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

If you find in your browsers upon launch, it can only mean one thing: A browser hijacker managed to crawl onto your system. If you do not remember installing this search engine as your new home page, it is quite possible that you will find further malicious programs and potentially unwanted applications on your computer. This hijacker may be a new one but it is definitely not the first one of its kind since it belongs to the notorious ELEX hijacker family that also includes,, and among others. If you use this search engine for web searches, sooner or later you could be introduced to more and more questionable contents through third-party ads and links displayed by this hijacker. We advise you to remove and any other browser hijacker you may find in your browsers, not to mention all other malware infections and potentially unwanted applications as well.

This malware infection does not have an official webpage where you could install it officially. This is already rather suspicious and should be enough for you to think about removing But it gets even worse when you learn that this browser hijacker can be distributed in freeware bundles. Of course, you can also install it directly when you click on corrupt third-party content, such as software updater pop-up ads and links. Clicking on third-party ads is always risky and even more so when your computer is infected with adware. If you want to feel safe while surfing the web, you should regularly scan your system for potentially harmful programs.

You may think that it is safe to click on ads that you see on reputable websites like Amazon. Let us tell you then that when an adware program is on board, you can never really feel safe going online. Such an infection can hijack normal third-party ads on any website. Thus, it is possible that you get redirected to malicious websites even on otherwise reliable websites. But you may also visit shady file-sharing webpages from time to time to download a free application. The problem is that such pages mainly host malicious bundles instead of proper installers. So when you install your targeted free program, be prepared to have more than you asked for. This is why it is so important that you make sure you know what your bundle actually contains. For example, it is worth reading the license agreement for starters, but it is just as essential that you choose the custom option when there is such a choice because certain installers only reveal their true content if you ask for the custom mode. It should be clear now that you need to use a proper online malware scanner if you want to know what other programs may be endangering your system after you delete from your browsers.

This search engine can look totally fine to you and it is definitely not the type that would raise any doubt at first sight. Although, it is possible that it might show you third-party advertisements below the main search box, as we have seen this in other cases in the ELEX family (e.g., Once again, clicking on such an ad could drop additional threats or open malicious pages on new tabs or in new windows. Still, the main issue with this page is definitely the search engine itself. Whenever you use this tool to search the web, your queries are redirected to a possibly manipulated Yahoo results page. This hijacker can spy on you and use this information to present to you customized content.

Unfortunately, criminals may get hold of this information, too, and they could misuse it to introduce you to relevant-looking ads and links that you may consider visiting. However, these could lead to malicious websites. The biggest problem is that you will not be able to see that it is indeed a fake webpage because you will most probably think that you are visiting a webshop. After you enter all your credit card details, criminals who operate this page can steal you money easily. But you can also download further bundles onto your computer. All in all, we do not think that it is a good idea to leave such a browser hijacker on your system no matter how innocent it may look to you. We suggest that you delete right now.

If you want to get your hands “dirty” a bit, you can use our guide below as a reference. Of course, you can also reset your browsers if you wish through the settings menus. In any case, we do not recommend that you stop at this point. It is important that you hunt down all potentially risky programs or else your computer’s vulnerability could increase and you could be introduced to even more harmful content. If you want to effectively defend your PC, we advise you to download and install a powerful malware removal application like SpyHunter that can automatically protect your system from all known malware infections and more.

Remove from your browsers

Internet Explorer

  1. Tap Win+Q and type regedit. Hit the Enter key.
  2. Open the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page registry key.
  3. Overwrite the value data of with a URL of your choice.
  4. Close the editor.

Google Chrome

  1. Tap Win+E.
  2. Open the “C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default” folder.
  3. Delete the following files: Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Tap Win+E.
  2. Open the “C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[Mozilla User ID]” folder.
  3. View the prefs.js file with a text editor.
  4. Modify user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", ""); string with a home page URL address you want to see.
  5. Save your changes and exit the file.
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