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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a browser hijacker targeted at users from France, although it is possible that it could be spread in other regions as well. In any case, if you received this application it would be advisable to avoid using it or better yet eliminate it with the removal instructions placed at the end of this article. Our researchers indicated that it might use a modified Yahoo search engine to show you additional advertising content from its third-party partners. Besides being annoying, these ads could also redirect you to web pages that distribute similar threats or even malicious software. Apparently, the application could lead the user to trouble, and those who do not want to risk the computer’s safety should get rid of it as soon as possible, but before you do we encourage you to find out more about

For starters, we would like, to begin with, the possible distribution methods. Like any other browser hijacker, might be spread through bundled installers or malicious pop-up ads. In the first case, you could install the application unintentionally since suggestions of bundled programs appear only after the setup file is launched. Nonetheless, you should be able to deselect such software; you just have to be more careful the next time. Plus, if you really want to stay away from such threats in the future, you should download installers from reliable sources, e.g. official web pages or trustworthy publishers.

It is a slightly different case if you downloaded while clicking pop-ups ads. Perhaps, you assumed the application would be safe and useful just by looking at the description displayed on the ad? Installing software without getting to know who published the program or reading its Privacy Policy and Terms of use documents is usually a bad idea. Also, if you notice quite a lot of suspicious advertisements, you should be concerned about the system’s security, because it is a sign, there could be potentially unwanted programs, adware, or even other browser hijackers on the system.

The appearance of is plainly visible since the browser hijacker should replace your homepage. While testing the application, our researchers noticed that to gather and display search results it might use a modified Yahoo search engine. Naturally, some users may wonder what could be the difference between the original and its modified version. Unfortunately, the altered search engine could display results injected with suspicious advertisements from the software’s third-party partners. Clicking such ads could be dangerous because you might come across pop-ups, banners, sponsored links, or other ads leading to malicious web pages.

There is also a chance that some of the websites the user might get redirected to, might try to gather sensitive or personal data. For example, the site could offer free samples, freebies, software trials, and other products in exchange for the user’s telephone number, email address, and so on. Thus, if you decide to submit such information you should make sure that the ones who are asking for your private data will not sell or share it with the third-party. It could be easier to identify harmful web pages or other malicious content if you would have a legitimate antimalware tool. It can help users protect the system by warning about potential threats, and it can be used to check and clean the system from time to time.

Fortunately, users can search the Internet without and its third-party advertisements. All you have to do is to eliminate the search engine either manually or automatically. For instance, if you choose the first option, you may slide a little below the article and use the manual removal instructions. However, if you prefer to get rid of the browser hijacker automatically, you could install a trustworthy antimalware tool. The second option could be even more beneficial for the computer since a reliable antimalware tool could erase other possible threats on the system and also help users guard it against malware. In any case, the decision is yours, and no matter which way you choose, we will be happy to assist you with the deletion part; just let us know how we may help you by adding a message below or contacting us through social media.

Remove from browsers

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+X at the same time and click on Internet Options.
  2. Choose the Advanced tab to press Reset.
  3. Select Delete personal settings, again press Reset and then Close.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click on the Help icon (on the top-left corner).
  2. Pick Troubleshooting information to select Refresh Firefox.
  3. Again click Refresh Firefox and then Finish.

Google Chrome

  1. Tap Alt+F to open Settings and slide below.
  2. Select Show advanced settings and scroll down again.
  3. Press Reset Settings, and click Reset.
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