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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a browser hijacker imitating a legitimate search provider. Unfortunately, not all the users immediately understand that they have encountered this computer infection and, actually, we cannot blame them because this website has borrowed an interface from trustworthy search engines and now looks legitimate. To be frank, all browser hijackers try to look reputable in order to be able to stay on users’ browsers longer, but it is possible to recognize them – if a website has appeared on your browsers (they usually affect Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) and set itself as a homepage and search engine without your knowledge, it must be a typical browser hijacker. These computer infections usually slither onto computers in software bundles, but other distribution methods might be used too. Either way, it is a really bad idea to let a browser hijacker stay because it will not do anything beneficial and its presence might quickly result in a number of serious computer issues. We cannot impel you to remove, but we highly recommend reading this article till the end if you are unsure what to do with this dubious search tool. There is a 99% chance that you will change your opinion about it after reading this report fully.

Browser hijackers do not enter computers to improve the users’ browsing experience or help them perform web searches more effectively. Instead, they pursue a goal of driving traffic to certain third-party pages. is no exception. It does not start displaying pop-ups, but users are provided with search results redirecting to pages which do not contain information users are looking for. They are called sponsored search results. Although their outer appearance suggests that they do not differ from ordinary search results displayed by, for example, Google or Yahoo!, the truth is that they differ from them profoundly. According to security specialists, these sponsored search results might be quite dangerous, so clicking on them is a bad idea. The worst thing they can do is to redirect users to third-party pages containing malicious software. Of course, they will not be told about that, so they will surf such websites fearlessly and, consequently, might allow malicious software to enter their PCs without even realizing that. It should also be mentioned that these third-party pages might gather information about users. Some of them might be interested in personal details too. In fact, might gather data about its users as well. Although dubious search tools primarily collect non-personally identifiable information like search queries, links clicked, and technical details, some of them, as has been noticed by specialists, might also start collecting personal details submitted by a user too. This might result in online privacy issues, so it is advisable not to keep and use search tools that show up on browsers without your knowledge.

It does not surprise our researchers at all that so many users do not know why is launched for them when they open any of their browsers. According to them, so many users cannot explain when the unwanted changes have been applied to all their web browsers because a browser hijacker has entered their PCs in a software bundle. Most probably, it has sneaked onto the computer not alone. These computer infections usually travel in bundles with third-party applications, usually those which can be called freeware. We cannot promise that all these programs are trustworthy, so scanning the computer with a reputable scanner is a must. is a browser hijacker belonging to the ELEX family, and we know that these hijackers are not that hard to erase. Users only need to undo the changes they apply. Most probably, you do not even know where to start if you have never erased such a computer infection before. Lucky for you, specialists at have prepared the manual removal guide. You are welcome to use it, but if it happens that it does not help you, scan your computer with a reputable antimalware scanner. With its help, you will not only delete from your PC, but will also take care of other bad applications installed on your computer at the same time. If you keep an automatic tool you use enabled 24/7, it will not allow any new browser hijackers and other threats to sneak onto your PC.

How to delete

Internet Explorer

  1. Open the Registry Editor by pressing Win+R and entering regedit.exe in the box.
  2. Click OK.
  3. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  4. Find the Start Page Value there, right-click on it, and select Modify.
  5. Clear the Value data field or enter a new website.
  6. Click OK.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open the Windows Explorer by tapping Win+E simultaneously.
  2. Open C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{Unique ID}.
  3. Locate the prefs.js file and open it with Notepad.
  4. Delete the string user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", ""); from this file.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Win+E to open the Windows Explorer.
  2. Open C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.
  3. Find these files there: Preferences, Web Data, and Secure Preferences.
  4. Delete them all one by one.
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