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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Installs itself without permissions

Where did come from? That is a serious question that must be addressed if this browser hijacker has replaced your usual homepage URL. At the moment, this hijacker can corrupt the homepage on Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox, but be careful if you are using other web browsers as well. Unfortunately, this threat is likely to corrupt your browser illegally, without your permission or using misleading promises. Obviously, if this hijacker strikes without your notice, you must realize that it is malicious and that it deserves elimination. However, if it enters with your permission, you might have a hard time understanding that what appears to be a regular search provider might be a threat to your virtual security. Regardless of how the hijacker has modified your browser’s settings, we suggest deleting it. If you want to learn how to remove, this report is for you.

Although cannot spread itself, it could be installed without your permission if you interacted with the wrong installer. As you know, malicious installers exist, and they can be used to spread malware without your permission. All in all, it is far more likely that you will be tricked into acquiring this search tool yourself. For example, it could be introduced to you as the best search tool you could ever find. Also, you could be forced to install this search tool if it comes packaged with another extension or an app. In any way, it is very likely that third-party programs will be attached to the hijacker, and you need to be cautious about them too. What if malware was installed along with Unfortunately, you might not know it until you install a legitimate malware scanner capable of inspecting your operating system and determining which programs are okay and which ones require immediate removal.

If has corrupted your browser’s homepage, you might have browsed the web using it already. Although it looks as if this hijacker displays original search results, along with a few ads, our research team has found that it actually exploits the Yahoo search engine to deliver relevant search results. Is that something you should ignore? Although Yahoo Search is believed to be a reliable search provider, don’t you think that it is strange that a search tool uses another search engine to display results? Also, you have to be cautious about the advertisements that might be added to the search results page. Even if they look harmless, how can you be sure that they are not hiding links to malicious websites that might expose you to dangerous virtual scams? This is one of the risks that you have to think about when deciding whether or not you should remove the hijacker from your browsers.

If you are researching thoroughly, you might have reviewed the Privacy Policy. According to the official information, the company that has created this allegedly reliable search tool is based in Edinburgh, Scotland; however, the name of this company is not revealed, and that might be considered to be a red flag. Other than that, there is no information indicating that could be a threat to your virtual security. It does not collect personal information and does not share private data with unknown parties, which is the first thing we check when analyzing browser hijackers. Despite this, you have to be cautious about the cookies capable of tracking information because even non-personally identifiable information that it collects could be used in a malicious way. The existence of suspicious cookies is the main reason why we suggest resetting your browsers.

The removal instructions show how to reset browsers. If you follow them, you will have deleted along with all data trackers. After you reset your browsers, you might have to adjust homepage and search provider settings, and so we have added additional steps that show how to do that as well. If a system scan has revealed the existence of other threats, a browser reset will not help you. Instead of doing that, install an automated malware remover to have all threats erased automatically. Also, do not skip on installing reliable anti-malware software; otherwise, you might face other threats soon enough. Removal

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open the browser, tap Alt+H, and select Troubleshooting information.
  2. Click the Refresh Firefox button on the right and then confirm your choice.
  3. Restart the browser, tap Alt+T, and choose Options.
  4. In the General menu go to Home Page and enter the desired URL.
  5. In the Search menu set the desired search provider.

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open the browser, tap Alt+T, and choose Internet options.
  2. Click the Advanced tab and then click the Reset button.
  3. Select Delete personal settings and click Reset again.
  4. Restart the browser, tap Alt+T, and choose Internet options again.
  5. Click the General tab and move to the Home Page section.
  6. Enter the desired URL and then click OK.
  7. Tap Alt+T and choose Manage Add-ons.
  8. In the Search Providers menu choose the desired provider by clicking Set as default.

Google Chrome:

  1. Open the browser, tap Alt+F, and choose Settings.
  2. Scroll down, click Show advanced settings, and then scroll down again.
  3. Click Reset settings and confirm by clicking Reset.
  4. Restart the browser, tap Alt+F, and choose Settings again.
  5. Go to On Startup, select Open a specific page or set of pages, and click Set pages.
  6. Enter the URL of the desired startup page and click OK.
  7. Under Search click Manage search engines.
  8. Set the desired search provider by clicking Make default and then click Done.
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