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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a search tool from a company called Imali Media. Unfortunately, the application was categorized as a browser hijacker, and this is not the first such program released by these developers. Therefore, we would advise you not to rely on this search engine and get to know more about it before deciding whether it stays on the browser or not. What you should also know is that the search tool could show you modified search results as well. To be more precise, it might display potentially harmful advertisements, so it would be wise to be cautious with such content. If you wonder why the ads might be dangerous, you should look for answers further in the article. However, if your only wish is to eliminate the threat as soon as possible, we can offer the deletion instructions placed below the text too.

The first thing we learned about the browser hijacker is that it could replace one of the following browser preferences: default search engine, homepage, or new tab page. Currently, should be able to make these modifications if you are using either Goggle Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, although given some time the threat’s developers could upgrade it to affect other popular browsers too (e.g. Internet Explorer, Opera, and so on). Privacy Policy says that the software belongs to a company called Imali Media or IMALI - N.I. MEDIA LTD. We had seen this title many times before when we were testing other clones of this browser hijacker, e.g.,,, and other. Same as these applications the program could show you advertising content while you search the Internet. The advertisements might be injected into the search results, and they might appear in various forms, e.g. sponsored links, pop-ups, banners, and so on.

From our experience with such browser hijackers, we should say that there is a possibility the displayed third-party advertisements, could be potentially harmful. For instance, they might lead you to web pages created to distribute other browser hijackers, potentially unwanted programs, adware, and so on. If you come across ads promoting malicious web pages, you could even encounter various computer infections like Trojans, viruses, ransomware, and other threats. Users should also keep it in mind that some of the third-party web pages may violate their privacy while gathering personal data, so it would be best to be more cautious while submitting such data as your email address, telephone number, and other.

As Privacy Policy says the ads may belong to different third parties and the search engine’s creators, do not take responsibility for their promoted content. To be more precise, the document says that “Imali Media expressly disclaims all warranties relating to products and/or services provided by third party partners.” Thus, if you interact with the third-party advertisements an anything goes wrong it would be solely your fault. Therefore, before you decide whether to continue using or replace it, we would advise you to consider all possible risks and decide if the search tool is worth to take any chances.

Those who do not want to risk the computer’s security for such a doubtful applications as, should remove it from the browser and pick a more reliable search tool. Luckily, the deletion part is quite easy as you can get rid of the browser hijacker by resetting your Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. If you do not want to reset the browser, you could erase the application with a trustworthy antimalware tool as well. Just install the tool, launch it and set it to perform a full system scan. During it, the software should locate all suspicious files or programs, so the process might take some time. The best part is that after the scan you can erase all detected threats with just one mouse click. Also, if the user keeps the tool fully updated, it could help him to protect the computer from other browser hijackers and other threats.

Remove from browsers

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click the Help icon (look for it on the top-left corner).
  2. Press Troubleshooting information and select Refresh Firefox.
  3. Click Refresh Firefox once more and select Finish.

Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome and press Alt+F simultaneously.
  2. Choose Settings, slide down and select Show advanced settings.
  3. Slide down again, press Reset Settings, and click Reset to finish.
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