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

Intrusive applications classified as browser hijackers are ones of the most annoying, to put it mildly. is yet another one known to be roaming the web. Make sure to avoid it at all times as it does not exhibit any positive features whatsoever. The only thing that this invasive piece of software is fully capable is running your web browsing experiences on a daily basis. This is so because this hijacker, like many of its counterparts, is fully capable of making an undesirable modification to your web browser's default settings without requiring any authorization. On top of such functionality, our research team has discovered that in some instances the changes could prove to directly cause exposure of your operating system to dangerous web content. If your computer is already infected with, make sure to use a detailed removal guide that we present below. To fully understand why it is important to do so, make sure to read the rest of this report.

It is important to note that is known to have an effect on popular web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome; thus, virtually any system could be affected by it. Once it gains successful access to your operating system, it imposes a major alteration to your default web browser's settings. Usually, the inner workings of this hijacker are utterly silent. To alter your homepage, it will modify files and registry entries directly linked to that particular setting. Once these changes are established each online session will start on a devious third-party website, which you did not set as your default homepage yourself. Unfortunately, you will have no choice about this as you will be forced to use it on a daily basis for as long as this devious applications is active on your computer. While the website might seem quite handy as it provides a search field, a clock, and quick access links to frequently visited websites, you must know that in reality, these features are not that reliable. In some instances, by using quick access links you might get redirected to a worthless sponsored third-party website. Also, the search results presented to you will be mostly sponsored ones; thus, you will find little to no use at all. It goes without saying that such functionality of is not in favor of the user so it is not surprising that we highly advise you to get rid of it. Its complete removal is the only way that you will be able to restore your web browser's default settings.

As mentioned earlier the invasive features of this hijacker's functionality is not the worst thing about it. During an extensive analysis malware experts at our internal labs have discovered that in some instances could be the reason other devious and even malicious programs might be able to enter your operating system without a lot of trouble. This could happen by using the search box on the website for various online queries; while the majority of results are just annoying sponsored links, some of them could be hosting redirect links, leading to sites created by malware developers. Ending up on such a web page is dangerous, to put it lightly. Sites designed by cyber crooks could have an arbitrary code execution exploit active on them, meaning that just entering a site like that might be more than enough to get your operating system infected with some suspicious undesirable application. Even though search results embedded with redirect links are not an often occurrence, just a possibility of coming across one is a reason enough to remove immediately. Do not take chances with this browser hijacker and terminate it at the very same time that it is found running on your personal computer.

The removal procedure of consists of multiple steps as you will need to make modifications to your web browser's a registry entries and files. It is important to follow the instructions with extra attention as a single mistake could mean that the whole procedure was incomplete. This could have unwanted outcomes as traces of could be enough for the invasive alteration to remain intact. To be sure that every single bit of this devious browser hijacker has been removed from your PC, make sure to conduct an in-depth analysis of your personal computer for leftovers related to it. If you find such analysis and overall manual removal a bit too complicated we advise you to use a licensed antimalware tool to get rid of as it can do so in an automatic manner.

How to remove from your PC

  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. Go to C:\Users\[your username]\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[unique Mozilla profile ID].
  5. Find and delete a file called prefs.js.
  6. Click the Windows button.
  7. Type regedit into a search field and then tap the Enter key.
  8. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  9. Right-click a registry value called Start Page and select Modify.
  10. Replace the unwanted URL with a one of your choice and click OK.
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