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Danger level 7
Type: Adware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is one of the browser hijackers from the notorious Websearch hijackers family. This search engine will be set as your default homepage when you install the hijacker on your computer. Browser hijackers are malicious infections and it is important that you remove as soon as possible. On the other hand, you shouldn’t forget that there might be many other unwanted programs installed on your PC. cannot be distributed on its own, so it always comes in software packages. Thus, your main task right now is to perform a full system scan with a licensed antispyware tool.

It is definitely very disturbing to open your browser and see that your default homepage and search engine have been changed to However, we have to point out that users allow this modification themselves when they install freeware on their computers. For example, whenever you download some application from a third-party website, you need to check all the installation steps carefully because sometimes and other additional adware inform users about the oncoming installation. The problem is that users are too impatient to pay attention to whatever the setup wizard has to say, and they just breeze through the setup without bothering to think of potential consequences.

The good thing, though, is that we know what to expect of This browser hijacker is identical to,,, and many other infections from the same family. It affects Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. At first it might seem that has a reliable search engine, but if you were to perform a web search you would see that you get redirected to a customized Google page. On top of that, all of the search queries you enter into are recorded and monitored. This is done so that later on, the hijacker could display customized commercial advertisements.

Take note of the flash ad on the hijacker’s homepage. At first it might display random content, but after all, once has enough data on you, the advertisements will be related to your most recent web browsing sessions or your most common web search queries. This is done in order to increase the possibility of you clicking the ads, but any security-minded user knows that this would be a bad idea.

One accidental click might lead you to a corrupted website that distributes adware or even malware. Hence, if you want to protect your PC from harm, you must remove at once. You should also delete all the other unwanted applications that are clearly running on your PC. To determine which programs must be removed, do not hesitate to run a full system scan with the SpyHunter free scanner.

How to Remove Unwanted Programs

Windows 8 & Windows 8.1

  1. Drag the mouse cursor to the lower right corner of your screen.
  2. Click Settings on the Charm bar and go to Control Panel.
  3. Open Uninstall a program and remove unwanted apps.

Windows Vista & Windows 7

  1. Open the Start menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Select Uninstall a program and remove unwanted applications.

Windows XP

  1. Click the Start button and go to Control Panel.
  2. Access Add or remove programs and uninstall unwanted apps.

Change Your Browser Settings

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T and go to Manage add-ons.
  2. Click Search providers on the left.
  3. Set a new default search engine and remove
  4. Click Close and press Alt+T again.
  5. Open Internet options and click the General tab.
  6. Change your homepage address and click OK.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click the search engine icon on the left of the Firefox search box.
  2. Select Change Search Settings and change your default search engine.
  3. Remove from the list and click OK.
  4. Press Alt+T and go to Options.
  5. Change your homepage address under the General tab and press OK.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and go to Settings.
  2. Mark Open a specific page or set of pages under On Startup.
  3. Click Set pages and change your homepage address. Click OK.
  4. Select Manage search engines under Search.
  5. Set a new default search engine, remove and click Done.
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