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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a browser hijacker that might settle in user’s browser after downloading suspicious freeware applications from file-sharing web pages. It could be that you downloaded a bundled installer, which suggested you this unreliable software. If you did not want to replace your default homepage, you could remove it from browsers with our recommended deletion steps. The instructions are placed below the article because it is advisable to read the text first. If you learn how browser hijackers distribute and work on your system, you might manage to avoid unwanted programs next time. Also, you should know that the search engine might be not safe for you to use. There are some possible risks that users should consider before they decide what to do with the software.

This browser hijacker should make as your homepage. It is a search engine that uses to collect the results that match your used keywords. It might look like you should get the same results as if you were actually using Yahoo engine. Unfortunately, the application might add advertisements that come from the software’s third-party partners. Mostly, such ads should be clickable, and they could redirect you to other web pages.

Furthermore, the browser hijacker could gather information that could determine your interests. For example, it could create a list of the web pages you visited, advertisements you clicked, keywords you typed in the search box while using, and so on. The software’s Privacy Policy says that “by using the services, you are consenting to grant Login Help™ permission to collect your URLs and search data, including search queries that may contain personally identifiable information, share them with third parties, and use search-related cookies.” Thus, it might be that the browser hijacker’s creators or their third-party partners will use this information to create unique profiles for users and to display them targeted advertising.

Since the ads could be based on your interests, you might find them curious or tempting. However, you might get disappointed once you click these ads. They could come from unreliable web pages, and as you click them, you would be redirected to such websites too. The site you land on might be infected with malware, e.g. viruses, Trojans, and so on. If you have a legitimate antimalware tool, it should protect you, but if you do not, your computer could get infected without you even realizing it. Another possibility is that a third-party site could collect your personal or even sensitive data. The search engine itself claims to be gathering only anonymous data, but it does not guarantee that the third-party web pages will have the same Privacy Policy or End User License Agreement statements. Thus, if you are not careful enough, you might reveal your email address, telephone number, or other private information on suspicious third-party websites. In the worst case scenario, if your sensitive information falls into the wrong hands it could be used to scam you. These are the few possible risks that you should be aware of if you are going to continue using

To conclude, if you do not see the browser hijacker as an irreplaceable tool, we would advise you to change your search engine into more reliable one. However, we doubt that any user could find the application useful when it does not have any unique features. Plus, it might be unsafe to use as it could display suspicious third-party ads. Users who choose to delete the browser hijacker have two options. Firstly, they can erase the application manually while following the instructions placed below the text. The instructions will show you how to remove from Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. The second option is an automatic removal with an antimalware tool. Begin with the installation of a legitimate security tool. Then scan your system and delete the browser hijacker. If you have any questions, you can always reach us through social media or leave us a message below the article.


Internet Explorer

  1. Press Win+R, type regedit and click OK.
  2. Go to the listed locations separately:
    HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
  3. Locate a Value Name Start Page in each listed directory.
  4. Right-Click Start Page and click Modify.
  5. Replace Value Data with a reliable site.
  6. Select OK.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Go to
    C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{Unique Mozilla ID, e.g. 35iwse65.default}.
  2. Find a file named as Prefs.js and open it as a Notepad document.
  3. Locate and delete this line: user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "")
  4. Or replace it with the following line: user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", ""), is an example, you can type any other URL address.
  5. Save and close the Notepad document.
  6. The browser hijacker might add an extension to Mozilla Firefox. In that case, open the browser and press CTRL+SHIFT+A.
  7. Click on Extensions, select the unwanted extension.
  8. Select Remove.
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