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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine might offer you interesting news articles from your homepage, but it is not as innocent as you might believe it to be. This suspicious search engine could track information about you, and this is something you need to be very cautious about. At the end of the day, your virtual security is the most important thing, and you do not want to jeopardize that for a tool that does not even offer the most beneficial or unique services. Another thing that has brought this search tool to our attention is its connection to browser hijackers. It appears that you could be redirected to the seemingly harmless search engine by a malicious browser hijacker that has to be deleted from your PC. Obviously, if that is the case, you need to eliminate this infection immediately. We also recommend removing Although we do not classify it as a serious infection, it is still too unpredictable.

According to our research, the suspicious uses the template of 4Yendex, the same template that was used by other hijackers (e.g.,, Needless to say, that immediately puts this suspicious search tool on a watch-list. We can also link it to the infamous hijacker, and it appears that this infection could redirect you to, which is also very strange. When it comes to the distribution of the suspicious search tool, we believe that third-party installers could be responsible for that. At the moment, these installers are mainly spreading it in Egypt, Algeria, and Indonesia, but users living in different countries could face it as well. The most disconcerting thing about this is that other infections could creep into your operating system as well. What if malware exists on your PC? If you do not delete it in time, you could face big security problems.

The Tech, Business, Gaming, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Sports, and World-related news articles are not considered to be a danger. Even the search tool that offers to you is not unreliable. The search dialog box redirects to Yahoo Search, and the results displayed are not modified, which means that it is safe for you to interact with them. What worries us the most is the silent activity of the suspicious search tool. For one, it tracks your virtual activity to learn more about you and your virtual behavior. That is not as shocking as the fact that personal information can be recorded as well. Though the Privacy Policy suggests that personally-identifiable information is recorded only if the user produces it voluntarily, the information in the License Agreement (at says something else. This document states that personal information can be collected even when you simply visit the websites linked to, browse the web using it, or participate in sweepstakes represented by it. Clearly, if you do not want personal information collected, you must remove this tool.

If you reset your browser, you will have deleted, and the tracking cookies used for the collection of data will be erased as well. We believe that this is the best option you have. Once you eliminate the suspicious search tool, we strongly advise scanning the PC using a legit malware scanner. There are two reasons for that. First of all, you will learn if the search tool was eliminated fully. Second, you will learn if you need to erase other unwanted or malicious programs. What if the threats found cannot be erased manually? If you cannot clean your PC yourself, it is a good idea to employ a trusted automated malware detection and removal tool. If you want more information about the malicious infections, their removal and the protection of your operating system, start a discussion in the comments section below. Hopefully, we will be able to help you. Removal

Internet Explorer:

  1. Launch the browser and tap Alt+T.
  2. Select Internet options and then click the Advanced tab.
  3. Click Reset, check Delete personal settings, and then click Reset again.
  4. Restart the browser, tap Alt+T, and click Internet options.
  5. Click the General tab and set the preferred Home Page. Click OK.
  6. Tap Alt+T one last time, choose Manage Add-ons, and move to Search Providers.
  7. Select the preferred provider, click Set as default, and then click Close.

Google Chrome:

  1. Launch the browser and tap Alt+F.
  2. Select Settings, click Show advanced settings, and then click Reset settings.
  3. Click the Reset button and then restart the browser.
  4. Tap Alt+F one more time and select Settings.
  5. Move to On Startup and check Open a specific page or set of pages.
  6. Click Set pages and set the desired startup page. Click OK.
  7. Navigate to the Search menu and click Manage search engines…
  8. Select the desired provider, click Make default, and then click Done.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Launch the browser and tap Alt+H.
  2. Select Troubleshooting Information.
  3. Click Refresh Firefox and then click Refresh Firefox again.
  4. Restart the browser and tap keys Alt+T.
  5. Select Options and then navigate to the General menu.
  6. Enter the desired URL in the Home Page section.
  7. Navigate to the Search menu and set the preferred search provider.
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