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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine

It might be rather intimidating to open your browser and see that your homepage was changed to This search engine is a manifestation of a browser hijacker that entered your system behind your back. You need to fight this infection and remove as soon as possible. Although you will not notice any threats at first, the browser hijacker could unwittingly expose you to malware-associated websites, and then it could be only a matter of time when you will get infected with severe system security threats. Therefore, it is best to take care of a problem in its early stages.

Who is responsible for installing on your browser? Probably, it is you. Of course, we are not trying to say that you install such potential threats on purpose, but the truth is that browser hijackers and other similar infections employ sly methods to reach target systems. It is very often that they come bundled with freeware applications, and users download freeware apps from file-sharing sites quite often. Check out all the programs you have installed on your PC. Just how many of them came from legitimate sites? You will be surprised to see that you indulge in freeware installation far more often than you think.

This is also one of the reasons computer security experts recommend downloading apps from their official websites. Then the chance that you may install more additional apps is not that big. But even so, sometimes even official installers bundle browser hijackers or adware! So what do you have to do to avoid Stay away from unfamiliar file-sharing sites. If you need a new program, choose official distribution pages. Also, when you install new applications on your computer, be sure to read every single step in the installation wizard. Do not skip them just because they look generic. Some of them might give you the opportunity to avoid installing a browser hijacker, and you may miss it by breezing through the steps.

So let us say the hijacker entered your system. How does it manifest itself? For starters, will modify your default homepage and search engine on your main browser. Seeing how the infection is hosted on the same server as,,,, and many other browser hijacker, we can assume that all of them function according to the same pattern. After entering the target computer, they modify browser’s settings with the intention to make easy money.

Here you might think that will steal your banking login and password details, but it is not such an elaborate infection. Instead, the program will employ tracking cookies to find out more about your web browsing habits. Such applications need to know what websites you visit and what keywords you use most often because of advertising purposes. For instance, when you look for something online, will log that, and later on, the hijacker may suggest similar content via outgoing links or some other type of advertising. Needless to say, that is not safe.

One of the main reasons and other similar programs should not be allowed to remain on your system is that they are not responsible for a third-party content security. Anyone can embed their content in the links delivered by this engine as long as they know how to do that. And you can be sure that cyber criminals will know how to make use of that.

Naturally, malware infection is the worst-case scenario that might come with a browser hijacker, but you have to take all the potential risks into account because your system’s security is no joke. Therefore, check out the instructions below to get rid of, and do not forget to scan your computer with SpyHunter once you are done with manual removal.

You are bound to have more unfamiliar apps on-board, so the fastest way to delete them all would be acquiring a legitimate security application. This way, you would also protect your system from any other threats that might slither into your PC in the future.

How to Delete

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T and open Internet options.
  2. Click the Advanced tab and press Reset.
  3. Mark Delete personal settings and click Reset.
  4. Click Close.


  1. Press Alt+H and go to Troubleshooting information.
  2. On the new tab, press Refresh Firefox.
  3. Click Refresh Firefox again and press Finish.


  1. Press Alt+F and open Settings.
  2. Scroll down and click Show advanced settings.
  3. Scroll down again and press Reset settings.
  4. Click Reset.
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