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Danger level 8
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is an Arabian browser hijacker that infects computers mainly in the Middle-East, but it does not mean that you are all safe from this infection. This hijacker behaves differently depending on the browser. It does not seem to affect Google Chrome at all, but it changes the home page settings in Internet Explorer. However, in Mozilla Firefox, it changes the new tab page settings. Of course, all these modifications take place without your consent or knowledge. That is a major privacy breach when an application makes arbitrary changes to your software or system. Leaving such a tool on your computer might introduce you to more security issues. Therefore, it is important to remove from your computer as soon as possible. Please continue reading our article to see how this hijacker might harm your system and what you can do to protect your PC. mainly infects computers via the Fannan Codec Lite installer, which installs a legitimate K-Lite Codec Pack and at the same time this browser hijacker as well. Unlike other hijackers, this one makes different modifications to your browsers. In the case of Internet Explorer, it changes a Windows Registry entry to make sure that the home page is set to But, in Mozilla Firefox, it changes a configuration setting to set the new tab to this hijacker. It is also possible that Firefox remains intact. This browser hijacker uses a redirection, so when you launch your IE browser or open a new tab in Firefox, you will not actually see the website, but, instead, you will find

This is not a regular search page that hijackers usually redirect to. In fact, there is no search tool on the page at all. You can find lots of easy-access links to popular and also unknown websites. Clicking on the latter ones might take you to unsafe sites. There are also a couple of third-party advertisements on this page that might pose a threat, too. The same relates as in the case of the previously mentioned links. If you click on these ads, you might be redirected to unreliable websites. These third parties might also collect information about you that can be used to target you with advertisements. Keeping either or the Fannan Codec Lite installer on your computer may increase your system’s vulnerability. You should remove them both right now.

In order to restore the previous state of system security, first, you need to uninstall the infectious installer via Control Panel. This step should not take more than a minute. Even if you are not an expert computer user, you can easily do that if you follow our guide below. In the next step you need to restore the settings made to your browser or the registry. You can also accomplish this step if you use our instructions. However, you computer could still have other infections on-board that require your immediate attention. Therefore, we advise you to use a reliable antimalware program that will automatically detect and remove all known malware infections from your computer. Protect your PC today, so that you will not have to fight similar battles in the future.

Fannan Codec Lite Removal from Windows

Windows XP

  1. Open the Start menu and navigate to Control Panel.
  2. Select Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Click on the unwanted application and click Remove.

Windows Vista/Windows 7

  1. Access the Start menu and choose Control Panel.
  2. Open Uninstall a program.
  3. Click on the unwanted program and click Uninstall.

Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10

  1. Press Win+Q and enter Control Panel. Press OK.
  2. Open Uninstall a program.
  3. Select the unwanted application and press Uninstall. Removal from Browsers


  1. Launch your browser and type in about:config in the address bar. Press Enter.
  2. On the warning page, click on the “I’ll be careful, I promise” button.
  3. In the search box, type in browser.newtab.url.
  4. Double-click the preference name.
  5. Set a new tab URL in the pop-up.
  6. Click OK.

Internet Explorer

  1. Tap Win+R and type in regedit. Click OK.
  2. Find HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  3. Locate Start Page on the right hand side and double-click it.
  4. Type in or any URL you want as your new home page in the Value Data box.
  5. Click OK.
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