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

Do you know what is? is one more hijacker created by Polarity Technologies Ltd. Our research team has spent a lot of time analyzing and creating guides representing the hijackers developed by this company, regardless of the fact that all of them act in the same manner. Some other threats coming from this family include,, and Do all of these hijackers require removal? You can bet they do, and there are several reasons for that. For one, all of them can spy on you and collect personal information. Second, all of them act as redirectors, and they can exploit popular search engines to expose you to advertisements. We discuss these things extensively in the report, and if you are interested, you should continue reading. If you cannot wait to delete, you can find the instructions below.

You are unlikely to find traveling on its own. This hijacker is usually spread via software bundles along with potentially unwanted programs, adware, and malicious infections that, of course, require removal. In most cases, the hijacker comes attached to an extension called “Easy Speed Test Access.” It was developed by Polarity Technologies Ltd as well. In fact, this company usually creates a new extension for every hijacker. Did you know that you can download “Easy Speed Test Access” from an official website as well? This website is The add-on is also officially promoted via the Chrome web store. Surprisingly, the add-on works differently on different browsers. Although it is always represented via the New Tab, it can hijack the homepage of Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers. In fact, when installing the add-on on these browsers, you are forced to agree to the changes. Even if you agree to them yourself, you should not identify as a reliable tool.

Since the add-on linked to is promoted as a tool that can test your Internet speed, it is not surprising that it displays a speed test tool. What is more surprising is that it also displays easy-access links that promote,, and In general, even if the easy-access links are legitimate, you have to think if they make the extension useful. Our research team believes that the add-on is useless. is useless as well. In fact, it could even be unreliable. When you surf the web using this search tool, you are redirected to, but the results can be modified by the hijacker itself to expose you to promotional content. Do you want to see ads every time you browse the web? If you do not, you know what you need to do.

The easy-to-follow guides below show how to remove If you are inexperienced, the steps shown might seem complex and intimidating, but rest assured that you can successfully eliminate the hijacker if you are cautious. If manual removal is not for you – and it might be not if you are dealing with many other unreliable pieces of software – you should think about using anti-malware software. It can automatically delete the hijacker along with all other infections. If you install this software, the security of your operating system will not weigh heavy on your shoulders either. Needless to say, if you clean your PC manually, you need to install reliable and reputable security software before more dangerous threats invade.

Remove from browsers

Google Chrome

  1. Launch Windows Explorer by simultaneously tapping keys Win+E.
  2. Enter %LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\ into the bar at the top.
  3. Move to the Default folder, or the {unique Chrome profile name} folder if multiple profiles exist.
  4. Overwrite the hijacker’s URL found in Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data files (open the file using a text reader and replace the URL with the desired one).

Internet Explorer

  1. Launch RUN by simultaneously tapping keys Win+R.
  2. Enter regedit.exe to open the Registry Editor.
  3. In the pane on the left navigate to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  4. Double-click the Start Page value to open it.
  5. Overwrite the hijacker’s URL with the desired one and then click OK.
  6. Navigate to HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{0633EE93-D776-472f-A0FF-E1416B8B2E3A}.
  7. Modify values FaviconURL, FaviconURLFallback, TopResultURL, and URL using step 5.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Launch Windows Explorer by simultaneously tapping keys Win+E.
  2. Enter %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ into the bar at the top.
  3. Open the {unique Firefox profile name} folder.
  4. Overwrite the hijacker’s URL in the file named prefs.js (open the file using a text reader and replace the URL with the desired one).

In non-techie terms: is a hijacker, and hijackers deserve removal. Unfortunately, many users are tricked into letting this threat in, which makes them trust it. Trusting this threat is not the right move because it can expose you to advertisements after redirecting you to the familiar Yahoo Search engine. Also, it can record information about you, and personally-identifiable data could be included. Before you erase this threat, we advise installing a malware scanner to check things out. If other infections are found, the best thing would be to install anti-malware software. If the hijacker is the only threat you are dealing with, you might be able to clean your operating system manually. Of course, afterward, you should install security software, which is not something you would need to worry about if you employed anti-malware software right away.

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