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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine can show up in your browsers after a browser hijacker manages to sneak onto your system. This questionable search engine page looks a lot like Google, and most likely this resemblance has a function, too: To confuse you. In other words, we believe that this search engine wants to fool users to believe that they are using a customized Google search engine; however, this browser hijacker can modify the search results and may present to you potentially harmful third-party ads and links. Since this infection may enter your PC alongside other malware threats, your system could be under attack on several fronts. We believe that the longer you wait, the more potential damage these threats can cause and the more malicious content you may be exposed to as well. Thus, we recommend that you remove as soon as you can and you should do the same with all other infections on board if you want to feel secure in your virtual world.

Just like in the case of other questionable search engines, such as and, this infection also cannot be found officially available, such as a browser extension from the Chrome web store. Instead, it can be found traveling in freeware bundles. We have found that this search engine mainly targets Israel, no wonder why the whole page is in Hebrew. In fact, the other two browser hijackers we just mentioned are also developed by an Israeli team. In any case, you need to understand how you can download a malicious bundle to end up with such search engines and other malware infections if you want to be able to avoid future attacks.

One of the main reasons why people end up with such bundles is that they use questionable file-sharing websites to download files (movies, books, and audio), free programs, or cracks and key generators. If you have visited such sites lately and clicked anywhere on such a page even apart from downloading files, there is a good chance that this is how you infected your machine. These shady torrent and freeware sites are generally used by cyber criminals to spread bundles packed with adware programs, Trojans, keyloggers, backdoors, browser hijackers, and more. Although most installer may mention the extra load, it could be done in a stealthy or camouflaged manner so that unsuspecting users would install the whole package by default. After you delete from your browsers, you need to remember to scan your system to find out how many other threats are endangering your system.

You also need to consider the possibility that your PC has been infected previously with adware or a browser hijacker and such an infection is responsible for the corrupt content while you are browsing the web. An adware program, for example can make your web surfing experience a real hell with the flow of annoying and potentially unreliable third-party ads. This is exactly why we advise you to scan your system regularly because you cannot be safe in your virtual world unless you are certain that there are no potential or malicious threats lurking on your system.

When you let this search engine on board, it changes the home page setting in all your major browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. This way it can come up every time you launch any of these browsers. Since it sort of looks like Google, you may not even realize that anything has changed in your browsers. Of course, you may notice the Hebrew language if you do not live in Israel. In any case, we do not advise you to engage with this risky search engine at all because it may gather data about you and your surfing habits, and use this to create a profile on you to target you with customized advertisements and links. This would not be the biggest problem since all legitimate search engines (Google, Yahoo, and Bing) do the same; however, in this case, there is no guarantee that the third parties involved in the promotion are all trustworthy. In other words, when you click on an advertisement or sponsored link in the results page, you may click on one that comes from crooks. This could result in new tabs opened with malicious content or dropping infections directly. Of course, when you open a malicious page in a new tab or in a new browser window, you will not necessarily realize that it is malicious since it may look totally and convincingly legitimate, such as an online shop. However, after entering your credit card details, it is more likely that your bank account will soon be drained instead of getting a product by post. This is why we recommend that you remove if you want to nip it in the bud.

As we have mentioned, this search engine alters your home page setting to come up whenever you launch your affected browsers. We have prepared the necessary instructions for you in case you are not familiar with the process of restoring your settings. You can easily follow them even if you are not an expert. However, we cannot say that you could identify all possible threats on your system yourself if you are an inexperienced computer user. If you wish to safeguard your system, we advise you to install a reliable malware removal tool like SpyHunter. What could be more efficient than automatic malware detection and elimination?

How to remove from your browsers

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Alt+T to open the Tools menu.
  2. Select Options.
  3. In the left panel, choose General.
  4. Click Restore to Default.

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T to open the Tools menu.
  2. Select Internet options.
  3. Choose the General tab and click Use default.
  4. Click OK.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F to display the menu.
  2. Choose Settings.
  3. Select Open a specific page or set of pages in the On startup section.
  4. Click Add a new page.
  5. Type in a new home page address.
  6. Remove the unwanted URL.
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