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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a devious browser hijacker that should be avoided at all times. In fact, we advise you to remove it as soon as it is found up and running on your personal computer. It is important to do so since the intrusive program in question is known to make unwanted and unauthorized changes to your web browser's default settings. Such alterations are known to cause major disruptions almost every single time you decide to surf the web. Unfortunately, such annoyance is not the worst thing about this undesirable piece of software; our research team has discovered that in some instances it could prove to be quite dangerous as it could expose your PC to potentially harmful web content, which in consequence might lead to a system infection. It goes without saying that such functionality of should never be tolerated. To delete it in the easiest way possible, make sure to follow the detailed instructions that we present below.

The overall functionality of does not differ too much from other browser hijackers that are active nowadays. Upon its intrusion, the browser hijacker in questions is known to modify files and registry entries directly related to default settings of major web browsers such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox. Once all these modifications are done, you will notice a change of your web browser's default settings. The main alteration imposed by this devious program is of your default homepage. While in some instances such a change might not seem like a lot, you must know that it will ruin your overall online experience, to put it mildly. Basically, for as long as this browser hijacker is fully active on your operating system, you will be forced to start your online sessions on a suspicious third-party website instead of your default homepage, whether you like it or not. While some of the features presented on a newly appointed homepage might seem quite useful, you should know that in reality, all the quick access links are worthless as they redirect to third-party sponsored websites. To regain default settings, make sure to follow the removal instructions that we present below. If you fail to delete the browser hijacker in question, the devious change will continue to bother you and ruin your overall online experience.

Unfortunately, there is something much more alarming about the annoyance and frustration. Upon further investigation, our research team has discovered that in some instances using the suspicious search box provided within the newly appointed homepage could prove to be potentially dangerous. By using the suspicious search field, you might come across results embedded with redirect links; this means that by clicking on them you risk of ending up on suspicious and in some situations even potentially malicious websites. For instance, you could be taken to websites crafted by malware developers, which could prove to run something called an arbitrary code execution exploit. It is crucial to note that just entering a website that runs such an exploit could be more than enough to get your operating system infected with some unknown malware. In other cases, you could end up on fake online shops, crafted by cyber criminals to steal your credit card data. It goes without saying that entering any of the mentioned websites is more than dangerous. If you want to keep your sensitive information safe and your personal computer secure at all times, make sure to delete at the very same time that it is found fully running. Do so by using the removal guide that we present below.

The complete removal of should not be delayed as it could prove to be a major virtual threat. Make sure to follow the instructions that we present below with care as a single mistake or a missed step could result in an incomplete removal. Finding yourself in such a situation could have unwanted consequences, to say the least, as traces linked to this hijacker could be more than enough to trigger a silent restoration procedure. In other instances, leftovers could prove to be enough for the unwanted changes to remain intact. To avoid finding yourself in such a situation, make sure to execute an in-depth analysis of your PC for traces linked to once you are done with the manual removal. If you believe that such analysis is a bit too complicated, make sure to perform a full system scan with a reliable antimalware tool as it can detect and delete anything associated with in an automatic manner.

How to remove from your computer

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Go to C:\Users\(your username)\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.
  3. Select and remove files that are named Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data.
  4. Navigate to C:\Users\(your username)\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\.
  5. Find and delete a file called prefs.js.
  6. Click the Windows button.
  7. Type regedit into a search box and then tap the Enter key.
  8. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  9. Right-click a registry value entitled Start Page and select Modify.
  10. Replace the unwanted URL with a new one and then click OK.
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