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

There are far too many applications that look like they could offer you something useful, but in reality, they just slow down your system and expose you to dangerous content. is a browser hijacker that is part of such an application, and if you suddenly see this domain set as your default homepage, it means you have to scan your PC with a licensed antispyware tool immediately to figure out what potentially unwanted and dangerous programs have entered your system. Needless to say, you need to restore your browser settings and get rid of as soon as possible, too.

According to our security researchers, the browser hijacker belongs to the SaferBrowser family. It means that there are many other programs similar to this search engine, and, at the first glance, it may look like fighting a swarm of locusts. However, there is always a bright side of dealing with infection families. When there are a lot of similar programs, it means that basically all of them are based on the same principle. Thus, whatever methods you used to remove the older members of the SaferBrowser family, the same methods can be applied to, too. Just scroll down to the bottom of this description for the manual removal instructions.

Continuing from where we left about the SafeBrowser family, we can tell that the setup of this browser hijacker is signed by “Sail Machine,” and the program is practically identical to,,, and many other programs from the same group. It also means that it employs the same means of distribution, and you will find this hijacker on your browser completely unexpectedly. Some people may point out that the main program that installs this hijacker (My News Wire) is not a malicious infection because it has an official homepage.

It is true that you can access the homepage via, but the question is whether you really need such an application. Technically, it says that with this browser extension you can “watch Breaking News and Live Coverage on your computer.” So it should turn your browser into a TV station that broadcasts news 24/7. It also says that you should be able to “watch News Online with easy access to your favorite News Channels, access Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and Local Channels,” and so on. Of course, it “forgets” to tell you that the extension also adds the search engine to your Internet Explorer browser, but that is already another story.

What we would like to point out is that browser hijackers seldom get installed via original sources. In fact, it is far more likely that you got added to your browser via a malicious pop-up. These “malicious pop-ups” are usually generated by various adware and potentially unwanted programs that are running on the affected computer. Therefore, your computer must have been infected with potentially harmful software before this browser hijacker even entered it. This is where we would like to remind you the importance of regular system scans. Running a powerful antispyware program once in a while would definitely lower the risk of getting infected with dangerous threats.

Of course, this browser hijacker is not the most dangerous thing you can encounter on the web. In fact, it is there to make money by redirecting you to affiliated websites. For the most part, this kind of behavior is more annoying than dangerous, but in some cases, browser hijackers could be exploited by cyber criminals to promote their content. If you are not an experienced computer user, you may not even notice the difference between reliable and customized search results. Thus, you need to protect your computer before the situation falls out of hand.

Remove right now and then scan your PC with the SpyHunter free scanner, as you definitely have more than one unwanted application on-board. When you have all the potential threats detected, delete them all automatically with a licensed antispyware tool. It will also be an investment in your future: A computer security tool of your choice will definitely protect you from serious intruders that might try to slither into your system when you expect it the least.

Finally, you can always leave us a comment if you have any further questions. We need to YOUR feedback to improve, too.

How to Remove

  1. Press Win+R and the Run prompt will open.
  2. Type regedit into the Open box and click OK.
  3. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  4. Right-click the Start Page value on the right pane.
  5. Select Modify and change your startup page. Click OK.
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