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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is meant to help you surf the web, but using it can be extremely risky. As you type in search keywords and hit the Enter button, you allow it to redirect you to a modified version of the Google Search engine. Even though you are redirected to, the results are unlikely to be the same ones you would find if you were operating directly on Google. That is because the hijacker – which is how we identify the search tool – is likely to modify the results by injecting sponsored content. What is the purpose behind that? It is possible that the hijacker is employed by schemers who are trying to expose you to malicious and misleading links, but it is most likely that it is operated by a party who earns money for promoting third-party links. That being said, these third parties could be malicious, and that is why we encourage you to remove immediately.

It is difficult to say how got into your operating system and how it changed the homepage of your web browser. Most likely, you found it attached to a more appealing application or extension, and you installed it without thinking things through. Has this hijacker corrupted your browser without your permission? The chances are that has been installed along with something else in any case, which is why it is very important to scan the operating system and check if there are any other threats that you might have to delete. This precaution must be taken by those users who are dealing with,, and all other hijackers that derive from the ELEX group as well. It is easy to identify them as being part of this group because they all have the same interface. Speaking of this interface, it is pretty bleak as all you get is a search field. You are not even provided with any information about the tool, and that is suspicious. If you do not have access to the privacy policy, you should automatically erase the tool or stop using the service because unpredictable threats are the most dangerous ones.

The fact that is unpredictable is very disconcerting, and you cannot dismiss it. Not many users spare time to read through privacy policies, terms of use, and other statements that are generally representing software and virtual services, and that is a mistake. Legal information can help you learn more about the software/service, including how it records and protects data, what kinds of parties it works with, or what kinds of silent actions it might perform. Since you do not have access to that kind of information when it comes to, you can only make guesses. If you are quick to assume that the hijacker is harmless because it looks like it is, you do not understand the gravity of the situation. For all you know, this threat could record private data, download files onto your PC, communicate with unknown servers, allow third parties to inject malicious links, and do similar things. This is why we recommend deleting this hijacker. It should not be hard for you to initiate the removal, considering that the hijacker does not offer anything useful.

Can you delete Of course, you can. The only question is which method is best for your situation. As we advised earlier, using a legitimate malware scanner to identify existing threats is an important step. If this tool declares that your operating system is clean, you should have no trouble following the instructions below. If threats are found, you need to decide if you want to erase them manually or if you should install anti-malware software. We suggest the latter solution if the infections running on your PC are complicated and if you want to have them erased simultaneously. Also, anti-malware software can guarantee full-time protection against malicious threats in the future, which is something you need to consider very carefully because you want the best protection you could get. is not a serious threat, and it can already do some damage, so you can only image what kinds of dangers real infections can bring upon you. If you want to avoid this and the removal of malware, you must protect your operating system. Removal

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Launch the browser and open the Tools menu by tapping Alt+T.
  2. Select Options to access the General menu.
  3. Move to the Home Page and overwrite the hijacker’s URL.

Internet Explorer:

  1. Launch the browser and access the Tools menu by tapping Alt+T.
  2. Select Internet options and then click the General tab.
  3. Overwrite the hijacker’s URL under Home Page and then click OK.

Google Chrome:

  1. Launch the browser and access the Chrome menu by tapping Alt+F.
  2. Select Settings and then find the On Startup menu.
  3. Click Manage on startup pages and Edit/Remove the URL of the hijacker.
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