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Danger level 6
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Installs itself without permissions is a browser hijacker that appears after adding suspicious browser extensions or installing other unreliable applications through bundled setup files. Even though the fact that the threat might modify some of your browser's settings could seem to be quite annoying in itself, you should be more concerned about the fact the software introduces you to an unreliable search engine. As you search the Internet with, this tool could display additional third-party advertisements. Such content might come from unknown sources, so interacting with it could be potentially dangerous. Under such circumstances, we recommend eliminating the hijacker with the instructions located below. Afterward, we would advise you to choose a more reliable search engine, e.g.,, and so on.

As we just mentioned, might be downloaded with unreliable extensions and other similar threats. For instance, this search engine might travel with add-ons tiled as Track My Package, Package Track, or similarly. Usually, users encounter such software while clicking malicious pop-ups or launching bundled installers downloaded from suspicious file-sharing web pages. In any case, we advise you to acquire only reputable applications downloaded from legitimate sources, if you want to avoid doubtful programs like in the future. Also, given that there might be other suspicious software on the computer, it would be a good idea to check the PC with a trustworthy antimalware tool and see if any other threats managed to enter the system.

The application should not create any folders or place any data on the computer. Unfortunately, it is not a program you could quickly uninstall through Control Panel. Apparently, the threat hijacks the user’s browser by modifying particular data. For example, to settle on Google Chrome, could modify files called Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data. Inside of these files, there are code lines that determine particular preferences, such as your default search provider, start page website, new tab site, and so on. The hijacker could modify these three mentioned preferences on Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer too. Consequently, some users could feel forced to use the new search engine. Given what we have learned while researching the application, we would advise against it.

Our specialists found out that may redirect you to modified Yahoo search engine after entering a keyword. would gather the results, but it is possible the browser hijacker could still modify them. For instance, it might inject additional third-party advertisements. The ads might be sponsored links, banners, pop-ups, and so on. Sadly, these ads may come from unknown sources, so if the user clicks them, he could land on unreliable third-party web pages. These sites might be potentially dangerous as they may advertise untrustworthy software similar to the browser hijacker, such as adware, potentially unwanted programs, etc. In the worst case scenario, you could encounter malicious web pages as well. Therefore, if you do not want to endanger your system, it would be wise to stay away from this doubtful search engine.

There are two ways you could deal with Firstly, as we said before there are deletion instructions located below this text, so you could use them to erase the threat manually. Since the program may modify quite a lot of data on the computer, based on the hijacked browser the process might be rather complicated. Thus, we urge you to check the recommended steps first, before deciding which option is more suitable for you. Another way to eliminate the browser hijacker is to use a reliable antimalware tool. Users who do not have such software yet would have to install it first, e.g. you could try out suggested removal tool. Set it to scan the PC and wait till it detects all untrustworthy applications and files. As soon as the report shows up, you should see a deletion button too; click it once, and the software should remove all detections it found.

Erase from browsers

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Win+R.
  2. Type Regedit and click Enter.
  3. Find this path: HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
  4. Right-click a value name titled as Start Page.
  5. Select Modify and instead of insert a different link.
  6. Press OK and go to: HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{0633EE93-D776-472f-A0FF-E1416B8B2E3A}
  7. Search for these value names: FaviconURL, FaviconURLFallback, TopResultURL, URL.
  8. Right-click them all separately and click Modify.
  9. Change their value data and press OK.
  10. Close the Registry Editor.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Win+E.
  2. Search for this specific location: C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{Unique Mozilla user ID}
  3. Right-click a file named as Prefs.js and choose to open it as a Notepad document.
  4. Look for the given line: user_pref(“browser.startup.homepage”, “”).
  5. Replace with another link.
  6. Save the document and close it.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Win+E.
  2. Search for the exact path: C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
  3. Look for specific files: Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data.
  4. Right-click them separately and press Delete.
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