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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is more than a search engine and not in a good way. We have classified it as a browser hijacker as its creators distribute it through deceptive methods. Therefore, you can get onto your browser unintentionally, and you should remove it because of that. Apart from outright hijacking your web browser’s settings, this particular hijacker redirects all entered search queries to another search engine and plays a part in modifying the search results that can feature shady promotional links that can compromise your PC’s security. For more information, please read this whole article.

Before getting into the functions of, we want to discuss this hijacker’s origins and distribution channels. It turns out that is similar to,, and many others. Apparently, hijacker was created by a company called Polarity Technologies Ltd. This company is known for creating and distributing malicious search engines that hijack the browser’s settings.

Like most of its predecessors, is bundled with malicious bundled software installers that were set to inject this hijacker into your browser without your knowledge or consent. You may encounter such malicious bundles if you download software from questionable free software hosting websites. This is a common distribution tactic used for browser hijackers as the bundles can be configured to hide their presence. As a result, the bundled installers can inject this hijacker secretly.

We believe that the bundled installers should be configured to install on Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. As a result, this hijacker will replace the default homepage address of all three browsers as well as Chrome’s new tab page. Polarity Technologies wants you to use as a regular search engine to perform your daily searches. You can use it as a search engine, but the results that you will get will not be that great. Furthermore, this hijacker redirects all search queries to a modified Yahoo search engine that features additional promotional links that are supplied by unreliable sources. Therefore, you cannot trust this hijacker to deliver you safe, quality search results.

Another important aspect we want to cover here is that this browser hijacker can collect personal and non-personal information about you. It is all explicitly laid out in this hijacker’s privacy policy. Basically, the policy states that the developers will collect any and all personal information you provide about yourself as a result of contacting the developers. They are interested in getting your name, email address, and other information. As far as non-personal information is concerned, was configured to collect anonymous usage information. According to the privacy policy, it can automatically collect information such as your search queries, IP address, domain name of Internet Service Provider (ISP,) geographical location, websites visited, operating system type, browser type, and so on. Allegedly, this information is used to operate and improve the services that this hijacker provides as a search engine. Interestingly, the policy refers to improving the “various offerings” that it offers. While this statement may be vague, we are positive that they mean promoted content that most likely generates Polarity Technologies ad revenue.

While it can be debated whether can compromise your PC’s security as a result of promoting shady content, it is evident that it is malicious as its developers use deceptive distribution tactics to get it onto your web browser. Therefore, we suggest that you remove it from your browser at your earliest convenience. It is a simple matter of going to your browser's settings and changing the homepage address as this hijacker does not hijack the Target line and does not feature an accompanying browser extension to override your changes.

Removal Guide

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Lunch the browser.
  2. Press Alt+T and click Options.
  3. Change the homepage address.

Google Chrome

  1. Launch the browser.
  2. Press Alt+F.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Click Set pages.
  5. Enter a new homepage address.
  6. Click OK.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  1. Launch the browser.
  2. Press Alt+T keys.
  3. In the Tools menu, select Internet Options.
  4. In the General tab, enter a new homepage URL.
  5. Click OK.
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