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Danger level 7
Type: Adware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is an unreliable search engine that should not be kept on browsers. The main reason why we suggest getting rid of it is because this search engine might expose users to potential threats. This might happen really quickly. Unfortunately, it will not be very easy to get rid of because it is going to appear on all the browsers (e.g. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox). Of course, it will do that without permission, which is why falls into the category of browser hijackers. Have you already encountered this suspicious search engine? If yes, get rid of it now without further consideration. If you find this really hard, read through this article, and you will be able to erase this undesirable search engine yourself. We also promise to explain you in a more detailed way why it is so important to do that.

The first thing that you will notice if this browser hijacker enters your system is, of course, a different homepage and search engine – it will replace them without your consent. Users who have more experience will also notice the modified Start Page value in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main, the modified Prefs.js file in C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{Unique Mozilla user ID}, and, finally, slightly modified Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data files that can be found by following this path C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.

Researchers working at have decided to test this suspicious search engine more thoroughly. Results have shown that is based on the IP address. In fact, this search engine is not the only one that uses it, so we are sure that is very similar to,, and Yes, all these search engines are hosted on the same web server. The IP these search engines use has shown us that their domains are registered through CloudFlare, which provides useful service and is not associated with cyber criminals in any way. Research carried out by our specialists has also revealed that probably belongs to the creator of ELEX browser hijackers. There are thousands of browser hijackers that belong to this family, so we suggest being cautious all the time in order not to allow any of them to enter the system.

Many users wonder why they have to remove when this search engine looks completely reliable. We will try to explain you that briefly. After numerous tests, it is clear that this search engine might provide users with the sponsored content. This content consists of third-party ads and various links. They might lead to bad web pages as well. These third-party ads will mainly be incorporated among the legitimate search results; however, there is a possibility that they will start appearing on the main page of In order to display you the relevant third-party content, will probably gather details about your activities on the web as well. As we have managed to find out, might record your IP address, demographic information, search queries, and other details associated with your browsing habits.

It is not likely that users set themselves as their homepages and search engines because this search engine is not that famous. In the opinion of specialists working at, this search engine comes bundled in malicious software installers and might appear on all your browsers without your permission. Research has also shown that it might be downloaded by Picexa or FVP Image Viewer, which are known to be potentially unwanted programs, without your consent. If you know that you have any of these programs installed, delete it as soon as possible. To protect your system from similar threats, you should install an antimalware tool. Keep it active all the time if you want to protect your system from harm. will leave your browsers alone if you reset them one by one. Instructions provided below will help you to do that. If you see the presence of this search engine after you do that, you should check Control Panel and delete the search engine from there if its uninstall entry is visible. You can also scan your system with an automatic malware remover, such as SpyHunter, too. It will make your system clean, and it will also protect your PC from future harm.


Internet Explore

  1. Open your browser.
  2. Tap Alt+T.
  3. Select Internet Options.
  4. Click on the Advanced tab.
  5. Click Reset.
  6. Check the Delete personal settings box.
  7. Click Reset.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open your browser.
  2. Tap Alt+H.
  3. Click Troubleshooting information.
  4. Click Refresh Firefox.
  5. Click the Refresh Firefox button again.

Google Chrome

  1. Open your browser.
  2. Tap Alt+F.
  3. Select Settings and scroll down.
  4. Click Show advanced settings.
  5. Click Reset settings.
  6. Click Reset.
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