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


Joomborio.com is a very sleek search engine that comes with a nice header that makes you want to travel (it has the Egyptian pyramids). However, our research specialists say that this search engine is, in fact, a browser hijacker and as such it falls into a computer threat category. Thus, if you happen to have it set as your default homepage, you should do all you can to remove Joomborio.com from your computer as soon as possible. Browser hijackers are annoying and obnoxious infections that are not extremely malicious, and yet they could trigger something really nasty. Nasty to the point you cannot imagine.

Our research shows that Joomborio.com is identical to notorious hijackers we have dealt with several years ago. It is similar to Cassiopesa.com and Binkiland.com. Likewise, Binkiland.com was also known for having really infamous predecessors. Thus, with such a legacy in tow, we can expect some of the worst hijacker behavior from Joomborio.com, too. The domain resides on the same IP address as the previously released infections, and it shares the domain together with aqualious.com and exlee.com. You can expect those to be a new generation of computer threats, too.

Upon the installation, Joomborio.com hijacks all the popular browsers and modifies your default homepage and search engine settings. Aside from that, depending on the installer package, the hijacker may also try to install a Chromium browser (any potentially unwanted browser out there based on the Chromium engine). If this happens, the browser will be set as your default browser, and Joomborio would definitely be there as your default homepage. Now, what do we mean by “installer package.” The point is that browser hijackers have several distribution methods they can utilize to reach you.

Usually, they come bundled with third-party software installers. These installers are in abundance on third-party file-sharing websites. Have you downloaded something recently from one? Did you install some freeware application you wanted to have real bad? Did you check all the installation steps carefully or did you breeze through it straight to the finish? If the latter is the answer, then it is very likely that the hijacker was installed together with the program you wanted. This one of the main reasons computer security experts emphasize how important it is to download programs from official vendors. And even then (if it is a free application), you should still check all the installation wizard’s steps one by one because you can never know what additional apps or functions could be included there.

Now that you need to deal with this hijacker, you have to make sure that you do not run any searches through it. In fact, close your browser and do not open it until the hijacker is gone. Why? Because it tracks your online activity, and soon enough it will be able to tell your likes and preferences. It would not be much of a deal if that information were not used for online marketing purposes. For the most part, your online profile will be used to provide customized content for you, but in some cases, it may also be leaked to unreliable third parties for various cyber schemes.

For example, you could be urged to click some pop-up that seems to have the content you want, but when you do so, you could land on a website that promotes malware or some shady commercial tactic. Whichever it might be, you can clearly see that Joomborio.com is not a reliable search engine. It does not even have an original search provider! So, your job right now is to terminate it once and for all.

If we were to follow the pattern of the hijacker’s predecessors, we could see that they change the Target line too, to remain on your system for as long as possible. Therefore, when you remove Joomborio.com from your system, you should restore your Shortcut Target settings, too. We will tell you how to do that if you follow the instructions below.

After the manual hijacker removal, be sure to scan your PC with a powerful security application. There might be files and additional applications that could be slowing down your computer, so you need to do everything in your power to get rid of them and protect your PC from harm.

How to Remove Joomborio.com

Windows 10 & Windows 8.1

  1. Press Win+R and type Control Panel into the Open box.
  2. Click OK and go to Uninstall a program.
  3. Highlight unwanted applications and click Uninstall.

Windows Vista & Windows 7

  1. Open the Start menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Go to Uninstall a program and remove the unwanted apps.

Windows XP

  1. Click the Start button and go to Control Panel.
  2. Select Add or remove programs and uninstall all the unwanted applications.

Edit the Target Line

  1. Right-click your browser’s shortcut.
  2. Select Properties and open the Shortcut tab.
  3. Find the Target line.
  4. Delete everything OUTSIDE of the quotation marks.
  5. Press OK.

Reset browser settings

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T and select Internet options.
  2. Click Advanced tab and click Reset.
  3. Select Delete personal settings and click Reset.
  4. Click Close.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Alt+H and click Troubleshooting information.
  2. Press Refresh Firefox at the top right of your screen.
  3. Click Refresh Firefox on the confirmation box.
  4. Press Finish.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and open Settings.
  2. Scroll down and click Show advanced settings.
  3. Scroll down again and click Reset Settings.
  4. Press Reset to confirm.
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