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

For security experts who often deal with similar intruders, does not look like something exceptional. It is true that the program is a browser hijacker, but it does not present anything new to seasoned researchers. Nevertheless, this potential security threat could still cause a number of undesirable security issues, so the best way to deal with this infection is to remove it right away. You can find the manual removal instructions for right below this description, although if you are not sure of your software removal skills, you can always use a licensed antispyware tool to get rid of security threats.

First, we should discuss how this browser hijacker finds its way into multiple computer systems worldwide. Needless to say, users do not install this application willingly, but at the same time, does not need to employ sly distribution tactics to reach its targets. The point is that this browser hijacker travels around bundled with other freeware applications. For example, if you want to download some video converter application, and you find it on a file-sharing site, you will probably download it without any second thought. Why? Because the program is available for free and it is like there is nothing wrong with it.

Now, this is where you might make one grave mistake. Just because some program seems to be reliable, it does not mean nothing bad will happen when you download it. Please remember that third-party file-sharing sites often host third-party installers. These third-party installers tend to bundle several programs together, so when you download one application from such a site, the chances are you will download several others without even realizing it! Hence, gets installed on your computer accidentally, when you launch the third-party installer and go through the installation steps without checking them through and through. itself is associated with the Conduit toolbar infections because it is created by the Client Connect company, which is known for having released the Conduit family programs, too. In a way, we can see that is directly related to Trovi Search, Guard-Search,, and many other hijackers from the same group. What does that mean? It means that we have an idea how to get rid of the program, so it makes the removal process easier. On the other hand, it also means that the people behind this hijacker are really persistent, and there might be more intruders coming your way pretty soon.

When this program gets installed on your computer, it changes your default homepage, search engine, and the new tab settings. It might look like the hijacker can provide you with relevant search service, but the truth is that it uses a custom version of the Bing search engine. What we mean by “custom” is that is able to modify search results according to your web browsing habits. After all, the hijacker employs tracking cookies to collect information about your web browsing history. If that were not enough, can also redirect you to affiliated websites and display third-party ads.

At first glance, this kind of behavior might seem more annoying than dangerous, but there is always a chance that the hijacker will be exploited by cyber criminals. For instance, some of its commercial ads might be embedded with outgoing links to malware-related websites. Why? Because does not check the third-party content it promotes. As a result, browser hijackers and other programs that thrive on third-party advertising become perfect malware distribution tools because they have particular security loopholes. Of course, the chance of getting infected with malware via is rather slim, but you should not risk that.

To remove from your computer, you should reset your browser settings to default. You will probably also have to edit your Target line settings because the browser hijacker might have changed them, too. Finally, let us not forget that the program must have entered your system with a list of other unwanted applications. So you need to take care of all these programs at once, and the best way to terminate all the potential threats is to use a powerful security application. After all, this way you would also be able to safeguard your system against other potential intruders.

How to Remove

Edit the Shortcut Target Line

  1. Right-click the browser’s shortcut icon.
  2. Select Properties on the drop-down menu.
  3. Open the Shortcut tab and find the Target line.
  4. Delete everything that is OUTSIDE of the quotation marks.
  5. Click OK to save changes.

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T and go to Internet options.
  2. Open the Advanced tab and press Reset.
  3. Select Delete personal settings and click Reset.
  4. Press Close.


  1. Press Alt+H and click Troubleshooting information.
  2. Click the Refresh Firefox button at the top right of the new tab.
  3. Press Refresh Firefox again and click Finish.


  1. Press Alt+F and go to Settings.
  2. At the bottom of the page, click Show advanced settings.
  3. Scroll down and click Reset settings.
  4. Press Reset to confirm.
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