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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a search tool hosted on the same server as,, and Even though it has all the features of an ordinary search tool, specialists at do not recommend keeping this search engine set on browsers. According to researchers, users rarely set this search tool themselves. In most cases, people find it on all their browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) and do not know why they see it. If you have discovered this search tool set on your browsers too, it means that a browser hijacker has managed to enter your computer. Hurry to remove this search engine as soon as possible. There are two main reasons you should get rid of it as soon as possible. First, you should do that because it does not work properly (of course, this might change in the future), i.e. it does not return search results. Second, it gathers information about users. Even though it is said in the Privacy Policy that this information is non-personally identifiable, we would not be so sure that will never touch any personal details. Fortunately, it should not be extremely hard to eliminate this search tool from browsers since browser hijackers are not very serious threats.

Specialists say that the working version of is even more dangerous. It is because it might show the sponsored search results for users after they enter the search query. These promotional links will redirect to websites that are barely associated with your search query. Anything might be found on these websites, even malicious software, because nobody checks the reliability of these pages. As it is stated in the Privacy Policy of, the privacy practices of these web pages might differ to a great extent from those of, and “ does not control the websites of third parties.” It means that your privacy might be violated too if you decide to use this search engine as your default search tool. Of course, this will not happen if you have encountered a version of that does not work, i.e. does not show any search results. Even though it should not cause much harm, there is no point in keeping a search provider that does not do anything.

It is evident that collects information about users too. The following types of non-personally identifiable information might be collected: IP address, browser type, referring/exit pages, the date & time, and search queries. On top of that, the information about users’ activities on the web might be recorded. The tracking of users’ behavior and the use of services is performed using cookies and web beacons. Even though it is stated in the Privacy Policy that only non-personally identifiable information is going to be recorded, it might be true that non-personal details might contain personal data inside too. This usually happens with search queries. Keep in mind that it does not mean that will not collect any information about users if its search function does not work or is not used.

Unfortunately, specialists could not find much information about the distribution of the questionable website Even though there is not much information about its dissemination, there is no doubt that all your browsers have been hijacked because a browser hijacker has entered the system. Yes, is a part of this infection. Browser hijackers usually travel in software bundles with other applications, so users usually allow them to enter their computers when installing new programs (usually freeware). Have you recently installed a new application? If the answer is yes, it is not at all surprising that your homepage and the default search tool have been replaced by Be more careful in the future, especially when installing new applications on your PC. On top of that, you should also not forget to install an application for protecting your system from dangerous threats.

Resetting browsers is one of the quickest ways to remove undesirable search tools. Therefore, below you will find instructions that will guide you through the process. Reputable automatic tools, e.g. SpyHunter can also help users to restore the undesirable changes applied by browser hijackers. The latter method is, of course, the easiest one, so if you are not very experienced in the deletion of malware, you should erase automatically rather than trying to delete in a manual way.


Internet Explorer

  1. Open your browser.
  2. Select the Tools button to open the menu.
  3. Select Internet Options.
  4. Open the Advanced tab and then select Reset.
  5. In the dialog box Reset Internet Explorer Settings, click Reset.
  6. Restart your browser.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open your browser.
  2. Click on the button with three lines at the top-right corner.
  3. Select the question mark icon at the bottom.
  4. Select Troubleshooting Information.
  5. Select the Reset Firefox (Refresh Firefox) button.
  6. Click on the same button in the confirmation pop-up window.

Google Chrome

  1. Launch your browser and click on the button in the top-right corner.
  2. Select the option labeled Settings.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and then click Show advanced settings.
  4. Click on the Reset settings button.
  5. Click Reset in the confirmation box.
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