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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine may look like it is just another search engine. However, after analyzing it, we have found that it is a browser hijacker, and so we recommend that you remove it from your system. In a nutshell, this hijacker was created for the purpose of forcefully changing your browser’s homepage for Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox. Inattentive users may be tempted to use it for searching purposes. If that is the case, then they will be subjected to various potentially unreliable advertisements for which this hijacker’s developers bear no responsibility. This article will prove to you that cannot be trusted.

The information provided on this hijacker's About subpage states that “Feelbegin is a network specializing in Mac software distribution, from download to successful installation, and as such, offering a better way for you to reach the Mac software community.” However, its products are not limited to Mac OS, since as stated previously it can hijack Internet Explorer and Firefox and Chrome versions for Windows. Feelbegin is software downloaded that is said to streamline the installation of the software which yields faster downloads and better user experience. It is interesting that this information is stated on a search engine’s page since this information only refers to software. Perhaps, may come with additional programs, but we have yet to find any cases of this.

From the information we have obtained while conducting our research, we think that this browser hijacker is distributed via malicious software bundles. This is quite typical for current browser hijackers and as far as we know this one is injected directly by the installer because does not have a program or browser plug-in dedicated to conducting the hijacking process and preventing you from getting rid of it. However, the information provided above is not as important as what we have to say about this hijacker’s functionality.

You might not notice the difference between your old homepage and this hijacker if you are using a search engine as your homepage. But when you try searching for something it will redirect you to It has a News bookmark that redirects to and a Shopping bookmark that redirects to So all of the websites to which this browser hijacker redirects are indeed legitimate.

However, it must be noted that this hijacker might connect to a third-party server and obtain commercial advertisements that will be displayed along with the search results presented by This is even stated in’s legal documentation. “During your use of Feelbegin and browsing of the Thank You Page, we may present you with third party advertisements. We have no control and take no responsibility for the content of these advertisements and the content to which they direct, including regarding appropriateness and information security.” So this hijacker’s developers are happy to present you with content for which they bear no responsibility. This statement is indicative of the fact that its promotions can be unreliable and even malicious.

All things considered, is truly an unreliable search engine that can jeopardize your computer’s security with its un-asked for promotions. You can do to without such unpredictable content by just removing this hijacker from your computer using our removal guide.

How to get rid of

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Launch the browser and press the Alt+H keys.
  2. Select Troubleshooting Information.
  3. Click Refresh Firefox.
  4. Then, click Refresh Firefox in the dialog box.
  5. Click Finish.

Google Chrome

  1. Launch the browser and press the Alt+F keys.
  2. Select Settings and click Show advanced settings.
  3. Select Reset browser settings.
  4. Click Reset.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  1. Launch the browser and press the Alt+T keys.
  2. Click Internet Options.
  3. Open the Advanced tab and click Reset.
  4. Select the checkbox.
  5. Click Reset and then click Close.
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