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

Here comes another browser hijacker from the ever-growing group of similar infections. will be set as your homepage behind your back, and the next time you open your web browser, the domain will be there, offering you some of the best search experience in the world. Or so it would want you to think. In fact, this application cannot offer you anything useful. If anything, it will probably expose you to potentially corrupted content that could result in a severe computer infection. Therefore, you should consider removing from your system immediately, if you want to protect your computer and your personal information from harm.

Looking at the hijacker’s interface, it looks just like,,, and so on. The list of all the applications from this group could go on and on, but the point is that most of them are identical. The people behind these infections relay on quantity rather than quality, so they want to food the Internet with their applications, trying to make as much money as possible. Yes, you are not seeing things. The main reason enters your computer is money, although the application does not try to rip you off.

Browser hijackers make a financial profit in other ways. Essentially, hijackers modify your browser’s settings to inject commercial advertisements into it. The type of these advertisements may vary, but the bottom line is that each time user clicks any of the ads; the people behind a browser hijacker get paid via the pay-per-click system. The revenue collected this way is not big unless the flow of the ads is extremely high, so it is quite probable that could bombard you with random commercial advertisements that could seriously slow down your overall web browsing experience. If it does not sound annoying yet, you should consider the potential security implications, too.

What could be wrong with the commercial content advertised by First, it is unreliable. Of course, we are not trying to say that this browser hijacker intends to infect you with malware. However, none of the programs from this family reviews the commercial content they promote. Their main purpose is to boost the web traffic to particular sites and make money out of it, but their privacy policy does not cover the security of the third-party content that lures users into the said sites. What does that mean? It means that is highly vulnerable to third-party exploitation, and basically anyone could make use of this program to promote their content. You can be sure that cyber criminals know how to exploit browser hijackers for their own gain.

We have mentioned that having a browser hijacker on your computer could eventually result in a malware infection, but that is the worst-case scenario. The thing that you should be concerned about the most if how you will remove from your computer, and what you will do to ensure that similar applications do not enter your system again.

Before we go to the removal, perhaps we should also mention how this browser hijacker gets distributed around. After all, you clearly did not download this program directly. must have entered your PC in a software bundle that came from a third-party website. It also means that the browser hijacker probably was one of the many unwanted applications that were installed on your computer, and when you get down to removing this program, you should also get rid of all the unwanted apps as well. How to find them all? Scan your computer with a legitimate security application that will help you detect potential threats.

What’s more, you can also uninstall the potential threats with the automated security tool. This way, software removal will be fast and efficient, and you will not have to go through various files and folders yourself.

When your computer is safe and clean again, you should safeguard it with a licensed antispyware tool of your choice. Also, please remember that not all websites that offer free software are safe. Some of them could be full of malicious third-party installers, waiting to wreck your system. If you think you could use some guidelines on that, please leave us a comment.

How to Remove


  1. Press Win+R and type %AppData%. Click OK.
  2. Go to Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[User Profile].
  3. Locate and open the prefs.js file.
  4. Delete the following string: user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "http:// ");
  5. Save changes and close the file.

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Win+R and type regedit. Click OK.
  2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  3. On the right, right-click the Start Page value.
  4. Select Modify and change the startup page address. Click OK.
  5. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{0633EE93-D776-472f-A0FF-E1416B8B2E3A}.
  6. Modify the following values:


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