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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a browser hijacker that was created by Hopebest Inc. Our malware research team has not encountered many products created by this company yet, but it is believed that multiple hijackers will emerge from it in the near future. The company does not disclose much information about itself, and the information it uses to present its products are pretty vague, which is what raises suspicion. The first thing we did when analyzing the suspicious hijacker that appears to be compatible with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome browsers, was check the official information. The Privacy Policy available at reveals that the company collects and stores personal information, as well as shares it with multiple third parties. That, of course, is the first red flag. If a hijacker capable of recording and leaking private data has corrupted your browser, there is no doubt that it is dangerous and that it must be deleted. More information regarding suspicious activity and the removal of is available in this report, and we advise that you continue reading.

How do you look at Do you think that it is a search tool or an advertising tool? Though it is represented as a search provider, in reality, it was created to advertise. The information in the Privacy Policy suggests that third parties can advertise their services and products via the hijacker, and that is another red flag, which suggests that you cannot trust the search services provided to you via Every time you enter a search keyword into the dialog box, you are introduced to search results that include advertisements. That is not only annoying, considering that you might have to spend more time to find what you are looking for, but also potentially dangerous. The advertisers associated with Hopebest Inc. are not disclosed, which makes them extremely suspicious. Are they malicious? Are they using to showcase misleading advertisements? Are you at risk of jeopardizing your virtual security when interacting with the search results? Unfortunately, the answer to all of these questions might be “yes,” and that is another reason to delete the hijacker ASAP.

The interface of is misleading; especially if you look at the “enhanced by Google” tag next to the dialog box. Google Search is the leading search provider in the world, and its alleged association with the hijacker might confuse many users. Even if the hijacker is taking search results from this well-known provider, that does not make them trustworthy overall. Remember that the infection can modify results and include potentially unreliable sponsored content. Another thing that is meant to put your mind at ease is the easy-access links to Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, and Wikipedia. Although you might find them beneficial, their existence does not make a trustworthy tool, and you should not interact with them because of the data-tracking that the hijacker performs. After all, much better and more reliable search tools exist, and you do not need to stick with one that is useless and, potentially, dangerous as well. Of course, before you can choose the preferred search tool, you have to delete the malicious browser hijacker.

According to our research, the suspicious is most likely to spread bundled with other infections. These installers could be promoted on,,, and other unreliable file-sharing sites. What that means is that you might be dealing with more than one threat. If that is the case, a reliable malware scanner will help you identify the infections that you need to remove from your operating system. The chances are that you might be able to delete all of them manually (you can delete using the guide below), but that is not an option that is suitable for all users. Anti-malware software, on the other hand, can help out everyone. It automatically detects and removes malicious infections, and, at the same time, it starts protecting your operating system in a way so that other infections could not slither in again. Without a doubt, our research team recommends employing anti-malware software. If you want to discuss the suspicious hijacker and its elimination further, we are happy to do so via the comments section. Removal

Internet Explorer:

  1. Launch RUN (tap keys Win+R).
  2. Type regedit.exe and click OK.
  3. Navigate to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  4. Open the value named Start Page (to do this, double-click it).
  5. Overwrite the hijacker’s URL and click OK.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Launch Explorer (tap keys Win+E).
  2. Enter %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ into the bar at the top.
  3. Open the {unique name} folder representing your Firefox profile.
  4. Now, open the file named prefs.js.
  5. Find the URL representing the hijacker, overwrite it, and save the file.

Google Chrome:

  1. Launch Explorer (tap keys Win+E).
  2. Enter %LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\ into the bar at the top.
  3. Open the {unique name} folder representing your Chrome profile. In case profiles do not exist, open the folder named Default.
  4. Open the files named Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data.
  5. Overwrite the hijacker’s URL within every single file and then save it.
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