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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a browser hijacker that will affect your browser and expose you to potentially corrupted content. You should terminate this intruder immediately. To remove, refer to the manual removal instructions you will find below. Even though this program does not look like a terrible threat, it should not be taken lightly. Please consider investing in a legitimate antispyware program that would protect your PC from various issues in the future. This browser hijacker might be the least of your problems, seeing how potentially unwanted and dangerous programs often travel in groups. Hence, you need to do everything in your power to avoid such apps.

It might be hard to stay away from suspicious applications because of the way users tend to indulge in freeware downloads. The thing is that browser hijackers seldom get installed on target computers surreptitiously. Although there are programs that do not inform about the oncoming installation, most of the “search providers” ask users whether they want their browser settings modified. This usually occurs during freeware installation, and if users breeze through the setup, it is only natural that they miss the part where they can choose whether they want to add this “search engine” to their browser or not.

We are sure about this because happens to be identical to many other browser hijackers from the same group, including,, and None of these programs have a direct distribution source, and all of them rely on third-party installers that carry more than one application within. For instance, you might have wanted to install a new codec or a file converter, but you did not consider the possibility that it could come bundled with additional applications. It is understandable that you could have missed the hijacker, but it still does not change the fact that the program was not installed on your PC behind your back.

On the other hand, if you did not expect to have on your computer, the modifications might seem rather shocking at first. After all, the program changes your homepage on Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Of course, you could restore your default homepage via browser’s settings, but there is no guarantee that the hijacker would not change your settings again. What’s more, will also collect information on your web browsing habits. It does that for monetary purposes, and that is actually the main reason this program has entered your system.

Browser hijackers generate a financial profit for their developers when they redirect you to associated websites. The moment you click some promoted link, you make money for the people behind this application. This is called the pay-per-click system, and there is nothing illegal about that. Our main problem is that it could be easily exploited by cyber criminals and other suspicious parties. In other words, it is hard to trust the links you see via Not to mention that the hijacker does not review the third-party content it promotes, and the moment you land on a third-party website, you are entirely on your own.

In the worst-case scenario, it could lead to a malware infection, too. Of course, does not try to infect you with anything. As mentioned, it only aims to make some profit for its developers. However, browser hijackers are too vulnerable to third-party exploitation, and they could be easily used by cyber criminals for their own gains. That is why; you need to remove from your computer immediately.

Manual removal is not too complicated because this browser hijacker is not too sophisticated. On the other hand, we should not forget the other unwanted applications that could be hiding in your system. To locate those programs, scan your PC with the SpyHunter free scanner and then make sure that you remove everything that has been identified as a threat.

If you find manual removal too much of a task at hand, you can always terminate potential threats with an automated antispyware tool. Please remember that having a powerful security tool would protect you from various intruders, too. What’s more, you should also be careful about the websites you access and what programs you download from the Internet. Prevention is just as important as the treatment!

How to Remove

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Win+R and type regedit. Click OK.
  2. Open HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  3. On the right-pane, right-click the Start Page value.
  4. Select Modify and edit your homepage address. Click OK.


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


  1. Press Win+R and type %AppData%. Click OK.
  2. Navigate to Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[User ID].
  3. Open the prefs.js file with Notepad.
  4. Delete the user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", ""); string.
  5. Save changes and close the file.
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