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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is not your typical search provider. In fact, some will argue that it is no search provider at all. Although it presents a search dialog box, you are automatically redirected to a third-party search engine when you use it, instead of being presented with original search results delivered by the “provider” itself. Is this strange? Though it is not unusual, it is considered strange, and we believe that you should never install software that cannot offer beneficial services. Of course, you can also find quick-access links to popular email providers on the interface of the search tool, but that is not a highly beneficial service. Overall, even if you do not consider the suspicious search provider to be unreliable, you will realize sooner or later that it is not beneficial either. Unfortunately, we recommend removing primarily because it is considered unreliable. If you continue using it, you might put your vulnerable virtual security at risk. For example, the suspicious search provider could open security backdoors using the unreliable links attached to regular search results.

We classify as a browser hijacker, and it does not really matter whether or not it corrupts your browsers without your permission. Obviously, if your browsers were hijacked in an aggressive manner, you probably need no further explanation why this hijacker is not trusted and requires elimination. Now, if it was installed with your permission – which is the most probable scenario – you might be confused. We consider a hijacker because it modifies your browser’s settings, and it might do that in a stealthy or deceptive manner. For example, it is most likely that your browser’s homepage was modified as soon as you agreed to install the Your Email Access add-on. Both the add-on and the hijacker are created by Polarity Technologies Ltd. This company has also created,,, and many other hijackers whose removal we have analyzed in different reports. Even if you were aware about the changes, did you expect something more? It is most likely that you did because the add-on allegedly can provide you with amazing services, when, in reality, its only function is to modify your homepage.

If you have played around with, you must have discovered yourself that it redirects to the popular Yahoo Search. This search provider has a good reputation, unlike the hijacker itself, and so it is no wonder that it was employed to deliver search results. Although this search tool is considered trustworthy and useful, you should be surprised about being redirected to it without your permission. We are sure that you would be much more wary if you were redirected to a malicious or an unfamiliar website, and so this is the reason that Yahoo Search was employed. Unfortunately, if you use this search provider, you could be exposed to unreliable content. Sure, is a reliable tool but could force it to include sponsored links, advertisements. Though ads might be highlighted to make it easier for you to spot and avoid them, we do not recommend interacting with any of the results. The longer the hijacker stays active, the more information about you it can gather, and, unfortunately, personally-identifiable information could be included as well.

If you agree with us that deleting is the best idea, you have to decide which removal method you are going to employ. The instructions below, obviously, can guide you through manual elimination, but keep in mind that the hijacker might not be the only threat active on your PC. If other infections are active as well, you will need to take different steps to eliminate them all. Well, what if much more dangerous and complicated infections are found? If that is the case, you might be unable to erase them all by yourself. This is why we advocate for using anti-malware software. Although the main task for this software is to keep your operating system malware-free – which, of course, is essential – it can automatically delete currently active infections as well. Hopefully, this article has answered all your questions and provided you with a good solution. If you want to discuss anything further, use the comments sections below. Removal

Internet Explorer:

  1. Launch RUN by tapping Win+R keys.
  2. Enter regedit.exe into the dialog box and click OK to open the Registry Editor menu.
  3. Navigate to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main and then double-click Start Page.
  4. Erase the hijacker’s URL, enter the preferred URL, and click OK.
  5. Navigate to HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{0633EE93-D776-472f-A0FF-E1416B8B2E3A}.
  6. Modify the data within FaviconURL, FaviconURLFallback, TopResultURL, and URL values using step 4.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Launch Windows Explorer tapping keys Win+E.
  2. Type %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ into the bar at the top and tap Enter.
  3. Move to the folder that represents your Firefox profile and then open the file named prefs.js file.
  4. Locate the string that represents the hijacker’s URL (user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "");) and overwrite it. Save the file before closing it.

Google Chrome:

  1. Launch Windows Explorer tapping keys Win+E.
  2. Type %LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\ into the bar at the top and tap Enter.
  3. Move to the Default folder (if multiple Chrome profiles exist, open the folder that represents the profile you are trying to modify).
  4. Open the file named Preferences and overwrite the hijacker’s URL in it. Save the file before you close it.
  5. Modify the files named Secure Preferences and Web Data in the same manner.
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