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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 very similar to the recently reviewed Though it appears that both of these hijackers were created by different companies, it seems that they were created using the same engine. According to our research, the interface of the hijacker is very similar to the interfaces of the hijackers from the Trovi family. Uniquely, these infections display a “Results by Bing” bar at the top. This bar represents Web, Images, Videos, News, and Weather tools, all of which redirect to search results. The good news is that this search engine is legitimate, and it does not look like the hijacker can manipulate the results to inject malicious, corrupted links. Due to this, most users tend to classify the search tool as harmless. Although it is not a critically dangerous infection, there are important reasons to delete it from your web browsers. Whether you use Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Mozilla Firefox, we can help you remove successfully.

The “About” section at informs that this search tool provides users with an enhanced online search experience, which is most likely to be a false statement. The disclaimer also states that the hijacker has a partnership with Google, Yahoo, and Bing, which suggests that different search providers could be employed to showcase search results. At the time of research, Bing Search was the only search engine used by the hijacker. Overall, we do not worry much about the search results – at least not right now – but there are other things that have caught our attention. For example, did you know that can record information about you? The Privacy Policy statement warns that while it is not the creator’s intention to record personal data, it could be recorded by accident. So, what is the problem here? Although it is unlikely that the developer of the hijacker will use personally identifiable information in a malicious manner, we cannot predict the actions of third parties. As the same Privacy Policy statement indicates, personally identifiable information could be shared with “subsidiaries, affiliates and parent companies,” and we cannot be 100% sure that they will not jeopardize your virtual security.

Why does need to record any kind of information about you; if we ignore personally identifiable information? It is stated that the search tool uses data-tracking tools to improve services, notify about updates, and provide users with support. Considering that most virtual services are supported by data-tracking tools, it is not that suspicious that the hijacker spies on you as well. However, it is classified as an infection, and you should not ignore infections capable of spying on you. Note that if has corrupted your browsers, other threats might be active as well, and their data trackers might require your attention as well. Even if you are sure that third-party malware does not exist, we advise performing a full system scan just to be 100% sure. Because the hijacker is most likely to spread via software bundles, the chances of other threats slithering in are pretty high.

You do not need to have a lot of experience to delete successfully. This hijacker is most likely to corrupt homepage and default search provider tools, which can be easily replaced directly from your browser. Another method would be resetting your browsers, and this is the solution we propose because by resetting your browsers you will simultaneously get rid of unreliable information-tracking cookies as well. Though all cookies will be erased, and you might need to accept the cookies on legitimate sites again, you should not hesitate to follow the instructions below. If you are completely uninterested in this solution, you can turn to automated malware detection and removal software that will immediately erase all threats (including malicious data-tracking tools) from your operating system. If you need any assistance with the removal of the hijacker, do not hesitate to leave a comment down below. Removal

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open the browser and tap Alt+T keys to open the Tools menu.
  2. Select Internet options and then click the Advanced tab.
  3. Click Reset, select Delete personal settings, and click Reset again.
  4. Restart the browser and download a reliable malware scanner to inspect your PC.

Google Chrome:

  1. Open the browser and tap Alt+F to open the menu on the right.
  2. Select Settings, scroll down to the bottom, and click Reset settings.
  3. Click Reset again to confirm your decision.
  4. Restart the browser and download a reliable malware scanner to inspect your PC.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open the browser and then open the Help menu by tapping Alt+H keys together.
  2. Select Troubleshooting Information and then click the Refresh Firefox button.
  3. Click Refresh Firefox again for confirmation.
  4. Restart the browser and download a reliable malware scanner to inspect your PC.
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