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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine

If your home page and search engine have been modified by, there is a good chance that you have been infected with an app called My Interests XP unless you have installed it knowingly. Either way, you might risk your virtual security if you keep this search engine on your system. There are several potential ways how it might lead to more malware infections, or what is worse, identity theft. Although it appears to be a legitimate search tool with some easy-access links to popular websites, it might also present you potentially unreliable third-party links among the search results. Your computer would be definitely safer without this search engine on board. Therefore, we suggest that you remove as soon as possible.

When becomes your default search engine, home page and new tab page, it is possible that you failed to uncheck some checkboxes during the installation of the application. Installers tend to be misleading and tricky about this option, and by default, they will present checked boxes in case you ignore them. And most users do, that is how they end up with all kinds of unwanted programs, adware, and even malicious applications. Also, keep in mind that My Interests XP can come in shareware bundles. This simply means that if you have as your search engine, you may have other infections on your computer as well. People usually download these bundles from file-sharing and other websites that are associated with online piracy. In order to keep your system clean, you should stay away from questionable and untrustworthy websites. offers users easy-access links to their favorite websites, such as Pinterest, Dribble, Etsy, and Instagram. This may be attractive to some users, but the search engine itself is questionable. If you decide to use instead of a popular and trustworthy search provider, such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo!, you need to know that your search queries are first redirected to the server, which then redirects you to a modified Yahoo! search result page. It is possible that you may find potentially harmful sponsored links inserted among the search results. If you click on a corrupted link, you might land on a malicious website, which can infect you with malware or even lure you into some online marketing scam. There is really no need to have on your computer, so, if you do not want to risk the possibility of more infections, you should remove this search engine.

It is also worth knowing that may collect information about you to make a profile and send targeted links onto your screen. What is even worse is that some of the data might also identify you as a person, and may be accessible to third-parties. If schemers can get hold of such personal details, they can commit a variety of online frauds. If you care about your privacy, we recommend that you keep your system clean from and all other potential infections.

In order to remove, all you need to do is to reset your browsers. But you also need to keep in mind that it will not be necessarily enough to make sure your system is perfectly clean. Since there is a chance that there may be other infections still hiding on your computer, it is better to leave those in the “hands” of a reliable malware removal tool, such as SpyHunter. This application will automatically detect and clear all programs that can be harmful to your system and will safeguard it so that no infection can endanger your virtual security.

Reset your browsers

Google Chrome

  1. Access the menu and go to Settings.
  2. At the bottom of the page click Show advanced settings.
  3. Scroll down and click Reset settings.
  4. Click Reset.

Internet Explorer

  1. Tap Alt+T simultaneously and select Internet Options.
  2. Choose the Advanced tab and click Reset.
  3. Tick the Delete personal settings checkbox and click Reset.
  4. Click Close.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Tap Alt+H and go to Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Click Refresh Firefox and click Refresh Firefox again in the pop-up window.
  3. Click Finish.
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