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Danger level 6
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a dubious search tool that has many variants. Specifically speaking, it might have any number from 1 to 20 in its name, for example, or, but you should know that it is the same search provider. Sadly, we cannot tell you that this search tool can be trusted fully because it acts as a browser hijacker. That is, it tends to appear on users’ browsers without their knowledge. If you see it when you launch your Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome too, the main settings of your browsers have been already modified too, or a new scheduled task has been created in Task Scheduler and, consequently, is automatically opened when you open your browser. Some users might also end up on against their will after opening another domain that is not associated with it. No matter what the reason you see it is, we cannot call it a trustworthy search provider, so you should do all it takes to get rid of this search tool. If you do not do anything about its presence on your web browsers, you might even be exposed to potential threats, and we are sure you do not want this to happen. We do not say that this happens to all users who use as a default search tool, i.e. perform web searches using it; however, you might become one of them sooner or later. Therefore, we think that it would be smart to start using a legitimate search tool instead.

It does not matter that looks trustworthy. Research has confirmed that it has serious drawbacks. First, it can show up on users’ browsers without permission. We can assure you that you will not find a trustworthy search provider that can change browsers’ settings without permission. Second, it has turned out that not all search results it displays to users are trustworthy. This search tool is powered by Custom Google Search, so the chances are high that some of its search results will be modified, specialists say. They are shown to users expecting that they will click on them and visit certain third-party pages. The more clicks on these search results, the more advertising revenue the author of gets. The presence of these modified search results does not seem like a huge problem at first, but you should know that they might take you to untrustworthy pages without your knowledge one day. We cannot tell you what websites will be promoted, but we are sure that you might one day land on a page containing suspicious applications too. Because of this, we recommend being very cautious if you decide to continue using as your default search tool. is promoted as the search tool that “respects your privacy,” but do not expect that it will not record any information about you. If you open its Privacy Policy document, you will see that it records the so-called visitor information. This information also contains the user’s IP address. Additionally, if you provide your name, email address, address, and other personal details, these details will be recorded too. Users are told that this information will not be shared with third parties, and, on top of that, it will be “treated with the utmost care and security”; however, it does not mean that you can fearlessly provide all personal details because is not a search tool that can be called fully trustworthy, as you should already know if you have read the previous paragraph. A bunch of other untrustworthy search tools you might encounter in the future exist, so you should be cautious and do not leave your system unprotected. Your computer will be safe again if you install security software on it, so we suggest that you install a powerful antimalware tool today.

It might be enough to reset browsers to default settings in order not to see open ever again; however, if nothing changes, i.e. you still see this search tool after resetting your browsers, you might also need to remove scheduled tasks that allow it to open automatically via Task Scheduler. Our step-by-step instructions will help you, so you should follow them if you have never deleted a browser hijacker before. Of course, you can remove it from your computer automatically too, but you will first need to acquire a 100% trustworthy antimalware scanner to do this.

How to remove

Reset your web browser

Internet Explorer

  1. Open your browser.
  2. Click Tools at the top (press Alt if you cannot find it at the top).
  3. Click Internet Options.
  4. Click Advanced.
  5. Click Reset.
  6. Check the box next to Delete personal settings.
  7. Click Reset.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Press Alt+H.
  3. From the Help menu, select Troubleshooting Information.
  4. Click Refresh Firefox.
  5. Click the Refresh Firefox button again.

Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. Press Alt+F.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  5. Click Reset.
  6. In the confirmation window, click Reset one more time.

Delete the scheduled task

  1. Launch Run.
  2. Type Taskschd.msc and press Enter.
  3. Check all tasks and delete those representing the browser hijacker.
  4. Close Task Scheduler.
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