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

In we encounter a browser hijacker that mostly affects computers users in the United States region. This program tries to pass for a reliable search engine, but you should know better than that. Browser hijackers are dangerous because they cannot guarantee the safety of the third-party content they promote. Therefore, you need to remove this program from your computer if you want to protect yourself and your computer from extremely severe malware infections. If you fail to remove at once, be prepared to deal with Trojans, rogue antispyware, and ransomware programs that can turn your daily life into an absolute nightmare.

Of course, it takes a long while until turns into something nasty. For the time being, a browser hijacker is merely there to collect information on your web browsing habits and to make easy money by redirecting you to affiliated websites. It does not try to find out your banking logins or passwords. Browser hijackers make money via the pay-per-click system. This system is self-explanatory: the people behind the program make a financial profit each time you click the content they promote. While you generate traffic for some third-party website, gets paid for redirecting you there. This looks like a pretty good business plan, but the problem is that you do not get anything in return.

What’s more, we believe that you already have several unwanted applications in your computer, aside from this browser hijacker. This belief stems from the fact that the program usually spreads via random promotional pop-ups. Sure enough, you can encounter those pop-up ads when you access unfamiliar websites and various pages that thrive on third-party advertising. However, our research shows that the pop-up ads that contain the hijacker’s installer usually are generated by potentially harmful applications that are already installed on the target computer. If you want to know what kind of unwanted programs are running on your PC, please scan it with a licensed antispyware tool right now.

When settles down in your system, it behaves just like its predecessors,,, and many others. The program modifies your default homepage, search engine and the new tab settings without your permission. The browsers affected include Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox. Aside from changing the main browser settings, it also comes with a toolbar that has shortcuts to Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, Google Maps, and Outlook. It also shows Local Weather, but that is no excuse to keep this program on-board.

You have to realize that this search engine is not the real deal. If you were to run a search query via, you would see that all of your search results get redirected through, and then you land on the modified Yahoo! Search results. The hijacker’s creators make use of the reputable search engine to make you think that the program is trustworthy, but that is very far from the truth. Not to mention that the search results it displays are modified. It means that your likes and preferences are taken into consideration to provide you with result links you are very likely to click.

Once again, this brings us back to the pay-per-click system, and by clicking the search results, you would help the hijacker make money. Unfortunately, you get nothing in return, and the hijacker is not responsible for the content you will encounter after clicking an outgoing link. Here, again, let us draw the worst-case scenario. Since almost anyone can embed their content in the search results, cyber criminals can certainly do that too. And there is no one to stop them because virtually does not care.

Before any of that happens, you will have to delete from your system. We have come up with a list of instructions on how to do it for each affected browser. Let us not forget other applications that might have brought this hijacker onto your system, too. Scan your PC with the SpyHunter free scanner to determine which programs must be terminated immediately and get rid of them automatically.

For any further questions, you can always leave us a comment below. If you think you need guidance during the removal process, also, feel free to contact us. We are always there to help you improve your computer’s security.

How to Delete

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Win+R and the Run prompt will open.
  2. Type regedit into the Open box and click OK.
  3. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  4. Right-click the Start Page value on the right pane.
  5. Choose Modify and change your homepage. Click OK.
  6. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{0633EE93-D776-472f-A0FF-E1416B8B2E3A}.
  7. Right-click TopResultURL value on the right pane.
  8. Choose Modify and change the address with{searchTerms}.
  9. Press OK and right-click the URL value on the same column.
  10. Select Modify and change the address with{searchTerms}.
  11. Click OK and close Registry Editor.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Win+R and type %AppData%. Press OK.
  2. Navigate to Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[Mozilla User ID].
  3. Open the prefs.js file.
  4. Find and delete the following line: user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "");

Google Chrome

  1. Press Win+R and enter %AppData% in the Run prompt.
  2. Click OK and go to Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.
  3. Find and delete the Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data files.
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