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

Using as a regular search tool is not what we recommend. In fact, the only logical thing to do is to delete this search provider from your browsers right away. According to our research, this search tool comes from the same group (Elex family) of browser hijackers as,, and, and all of them are considered unreliable. First of all, they might corrupt your browsers illegally, which means that they can replace homepage and search provider settings without your permission. Needless to say, this is a sign of malicious activity. It is possible that, in certain cases, users will agree to the modifications initiated by the hijacker, but even in that case, removing is important. If you do not understand why this search provider is considered malicious, please continue reading.

Do you understand the term “browser hijacker?” This term outlines an infection that is capable of modifying browser’s settings, usually without permission. As we have already established, some users could let in hijackers themselves, but, in most cases, they are misled or forced into it, which is why we still classify this type of search tools as hijackers. Most hijackers come packaged with other programs that might have been created by different parties. These programs are bundled together by software distributors who, most likely, earn money for distributing different programs across the web. By bundling multiple programs together, these distributors are more efficient. What is more, they have the opportunity to promote apps that are less popular or attractive. Unfortunately, this is a method that is often used for the distribution of malicious software as well. Were other threats bundled along with You can find this out by inspecting your operating system with a reliable malware scanner. Some of them, for example SpyHunter, are free, so there is no excuse for not examining your operating system.

It is not difficult to notice when it replaces your homepage. Although it is not distinctive in any way, you must notice the difference between your regular homepage and this hijacker. The problem is that this hijacker shows the search results via the Google search engine, which is a trusted search provider. Whether you are routed to Google or some other search engine, do not trust the search results shown to you because there is a great chance you will click on a link that represents sponsored content, not the information you are looking for. Although the Privacy Policy reveals that “other companies show advertisements” via, these companies are not listed, which means that you cannot know who displays the ads you are exposed to. What if it is cyber criminals? Would you want to click on links that were set up to scam you? Of course not, and this is why removing this hijacker is so important.

What do you know about web cookies? These are small pieces of data that contain information about you, your system, your preferences, and your activity. This data allows the developer of to enhance the services it provides, and, considering that the only service of this tool seems to be the promotion of third-party products, this is what this information is used for. On top of that, third parties working with the developer of the hijacker are allowed to install their cookies, which means that they can collect data about you without any interference. Is this risk-free? Of course, it is not. On the contrary, unfamiliar parties use unpredictable cookies that could easily start recording personal, sensitive information. Even non-personally identifiable information could be used in scams – if malicious parties are involved – and this is another reason why you should get rid of this hijacker as soon as possible.

There is an easy way to delete and a more complicated way. Which one are you leaning towards? Of course, it is most likely that you want to erase this threat right away, and this is why we offer the instructions below. If you act carefully, you will have the unwanted search tool eliminated in no time. If you are struggling, post a comment below explaining your obstacles, and we will assist you shortly. Now, if other threats are active, manual removal might not be the best option, and automated malware removal software should be employed. Are you hesitant to invest in this software? Well, your operating system will remain vulnerable even after you clean it, and only installed anti-malware software can prevent this from happening. Removal

Google Chrome:

  1. Launch Chrome, tap Alt+F, and click Settings.
  2. In the On Startup menu mark Open a specific page or set of pages.
  3. Click Set pages and overwrite the undesirable URL.
  4. In the Search menu click Manage search engines.
  5. Select the preferred provider and click Make default.
  6. Click X on the URL of the unwanted provider and click Done.

Internet Explorer:

  1. Launch IE, tap Alt+T, and click Internet options.
  2. Click the General tab and overwrite the Home Page URL. Click OK.
  3. Tap Alt+T one more time and select Manage Add-ons.
  4. Select the desired provider and click Set as default.
  5. Remove the undesirable search provider and click Close.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Launch Firefox, tap Alt+T, and click Options.
  2. In the menu on your left click General and find Home Page.
  3. Overwrite the URL replacing it with the URL of the desired start page.
  4. Now move to the Search menu and select the desired provider.
  5. Select the unwanted provider and click Remove.
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