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Danger level 8
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine


Exlee.com represents a website that promotes a supposedly innovative and modern search tool, but it also represents a search provider. This search provider is usually classified as a browser hijacker because it changes browsers’ settings and because it cannot live up to the expectations. If you have downloaded this search tool willingly, it is most likely that you did this believing that you would be provided with great services. The reality is that this search tool was primarily developed to promote third-party ads, as well as collect information that could help advertisers. Sure, this search tool does work to some extent, but it is not worth any of your attention, and the best thing you can do is delete it. We have prepared a guide that will help you remove Exlee.com from your browsers, but we suggest reading the report first.

The suspicious Exlee.com is identical to such infamous browser hijackers as cassiopesa.com and binkiland.com. There is no one way that these infections are spread to operating systems, but the most common method of distribution is software bundling. Exlee.com could be concealed by other, more attractive pieces of software or it could be the main attraction hiding more malicious infections. Of course, in the case of software bundling, you must examine the operating system to see what kind of other threats could have invaded your operating system. Hopefully, other threats do not exist, and you can focus on the removal of the hijacker. So, why exactly should you get rid of this search tool? If it has invaded your browsers without your permission, you have the first reason to get rid of this infection. Of course, there are reasons to erase this infection even if you have let it in yourself.

Have you researched the Privacy Policy of Exlee.com before letting it in? It is unlikely that you have; otherwise, you would have refused it right away. This document has revealed to us that the hijacker can collect your search queries and analyze them for the purposes of advertising. On top of that, it is stated that third-party advertisers have the permission to collect this data as well. Do you know what this means? In the best case scenario, this means that you will be introduced to personalized offers. In the worst case scenario, this means that malicious parties will create fake offers just to trick you into interacting with virtual scams. Well, is the second scenario possible? Unfortunately, considering that the third-party advertisers using Exlee.com are unknown, this is possible, and you need to be cautious. Unfortunately, users rarely analyze privacy policies, terms of use agreements, or other legal information, and they remain “blind” for a long time. Let this be a reminder that legal information must be taken seriously.

According to our research, Exlee.com only hijacks homepages and default search provider tools on popular web browsers (e.g., Edge, IE, Firefox, or Chrome), which is good news because that should make it easier for you to handle it. Although this hijacker does not create malicious files and does not mess with your Windows Registry, it is intrusive nonetheless. If you are unlucky, this threat will also download a Chromium-based web browser, which creates an extra step in the removal process. This browser could be set as the default browser, but even if Exlee.com works from the browsers you know, you are not safe. Remember that this hijacker is all about advertising products/services and collecting data, and nothing good can come out of it for you personally. The ones who benefit from this situation are the creator of the hijacker and the parties working with it.

If you do not know how to replace unwanted search tools with the desired ones, follow the guide below. This guide is easy enough to follow even if you are inexperienced, but if you have concerns about any of the steps, please post a comment below. Once you are done with the first step of removal, immediately scan your PC with a malware scanner. This tool will help you find out if the hijacker was completely eliminated and if you need to handle any other threats. Do not worry if you cannot clean your operating system manually as you can rely on legitimate anti-malware software to clean it automatically.

Exlee.com Removal

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open the browser and tap Alt+T keys for the Tools menu.
  2. Select Options and, first, move to the General menu.
  3. Replace the unwanted URL in the Home Page area.
  4. Move to the Search menu and set the desired provider.
  5. Remove the undesirable program and restart Firefox.

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open the browser and tap Alt+T keys for the Tools menu.
  2. Select Manage Add-ons and move to Search Providers.
  3. Set the desired provider, Remove the unwanted one, and click Close.
  4. Tap Alt+T one more time and click Internet options.
  5. Click the General tab and move to the Home Page box.
  6. Replace the unwanted URL and then restart the browser.

Microsoft Edge:

  1. Open the browser and click the More icon at the top (on the right).
  2. Select Settings and, first, find the Open with section.
  3. Replace the URL of the undesirable option with the preferred one.
  4. Go back to the Settings menu and scroll down to the bottom.
  5. Click View advanced settings and go to Search in the address bar with.
  6. Click Change and replace the undesirable URL with the desired one.
  7. Restart your browser.

Google Chrome:

  1. Open the browser and tap Alt+F for the menu on the right.
  2. Choose Settings and, first, find the On Startup menu.
  3. Mark Open a specific page or set of pages and click Set pages.
  4. Replace the unwanted URL with the desired one and click OK.
  5. Under Appearance mark Show Home button and click Change.
  6. Replace the unwanted URL with the desired one and click OK.
  7. In the Search menu click Manage search engines…
  8. Delete the unwanted provider, click Done, and restart Chrome.
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