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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a suspicious Russian website most likely created to generate fake traffic. Our specialists say it may create scheduled tasks so it could launch the user’s browser periodically and redirect him to adware web pages. These activities might not just annoy the user but also put his system at risk because the mentioned adware sites could show untrustworthy advertisements. We believe there is a chance such ads could originate from sources that might be malicious. Therefore, it seems to us it would be safer to stop these redirections before anything bad happens. Accordingly, further in the article, we will talk more about how may affect the user’s computer and its removal. There will be a detailed deletion instructions at the end of the text, so we encourage less experienced users to have a look at them as well.

Due to the information we gathered while testing, it was decided the website should be classified as adware server. These types of threats can modify specific browser settings or even create scheduled tasks in the %WINDIR%\Tasks, %WINDIR%\System32\Tasks locations. All of this might be done to force your browser to load the suspicious website automatically according to a created schedule without asking your permission. After loading the site, the adware server may further redirect you to various adware web pages. For example, you could land on,,, and so on.

Sadly, the websites the user might be redirected to could be unreliable or even dangerous to the computer or the user’s privacy. The risk depends on what kind of advertisements are shown to the user and whether he chooses to interact with them. For instance, if the ads lead you to malicious sites offering infected installers, you could unknowingly infect the system with Trojans, viruses, ransomware, etc. On the other hand, the ads displayed by or other web pages it redirects the user to may not contain any harmful data, but they could have links to malicious websites, so interacting with these sites might still be dangerous.

Another thing we noticed about the web pages the adware server could redirect you to, is that some of them promote annoying articles about how to lose weight, scandalous celebrity life, and so on. Obviously, for users who hate such articles, the threat might simply disturb their browsing. If you do not find these ads tempting either, you have all the more reason to get rid of In order not to reencounter such threat we would recommend keeping away from untrustworthy file-sharing web pages. Downloading applications from them may seem convenient, but while doing so, you might receive bundled setup files that could suggest adding potentially dangerous tools on the system. Unfortunately, if you do not carefully review all terms on the installation wizard, you might accidentally allow it to install bundled application automatically.

Lastly, we would also advise employing a reliable antimalware tool; it could stand guard and warn you about threats at times when you overlook them. You can use such a tool to get rid of as well. The process itself is not complicated at all once you choose the antimalware software you will install. Then all that is left for the user to do is press the scanning button and then the deletion button when the scanning is over. As a result, the tool should remove all detected threats from the system, including the adware server. Nonetheless, if you prefer eliminating it manually, you could reset the browser and erase suspicious Scheduled tasks that should belong to it on your own. Both of these tasks will be explained step by step in the instructions located below this text.

Remove suspicious scheduled tasks

  1. Press Win+E.
  2. Navigate to the given folders:
  3. Search for tasks that might be related to the adware server.
  4. Right-click these tasks and press Delete.
  5. Exit your Explorer.
  6. Empty Recycle bin.

Reset your browser

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+X.
  2. Go to Internet Options.
  3. Open the Advanced tab and select Reset.
  4. Mark Delete personal settings.
  5. Press Reset and click Close.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click the Help icon.
  2. Choose Troubleshooting information.
  3. Select Refresh Firefox.
  4. Press Refresh Firefox and click Finish.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F.
  2. Go to Settings and slide down.
  3. Click on Advanced, scroll down, and select Reset.
  4. Press Reset.
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