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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a questionable search engine that seems to mostly spread in the United States. This search page looks very simple at first sight; however, our research and tests show that this infection could expose you to potentially harmful third-party contents. Since this search page mostly comes on board uninvitedly and it even holds risks for you, we believe that it has really nothing to do in your affected browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. It is also possible that this malware infection infiltrates your system along with other malicious software installers and thus makes your computer more vulnerable to cyber attacks. If you would like to keep your computer safe from malware invasions, we suggest that you remove from your browsers as soon as possible.

This search engine could be distributed in freeware bundles. This means that this search page may be installed or set by a browser hijacker or other malicious software that is packed together with other questionable programs in a bundle. Schemers prefer to use such software packages to infect unsuspecting computer users with a bunch of malware threats in one go. These installers are usually designed to be misleading or harder to figure out what you are actually installing. This is why we recommend that you are always alert when installing bundles. If the first page of the installation wizard does not reveal the true content of the package, you should make sure you choose the custom option and read the license agreement as well to know what you are really installing. These are the steps that most computer users tend to skip or ignore and this is how they let such infections on board. When infected with a bundle of threats, it is obviously not sufficient to delete only.

When you are introduced to a flow of annoying third-party ads while surfing the web, you should examine the situation because it is possible that your system has been infected with adware programs. If not, it is also possible that you land on suspicious websites and you are not aware of it somehow. This can happen when, for example, you are looking for a free application to download and click on the wrong hyper link among the search results. Ending up on an unfamiliar file-sharing website could result in your clicking on corrupt ads or links that could drop a bundle of malware infections onto your system. So when you find this search engine in your browsers, you should not hesitate to scan your computer with a proper online malware scanner right after you delete from your browsers.

This search engine page looks very simple. In fact, you can only see a search field and shortly after the page loads a button appear below that is supposed to set this page as your default search engine. However, if you click on this button, a pop-up shows up with instructions and two more buttons, which do not function at all. It is possible that this page can also display third-party ads although our samples did not do so. The most problematic part of this search engine is the web search itself. Unfortunately, this infection can gather data about your browsing activities and more, and set up a profile on you. This can be shared with third parties and used – or misused – to present to you tailored content, such as advertisements and linked pages that will appear among the search results. This simply means that the search results can be manipulated.

Obviously, this is bad news since cyber criminals can take advantage of this search engine and promote their own corrupt ads and links that could take you to malicious pages when you click on them. This is quite dangerous because these pages may look totally authentic to you. For example, you may have the feeling that you ended up on an online store that offers you an amazing discount on a product you have been wanting to get. However, once you give all your credit card details, you will not get anything at all. In other words, you may give access to your bank accounts to criminals without even realizing it. If you do not want to figure out what else might happen, we suggest that you put an end to this threat source and remove right away.

We have found that the easiest way to finish off this infection is to reset all the affected browsers. Please follow our instructions below if you need help with this. Since it is really not that difficult to infect your computer with all kinds of malware threats, we think that it may be the right time for you to think about investing in a proper anti-malware application that could automatically protect your privacy, your precious data, and your system. If you want peace of mind while your computer is on, this could be the only solution.

How to remove from browsers

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Tap Alt+H and select Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Press Refresh Firefox and click Refresh Firefox in the pop-up.
  3. Press Finish.

Google Chrome

  1. Tap Alt+F and choose Settings.
  2. At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Reset settings.
  4. In the pop-up, click Reset.

Internet Explorer

  1. Tap Alt+T and go to Internet Options.
  2. Click on the Advanced tab and press Reset.
  3. Tick the Delete personal settings checkbox.
  4. Press Reset and press Close.
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