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

When your default homepage changes to, there is one only explanation to this: a browser hijacker infection. It means that several unwanted applications entered your system, and you should do everything you can to remove them all. The point is that could be one of the many potential threats that enter your computer in a software package. Therefore, to determine all the unwanted programs that are currently installed on your PC, you should scan your system with a powerful antispyware scanner. This way, a list of unwanted programs will be identified, and you will be able to protect your system from harm.

Technically, there is nothing peculiar about this browser hijacker. functions just like any other similar application out there, and it is practically a direct clone of, which is yet another browser hijacker from the same group. Our security researchers say that these programs come from the ELEX family. It means that there are multiple applications out there that exhibit similar behavioral patterns, and all of them aim for the same purpose: financial profit. Of course, browser hijackers are not Trojans, and they will not steal your credit card data.

So why are computer security experts so bent on removing browser hijackers from all affected computers? The problem is that and other similar pages could be easily exploited by cyber criminals. Since browser hijackers are there to make money, they usually do that by displaying and promoting third-party content. This content could be anything from online shopping offers to online dating ads, and the type of ads you see via depends solely on you. How? The browser hijacker collects information about your web browsing history, to figure out what you like. Once it has your online profile generated, the program will spam you with custom ads.

The browser hijacker is able to do that because it literally takes over your web browser. is compatible with Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer, so if you get infected with the program, you can be sure that you will see this domain on your screen. Once the hijacker is installed, it will change your homepage to, and it will begin to monitor your online activity. It will also redirect all of your web searches via its servers, and some of the search results will be modified according to your web history. In other words, you will see custom search results, tailored especially for you.

Some users may think that there is nothing wrong with that, and it is actually beneficial to have a program that provides them with search results associated with the things they like. However, this kind of practice is also rather dangerous because you can never know what is hiding behind that outgoing link. does not check whether the outgoing links lead to reliable websites. In some cases, the search results might be embedded with links that lead users to dangerous websites, and if that happens, a malicious infection would be just a click away.

When it comes to removing, you should also know how to protect yourself from similar intruders, and do that, you need to know how browser hijackers spread. They often do not have a direct distribution source. In fact, it is very likely that you installed the program on your system willingly, along with some other application that you were planning to install. That is why, it is better to download programs from their official sources, rather than rely on third-party file-sharing sites. Also, reading every step on the installation wizard may prevent some unwanted installation, too.

How do we deal with Thankfully, it is not complicated to remove this browser hijacker. You will find the manual removal instructions below this description. However, please note that those instructions do not encompass other potential threats that are clearly there.

So what do you do? You scan your computer with the SpyHunter free scanner, and then follow the instructions to remove all the potential threats automatically. Please bear in mind that a investing in a licensed antispyware tool is also the most efficient way to safeguard your system from other malicious attempts to take over your PC or steal your money.

How to Delete

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Win+R and the Run prompt will open.
  2. Type regedit in to the Open box and click OK.
  3. Open HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  4. Right-click the Start Page value on the right pane.
  5. Chose Modify and edit the homepage address. Press OK.
  6. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{0633EE93-D776-472f-A0FF-E1416B8B2E3A}.
  7. On the right, change these values:


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


  1. Press Win+R and type %LocalAppData% into the Open box.
  2. Click OK and go to Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.
  3. Remove the Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data files.
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