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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Changes default search engine
  • Hijacks homepage is a search engine that might replace your default search engine and homepage one day. If this ever happens to you, you can be sure that a browser hijacker has managed to sneak onto your computer. Unfortunately, you will see no matter which browser you use because this search engine will be set on all the browsers, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. If you already see set as your homepage and search engine, you have to hurry to get rid of it. We understand that you might not know much about the deletion of browser hijackers because you are reading this article, so you can use the instructions below it that will help you to eliminate the infection. Of course, it would be really clever to read this article carefully from beginning to end first.

Many users do not believe that is a bad search engine because it looks like a trustworthy search provider at first glance. There is a search box on is main page, and it returns search results on the basis of the keyword entered into it; however, we still cannot call a trustworthy search provider. First of all, this search engine is considered to be an unreliable search provider because it mainly returns modified search results. In other words, search results that contain advertisements and untrustworthy links. Users will also see advertisements on the main page of They might also be provided with links to different articles. Of course, nobody knows whether a user will be really taken to a decent web page after clicking on any of those ads and links. Unfortunately, specialists are sure that is not responsible for the users’ safety, so it might provide links leading to corrupted web pages. In other words, there is a risk of infecting the system with malware, so the best would be to delete this search engine from browsers and set another one instead of it.

In order to provide you with relevant advertisements and find out what you are searching for on the web, this search engine is going to record information about your activities. Researchers working at say that is going to record search queries and other web browsing-related information like websites visited, domains you tend to spend time on, etc. It might also record IP address and other more technical information about the computer. In case you do not want to reveal these details, you will have to eliminate this browser hijacker from the system. Yes, this is the only way to stop it.

Unfortunately, there are hundreds of other hijackers that act the same, e.g. and Like, they are also spread in malicious software installers, which means that they might easily sneak onto the computer. To make sure that this cannot happen, you need to install a security tool on the system. On top of that, it would also be very clever to stop downloading applications from third-party websites and visiting them. It is because untrustworthy third-party websites usually contain malicious software, and it might sneak onto the computer quickly.

Researchers have managed to find out that browser hijacker modifies the Start Page value in HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main to set itself on Internet Explorer, changes the prefs.js file in order to appear on Mozilla Firefox, and modifies the data of Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data files to appear on Google Chrome. Luckily, it does not mean that it is very hard to remove it. It has been noticed that this threat will disappear after a user resets all his/her browsers. Of course, not all the versions of this threat act the same, so you might notice that is still there after the reset. In such a case, scan your system with the SpyHunter scanner. We are sure that it will erase all other existing infections for you.

Delete manually

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open you browser and tap Alt+H.
  2. Select Troubleshooting information.
  3. Click Refresh Firefox.
  4. Click on the Refresh Firefox button once again.

Google Chrome

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

Internet Explorer

  1. Open your browser and tap Alt+T.
  2. Select Internet Options from the menu.
  3. Click on the Advanced tab to open it.
  4. Click Reset.
  5. Check the Delete personal settings box.
  6. Click the Reset button.
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