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Danger level 7
Type: Adware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Changes default search engine is an unreliable search engine created by some shady developers that nobody has ever heard of. We suggest that you remove this search engine and the application that comes with it. This article should concern people who use Google Chrome, because it is the only browser that is compatible with OIVU —the application that disseminates In a nutshell, this search engine has been created to collect information about you, which is then used for marketing purposes and might even be sold to largely unknown third parties. So join us as we delve deeper into the reasons why using is such a bad idea.

We have found that and OIVU have been created by the same developer known as Beijing Muxing Technology. The company’s name is most likely fake, because OIVU has at least one clone that we know of, called Picexa. This clone has allegedly been developed by Taiwan Shui Mu Chih Ching Technology Limited, and is known to be distributed on a website, called OIVU is also distributed on a website called Both of the aforementioned websites are identical in appearance and in function. So there is no doubt that the developers are trying to hide the true origins of both of these programs and search engines. It is possible for to be disseminated via freeware bundles, but to date, we did not find any examples of this. So, we ask our readers to provide any information about its distribution methods in the comments section below.

In short, this search engine has come all the way from Beijing to ensure that before you search for something on it gets processed via Indeed, all of the searches you enter into this search engine get redirected to There is no clear reason for this, but we think that the developers want to generate web traffic in order to generate revenue. The search engine collects Device-specific and Search information to do so. Device-specific information is not that importance, since it does not say anything about you and has no impact on your browsing experience. However, Search information, which includes search terms, is used for many purposes. First and foremost, the information is used to tailor specific advertisements. OIVU might be able to display ads, but we did not see any when we tested the application. Second, the information may be sold to third parties. So this application has a lot of grey areas and its intentions are unclear.

Where is the benefit of using one search engine that redirects you to another? Why not then use the other search engine directly? seems to be unreliable and its partner in crime — OIVU is regarded as a malicious application that some antimalware scanners are already removing. Therefore, we recommend that you Uninstall OIVU and change your homepage to the one that was before came in and took its place. For this purpose we have composed a step-by-step removal guide that will save you time and energy.

Manually remove OIVU

Windows 8 and 8.1

  1. Right-click on the Start screen logo.
  2. Open the Control Panel.
  3. Go to Uninstall a program.
  4. Locate OIVU.
  5. Right-click on it and click the Uninstall button.

Windows XP

  1. Click the Start menu button.
  2. Open the Control Panel.
  3. Go to Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Locate OIVU.
  5. Click the Remove button.

Windows Vista and 7

  1. Click the Start menu button.
  2. Open the Control Panel.
  3. Go to Uninstall a program.
  4. Locate OIVU.
  5. Right-click on it and click the Uninstall button.

How to remove the OIVU extension from Google Chrome

  1. Open the browser and press Alt+F.
  2. Select More Tools and click Extensions.
  3. Find the extension and click the Remove button.

How to change the homepage address in Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and locate the On Startup list.
  2. Click Set pages and change the homepage address.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Done.
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