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

If you use for searching the web, then you should be aware that the search queries get redirected to another search engine that shows modified search results that can feature ad-supported search results. The ads and promoted links can jeopardize your PC’s security as they come from unknown sources. Therefore, we advise that you remove this search engine from your PC as soon as the opportunity arises. If you want to find out more about it, there is more information in the description below.

We have found that comes bundled with third-party software installers and gets injected into a browser secretly. This hijacker is configured to replace your browser’s homepage and new tab page addresses if you use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Internet Explorer. The reason this hijacker replaces these settings is because its main objective is to subject you to ad-supported search results that generate this hijacker’s developers revenue when you click promoted links. redirects the search queries you enter in its search results to, an unreliable search engine created by a fake company called Big Journey Technology. While this might not always be the case, but quite often the search results are modified to include promoted links that look like regular search results. We do not know who the advertising partners of this hijacker’s developers are, so we regard them as untrustworthy. In the worst case scenario, can show you links to malicious websites that feature malware that can compromise your PC and your personal privacy.

Another thing we thing is of particular importance is the fact that and can collect some non-personally identifiable information about you. We have found that they can obtain information such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address, Internet Service Provider (ISP,) browsing history, search queries, browser type, OS type, and so on. The hijacker uses browser cookies, web beacons, pixels, and other information gathering technologies to obtain this information. The information indicated above is collected for marketing, advertising, and other purposes. It is used primarily to server regions-specific, personalized advertisements and promoted links to increase the chances of clicks and yield more advertising revenue.

Our research has revealed that is part of the infamous Elex browser hijacker family. This particular hijacker along with other hijackers such as,,, and many others have been created by an unknown developer that purposefully hides in the shadows. Evidently, comes from a malware creator that uses it for making money.

Now, the reason we have classified this particular search engine and other Elex family search engines as browser hijackers is that their developer uses deceptive methods to have them enter the browsers. We have found that the developers use third-party software bundles to inject and its counterparts into a web browser secretly. The fact that the bundles to that automatically without prior warning or choice to opt out is malicious by definition. The bundles can be found on numerous free software sharing websites, so if you visit such sites remember to select advanced or custom installation and deselect all unwanted additional content such as

In closing, is nothing more than a browser hijacker whose objective is to replace your browser’s homepage and new tab page. If you use it as a search engine, then this hijacker will subject you to ad-supported search results that can, potentially, out your PC and your privacy at risk. Therefore, we invite you to remove this malicious search engine immediately.

How to change the homepage address

Google Chrome

  1. Open the browser.
  2. Press Alt+F keys.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Click Set pages and enter a new address.
  5. Click OK.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open the browser.
  2. Press Alt+T keys.
  3. Click Options and select General.
  4. In the Home Page box, enter a new address.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  1. Open the browser.
  2. Press Alt+T and click Internet Options.
  3. Change the homepage address.
  4. Click OK.
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