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

Users often do not understand how they get infected with browser hijackers. The likes of may seem like your regular search engines, but they get added to your browsers without your permission, or the programs trick you into installing them. Hence, such browser settings modifications should not be tolerated. If you care about your system’s security (and you most certainly do), you have to remove from your system at once. While you are at it, you should also take care of other unwanted programs that might be running on your computer. Please remember that potential system threats seldom travel alone.

Does this mean that installed more unwanted apps on your computer? Well, perhaps the wording is not exactly that in this case. It is not that the browser hijacker installs more unwanted apps. The truth is that YOU install all these unnecessary programs on your computer when you do not even realize it. This happens because such applications get distributed in packages via file-sharing websites. Ask yourself a question: Have you recently downloaded anything from a third-party software distributor? Have you launched the installer file at once? If so, then it is very likely this was when the browser hijacker entered your system.

Thus, it should be possible to protect your computer from and other similar intruders if you refrain from downloading unfamiliar software. Even if you need some application, you should download it from its official website. Installer files that are hosted on third-party sources often bundle several programs together, and sometimes they do not even notify you about it, even if you check each and every step on the installation wizard. So, when it comes to system security, your web browsing habits are just as important as a powerful antispyware application that you should definitely have on your PC, too.

Our researchers have found that is similar to previously discussed browser hijackers. For example, it is clear that this program is practically identical to,,,, and so on. When we know that a browser hijacker comes from a big family, we have a better and faster chance at removing it. Such programs are not too complicated, so if a particular removal method could be applied to one application in the group, then it should be applicable to all the others. In that aspect, you are up for some good news because the manual removal for is not that complicated.

Another thing that bothers us a lot is that sometimes users do not understand they have a browser hijacker on their systems because they think it is associated with a reliable search engine. For instance, the hijacker has a header that uses the same colors as Google (in the exactly same sequence). So if a user is not too attentive, they may not realize that their browser has been hijacked. Consequently, if they perform a lot of web searches via, the browser hijacker will be able to log all of the search keywords via tracking cookies.

Such programs collect information on your browsing habits because they need to generate custom commercial content. The browser hijacker will display this content among modified search results and other advertising space this program may possess. The point is that these advertisements are more annoying than dangerous, but there is always a security risk associated with third-party links that might be embedded in those ads. will not review the content it promotes, so if cyber criminals decide to exploit this browser hijacker for malicious content distribution, you could accidentally land on a site that is part of malware distribution network.

Of course, malware infection via a browser hijacker does not occur that often, but you should not take this risk. Remove right now, and then scan your PC with the SpyHunter free scanner. As mentioned, the program must have entered your computer with several other applications, and it is important that you terminate them, too. Even if a program is not a direct security threat, it should not be tolerated if it entered your system uninvited.

Once you have all the unwanted applications removed, protect your computer by acquiring a legitimate antispyware tool. A computer security program of your choice will keep your PC safe.

How to Delete

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Win+R and the Run prompt will open.
  2. Type regedit into the Open box. Click OK.
  3. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  4. On the right pane, right-click the Start Page value.
  5. Choose Modify and edit your start page address. Click OK.


  1. Press Win+R and type %AppData% into the Open box.
  2. Click OK and navigate to Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[User ID].
  3. Open the prefs.js file with a notepad.
  4. Delete this string: user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "");
  5. Save changes and exit 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. Find and delete the Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data files.
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