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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a browser hijacker that can corrupt Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge web browsers. If it corrupts Edge, only the start page will be replaced, but the remaining browsers might also suffer default search provider modifications. This suspicious search tool does not have an official installer, and you are most likely to find it bundled with malware. Malicious software bundles are usually carried by malicious installers that use attractive (possibly misleadingly attractive) programs to lure users into downloading more suspicious programs. If you encounter a software bundle, you need to research every app offered to you because you do not want to let in malware yourself. Note that malicious installers could also introduce you to silent installers, which is why we do not recommend trusting any of them. If you have been tricked already, you might have to remove along with many other infections.

Although might be introduced to you as a useful search tool, it is absolutely useless. First of all, it does not even offer different search tools (e.g., image, video, or news search tools). The interface of this hijacker is extremely simple, and all you can see is a search dialog box in the middle and the “Terms,” “Privacy,” and “About” links at the bottom. It is important that you analyze the information found in these links because they address the collection of data, the representation of ads, and the communication with third parties. As you might have learned already, supposedly does not use “obtrusive forms of advertising.” That does not mean that it does not show ads at all. In fact, if you enter keywords into the provided search dialog box, you will be redirected to a search results page that includes mostly ads, or sponsored links. It is easy to distinguish between sponsored links and regular search results because of the “Ad” tag attached to them. Notably, once you are redirected, you will be provided with “Maps,” “Apps,” “News,” and “Images” search tools, but they do not work; at least, not right now.

According to our researchers, comes from the Spigot family. is another browser hijacker that belongs to this family and that we advise deleting from browsers. Whether one single company or many different companies stand behind this name, it is unlikely that you will be able to trust or benefit from the software associated with Spigot. This is another important reason to always do your research. Sure, it might be boring to familiarize yourself with different privacy policies and research every single program you are interested in, but you should never take your virtual security for granted. This is the reason why you should also keep track of the web cookies that are installed onto your browsers. The privacy policies supporting the suspicious claim that personally-identifiable information is not collected (at least, not on purpose), but you cannot be sure that the tracking cookies installed when you interact with ads will be just as harmless. We have added the steps to the removal instructions below that will help you erase cookies, clear cache, and eliminate other kinds of browsing data.

If you wish to delete – and we strongly advise that – use the instructions below to eliminate this hijacker from your browsers manually. As mentioned previously, this hijacker only modifies the start page on all popular browsers, but it evades the default search provider hijacking on Edge. Before you jump to the removal operation, we advise scanning your PC to see if other threats are active, and it is highly likely that you will discover malware. Whether they are completely unfamiliar pieces of malware or threats that you believed to be harmless programs, you can utilize an automated remover to have all of them eliminated simultaneously. If you decide to proceed manually, do not forget to analyze every single threat because it is unlikely that the same removal method will work on all of them. Removal

Microsoft Edge:

  1. Open Edge and tap Ctrl+H to access the History menu.
  2. Click Clear all history.
  3. Select the data you want to erase and click Clear.
  4. Tap Alt+X to access the Settings menu.
  5. Move to the Open with section and click A specific page or pages.
  6. Click the X next to the unwanted start page.
  7. Enter the URL of the desired start page and click the + sign.
  8. Restart the browser.

Google Chrome:

  1. Open Chrome and tap Ctrl+Shift+Del to access the Clear browsing data menu.
  2. Select the data you want to erase and click Clear browsing data.
  3. In the menu on the left click Settings.
  4. Under On Startup select Open a specific page or set of pages and click Set pages.
  5. Overwrite the unwanted start page option and click OK.
  6. Under Search click Manage search engines…
  7. Set the desired provider, click X to remove the unwanted one, and click Done.
  8. Restart the browser.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox and tap Ctrl+Shift+Del to access the Clear All History menu.
  2. Select the data you want to erase and click Clear Now.
  3. Tap Alt+T to access the Tools menu and click Options.
  4. In the menu on the left click General and move to the Home Page section.
  5. Overwrite the URL of the unwanted start page.
  6. In the menu on the left click Search.
  7. Remove the unwanted search provider.
  8. Restart the browser.

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open IE and tap Ctrl+Shift+Del to access the Delete Browsing History menu.
  2. Select the data you want to erase and click Delete.
  3. Tap Alt+T to access the Tools menu and select Manage add-ons.
  4. In the Search Providers menu Remove the unwanted provider and click Close.
  5. Tap Alt+T again and select Internet options.
  6. Click the General tab and move to the Home Page section.
  7. Overwrite the unwanted URL and click OK.
  8. Restart the browser.
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