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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 quite familiar to us. Of course, we are seeing it for the first time, but we have been dealing with similar computer infections for quite some time now. As a result, we know exactly what to do in this situation and how to get rid of Scroll down to the bottom of this article if you are only looking for the manual removal instructions. If you want to find out more about this browser hijacker and other potential threats that might be installed on your PC (!), check out the rest of this description.

Perhaps here you wonder why we mention other unwanted applications. Isn’t this annoying browser hijacker enough? However, the problem is that these applications do not get distributed individually. That is, there is no website that would allow you to download onto your computer directly. What does that mean? It means that the browser hijacker uses other means to travel around. Most of the time, it comes bundled with freeware. Third-party installers help users download and install multiple applications at the same time, and it is very common that users do not realize how many programs they install.

For instance, you are looking for a video file converter. Any converter that supports the formats you need is an okay for you. The first converter you find online will probably be hosted on a third-part file-sharing website. Whenever you need to download a new program, you should stay away from such sites because they often host third-part installers, and third-party installers bundle several programs together. Thus, when you download your converter (for example), and you run the installation wizard, breezing through the setup would result in installing and other unfamiliar programs on your computer, too.

In the first paragraph, we mentioned that we have seen similar infections before, and that is true: this browser hijacker is practically identical to,,, and a number of other unwanted applications from the same group. All of them get distributed in the same manner, so when we find out how such programs enter target computers; we can do something to protect users from getting infected with such threats. You could say that the means of protections are twofold. One, it is necessary to invest in a licensed antispyware tool. Second, the web browsing habits that lead to such infection are also important. Thus, users need to know how to identify potential threats and avoid them.

What’s more, it would also help if users understood that not every single search engine out there is reliable. Sometimes may come across as a genuine search provider, and not all users would feel inclined to delete it from their systems. However, that may lead to severe computer security problems. Although browser hijackers are not there to infect you with malware, they can be easily exploited by cyber criminals to distribute and promote corrupted content. For instance, is known to display modified search results.

These search results could be embedded with third-party links that lead to commercial websites or malware-related pages. In this case, is not responsible for the third-party content security because such programs seldom pay attention to what kind of content gets embedded in their advertising space. Thus, the hijacker can become a perfect vehicle for malware distribution. If you are not careful about it, you might end up landing on some dangerous site that promotes malware, and your computer could be infected with something terrible.

What to do? Delete from your system at once. Manual removal can be achieved without any difficulties, although you should keep in mind the other unwanted applications that could be hiding in your system. To deal with those apps, you should run a full system scan with the SpyHunter free scanner. This way, you will know exactly which files and programs must be removed from your computer to restore your system to the fullest.

Once your PC is safe and clean again, be sure to stay away from unfamiliar sites that might be part of malware distribution. Also, keep your security software updated because a lot of new infections appear every day, and you need to avoid them all.

How to Remove

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Win+R and type regedit. Click OK.
  2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  3. Right-click the Start Page value on the right.
  4. Select Modify and change the startup page address. Click OK.
  5. Go to Internet Explorer key and open SearchScopes\{0633EE93-D776-472f-A0FF-E1416B8B2E3A}.
  6. On the right, right-click these values:
  7. Select Modify and change the domain in the settings. Click OK.


  1. Press Win+R and type %AppData%. Click OK.
  2. Go to Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[Unique Mozilla user ID].
  3. Open the prefs.js file.
  4. Delete this string: user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "");


  1. Press Win+R and type %AppData%. Click OK.
  2. Go to Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.
  3. Find and delete these files: Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data.
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