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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine

If you take a look at the homepage for, it will look like your regular search engine. Quite a few users do think that this domain is a reliable search engine that simply appeared on their browser out of nowhere. However, no reputable application would ever perform such settings modification on your computer. The truth is that this program is a browser hijacker, and it arrived at your computer to make some money. It is in your best interest to remove from your computer as soon as possible. For that, please refer to the manual removal instructions below this description.

One thing we would like to emphasize is that browser hijackers seldom can enter target system surreptitiously. It means that users allow these programs to be installed on their computers, even if they are not aware of that. Not to mention that browser hijackers seldom have direct distribution sources, so they often piggyback on other programs, when they need to spread across the web. The same tactic was used by,,, and many other browser hijackers from the same family. So we can assume that will also be distributed using the same route.

This means that you have to be careful when you download programs from third-party sources. In fact, sometimes even downloading programs from official sources might not be as safe as we would want it to be. Therefore, when you launch the installer, you need to check every single step of the wizard carefully. More often than not, the wizard has steps where users are informed about and other additional applications. However, skipping these steps and going straight to the “Finish” will only result in installing a lot of potentially unwanted and harmful programs on your computer.

Now, what happens when a browser hijacker is added to your browser? As mentioned, may look like a regular search engine that can provide you with reliable search results. It gets set as your default homepage, and when you open your browser, you will see a page with a big search bar and several shortcuts. The shortcuts on will lead you to Gmail, Yahoo!, Amazon, Pinterest, and other popular websites. Of course, it is highly questionable whether you really need these shortcuts on your homepage when you can simply add them to your browser’s shortcut bar.

What’s more, even if it looks like can provide you with reliable search results, you have to remember that the program outsources information from third parties. It means that it does not review the search results and it is not responsible for the security of the content it promotes. If that were not enough, the hijacker can also collect information about the websites you visit and the search keywords you use. It can do that through tracking cookies. While this does not allow collecting your personally identifiable information, the program can still found out your web browsing patterns. With that information in mind, can generate custom content that you might want to interact with.

The danger behind interacting with the browser hijacker content is that it is not safe (obviously). While the program itself does not intend to infect you with malware, it has no say over what kind of content gets embedded in the links it promotes. So this makes the hijacker a perfect medium for malware distribution. If cyber criminals decide to make use of to spread their content, you might be just a click away from a dangerous infection. Having such risks in mind, you should do everything you can to get rid of today.

You can find the manual removal instructions for this browser hijacker right below this description. However, let us not forget that the hijacker must have entered your computer with a bunch of other unwanted applications. To get rid of these programs, you need to scan your system with a licensed antispyware tool that would locate all the potential threats immediately. After that, you can delete the unwanted programs automatically. Not to mention that if you invest in a licensed security tool, you will be able to protect your system from other unwanted programs that might barge into your system when you expect it the least.

How to Delete

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Win+R and the Run prompt will open.
  2. Type regedit into the Open box. Click OK.
  3. Open HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  4. Right-click the Start Page value on the right.
  5. Choose Modify and edit your homepage address. Press OK.


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


  1. Press Win+R and type %LocalAppData%. Press Enter.
  2. Navigate to Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.
  3. Delete these files: Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data.
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