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Danger level 8
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is definitely a questionable search engine page that you should not trust at all. Although this search page resembles Google a lot since it actually redirects your queries to a Google Custom search page, you may be introduced to potentially unreliable third-party contents, including advertisements and sponsored links as well. We have categorized this threat as a browser hijacker since it has the capability to change certain browser settings. This is a new hijacker but not a new invention; we have found that it is identical to other well-known, potentially harmful browser hijackers, including and This infection may even remain unnoticed because of its misleading look and you could be exposed to harmful content. Engaging with anything offered by this hijacker could lead to more malware infections and online scams. Unfortunately, it is quite possible that your computer is already infected with a couple of other malware programs that sneaked onto your system along with this threat. We suggest that you remove as soon as possible and detect all other related infections as well.

There are a few ways for you to infect your computer with a browser hijacker like this. Most of the time it requires you to click on some kind of corrupt content, such as third-party ads or links. This can happen in a number of ways. First, if there are adware programs and browser hijackers hiding on your system, you can easily be exposed to unreliable ads and links while you are surfing the web. One single click on the wrong content could install this hijacker or, even worse, drop a whole bundle of threats onto your system. The same can occur when you visit questionable file-sharing or gaming websites in the hope of downloading a free program. It is quite easy to end up on suspicious or downright malicious websites even after doing a web search using a totally reliable search engine, including Google, Yahoo, and Bing. The emphasis is on the keywords you use. If you are looking for free programs or serial numbers, it is quite certain that you will be presented with fake and malicious sites right on the first results page because cyber criminals know exactly how to get good ranks for their deceiving pages. If you are not aware of the unreliable file-sharing pages, you can land on one and believe that you are downloading your targeted free file; however, instead, you may infect your system with a package of malware threats, including

There is a trick that a lot of users seem to fail to realize. You can usually opt out of the installation of certain unwanted components in a bundle. It is possible that you will only be able to see the real contents when you choose the custom or advanced installation option. However, if you overlook this step in the installation wizard, you may allow a number of adware programs, fake alerts, browser hijackers, and potentially unwanted programs to enter your system. This lot could seriously increase the vulnerability of your virtual world. Therefore, we advise you to delete from your browsers right away and run a reliable malware scanner to identify all other potential threats.

We have found that this browser hijacker is most popular in the following countries: Italy (22.2%), Spain (15.7%), and Brazil (12.5%). It obviously does not limit this infection to spread anywhere in the world though. This questionable search page displays a potentially unreliable third-party ad right below its search box. This ad can sometimes be very misleading and you might mix it up with system notifications and click on it. We recommend that you avoid this ad because by clicking on it you may get redirected to malicious websites. The search box is just as risky to use. This search page redirects all your searches to a customized Google search results page, which could be modified by this hijacker to include promoted third-party ads and links. Since these third parties may not always be reliable, even cyber criminals could be among them. This can mean that a search results page in this case is more like a field of landmines. Clicking on any content might be risky as you could be taken to fake and malicious websites. We do not think that you would like to infect your computer with more malware programs or end up being scammed by criminals to reveal your banking details. Therefore, we suggest that you delete as soon as you can.

The most likely and easiest way to get rid of this infection is to reset all the affected browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer. If you are unfamiliar with the necessary steps, we have included a guide for you below this article. You can follow these instructions and clean this infection from your computer even if you are not an experienced user. After you finish with this browser hijacker, you need to remember that there could be other threats that require your attention since leaving them on board could lead to further security issues. If you do not want to manually detect and erase these, we recommend that you download and install a reliable anti-malware tool that will automatically take care of all your security-related problems.

How to remove from browsers

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Tap Alt+H and open Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Press Refresh Firefox
  3. Click Refresh Firefox in the confirmation window.
  4. Press Finish.

Google Chrome

  1. Tap Alt+F and access Settings.
  2. Scroll down and click Show advanced settings.
  3. Scroll down again and click Reset settings.
  4. Click Reset in the pop-up window.

Internet Explorer

  1. Tap Alt+T and go to Internet Options.
  2. Select the Advanced tab, click Reset.
  3. Mark the Delete personal settings checkbox.
  4. Click Reset and press Close.
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