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

It goes without saying that when you open your browser, and an unfamiliar website pops up over there, it means your computer’s security has been compromised. is one of such programs that might change your default homepage settings without your permission. Such programs are called browser hijackers, and they are a lot more annoying than your random pop-ups. What’s more, they could also lead to severe computer security issues, so you should not ignore this nuisance. Remove at once following the instructions you will find below this description. Also, if you have questions about computer security, feel free to leave us a comment.

One thing we know for sure about this infection is that it comes from a big group of similar browser hijackers. You probably know that most of potential security threats either travel in packs or are released in groups. So is practically identical to,,, and a long list of other search engines that do not live up to their promises. In a sense, being a part of a bigger group makes the job for security experts easier because it already gives an idea how to deal with this infection. After all, if one method could be applied to one program from the group, it should also apply to the rest.

Normally, when we talk about browser hijackers, we emphasize how important it is to stay away from unfamiliar websites that host freeware. Freeware bundles are one of the most common medium for browser hijacker distribution, but in this case, the reason you should steer clear from such sites is different. Browser hijackers like seldom come bundled with freeware and other unwanted applications. Instead, it is usually distributed via annoying pop-ups that are generated by adware and potentially unwanted programs.

These pop-ups appear on your screen when you expect it the least, and they could really slow down your web browsing. If you click them accidentally, you may also initiate the browser hijacker infection. What’s more, sometimes the browser settings modification is launched automatically, the moment this pop-up shows up. So where do these programs that generate pop-ups come from? They are actually installed on your computer. As creepy as it sounds, the problem comes from within your own system. In other words, you must have installed a few unfamiliar programs on your PC before this hijacker settled on your browser.

And so, if you want to avoid THOSE programs, you most certainly have to employ safe web browsing habits. Another thing you should consider is downloading programs from their official sources. Third-party file-sharing sites are bound to host third-party installers that cannot be trusted. So when you need a program, please be sure to download it from its original source. However, even if you do that, you should still check every single step in the installation wizard because sometimes even official installers may offer you some additional feature or an application.

Now, if we focus back on, we will soon see that this search engine makes use of the Yahoo! Search to show you search results. Even though the hijacker makes use of the popular search engine, it still cannot to give you reliable results. That is because the hijacker modifies those results based on your web browsing habits. Consequently, tracks your online activity to generate custom content you would feel inclined to click. All these modified search results you encounter are there to help the browser hijacker generate profit for its creators. Although the practice itself is not malicious, it is very vulnerable to outside exploitation, and you should not tolerate it any longer.

You can remove manually, although there are definitely more unwanted and dangerous programs on-board because that is how the hijacker entered your PC in the first place. To terminate those programs, run a full system scan with the SpyHunter free scanner. You will get a list of the programs you need to delete, and you can do that either manually or automatically.

Automatic software removal with a security application is recommended for those users who are not used to working with system utilities. Also, if you think you may make a mistake if you were to try removing the hijacker manually, you should also consider choosing this option.

How to Delete

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Win+R and the Run prompt will open.
  2. Type regedit into the Open box and click OK.
  3. Open HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  4. Right-click the Start Page value on the right pane.
  5. Choose Modify and edit your start page address.
  6. Press OK and exit Registry Editor.


  1. Press Win+R and type %AppData% into the Open box. Click OK.
  2. Navigate to Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[Unique user ID].
  3. Locate and open the prefs.js file.
  4. Remove this string: user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "");
  5. Save changes and close the file.


  1. Press Win+R and type %LocalAppData%. Click OK.
  2. Go to Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.
  3. Delete the Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data files.
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