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Danger level 8
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine

It is more than annoying when your default homepage gets modified without your permission. If is suddenly set as your homepage, it means you have been infected with a browser hijacker. What’s more, the browser hijacker might be just one of the many problems you will have to face if you do not do anything about it. Such programs tend to be distributed in groups, so when you remove, you have to make sure that you get rid of all the other undesirable applications that might have arrived with it. Please refer to the manual removal instructions for more information.

Why such applications get installed on your computer? Here we would like to point something out. While normally malware programs do not inform you about the oncoming installation, and other programs that fall into the grey zone actually might tell you that they are about to be installed on your PC. Maybe you do not notice that because of the way those programs tend to be distributed. But it is necessary to understand that unless you allow such apps to enter your system, they would not be able to barge into your computer. Hence, you have to remain cautious whenever you are about to install new programs.

As you can probably tell, you must have installed on your computer accidentally. Almost all programs from the same browser hijacker family get distributed in a very similar fashion. All of them come from the so-called ELEX family, and so this browser hijacker is very similar to, My,, and many others. Programs from this group tend to come bundled in software packages. We are not talking about installers from official program websites. We mean the software bundles from file-sharing sites that users visit on a regular basis.

For instance, you could have been looking for some file converter or a video codec, and the first search result on the list redirected you to some third-party source. Now, there is nothing malicious about third-party sources, as long as they are reliable. But you have to understand that quite often the installer files on such sites bundle several programs together. So while you might get the program you wanted, you would also end up installing several other applications that could perform unsolicited changes to your system., obviously, is one of them. To avoid such things, you need to remain attentive whenever you install new apps.

Now, what if you have already installed this program? Then you will see that your homepage was changed, and this browser hijacker affects Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. In other words, no matter which browser you may use, if this hijacker accesses your system, you can be sure that it will affect your browser, too.

Of course, you can choose to use some other search engine rather than going through, but the truth is that this browser hijacker will make use of tracking cookies to collect information on your web browsing habits. In other words, whether you use the hijacker’s website or not, the program would still figure out your most common web browsing patterns. This information is usually collected for financial purposes. While the browser hijacker cannot steal your personal information, it can expose you to commercial ads that might be associated with your likes and preferences. That is judged according to your web browsing history, the sites you visit, and the keywords you enter when you search for something. At first, it might sound like a good idea, but we must remember that does not review the third-party content it promotes in its outgoing links, so that might prove to be a security loophole. And this security loophole could get exploited by cyber criminals to either redirect you to suspicious online marketing websites or even worse: to infect you with malware.

Prevent that by removing right now. You can do it manually, but if you think you might miss something accidentally, do not hesitate to invest in a computer security application. A powerful antispyware tool of your choice will help you delete, and then it will terminate other unwanted programs that might be slowing down your PC.

How to Remove

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Win+R and type regedit. Click OK.
  2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  3. Right-click the Start Page value on the right.
  4. Select Modify and change your homepage address.
  5. Click OK and exit Registry Editor.


  1. Press Win+R and type %LocalAppData%. Click OK.
  2. Go to Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.
  3. Delete these files: Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data.


  1. Press Win+R and enter %AppData%. Click OK.
  2. Open Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{Unique Mozilla user ID}.
  3. Use Notepad to open the prefs.js file.
  4. Delete the following string: user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "");
  5. Save changes and close the file.
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