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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine might provide many useful links, and it seems to work as a beneficial search tool, but we have found reasons why you should delete it from your browsers. According to our research, this search provider is similar to,, and many other search tools that are classified as browser hijackers. These tools usually follow browser extensions introduced by “SaferBrowser” (e.g., LocalHost, My Speed Test, and My Radio XP), and they should be erased as well. While the removal of does not pose many questions to those who find it installed illegally or those who find it useless, some users might be confused as to why this search provider is considered unreliable. If you continue reading, you will learn everything you need to know about this suspicious piece of software.

Whether has hijacked your homepage or default search provider, you will notice that your search queries are redirected to the Yahoo search engine, and this is not a good sign. Any time a suspicious search tool performs redirecting to an unrelated site, you need to consider malicious activity. Sure, Yahoo is a reputable, popular, and widely-used search provider, and this is exactly why the developer of uses it. As soon as you think you are browsing Yahoo, you automatically think you are safe, and that is not necessarily the truth. The results provided to you might be modified to represent the links that is meant to represent. The developer of this hijacker works with unfamiliar advertisers, and it is likely that a profit is generated by promoting links and ads. Have you noticed that these links route to search-unrelated sites and ads promote highly attractive offers? These are the tricks to make you interact with third-party content.

The Localhost extension that follows provides local weather information, as well as links to Gmail, AOL, Yahoo, Outlook, Hotmail, and Google Maps. The search tool itself uses its homepage to provide links to Amazon, Facebook, eBay, and other popular websites. It is unknown whether or not the developer of this software earns money for promoting these websites, but it is very possible that they are used to further convince you that this software is trustworthy. Now, if you do not research it beyond the information you might have been introduced to when downloading this program, you might continue trusting it for a long time. As a matter of fact, you might as well be able to use it risk-free; however, the risks associated with this hijacker are not worth taking. This program can introduce you to malicious offers, it can spy on you by collecting data, and it can expose you to unreliable parties.

Before we start discussing the removal of, we need to think about other threats. If this threat came out of nowhere, it is very difficult to say which other threats might be active, especially since many of them might remain quiet. If you have downloaded it bundled with other programs, you might be able to identify all of them. Of course, no one can protect you from the entrance of silent threats if the installer carrying the software bundle was malicious. In any case, the chances of third-party software associated with running on your PC are very high. Depending on what kinds of programs are active, your virtual security might be on the line. So, inspect your PC with a malware scanner and evaluate which threats should be deleted from your computer first.

Do you think you can delete yourself? We think that you can. If you find this hijacker on Internet Explorer, you will need to uninstall the unwanted app and modify search settings, which is not difficult to do. If you find that this hijacker has corrupted Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, all you need to do is remove the extension associated with the infection. Of course, if you discover more dangerous infections, you should focus on getting rid of them first. If you find that you are unable to do this manually, employ an authentic anti-malware tool that will automatically clean your operating system for you. In fact, you should install this software even if you manage to clean your PC manually because only this software can ensure that malware does not invade again. Removal

Windows XP

  1. Open the Start menu from the Taskbar and click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click the Add or Remove Programs icon.
  3. Select the unwanted program and click the Remove button.

Windows Vista or Windows 7

  1. Open the Start menu (click the Windows logo on the Taskbar).
  2. Open the Control Panel menu and click Uninstall a program.
  3. Right-click the app you have chosen to erase and select Uninstall.

Windows 8 or Windows 8.1

  1. Click the Search icon on the Charm bar (in Metro UI mode).
  2. Enter Uninstall a program and launch this utility.
  3. Right-click and Uninstall the undesirable application.

Windows 10

  1. Type Change or remove a program into the Taskbar search box.
  2. Launch the menu and find the program you wish to eliminate.
  3. Right-click this app and select Uninstall.

Internet Explorer

  1. Open the browser, tap Alt+T, and choose Manage Add-ons.
  2. In the Search Providers menu set the desired provider.
  3. Remove the unwanted provider and click Close.
  4. Tap Alt+T once more and select Internet options.
  5. Click the General tab, overwrite the Home Page, and click OK.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open the browser and tap Ctrl+Shift+A (Add-ons Manager).
  2. Move to the Extensions menu.
  3. Remove the unwanted add-on.

Google Chrome

  1. Open the browser and tap Alt+F.
  2. Select More tools for more options and click Extensions.
  3. Click the recycle bin next to the unwanted add-on and click Remove.
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