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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a questionable search engine that is closely associated with the browser hijacker infection. Thus, if you ever open your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox and notice that it has replaced your default search provider, this means that a browser hijacker has somehow managed to appear on your computer. Unfortunately, there are a number of users who do not even suspect that is not a reliable search tool and use it on a daily basis. These users are at a huge risk of causing harm to their computers. Talking more specifically, users might quickly infect their computers with malicious software. The only thing that you can do in order to make sure that this does not happen is to remove a browser hijacker promoting from browsers and then set another trustworthy search engine instead.

Even though might set itself as your homepage and search engine no matter where you live, specialists working at have managed to find out that the browser hijacker that promotes this questionable search engine usually enters computers of users living in such countries as Qatar, Algeria, India, Poland, and Serbia. Of course, you still need to be careful if you live somewhere else because you cannot know when the situation will change and will become popular in your region. Besides, you can always download the browser hijacker together with freeware and shareware if you tend to download software from the Internet frequently.

If it happens that you notice set on your browsers, you should definitely not use this search engine as your primary search tool because specialists have observed that it is not very trustworthy. First of all, it is very likely that will display the modified search results for users. In other words, there will be third-party links and advertisements put together with legitimate search results. They do not differ much from those legitimate search results (they are simply not associated with the keyword entered into the search box), so users tend to click on them. Unfortunately, nobody knows where they will be taken after doing that. Specialists say that there is quite a huge risk of ending up on a corrupted website and thus infecting the system with malicious software because the owner of the questionable search engine is not responsible for the users’ safety. In addition, it has no power over the content of third-party websites. Furthermore, specialists say that there is also a small possibility that will gather information about your activities on the web, e.g. your search queries. You will have to remove this search engine completely in order to stop it.

Browser hijackers are usually spread bundled with other applications, which explains why there are so many users who do not notice when the questionable search engine is set. If the browser hijacker really manages to enter the system, it makes several changes to set itself on all the browsers. First of all, it will modify the Start Page value in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main. Secondly, it will modify the prefs.js file that can be found by following this path C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{Unique Mozilla Firefox user ID}. Finally, it will modify Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data files in order to change homepages and search engines on Google Chrome. Do not worry; all these changes will be restored after you fully remove a browser hijacker from your computer.

To make sure that another browser hijacker does not enter your system in the future again, you should be very careful on the web and keep in mind these pieces of advice provided by our security specialists. First of all, specialists recommend that you stay away from questionable third-party websites, including file-sharing and torrent sites. In addition, they suggest that you ignore strange links and advertisements that pop-up on your screen while you surf the web. Finally, it is very important to keep the system clean because threats might download and install malware, including browser hijackers, on your PC without permission. To ensure the system’s safety, you should also install a reputable antimalware tool.

If we have convinced you to delete from browsers and set another search provider, you should know that you can get rid of this search tool by simply resetting all your browsers one by one. Below provided instructions will help you; however, if it is still not enough for you, you should scan your computer with SpyHunter (an antimalware scanner).


Internet Explorer

  1. Open your browser.
  2. Tap Alt+T.
  3. Open Internet Options and click on the Advanced tab.
  4. Click Reset.
  5. Find the box alongside Delete personal settings and mark it.
  6. Click Reset.

Google Chrome

  1. Open your browser.
  2. Tap Alt+F and then open Settings.
  3. Scroll down and click Show advanced settings.
  4. Click Reset settings.
  5. Click on the Reset button.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Launch your browser.
  2. Open the Help menu (Alt+H).
  3. Select Troubleshooting information.
  4. Find and click on the Refresh Firefox button.
  5. Click on this button again in the pop-up window that appears.
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