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

When you take a look at the name of this search engine, you might think it is the best secure search provider: Unfortunately, our research suggests that this domain belongs to a browser hijacker that enters your computer without your permission. Unless it was your intention to install this program on your computer, you might as well scroll down to the bottom of this description for the manual removal instructions. You must remove before it manages to redirect you to dangerous websites. It is sometimes hard to understand why browser hijackers post specific computer security threats, but it is in your best interest to protect your system from any potential security risk.

It would be hard to tell that this domain causes security issues, because when you open the site, it looks extremely clean and simple. It is actually common to find browser hijacker homepages full of shortcuts, ads, and other features that may slow down your browser or redirect you to unfamiliar websites. Nevertheless, it does not mean that this relatively “clean” environment can protect you from exposure to undesirable content. A browser hijacker is a browser hijacker, and it does not matter how it presents itself.

What’s more, is definitely not the only hijacker out there, exhibiting similar infection features. We have found that the program belongs to an entirely family of computer threats. The family consists of identical applications that differ only in their names. For instance, there are such applications as,,, and many others. No matter which program from the group you might end up having on your computer, you can expect the same palette of behavioral pattern. The infection will change your homepage address and your new tab settings, and all of your web searches will be redirected through several third-party servers before it reaches the modified Yahoo! Search page.

This does not mean that Yahoo! Search is in any way related to the people who have created this infection. They are simply using the popular search engine for their own purposes because the browser hijacker cannot provide you with original search services. It is rather discouraging to think that some users consider this browser hijacker a reliable search service provider. But you have to understand that if your homepage changes without your permission, something is definitely off. What’s more, you may have more unwanted programs on your PC than just this hijacker.

Our research team has found that does not have a direct distribution source, but instead it is promoted via random pop-up ads. These pop-up ads do not appear out of nowhere. They are usually displayed by other dangerous programs that are already installed on your computer. For example, such programs like InteliTerm, TermTrident or SwiftSearch, might as well be indirectly responsible for installing this hijacker on your computer. We say “indirectly” because unless you click those ads, the infection will not enter your computer. So, in a way, this means that after your remove from your system, you will also have to take care of the other malicious applications.

How to know which programs have to be removed from the system? You can open the list of installed programs on Control Panel and check for any unfamiliar applications. However, it might be too bothersome to check every single program, not to mention that there are potential threats that may not have an entry in the Control Panel list. Thus, the most efficient way to locate all the potential threats is scanning the system with the SpyHunter free scanner.

Also, a computer security application of your choice could also help you delete automatically. Of course, manual removal is not too complicated when it comes to browser hijacker, but if you do not like dealing with unwanted software manually, you can always invest in a powerful antispyware tool. What’s more, a computer security tool will protect your system from similar intruders in the future.

Naturally, relying on an automated security application is not enough to ensure your computer’s safety. You should also pay attention to your web browsing habits, as that is really important if you want to avoid freeware, adware, and browser hijackers in the future. Stay away from unfamiliar websites and do not click random pop-ups that spring into your screen.

How to Remove

Internet Explorer

  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.
  5. Click Modify and change your startup page address. Click OK.


  1. Press Win+R and type %APPDATA%.
  2. Navigate to Roaming\Mozilla\Profiles\[Unique Mozilla user ID].
  3. Open the prefs.js file.
  4. Find and delete this string: user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "");
  5. Save changes and exit the file.


  1. Press Win+R and type %AppData%. Click OK.
  2. Go to Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.
  3. Delete the Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data files.
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