disguised third-party content, such as fake buttons, links, and ones that pretend to be system notifications. One single click and you could let a bunch of adware programs, fake alerts, browser hijackers, and potentially unwanted programs onto your machine. In this situation your only hope to clean your computer entirely of all threats is to delete from your browsers and then, scan your system with a reliable malware scanner to find all other potentially harmful applications as well.

Another bad bit of news is when your computer is already infected with malware, including adware and browser hijackers. Any malicious application that can display third-party content can be a source of threats in fact. Adware programs, for example, apart from showing you unreliable advertisements that can drop a bundle of malicious software installers onto your system or take you to malicious websites, they can also hijack legitimate commercials on reputable sites. So when you are viewing, for instance, Amazon or YouTube, and click on an ad on these pages, you might get redirected to websites run by cyber criminals. This is why you need to make sure that no infection remains on your PC if you want to feel safe in your virtual kingdom. Deleting is the first step towards proper security.

This browser hijacker offers you a fake toolbar at the top of this search engine page with quick links to cooking-related third-party sites and, of course, the usual search box. You can also find a main search box in the middle of the page. It is possible that by using these quick links you find yourself on pages that host third-party ads that could be used by this hijacker to promote its own affiliates. This could make these ads potentially risky to click on since there is no guarantee that the third parties in relation to this search engine are all trustworthy. The same relates to the search engine itself. You should not trust any results coming through it even if you find yourself on a Yahoo search results page. As a matter of fact, this browser hijacker first sends your queries to its web server,, and only then forwards it to Yahoo. This means that the results you see could be manipulated to contain ads and links leading affiliates’ websites. If any of these are unreliable, by clicking on them you could land on malicious websites and infect your computer with more threats or even lose money from your bank account by being scammed on a fake online shop site, for example. If you would like to avoid such nightmares, you should remove ASAP.

You can try to eliminate this annoying browser hijacker by resetting your affected browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer. However, keep in mind that this way you may lose certain settings, preferences, and extensions. If you want to go for manual removal, please use our instructions below this article. As you can see now, it is really easy to infect your computer with a bunch of malicious programs with one single click. If you do not trust that you can be more cautious in the future and want to have a more effective protection system, we recommend that you install a reliable malware removal program, such as SpyHunter.

How to remove from browsers

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Win+E.
  2. Find the “C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\” folder.
  3. Open the {Unique Mozilla user ID} folder.
  4. Run the prefs.js file in a text editor, such as Notepad.
  5. Find user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "") and replace “” with your preference.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Win+E.
  2. Find the “C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default” folder.
  3. Delete Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data files.

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Win+Q and enter regedit. Press the Enter key.
  2. Replace the value data “” in these registry keys:
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page (64-bit!)
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page
    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page
  3. Close the editor.
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