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

The presence of in your browsers could be the sign of your computer being under attack by a browser hijacker that seems to come from the family that includes Qone8, Startsurf, and Webssearches. Therefore, this search engine is quite bad news for you and for your operating system. Not only is this tool unreliable, but it may also install extra extensions, such as QuickStart, Fast Start or SupTab, that change your new tab page. Through its modified search results and the related extensions it may present to you potentially harmful web content, not to mention that it may arrive on board bundled with other malware infections. If you leave this search engine on your PC, you may drastically increase the vulnerability of your operating system. We recommend that you remove as soon as you can. Please read our article to know more about this infection and how you can safeguard your virtual world from similar invasions.

We have discovered that this search engine seems identical to and also does not have a promotional webpage that would offer information or a download option for this tool. Instead, it seems that this search engine spreads in free software bundles. These cause a lot of headaches for computer users because they can contain a number of malicious software installers, which may expose you and your system to cyber criminals and their scams. Inexperienced users may easily get confused when landing on unfamiliar or unreliable freeware or torrent sites. That is why it is more likely for them to click on elements on a page that can result in the download of infected bundles.

These suspicious websites host a number of third-party ads, which may be rather questionable. Clicking on such ads may redirect you to another questionable website or open multiple new tabs with shady sites. You may also be fooled to believe that you click on an actual download button to get your target freeware or movie, but, instead, you will download a bunch of malware threats. Even if you download a torrent file and you start to download its content, you will see that most of the time it is a bundle of a number of files. There may be some extra image files and executables apart from the target file (movie, software, etc) itself.

However, even a .jpg file might contain malicious code that could perform some nasty action in the background, including downloading banking malware. That is why you need to stay away from such websites and be very careful what you click on and what you actually install. Always make sure you are aware of all the content of a package. Otherwise, you will end up with several malware infections, and deleting will not be enough anymore to restore order. You will have to scan your system to detect all related threats, too. does not even use its own search results; instead, it redirects you to a search results page. But do not be misled by the otherwise reliable and reputable Google search. This is a trick that questionable search engines tend to use to deceive users into clicking on the displayed links. However, there may be sponsored links and ads hidden among the normal results. Clicking on these may take you to infected websites run by criminals. This tool may also gather information about you based on your search keywords and your browsing history, which can be used to send targeted links and ads to your screen. In order to avoid the unfortunate consequences of clicking on corrupted links, you should remove without a second thought.

This search engine is rather pushy and it changes the Target line settings of your browser shortcuts. Normally, that could be a mysterious source of a futile attempt to restore your browser settings since with this trick every time you launch your browsers, will be your home page again and again. Fortunately, this search engine has a working uninstaller that fixes the shortcut Target line change; however, it does leave other browser settings, such as the home page URL, untouched. Therefore, it is best to reset all your browsers to make sure that all the modifications done by this annoying search engine will be set to default. This way it will not leave leftovers that could actually regenerate this infection.

Although this malware does not infect Microsoft Edge yet, but the hijacker that promotes this search engine comes from a family that is known to affect Edge as well. Since it may start to show up in that browser in the near future, we have included instructions for Edge as well, just in case. Please follow our guide below to eliminate entirely from your computer. Remember that you can help your system stay clean if you are more careful with the choice of websites you visit and download software from. Refraining from clicking on third-party banner ads and pop-up ads is also a wise decision if you do not want to end up on questionable sites. But, of course, the best solution is always to protect your PC with a professional malware removal application, such as SpyHunter.

Remove from Windows

Windows XP

  1. Click Start and go to Control Panel.
  2. Open Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Click on the program and click Remove.

Windows Vista and Windows 7

  1. Tap the Windows button on the Taskbar and pick Control Panel.
  2. Select Uninstall a program.
  3. Click on the program and click Uninstall.

Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10

  1. Tap Win+Q and type in Control Panel. Press the Enter key.
  2. Pick Uninstall a program.
  3. Click on the program and click Uninstall.

Reset your browsers

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and select Settings.
  2. Scroll down and click Show advanced settings.
  3. Click Reset settings at the bottom.
  4. Press Reset.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Alt+H and choose Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Click Refresh Firefox.
  3. Press Refresh Firefox in the confirmation window.
  4. Click Finish.

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T and select Internet Options.
  2. On the Advanced tab, press Reset.
  3. Tick the Delete personal settings checkbox.
  4. Press Reset and press Close.

Microsoft Edge

  1. Press the menu button and go to Settings.
  2. Select Open with a specific page or pages and enter a new URL address.
  3. Press Advanced settings.
  4. In the Search in the address bar with box, click Add new.
  5. Select a search provider and press Add as default.
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