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

When we use our computers daily, we do not want to experience any kind of discrepancies. However, there are always programs like waiting behind a corner. When they enter target computers, users get caught unawares, and then they need to do something about this unwanted application. The program we deal with right now is a browser hijacker, so it means that it will mostly affect your browser. If you do not remove immediately, you will constantly see commercial ads on your screen, and these ads could expose you to potentially corrupted content. So you need to avoid that at all costs.

What happens when a browser hijacker enters your computer? At first, you will see that your default homepage gets modified without your permission. will look like a new search engine that was added to your browser out of necessity. Users, who are not too familiar with computer security threats might even think it is a good sign that their search engine got changed, perhaps they will get a better service! Of course, that is not the case because the browser hijacker will only interfere with your web browsing sessions, spamming you with potentially harmful content. You will soon notice how annoying this program is.

What’s more, the application may also prove to be dangerous if it gets exploited by cyber criminals. Sometimes browser hijackers end up displaying a lot of corrupted links that could lead to a malicious infection. It does not mean that these programs want to infect you with malware. It is just that and other similar programs do not review the content they promote, and this results in a security loophole that can be used by almost anyone. So it is not that hard for cyber criminals to exploit such a program for their own gains.

This is probably the main reason computer security experts encourage users to remove and other similar programs from their systems immediately. The point is that the longer these applications remain on your system, the more damage they could cause. Even if that damage is indirect, you should take such risks. Of course, you should also take note of the potential freeware distribution routes that might be responsible for hijacker distribution, too. After all, one of the best ways to deal with such intruders is to avoid them completely in the first place.

To avoid and other browser hijackers, you need to recognize their main distribution patterns. These programs do not have direct distribution sources.,,,, and many others come bundled with freeware applications. By freeware applications, we mean various programs that you can usually download from file-sharing websites. For instance, perhaps you are looking for some player, file converter, or media editor and you manage to find these programs at third-party sources.

There is nothing wrong with downloading programs from file-sharing websites, but you need to be attentive when you do that because third-party installers often carry more than just one application. So if you go through the installation automatically, it is very likely that you will install and other unwanted programs on your computer. The most disturbing thing about this is that you may not even notice that at first. Only when the browser hijacker and other potential threats start spamming you with potentially harmful content will you realize that something is off. Of course, you should not wait until that happens because then you may already have a few dangerous programs downloaded onto your PC. This is why performing a regular system scan with a security program of your choice is really important.

Now, as far as the browser hijacker removal is concerned, you can do that by yourself because we have prepared the manual removal instructions right below this description. On the other hand, if you do not feel like you can deal with this on your own, you can always invest in a licensed antispyware tool that will delete the intruder for you. What’s more, you definitely need to terminate other undesirable programs, so using an automated antispyware tool will save you the trouble of searching for every single threat manually. Do everything you can to ensure your system’s safety because eventually, that translates into your personal information’s security, too.

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 homepage address. Press OK.
  6. Open HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{0633EE93-D776-472f-A0FF-E1416B8B2E3A}.
  7. Edit these values on the right:


  1. Press Win+R and enter %AppData%. Press the Enter key.
  2. Navigate to Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[User ID].
  3. Use Notepad to open the prefs.js file.
  4. Remove the following string: user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "http:// ");
  5. Save changes and close the file.


  1. Press Win+R and enter %LocalAppData%. Click OK.
  2. Open Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.
  3. Find and delete these files: Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data.
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