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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a website you might find set as your homepage on all web browsers. If this has already happened, it means that your browsers have been hijacked by the ELEX browser hijacker. It usually illegally enters computers in software bundles and then applies modifications. Do not let this infection fool you – it is not a decent search tool. Consequently, it is not worth expecting that it will make it easier to find the information you are looking for on the web either. It is more likely that it will cause a bunch of problems instead. We are sure you do not want this to happen to you, so we suggest that you go to eliminate it today and we promise to help you take care of it manually. Below this article, you will find instructions that will guide you through the removal process, but before you take action, we believe that you should find more about this browser hijacker and why its removal is a necessary step towards a safer system.

Without a doubt, tries to convince users that it is a legitimate search tool. Unfortunately, it has already managed to fool some users into believing that it is a useful search provider. Luckily, it is not so easy to fool specialists working at They have immediately understood after looking at its search results page that it is not a reputable search tool. Of course, you will never find a reliable search engine set on your web browsers without permission, but it is, actually, not the only reason users should go to get rid of According to specialists, the modified search results which might appear on the search results page opened by this search tool might cause more problems. It is known that they can redirect users to untrustworthy third-party pages since they are shown to them mainly for advertising purposes and, in most cases, do not open websites with the information users are looking for on the web. Theoretically, even malicious software might be waiting for users on these websites because the developer of does not care at all about the users’ safety. To put it differently, links to all kinds of websites, even those dangerous ones, might be presented to them.

What is more, it is not a very good idea to keep and use because, unlike those search tools that can be trusted fully, it records personal information. It will collect information that can identify you personally until you fully remove it. It seems that it does not try to hide this fact because its Privacy Policy informs users about this:

The data we collect is information that identifies you personally and may include:

  • Your name

  • Gender

  • Date of Birth

  • Country

In addition, non-personally identifiable details will be captured automatically if you keep it, for example, IP address, Internet Service Provider, platform type, browser type, etc. Although it is officially declared that this gathered data will be used for marketing purposes and will help the developer to improve the service, it might still end up in the hands of third parties, meaning that there is a possibility that online privacy issues will arise. You can prevent this from happening by uninstalling completely. When you are finished, do not forget to install a reputable security application because other ELEX browser hijackers exist and they might take over your browsers one day.

The browser hijacker is disseminated using an interesting distribution strategy, but we cannot say that it has never been used before. This strategy is called “bundling.” Specifically speaking, a browser hijacker is spread via bundled malicious software installers. Needless to say, this threat does not come alone, which explains why it enters PCs unnoticed so easily. In most cases, users are allowed to cancel the installation of undesirable software, but, unfortunately, they do not pay close attention to the installation of new software and, consequently, do not even know that bad software is one step away from their systems.

Browser hijackers are computer threats that enter computers and then immediately change browsers’ settings. Of course, users are the ones who have to undo them to get rid of an undesirable search provider completely. We cannot promise that it will be very easy to remove this infection manually; however, we believe that it should be considerably easier to eliminate it with our help - you are welcome to use instructions we have placed for you below this article.

How to remove

Internet Explorer

  1. Tap Win+R simultaneously.
  2. Type regedit.exe into the command line and click OK.
  3. Open HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  4. Find the value named Start Page.
  5. Right-click on it and select Modify.
  6. Delete from its Value data field and enter a new URL.
  7. Click OK.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open the Windows Explorer (Win+E).
  2. Open C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{Unique Mozilla user ID} .
  3. Find the prefs.js file there.
  4. Right-click on this file, click Open with, and select Notepad.
  5. Delete user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", ""); from inside this file.
  6. Save the changes.

Google Chrome

  1. Tap Win+E.
  2. Open C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default .
  3. Remove these files and restart your browser:
  • Web Data
  • Secure Preferences
  • Preferences
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