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Danger level 8
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine might look like a harmless search engine, but it is not a tool you should use if you do not want to expose the system to threats. The application is considered to be a browser hijacker, and besides its ability to hijack browsers, you should also know about the potentially harmful advertisements it could show you. Such ads may originate from other web pages as they should belong to different third parties and so it is difficult to say whether they can be reliable. In fact, there is a chance that some of the shown advertisements could redirect you to malicious web pages. Therefore, we advise to get rid of as soon as possible and replace it with a more trustworthy search engine, e.g.,, and so on. According we offer users our removal instructions located at the end of this page.

The browser hijacker is most likely spread through bundled program installers. It means it could show up among suggestions when installing another application that might be suspicious as well, e.g. adware, potentially unwanted program, unreliable toolbar, etc. To avoid such threats we usually encourage users to stay away from untrustworthy file-sharing websites and search for setup files on legitimate web pages. Another important thing to remember is that it is best to choose advanced installation settings once the configuration file is launched. This should allow you to review not only all conditions but also deselect unwanted suggestions and consequently avoid threats like

If the browser hijacker gets the chance to enter the system, it might alter specific browser settings to promote the search engine. For example, your homepage, default search engine, or even new tab page could be replaced with These changes are most likely made in hope the users would start browsing with the application. At first, it might seem like you are using instead of the browser hijacker because the application could be using a modified Yahoo search engine. If that is the case, it is possible the displayed results could be altered as well.

Thus, if you search the Internet with, you may encounter suspicious advertisements from the software’s third-party partners among the search results. Once clicked, such content might redirect you to other web pages and some of them can be malicious. To give you an example, you could come across web pages distributing malware, such as viruses, Trojans, ransomware, and so on. Other third-party websites may suggest you install adware, other browser hijackers, potentially unwanted programs, unreliable toolbars, etc. What’s more, users should remember that third-party web pages should have their own Privacy Policy documents, and it is necessary to review them carefully because some web pages could gather not only anonymous data but also personal information about the user without his permission.

Users who do not want to take any chances with could use one of our suggested removal methods. Firstly, we would advise our readers to try to eliminate this browser hijacker manually. When it settles on the system it does so not by creating any folders or files, but by modifying specific browser files. Therefore, to delete it manually, you would have to either fix or erase such data as it is showed in the instructions located below the article.

However, if the instructions seem a little bit too complicated there is something else you could do. What we have in mind is the installation of a reliable antimalware tool. Once it is ready to use, you should launch the tool and set it to perform a full system scan. Then wait till the software detects the browser hijacker and other suspicious applications that could be installed on the system as well. Lastly, click the deletion button and eliminate all threats at the same time. Another thing we would like to mention is that no matter which way you choose if you need any help with the hijacker’s removal, you can leave us a comment here or write us through social media.


Internet Explorer

  1. Press Win+R.
  2. Type Regedit and press Enter.
  3. Go to the listed path: HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
  4. Right-click a value name called Start Page and choose Modify.
  5. Instead of insert another link and click OK.
  6. Navigate to HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{0633EE93-D776-472f-A0FF-E1416B8B2E3A}
  7. Look for these value names: FaviconURL, FaviconURLFallback, TopResultURL, URL.
  8. Right-click each of them separately and select Modify.
  9. Instead of their value data insert a link of a reliable website and click OK.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Win+E and locate this path: C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{Unique Mozilla user ID}
  2. Select a file titled as Prefs.js, right-click it and choose to open it with Notepad.
  3. Find this particular line: user_pref(“browser.startup.homepage”, “”).
  4. Instead of insert another link, save the document and close it.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Win+E and navigate to C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
  2. Find files called Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data.
  3. Right-click them one by one and select Delete.
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