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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Changes default search engine
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel
  • Hijacks homepage is an Italian search engine developed by Softmaking srL. Even though it is mainly targeted at Italian users, you might notice its presence on your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox one day as well. This might especially happen if your system is unprotected. If this search engine has already made the unwanted changes and you see it every time you launch your browser, you should definitely hurry to remove it. We do not recommend using because it is simply untrustworthy and there is even a possibility that it will cause some problems regarding your PC’s security. If you do not want this to happen, make sure that you remove as quickly as possible. Then, set a more trustworthy search engine.

Even though allows users to search for images, news, maps, books, and check Gmail, we still do not think that this search engine is trustworthy or that you should use it. If you wonder why we are so strict, you should know that there is a possibility that will cause harm to your PC via advertisements that it shows on the startup page. The publisher of this search engine is definitely not responsible for these ads or their safety, which means that you might infect your system via them very quickly. Our researchers working at have also found out that is not a unique search engine because it uses Google service; thus, you should set Google, Yahoo! or another trustworthy search engine instead of

If has already appeared on your browsers, there is a huge possibility that other infections (e.g. UltraZip and WinOff) are installed on your computer as well. You should detect and remove them as soon as possible because they are untrustworthy and might act in an undesirable way. If you do not want to allow untrustworthy programs to slither onto your PC in the future, you have to install an antimalware tool, such as SpyHunter, on your system. You will simply have to keep it enabled in order to prevent malware from entering your system.

It is very likely that add-ons are installed on your Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers if has already replaced your homepage and default search engine. It means that you will not be able to get rid of this search engine via Control Panel. Luckily, we know how to remove and we have shared the manual removal instructions with you. You will find them below this article; however, you should know that you can remove by scanning your system with a trustworthy antimalware tool as well.


Internet Explorer

  1. Launch your browser.
  2. Tap Alt+T simultaneously and click Internet Options.
  3. Click on the Advanced tab and select Reset.
  4. Check the box next to Delete personal settings and click the Reset button again.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Launch your browser.
  2. Tap Alt+H.
  3. Select Troubleshooting information from the Help menu.
  4. Click Reset Firefox (or Refresh Firefox if you use the newer version of FF).
  5. Click on the same button in order to reset the browser.

Google Chrome

  1. Open your browser.
  2. Tap Alt+F and then select Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings.
  4. Locate Reset browser settings and click on it.
  5. Click the Reset button in the dialog box.
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