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

There are a lot of potential system security threats that mess with your browser settings and is one of them. We categorize it as a browser hijacker, and it means that this application modifies your browser’s settings without your permission. That is something you should never tolerate, so you need to remove from your system right now. You have opened the right page because, in this description, we will talk more about this type of browser hijacker and how to remove them. Be ready to battle an entire army of threats because such intruders seldom roam the Internet alone.

This browser hijacker is actually identical to which we covered just a few days ago. The hijacker usually spreads as the Chrome browser extension, but it can easily be added to Firefox and Internet Explorer, too. What’s more, the program even has an official section on the Chrome Web Store, but that does not mean it is something legitimate and reliable. The section is there to make an impression that you are dealing with a legitimate program, while in fact, the application can cause you more trouble than do any good.

What’s more, users would come forth and say that they would never download from the official website or add it to their browser directly. We understand that the manifestation of this application can be quite confusing, especially if you did not encounter similar programs before. However, browser hijackers have many ways to travel from one computer to the other, and they will certainly make use of anything just to find a new home.

According to the information we have collected, mostly gets distributed in software bundles. It means that users download a bundle of freeware applications and install them on their computer. Of course, you would never install willingly if you knew that you are about to add this potential threat to your browser. However, browser hijackers and other suspicious programs are very good at riding on the backs of other applications.

For example, if you want a file converter or a new codec, the chances are you will look for them at file-sharing websites. File sharing websites host a lot of third-party installers that bundle several programs together. Of course, the installers do not tell you that explicitly. Instead, you may see just one program advertised, the software you want. When you download such a program from a third-party source, you need to be extremely careful during the installation. Normally, the installation wizard will inform you about the additional programs that have arrived together with the one you need.

However, since most of the users go through the installation process blindly, a number of unwanted programs end up being installed on target systems. is obviously one of them. And when this browser hijacker enters your computer, it changes your homepage, search engine, and the new tab settings. It will look that you have gotten a new search engine, but you will soon see that all of your web searches get redirected to the Yahoo! Search page.

It might look like a minor inconvenience, but we have to remind you that browser hijackers can easily expose you to potentially corrupted websites. Of course, that is not because wants to infect you with malware. Browser hijackers are not interested in that. In fact, the only reason they enter your computer is money, and so will try to generate as much income for its developers as possible. The only problem in this scheme is that the hijacker could be easily exploited by cyber criminals, and you most definitely have to avoid that.

The best way to avoid that is to remove at once. Please note that the removal instructions for each browser are different, but they are not complicated. On the other hand, if you want to be sure that all the unwanted programs get removed from your system 100%, you should scan your PC with the SpyHunter free scanner and then delete the unwanted programs automatically. This way, your computer will be clean again, and the security program of your choice will protect you from similar threats in the future.

How to Delete

Internet Explorer

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


  1. Open your browser.
  2. Press Alt+T and click Add-ons.
  3. Remove Instant News Now from Extensions.


  1. Launch your browser.
  2. Press Alt+F and click More tools.
  3. Open Extensions and remove Instant News Now.
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