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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a new annoying browser hijacker that may change your browser settings to become your new home page and new tab page. We have found that this hijacker appears on your system after a certain adware infection manages to infiltrate your system. This clearly means that there could be at least two malware threats on board right now, but it is even more likely that there are several more in fact. This browser hijacker can affect all your major browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer as well as Microsoft Edge, which is rather rare. This is really bad news because this malware infection can ruin your web browsing routine and make it a nightmare with the constant flow of potentially harmful third-party advertisements and redirections. If you do not want to let more malicious programs onto your system or end up losing your money in an online scam, we suggest that you remove right away along with the related adware and any other suspicious applications you may find on your system.

Adware and browser hijacker infections can penetrate your system in a very similar way. Most of these threats arrive in freeware bundles that can be packed with a number of malicious software installers. These bundles are mostly promoted by unreliable third-party ads generated by adware programs and suspicious file-sharing, online gambling, and gaming websites. So no matter in which way you infected your system, chances are there are several malware threats on your computer endangering the normal operations and putting your virtual security and your privacy at risk.

It usually takes one click on the wrong content to drop a malicious package onto your machine. This content could be any type of third-party advertisement; a pop-up ad, a banner ad, a hyperlink, a fake button, a fake notification, and so on. This is why you always need to make sure that there are no malware infections on your system because otherwise you cannot surf the web safely. Another thing to avoid is to land on questionable websites that could also present to you such contents as we have already explained. All in all, if you are annoyed by endless third-party ads in your browsers, we suggest that you remove right away and use a reliable malware scanner to identify all other malware threats on your computer.

This browser hijacker usually shows up in your browsers when an adware application installs it. The full URL this hijacker uses is “” where, after the equal sign, a unique ID comes that identifies the advertisement to display or the URL to redirect you to. It is possible that you will be flooded with potentially harmful or unwanted software download and update commercials, and your whole browsing experience may turn south. But apart from being rather annoying and distractive, this hijacker may also pose a threat by showing you potentially unreliable third-party ads, which can be pop-ups, banners as well as simple random texts turned into hyperlinks.

Clicking on such contents is always risky because cyber criminals could take advantage and use such an infection to inject their own corrupt links to take you to their fake and malicious webpages. Landing on such pages could end very badly for you. It is one thing that you could download further malware infections and cause more damage to your system, but another that you could also be scammed by crooks. For example, you may end up on a fake online shop site where you may think that you are about to buy a product that you have been looking for lately and now you have found the best price. But instead of getting something for your money, you would get a serious headache when you find out that you have revealed your banking details to cyber criminals and you have lost money from your account. If you do not want to experience such online dramas, we recommend that you start cleaning your system and delete ASAP as a first step.

Our tests show that it is enough to reset all the affected browsers to get rid of this browser hijacker. Please follow our instructions below if you have never done this before. But it is quite likely that there is a related adware program on board as well. Therefore, we suggest that you check your list of installed programs via Control Panel and uninstall any suspicious applications that you have installed lately. If you are not able to identify this adware and other potential threat sources this way, we suggest that you install a trustworthy anti-malware application, such as SpyHunter. This security software can automatically find and erase all known malicious programs on your PC.

How to remove from browsers

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T and choose Internet Options.
  2. Click on the Advanced tab and press Reset.
  3. Select the Delete personal settings checkbox.
  4. Click Reset and click Close.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and open Settings.
  2. Click Show advanced settings at the bottom.
  3. Click Reset settings at the bottom of the page.
  4. Press Reset.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Alt+H and select Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Click Refresh Firefox.
  3. Click Refresh Firefox again in the pop-up window.
  4. Press Finish.

Microsoft Edge

  1. Press the menu button and go to Settings.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, select what you want to clear, and then click “Show more”.
  3. Select all data type and click “Clear”.
  4. Go back to the Settings menu and select Open with a specific page or pages.
  5. Enter a new URL address.
  6. Press Advanced settings.
  7. In the Search in the address bar with box, click Add new.
  8. Select a search engine provider and press Add as default.
  9. Restart your computer.
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