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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is yet another browser hijacker that has been roaming the web lately. Therefore, it is critical to be aware of its existence. If you ever happen to encounter it, make sure to avoid it at all costs. This is important because like any other application of this classification it works in an invasive and suspicious manner. It is notorious for its ability to make unwanted and unauthorized changes to your browser's default settings, which in turn can make surfing the web a frustrating and bothersome task. Also, this suspicious piece of software could prove to be quite dangerous. Our research team has discovered that in some situations it might prove to be the main cause other potentially dangerous programs could enter your operating system with little or no trouble at all. To find out more about and to learn how you can delete it in a quick and easy manner, make sure to read the rest of this report.

During analysis, our malware researchers have discovered that in the majority of cases affects users located within India region. While this is the case in most instances, users in other areas of the world should still be aware of this hijacker as it has been spotted elsewhere quite a few times. At first, it might be tricky to realize that this hijacker is active on your PC as the main change of your homepage is very subtle. During our investigation, it has been discovered that the website set as your new default homepage mimics a Google start page that presents you with a thumbnail list of frequently visited websites. If you happen to use the Google start page as your default homepage at first glance, you might be fooled. Unfortunately, it is not the same thing. Instead of presenting you with eight thumbnails the suspicious third-party website provides you only with six and presents you with a questionable search box. It is important to note that you will not be able to modify your quick access links; thus, browsing the web could become a much more annoying experience than you are used to. The alteration triggered by this hijacker is a quick one. Once the hijacker enters your operating system, it will immediately modify files of major web browsers such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox, which are directly responsible for your default homepage. To restore your web browser's default settings so you could surf the web the way you are used to you need to remove without any hesitation.

As mentioned earlier there is something much more alarming about During our analysis it has been discovered that in the majority of cases this program is distributed via software bundles. If you suspect that you have infected you computer in such a manner, we highly advise you to conduct an analysis of your personal computer for other dubious application that could have come along with the hijacker in question. Another suspicious thing about this program is the fact that it does not have any End User License Agreement; thus, there is no substantial information about how this application could act. It could download additional unwanted or potentially dangerous tools without any warning or authorization. There is also a possibility that it could present you with suspicious online content that might lead you to devious third-party websites. It goes without saying that there is no way to be sure how this hijacker could act. We advise you not to take any chances with this and conduct its complete removal as soon as it is found active on your personal computer.

To terminate once and for all make sure to use the instructions that we provide below. Be sure to execute each step with care; otherwise, you might have to face unwanted outcomes due to potential leftovers. For example, traces of could be enough for it to continue its devious functionality. If this is the case, make sure to double-check your entire operating system for leftovers associated with once you are done with the instructions below. If you find manual removal and analysis of your computer a bit too complicated, make sure to use a professional antimalware tool to delete this browser hijacker in a fully automated manner.

How to remove from your PC

  1. Click the Windows button.
  2. Type regedit into a search box and then select it.
  3. Navigate to to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  4. Right-click a registry value entitled Start Page and select Modify.
  5. Replace the unwanted URL with a new one and then click OK.
  6. Open your File Explorer.
  7. Go to C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.
  8. Delete files entitled Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data.
  9. Navigate to C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\.
  10. Locate and then delete a file called prefs.js.
  11. Right-click your Recycle Bin and select Empty Recycle Bin.
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