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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a dubious website spread by a browser hijacker. Since it is a part of this computer infection, it is capable of hijacking browsers and setting itself on all of them. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer browsers will be hijacked to set as a homepage and default search engine. If this is done successfully, users see this suspicious website when they open their browsers. This search tool might have an interface of a reputable search engine, but, unfortunately, it still cannot be called a trustworthy tool for searching the web because specialists at have found that it has several serious drawbacks. First, it might display ads and cause unwanted redirections. Second, it is interested in users’ interests, online habits, and their activities on the web, which means that it will keep tracking them. It is very superficial information, so read the remaining paragraphs of this article to get more detailed information about this search tool. If, after reading this article, you decide that keeping this search tool is not worth the risk, you could remove it with the help of our manual removal instructions located below this article. Before you do that, find more about this dubious search tool.

We do not blame users who believe that is a decent search tool because it has an appearance of a legitimate search provider, and it works exactly like other search tools do, i.e. it opens the page with search results. Do not trust its search results blindly because you might discover advertisements and other untrustworthy third-party links there. The developer provides users with those links to monetize The more clicks on these ads and links, the more money is received. Even though these ads enable the developer to get some money, they might expose users to potential threats, so users should stay away from the commercial content! Unfortunately, it is not always easy to say which of the search results cannot be trusted fully because these ads often take a form of ordinary search results. As a consequence, it is not at all surprising that so many people keep clicking on these commercial search results. Of course, they do not even know that some of the search results they see are provided for them for promotional purposes only too.

It is not enough to ignore ads shown on the search results page to prevent problems from arising. Specialists say that might also cause privacy-related problems if this ELEX browser hijacker is used as a default search tool every day. One of the most disturbing findings made by our researchers is that “may request or collect personal information from online users in a variety of ways.” It is specified in the Privacy Policy that such personal details as name, gender, date of birth, and country might be recorded. On top of that, non-personally identifiable information, e.g. IP address, browser type, platform type, date/time stamp, and Internet Service Provider (ISP) will be collected too. It is impossible to change the way acts, but these activities can be stopped rather easily by getting rid of The last paragraph of this article is going to provide all the necessary information about the removal of this dubious search tool.

Before we explain to you how to delete, you should find out how it is distributed so that it would be easier for you to prevent similar browser hijackers from the same ELEX family from slithering onto your computer. Research has shown that and other similar websites are usually disseminated through bundled malicious installers. More specifically, these infections are spread with free applications in most cases. It is not very easy, but it might be possible to prevent untrustworthy software from entering the computer without the special security tool. Users only need to stop downloading applications from file-sharing and torrent websites. On top of that, they should install new programs more carefully, e.g. choose the Advanced installation option so that they could see exactly what applications are going to be installed on the system.

Reset all browsers to their default settings to delete If it does not leave your browsers alone, you should check the shortcuts of all the affected browsers and undo the changes applied by a browser hijacker. You should find the URL in the Target line there. Our instructions will help you to undo those changes and remove the unwanted search tool, but if you wish to eliminate it quicker and without putting a lot of effort into the removal process, use an automatic tool SpyHunter.


Fix browsers’ shortcuts

  1. Right-click on the browser’s shortcut and then select Properties.
  2. Click on the Shortcut tab to open it.
  3. Locate the Target line and remove from it.
  4. Save the changes and close the window.

Reset all browsers to their default settings

Internet Explorer

  1. Open your browser.
  2. Press Alt+T to reach the Tools menu.
  3. Click Internet Options at the bottom.
  4. Open the Advanced tab.
  5. Click Reset.
  6. Mark the Delete personal settings box.
  7. Click Reset.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox and press Alt+H to open the Help menu.
  2. Select Troubleshooting information from it.
  3. Click Refresh Firefox at the top.
  4. Click the Refresh Firefox button in the pop-up confirmation window.

Google Chrome

  1. Open your Google Chrome browser.
  2. Press Alt+F.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. When the menu opens, click Show advanced settings at the bottom.
  5. Click the Reset settings button.
  6. In the dialog box you will see, click Reset.
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