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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is basically identical to,, and plenty of other browser hijackers, all of which are linked to the infamous ELEX family. Because we are familiar with these infections, we can tell you right away that they are unreliable and potentially dangerous, but this might be harder for you to realize if this is the first time you have encountered an infection of this kind. At first sight, the hijacker looks absolutely harmless, but, as the saying goes, you should never judge a book by its cover. Sure, the interface of the hijacker does not raise many questions, but if you take a better look, you are bound to find disconcerting things. As you can probably guess, we advise removing, and we believe that the sooner you do it, the better. Continue reading to learn more about the threat or move straight to the instructions below to learn how to delete the infection.

Browser hijackers are infections that can modify browser’s settings. Some hijackers can do that without any permission, in which case, it should be obvious that they are malicious and, therefore, require removal. Others can slither in using deception, and you might be tricked into letting them in yourself. So, which of these scenarios represent your situation? The distribution of is quite unpredictable, but it is most likely that you will find this threat packaged with malware. Were you tricked into installing allegedly reliable software that, in reality, is malicious? That might be hard to realize, and so a malware scanner is irreplaceable. Install this tool to examine your operating system, and soon you will know if or not you need to delete malware. Do not panic if dangerous infections are found. In such a case, you need to quickly research the threats that were found to figure out which ones you need to eliminate right away and which ones can wait.

As we have discussed already, the interface of is not suspicious, and that is because it reminds us of any regular search engine. Well, things are not as simple as they might look. In reality, when you enter keywords into the search dialog box represented by the infection, you are automatically redirected to Are you familiar with this search provider? You probably are, considering that it is the most popular search provider in the world. Google Search was not picked to display search results by accident. You are more likely to trust these results than the ones represented by an unfamiliar hijacker, and this is where you might be fooled. Although the results appear to be authentic and genuine, remember that your search query was processed via, and this hijacker could modify the results shown to you to include potentially unreliable sponsored links! Obviously, if a search tool cannot provide you with reliable search results, you should remove it immediately.

Did you know that personally identifiable information can be recorded by Though it is suggested that only information you share voluntarily is recorded, are you sure you want to trust a suspicious program that is capable of storing data about you. Also, do not forget that non-personally identifiable information can be recorded as well. Are you sure that the company controlling this hijacker will use this information only in transparent and harmless ways? If you cannot confirm that – and we cannot – are you sure you can trust the hijacker? At the end of the day, the services of are not beneficial, and we suggest replacing this homepage option with a better, more reliable alternative.

Our research team has prepared instructions that can help you delete from your operating system. If additional infections are found, you should consider installing anti-malware software capable of erasing all infections at the same time. Even better, this software can continue guarding your PC against malware in the future. If you only find the hijacker, you might be able to clean your operating system by following the guide below, but, even if you do, do not forget that your operating system needs protection. Removal

Google Chrome:

  1. Open the browser and tap keys Alt+F.
  2. Select Settings and navigate to the On Startup menu.
  3. Mark Open a specific page or set of pages and click Set pages.
  4. Erase the hijacker’s URL, enter the desired URL, and click OK.
  5. Restart your browser.

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open the browser and tap keys Alt+T.
  2. Select Internet options and then move to the General tab.
  3. Erase the hijacker’s URL, enter the desired URL, and click OK.
  4. Restart your browser.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open the browser and tap keys Alt+T.
  2. Select Option and then move to the General menu (on the left).
  3. Erase the hijacker’s URL and enter the desired URL.
  4. Restart your browser.
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