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Danger level 8
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a new potentially risky search engine page that may remain unnoticed by you for some time as it is very similar to Google. When this search engine shows up as your new home page in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer, it is quite possible that you would believe that it is actually Google and would not even doubt its reliability. However, we have found that this is yet another browser hijacker similar to and This malware infection seems to be mostly spreading in the USA, Germany, and the Netherlands. If you do not wish to be exposed to modified search results that may pose a threat to your system security, we suggest that you remove as soon as possible. Leaving such an innocent-looking infection on board could cause further problems, including more malware infections and introduction to online scams. Please read our report to learn more about this annoying browser hijacker.

Just like most browser hijackers, also travels the web in free software bundles, which can indicate that there could be other malware threats on your system. Such a bundle may pack adware programs, Trojans, fake alerts, browser hijackers, and potentially unwanted programs as well. If you let the whole content of such a package enter your system, you can gradually experience the slowing down of your PC and getting more and more flooded by third-party ads. Before long, your system might give up and cripple, while you may also lose data and important information to cyber criminals. This is why it is essential that every time you are installing a bundle you make sure that you are aware of the content and what you choose to install.

It is usually quite easy to infect your system with such a package if you click on the wrong content. This can happen when you are exposed to unreliable third-party advertisements and links. Such content can be generated and displayed by suspicious websites associated with file sharing, gaming, and porn. Though you may think that you would never visit such pages, you should be aware that it still possible to end up on one even accidentally. These pages can be offered to you, for instance, when you are looking for free files to download and you run a web search. Even if you are using a reliable search engine, such as Google, it is possible that the results will contain a number of fake file-sharing sites right on the first page. If you are inexperienced, you may not spot these and you could click on a link you should not touch. Once you land on such a malicious site, it is really just the question of time when you click on unsafe content and drop a malicious bundle onto your machine. If this may have been your case, we recommend that you delete from your computer and scan your system with a malware scanner to detect all other threats.

Another possibility is that the unsafe content comes from a malware infection, such as an adware program that is already on your system. This infection can display unreliable third-party ads (banners, pop-up ads, and more) and also hijack authentic ads. In other words, if your computer is infected, you can never feel safe while surfing the web. One click can make your situation all the worse. Therefore, you should not hesitate to remove from your browsers.

This browser hijacker appears to be almost identical to Google at first sight. This is why you may not even realize its presence for some time. This infection does not offer you a fake toolbar. Actually, this search engine only provides you with a search box in the middle of the page and no other features that could make it more “desirable” for users. Of course, the reason behind this simplicity could be the trick of deception, i.e., taking advantage of its resemblance to Google. As a matter of fact, even your searches seem to come from Google; however, this is a modified search results page so do not get your hopes up too high. We suggest that you stay away from this browser hijacker and any results coming through it because it is possible that cyber criminals can exploit it and inject their corrupt links and ads. If you were to click on such content, you could end up on malicious websites that could trick you and you may lose money as a consequence. But you could also infect your computer with more threats. Therefore, we advise you to delete ASAP.

Our research shows that this malware can be eliminated by restoring you home page settings. Therefore, we have included the necessary instructions below. Please follow them if you want to put an end to this browser hijacker manually. Also, keep in mind that this could be just one of many malware threats endangering the normal operation of your system. Therefore, we suggest that you employ a trustworthy malware removal application, such as SpyHunter that can automatically tackle all possible malware attacks.

Remove from browsers

Google Chrome

  1. Tap Win+E to launch File Explorer.
  2. Locate the “%LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default” directory.
  3. Delete these files: Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data
  4. Empty your Recycle Bin.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Tap Win+E to open File Explorer.
  2. Open the “%AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{Unique Mozilla user ID}” directory.
  3. Open the prefs.js file in Notepad.
  4. Locate the user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "") string and overwrite the URL with a home page URL, such as “”

Internet Explorer

  1. Tap Win+Q and type regedit. Press the Enter key.
  2. Overwrite the value data of “” in the following registry keys:
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page (64-bit)
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page
    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page
  3. Close the registry editor.
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