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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a potentially risky search engine page that can appear in your browsers when your computer is infiltrated by a browser hijacker. At first sight, this search page looks totally innocent and this could be the reason why a lot of users do not remove it right away. Unfortunately, if you keep using this search engine, there is a high probability that you will let more malware infections onto your system. As a matter of fact, if you find this browser hijacker in your browsers, you will most likely find other malware infections on board, too. Since your virtual security could be in danger, we suggest that you remove from your browsers. If you would like to know more about this malware infection and how you can avoid similar threats, please continue reading.

Our research shows that this browser hijacker is hosted on a web server that gives home to a bunch of other similarly unreliable hijackers, including and The most likely way for you to install this infection is to click on a corrupt third-party ad or a sponsored link. You can be exposed to such unreliable content when there are uninvited “guests” on board, i.e., adware programs and browser hijackers that can display questionable content through banner and pop-up advertisements as well as modified search results. One click could be enough for you to install this hijacker directly. However, the worse case is when you download a whole bundle of malware threats this way.

Another possibility is when you land on a suspicious website associated with torrents, freeware programs, and online gaming. These pages are notorious for hosting unreliable third-party contents. These can be banner and pop-up ads as well as fake buttons, links, and alerts. If you end up on an unfamiliar page, chances are you will click on the wrong content and you could drop a malicious software package onto your system. What many users may not know is that there is usually a way to avoid being infected by browser hijackers or even other malware programs if you are more careful with the installation wizard.

There is generally a step, mostly the first one, when you may find a couple of checkboxes ticked by default that represent the additional components of a bundle or browser settings changes for that matter. These checkboxes could also be hidden from those users who go for the quick installation option and only revealed for those who choose the custom option. If you do not want to get infected with adware programs, fake alerts, Trojans, browser hijackers, and potentially unwanted programs either, we suggest that you stay away from questionable websites and clicking on suspicious third-party contents. So much for prevention, because right now you may need a solution instead to be able to delete from your browsers. Once you do so, you need to make sure that no other infection remains on board; otherwise, your system security will still be vulnerable.

This questionable search page does not offer you anything extra but a simple search engine. Unlike most other browser hijackers, this infection seems to use its own engine instead of hiding its real intentions behind a reputable third-party search engine, such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing. The problem is that you cannot really trust the search results you are presented with. Chances are this search engine collects data about your browsing history and more in order to be able to expose you to customized content, i.e., search results. This could be good news if you could really trust this search engine that no unreliable third-party ads and links will appear on its search results pages. Unfortunately, even Google cannot claim or guarantee this as malicious websites also may come up as results depending on what you search for even in the case of reputable search engines. Clicking on any content may offer you could lead to opening malicious websites on new tabs or in new windows, or even dropping infections directly onto your system. If you engage with the pages you may get redirected to, you could infect your computer with more malicious programs or get scammed by cyber crooks. If you do not want to experience any of these scenarios, we suggest that you remove right now.

We have found that this browser hijacker changes only your home page settings in the affected browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Google Chrome. Please follow our instructions if you need assistance with the necessary steps. Since there is high likelihood that there are other infections on board, we suggest that you do not stop at this stage. You need to make sure that your system is entirely clean if you want to feel completely safe while going online or even switching on your computer. If you cannot seem to protect your PC manually, we recommend that you start using a reliable anti-malware program.

How to remove from your browsers

Google Chrome

  1. Tap Alt+F and select Settings.
  2. Under On Startup mark Open a specific page or set of pages.
  3. Click Set pages and remove the homepage URL.
  4. Set a new URL and click OK.

Internet Explorer

  1. Tap Alt+T and navigate to Internet options.
  2. On the General tab remove/overwrite the home page URL.
  3. Click OK.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Tap Alt+T and select Options.
  2. Choose General on the left and click Restore to Default.
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