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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine

Do you see a lot of annoying commercial offers when you browse the web? Perhaps your default homepage was changed without your permission? If so, the chances are that you have been infected with or any other similar browser hijacker. A browser hijacker is a type of malicious infection that modifies your browser settings behind your back. These modifications are carried out in order to expose you to affiliated websites, and when that happens, the people behind this program make easy money. Needless to say, you get nothing in return, so you need to remove from your PC as soon as possible.

Some users may say that provides them with genuinely reliable search results, but that is a very big misconception. A browser hijacker will always have a hidden agenda no matter how useful it might seem. For example, some of the search results that you see on your screen could have outgoing links to third-party websites. For the most part, the program expects you to click those links because it thrives on the pay-per-click system. In other words, the moment you click these links, you help these people behind make money. Unfortunately, the hijacker cannot guarantee that the third-party website that link leads to is safe.

This is where we encounter the biggest security concern associated with this program. Browser hijackers are often exploited as malware distribution vehicles by cyber criminals. That is not to say this is the reason enters your computer, but the program has no say in how it is exploited by third parties. Hence, the next time you click a pop-up or a link delivered by, you could land on a dangerous website that distributes malware. If that happens, the browser hijacker will be the least of your concerns.

Let us rewind a little bit and discuss the most common infection symptoms. Of course, when this program enters your system, it changes your shortcut target, and that basically sets as your default homepage. It does not change even if you reset your browser settings to default. This modification affects Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Thus, it does not matter which browser is set as default if this browser hijacker enters your PC, the chances are you will be affected by it.

Aside from that, the program also redirects you to websites that are full of commercial ads. On top of that, could also lead to adware and malware installation. This happens because some of the ads and pop-ups the program displays contain fake update notifications. For instance, you might encounter an offer to update your Flash Player. However, you have to realize that only the original Flash website can provide you with a reliable upgrade package. Download updates from third-party sources result in having additional programs installed on your PC. Needless to say, that is something no user would ever want to experience.

To remove from your computer, you will have to change your Target shortcut settings. It is not complicated, and you can accomplish that by following the instructions you find below this description. Nevertheless, you should also take into consideration the fact that there could be many other unwanted applications installed on your PC because this browser hijacker usually comes from bundles. Thus, you need to run a full system scan with the SpyHunter free scanner to determine which apps and programs have to be removed for good.

Usually, it is possible to uninstall all of the potentially unwanted programs via Control Panel, but sometimes you may encounter a particularly annoying piece of software that could resist removal. This is when you should employ a licensed antispyware tool and get rid of all the threats automatically. What’s more, if you keep your antispyware tool updated, your computer will be protected against similar intruders in the future.

Should you encounter any difficulties while trying to delete, please do not hesitate to contact us by leaving a comment. Our team will be more than willing to help you with the issue at hand.

How to Delete

  1. Press Win+R and the Run prompt will open.
  2. Type %Homedrive% into the Open box and click OK.
  3. Delete the firefox.bat and iexplore.bat files from the directory.
  4. Press Win+R again and type %PROGRAMFILES(x86)% into the Open box.
  5. Click OK and delete the chrome.bat file from the directory.
  6. Repeat the steps 4 and 5 with the %PROGRAMFILES% directory.
  7. Right-click your browser’s shortcut and choose Properties.
  8. Click the Shortcut tab and find the Target line.
  9. Delete the following lines from your default browsers:
    Internet Explorer: "C:\iexplore.bat" ""
    Firefox: "C:\firefox.bat" ""
    Chrome: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google" ""
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