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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a browser hijacker that can change the homepage of such popular browsers as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Although it is classified as an infection, it is unlikely that you will find it to have corrupted your browser without your permission. If it has slithered in without authorization, it should be obvious that it is a threat that requires immediate elimination. If you agreed to change your homepage yourself, you still need to delete this hijacker because it can jeopardize your virtual security. Unfortunately, this hijacker usually enters operating systems packaged with third-party programs that can be even more malicious. If you have no idea how to remove from your operating system along with all other threats, you should continue reading this report. If you want to ask questions regarding anything discussed, use the comments section presented below.

You probably do not know that comes from the ELEX hijacker family. Other threats that belong to this group include,, and All of these infections have identical interfaces, and they are supported by the same Privacy Policy. What does it reveal? It is not really scandalous; however, it informs that personally identifiable information can be collected while recording your virtual behavior. Do you want some strange hijacker created by an unknown company to collect information about you? We are sure that you do not, and that is one thing you need to consider when deciding whether or not to delete Another thing you should think about is the activity of unknown third parties. It looks like this hijacker can be utilized as an advertising tool, as third parties could showcase ads via it. Unfortunately, there are plenty of malicious parties who use advertising to open security backdoors and expose users to scams or even trick them into installing malware. This is the main reason to remove this hijacker as soon as possible.

The main reason users do not delete has to do with the exterior of the hijacker. If you look at the interface of this threat, it does not look very dangerous, especially if you compare it with other hijackers that showcase aggressive ads and links to unfamiliar websites. The most important thing, of course, is that redirects to familiar pages when you try to browse the web using it. If you enter keywords under “Web,” you will be routed to If you enter keywords under “Images,” “Videos,” and “News,” you will be redirected to Needless to say, both Yahoo and Google have great reputations, and so the hijacker becomes less menacing. In fact, some users might prefer access to two different search providers. The thing is that the creator of the hijacker is most likely to have employed these popular search tools because of their reputation, and, unfortunately, the results shown via them are likely to be modified. Needless to say, you are more likely to interact with ads if they are represented via seemingly familiar search tools. Well, the advertisements shown to you might be malicious and misleading, and that is why the hijacker deserves removal. In fact, the hijacker’s ability to redirect you to a third-party site without your permission should be regarded as a threat as well.

You need to remove from the homepage, and you might already be familiar with this task. The guide below explains how to modify the homepage within the files of your browsers, and though this might be the more complicated option, you should know how to do that as well. After you perform the steps shown below, make sure you run a full system scan using a trustworthy malware scanner because you want to make sure that no components were left behind. Of course, if other threats are active, the scanner will inform you about them as well. If you choose to delete them manually, make sure you research them first because every threat might require a different removal method. That is why we suggest using anti-malware software that can erase undesirable software automatically instead. If you choose this option, you will not need to think about your operating system’s security either because anti-malware software can take care of that. Removal

Google Chrome:

  1. Tap Win+E keys to launch Explorer.
  2. Enter %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\ into the bar at the top.
  3. Open the Default folder or {unique name} Chrome profile folder if multiple profiles exist.
  4. Open the files called Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data and overwrite the hijacker’s URL. Do not forget to save the files.

Internet Explorer:

  1. Tap Win+R to launch RUN.
  2. Enter regedit.exe to launch Registry Editor.
  3. Move to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  4. Open the value called Start Page and overwrite the hijacker’s URL. Click OK.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Tap Win+E keys to launch Explorer.
  2. Enter %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ into the bar at the top.
  3. Open the {unique name} Firefox profile folder and then open the file called prefs.js.
  4. Overwrite the hijacker’s URL and save the file.
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