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

Many users would not suspect that the emergence of an unfamiliar search engine, such as in their browsers could pose a threat to their virtual security. Let us start by saying that this questionable search page can mostly appear in your browsers if a browser hijacker sneaks onto your system. Sometimes this might also take place without your permission. Since this search page can introduce you to undesirable and potentially risky third-party content, you should stay away from it. As a matter of fact, the best way to end this unnecessary exposure is to delete immediately. But even if you do so, there is a good chance that other malicious programs are also hiding on your system that may have come along with this hijacker. Please read our full article to learn more about this threat and how you can protect your machine from similar incidents.

Similarly to most of its peers, this browser hijacker is also distributed via freeware bundles. Whenever you download such software packages, you should make sure that you know what they actually contain; what kind of tools, applications, and changes to your system or browsers. Unfortunately, a lot of inexperienced users do not check this vital information and may let a whole bunch of malware threats on board this way. There are two basic scenarios that could serve as a reason for your infection by this hijacker. One, your computer was infected with adware previously or two, you have visited suspicious shareware, torrent, or gaming sites recently. In both cases, the real danger lies in clicking on third-party advertisements generated by these tools.

These ads are a tricky lot because they can appear in forms that you would not even realize that you are clicking on ads at all. For instance, such a misleading ad can pose as a next-page button, download button, system error message, and so on. That is why it is so dangerous to visit unfamiliar sites that host several third-party ads. If you do not want to end up with a malicious bundle on your computer that contains browser hijackers, adware applications, and potentially unwanted applications, you should avoid visiting suspicious websites. If you want to download free programs and other files, you should stick with official and reputable vendor sites only. We suggest that you delete right now and scan your system to detect all potential risk sources.

Browser hijackers are usually clones of previous infections and thus belong to families. This malware infection has been found to be the clone hijackers, including,, and It is possible that this search engine spies on you and gathers data about your browsing habits, including the sites you visit, the time you spend there, and ads you tend to click on. This way a profile can be made so that customized content can be sent to your screen. And, this is where criminals come into the picture. provides several opportunities and surfaces for crooks to attack you with corrupt ads. For example, this search page displays a pseudo toolbar at the top of the page with a search tool and a number of different links to websites associated with weather and news (US News, Sports News, World News, etc.). The content of these sites actually may come through this search page in the form of a widget, such as in the case of the US News page ( These pages contain a number of potentially unsafe third-party ads that you should never click on if you do not want to drop infections onto your system or end up on malicious websites.

Another source of risk in connection with this infection is the search tool itself. We do not advise you to use it at all. The truth is that this browser hijacker may alter the search results, which, by the way, are provided by Yahoo itself. This reputable search engine may be trustworthy and all, but you should not forget about the fact that you land on that results page through this hijacker. In other words, you should not trust the results just because it looks like a reliable Yahoo page. This infection manipulates the results for one main reason: To generate traffic to affiliated websites because this is how it makes money. But the trouble is that cyber criminals can pose as third parties and use the collected information to show you relevant ads and links to deceive you and make you click on them. If you do not want to find out what may happen, you should not hesitate to remove from your browsers.

The good news is that even if you are not an IT expert, you can eliminate from your browsers by simply resetting them. Since this may not be something you frequently do or have done at all yet, we have included a guide for you below this article. If you do not want similar threats entering your computer again, you should be very careful about the websites you visit and the content you click on. In fact, the best way for you to protect your computer is to install an anti-malware program right away.

How to remove from your browsers

Google Chrome

  1. Tap Alt+F and select Settings.
  2. Scroll down and click Show advanced settings.
  3. At the bottom of the page, click Reset settings.
  4. Click Reset.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Tap Alt+H and choose Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Press Refresh Firefox.
  3. In the confirmation window, press Refresh Firefox once more.
  4. Click Finish.

Internet Explorer

  1. Tap Alt+T and choose Internet Options.
  2. On the Advanced tab, press Reset.
  3. Mark Delete personal settings and press Reset.
  4. Click Close.
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