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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Slow internet connection
  • Annoying Pop-up's

If you notice unauthorized redirecting to, you should immediately check your PC for running spyware. The illegal activity is related to a malicious browser hijacker and you should not allow the threat to run on the operating system freely. Even though the website that you are rerouted to may look harmless at first, it is recommended that you do not trust any of the offers presented on it. In reality, the website is not reliable at all, and you can determine this just by looking at the presented privacy policies. Before you learn how to delete hijacker, we recommend that you take note of these statements:

We use the cookies to store a code designating a marketing or distribution […]

Certain third party partners/service providers may also use cookies in relation to services they provide on or via the Toolbar. For example, when you click on a third party offer presented via an Affinity Toolbar product, such third party may place an affiliate cookie on your computer to facilitate your interaction with the third party.

This privacy statement is applicable to all Mindspark products, including toolbar, Cursor Mania Toolbar, Utility Chest plugin, HeadlineAlley Toolbar, etc. Therefore, if you do not want to be exposed to third party cookies or pop-up advertisements and surveys, you definitely need to remove them. Of course, right now you need to worry about removal.

If you do not delete the browser hijacker, it can change your home page/search engine settings, slow down internet connection speeds and make the entire browsing experience quite difficult. Needless to say, if you have noticed any unauthorized activity, you should be cautious about filtered search results and the aforementioned pop-up advertisements and surveys. Even though the main reason behind this is for hijacker to boost traffic to certain websites, it is possible that some of these sources will install malicious tracking cookies or trick you into sharing your private data. You should also refuse offers to install VideoDownloadConverter toolbar and similar programs or enter virtual lotteries.

If you do not know how to remove from the operating Windows system, you should not proceed manually. Nonetheless, the course of actions which you need to take is quite simple. Firstly install a reliable spyware remover and allow it to detect and remove hijacker. Once this is done, follow the instructions below to remove the unwanted home page and search engine.

Modify Browser Settings

Remove from Internet Explorer:

  1. Launch the browser, simultaneously tap Alt+T and select Manage Add-ons.
  2. From the menu on the left select Search Providers and locate the unwanted option.
  3. Remove it and click Close.
  4. Tap Alt+T once more and select Internet Options.
  5. Click the General tab and change/remove the Home Page. Click OK.

Remove from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Chrome, simultaneously tap Alt+F and select Settings.
  2. Under On Startup mark Open a specific page or set of pages. Click Set pages.
  3. Overwrite/delete the default URL and click OK.
  4. Move to Search and click Manage search providers.
  5. Select a new provider and click the X mark located on the unwanted one to remove it. Click OK.

Remove from Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Launch Firefox and move to the top right corner of the screen.
  2. Click the icon on the left of the search box and select Manage search engines.
  3. Remove the unwanted provider and click OK.
  4. Simultaneously tap Alt+T and click Options.
  5. Click the General tab, change the Home Page URL and click OK.
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