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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a hijacker from the group of hijackers all of which have the “2016” string in their URLs. Some of them include,, and These hijackers also have identical interfaces, which makes it very easy to group them together. Although it is unlikely that these threats were created by the same creator, there is no doubt that the same platform has been used for their development. The surprising thing is that none of these hijackers work as search tools they appear to be. That is not the only reason to remove from your browsers. In fact, the reasons for getting rid of this hijacker are pretty unique, and you can learn exactly what we are talking about by reading this report.

How can you tell is a program/service is authentic and trustworthy? You can research it online to check the information gathered by third parties (e.g., this article). You can also review information prepared by the creator of this program/service. Well, in the case of, there is no official download source. Furthermore, legal information (e.g., a Privacy Policy) have not been prepared or revealed to support the hijacker. This means that your only source of information about this search tool is third parties. Needless to say, there are no trustworthy third-party download sources, and the positive reviews are likely to be misleading. What you find by researching this program is that it is a browser hijacker that deserves removal. Unfortunately, not all users take their time to learn more.

Overall, even if you do not research, it should not take long for you to figure out that this browser hijacker is not the search tool you might have thought to be. First of all, it might slither into your operating system without your permission, and that is a sign that it is unreliable. Was it installed with your permission? If it was, did you install it bundled with other programs you know nothing about? Unfortunately, hijackers like this one are often spread along with other malicious threats, and that means that other infections could be present on your PC right this moment. After you learn how to delete from your browsers, please do not forget to figure out if you need to eliminate any other unreliable and malicious infections.

Another sign that is unreliable is its inactivity. At the time of our research, this “search provider” was not able to produce any search results. In fact, no links provided on the home page of this hijacker were active. The funny thing is that all other hijackers from the family act in the exact same way! The mistake that some users make is that they choose to ignore inactive software and apps just because they do not know how to remove them. The problem here is that even though might seem inactive, there is a possibility that certain components of this hijacker are actively spying on you. We are talking about tracking cookies, and you must keep in mind that they could possibly record and leak private information if you do not delete them in time.

Have you made the decision about whether or not to delete from your web browsers? We are sure that you have enough information to realize that this browser hijacker is not only unpredictable but also useless and unnecessary. If you want to be greeted by a search tool whenever you launch your browser, we suggest replacing the hijacker’s URL with the URL of a search engine you know you can trust. The manual removal guide below will show you how to do that. After you get rid of the hijacker, you should install an anti-malware tool. It is important to employ this tool not only for the full-time protection it can provide you with. This tool will also erase any remaining threats (e.g., cookies), which is exactly what you need before you can start running your PC and browsers as usual. Removal

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open the browser and tap Alt+T keys.
  2. Select Internet options.
  3. Click the General tab and find the Home Page.
  4. Overwrite the URL and click OK.

Google Chrome:

  1. Open the browser and tap Alt+F keys.
  2. Select Settings and then move to On Startup.
  3. Choose Open a specific page or set of pages.
  4. Click Set pages and overwrite the URL.
  5. Click OK.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open the browser and tap Alt+T keys.
  2. Select Options.
  3. In the menu on the left click General.
  4. Find the Home Page area.
  5. Overwrite the URL.
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