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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a browser hijacker that is usually linked to other malicious hijackers. In fact, it is unlikely that your homepage on Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Firefox will be switched to It is much more likely that you will be redirected to this page by other malicious browser hijackers; for example, If you are dealing with this particular browser hijacker, you should immediately read our report on it. This treat is not a regular search tool, as it might appear to be at first sight, and deleting it from your browsers is not a straightforward task. In fact, this threat can corrupt your browser’s shortcuts by modifying their target, and getting rid it threat might be a lengthy and complicated process. In this report, we focus on the removal of Keep reading if you want to learn everything about this hijacker and its elimination.

According to our research, you might be rerouted to via, as well as other browser hijackers, such as or Overall, it is unlikely that this hijacker itself is set as your homepage. If that has happened, it is possible that this hijacker was introduced to you via a malicious software downloader carrying a bunch of suspicious programs. First of all, you should never trust unfamiliar installers/downloaders, regardless of how harmless they look. Second, if you do not have the option to decline the additional programs attached to the program you wanted to acquire initially, you should refuse all of them. One last thing you need to think about if you encounter unfamiliar installers is silent threats. Did you know that some infection can be downloaded silently? Because of that, you might want to install a malware scanner to help you figure out if your operating system is infected with silent infections that require removal.

The interface of is identical to the interfaces of,,, and other browser hijackers. It is most likely that a platform has been created enabling different companies to create identical “search tools.” All of them use an identical “Search” logo, and all of them employ the Google Custom Search engine. This is where users get confused. Google is a legitimate search provider, right? If it is, must be harmless. Well, this search engine can be customized by whoever is employing it, which means that there is a great possibility that the results shown will include sponsored links. The reason for the hijacker to show such links is profit. Moreover, its developer could be associated with virtual scams or malware distributors, and a seemingly reliable search engine is the perfect platform for exposing unsuspecting users to such content.

We can talk a lot about, but the reality is that this search tool is unpredictable. In cases like this, we usually check the Privacy Policy and other information that is provided to users to understand a service better. Unfortunately, in this case, such information is not provided, which makes it very difficult to trust As a matter of fact, our research team recommends strongly against trusting this hijacker because it is unknown what kind of data-tracking tools it uses or which parties it is affiliated with. Yes, there is a possibility that data-tracking tools are set up to leak personally identifiable information and that malicious parties are working along with the developer of the hijacker. These are very important reasons to delete this suspicious “search tool” from your browsers.

As you now know, it is unlikely that is the main problem. It is most likely that you are dealing with a completely different browser hijacker that simply redirects you to this unreliable search engine. Our recommendation is to scan the PC and figure out the name of the threat you are dealing with, which will help you take appropriate steps. Use our website to find the removal guide that suits your situation, and, if you cannot find one, post a comment below, and we will assist you shortly. Now, if your regular homepage was replaced by, follow the steps below to delete this hijacker. You should also install an automated malware remover to ensure that devious infections are not overlooked and that unreliable and malicious threats cannot slither in at any point in the future. Removal

Internet Explorer:

  1. Simultaneously tap Win+R to access RUN.
  2. Type regedit.exe into the open box to access Registry Editor.
  3. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  4. Open the value named Start Page.
  5. Overwrite the hijacker’s URL and click OK.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Simultaneously tap Win+E keys to access Explorer.
  2. Enter %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ into the address bar at the top.
  3. Open the unique profile folder (look for random characters).
  4. Now, open the prefs.js file using Notepad.
  5. Overwrite the hijacker’s URL and save the file.

Google Chrome:

  1. Simultaneously tap Win+E keys to access Explorer.
  2. Enter %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\ into the address bar at the top. Windows XP users need to enter %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\.
  3. Open the Default folder or the folder representing the infected Profile (look for your profile name).
  4. Open the Preferences file using Notepad.
  5. Overwrite the hijacker’s URL and save the file.
  6. Repeat step 5 for Secure Preferences and Web Data files.
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