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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a browser hijacker that is based and created in Russia. This program is there to benefit its creators by not giving you anything in return. You may find this website on your browser out of nowhere, but it is important to note that users download and install such applications themselves. You probably did not notice when the application entered your PC. However, now that you have the browser hijacker on-board, you will do yourself a favor if you remove immediately. Even if this program does not seem like such a dangerous security threat, it should not be taken lightly.

The main reason such search engines are created is money. Luckily, browser hijackers are not as dangerous as Trojans or ransomware infections. They cannot log your keystrokes, so they will never find out your banking logins or passwords. The main security concern associated with these programs is the fact they can expose you to potentially corrupted content. This content will usually be presented in the manner of commercial advertisements. Now, it should be pointed out that browser hijackers are not there to infect you with malware. They are not interested in that, but they might as well be exploited by cyber criminals to promote their production.

Why does that happen? Technically, can promote any kind of third-party content. It does not review the links and ads it displays. Usually, browser hijackers claim that the security of third-party content is subject to the third-party privacy policy. So this opens a security loophole for those who want to make use of the hijacker and for those who need some sort of a medium for their content distribution. Of course, the malicious infection is the worst-case scenario when it comes to a browser hijacker intrusion, but you should not take your chances. If there is an intruder on your computer, you have to take care of it immediately.

Why is there in the first place? As mentioned, you must have installed the application accidentally. This happens when you indulge in freeware downloads. This happens a lot more often than you think. Whenever you are about to install a new application, browser extension or a tool on your computer, you have to make sure that there are not additional apps attached to it. This is especially relevant when these programs come from third-party websites. Third-party installers are bound to bundle several programs in one package, so if you go through the steps skipping them one after one, there is a very good chance that you might install programs you have no idea about.

Hence, when enters your computer, the hijacker changes your homepage and new tab settings. It will also collect information on your web browsing habits, and it is very likely that there are many other unwanted applications associated with this hijacker, and our security researchers say that the program is the same as,,,, and so on. So there could be an entire bunch of unwanted search engines coming your way.

You could avoid such infections by employing safe web browsing habits. For instance, downloading programs only from official sites would definitely help. You should also invest in a security application that you could use to scan installer files before launching them. And, of course, you need to remove from your system and then look for other potential threats.

It is possible to terminate the hijacker simply by restoring your browser settings to default. You will find the instructions on that right below the description. As for the other unwanted applications, you can go through the list of installed programs in the Control Panel, but if you cannot tell legitimate and unwanted programs apart, you will do yourself a favor if you scan your PC with the SpyHunter free scanner.

A full system scan will help you determine which programs must be terminated immediately. Not to mention that a security tool would protect your PC from similar infections in the future. However, do not leave everything to a security application.

Your own behavior online and your attitude to your system and information security are just as important. If you need any help with ensuring your PC’s safety, feel free to leave us a comment below.

How to Remove

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T and go to Internet options.
  2. Open the Advanced tab and click Reset.
  3. Select Delete personal settings and click Reset.
  4. Press Close.


  1. Press Alt+H and go to Troubleshooting information.
  2. At the top right of the new tab, click Refresh Firefox.
  3. Press Refresh Firefox on the confirmation box.
  4. Press Finish.


  1. Press Alt+F and go to Settings.
  2. Click Show advanced settings at the bottom of the page.
  3. Scroll down and click Reset Settings.
  4. Press Reset.
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