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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is nothing more than just one more browser hijacker that you must remove if it is ever found up and running on your personal computer. It is critical to do so because this devious piece of software exhibits only intrusive and otherwise undesirable functionality. Just like any of its counterparts, it is fully capable of making changes to your web browser's default settings without any authorization whatsoever. Due to such overall functionality, your online experiences will be compromised, meaning that surfing the web will be considerably less enjoyable and much more annoying. If that was not enough, our research team has also noticed that in some cases this browser hijacker could prove to be quite dangerous. Find out more about the intricate inner workings of this devious program by reading the rest of this report. In addition to all of that, we also include a comprehensive removal guide that will help you delete in just a few simple steps.

It is important to note that at the moment is only compatible with the Google Chrome web browser. While it might sound like good news to users that prefer other browsers, it is important to understand that the creators of this hijacker could launch a new, updated version of it, which might be compatible with other major web browsers. Therefore, being aware of its existence is critical. During the analysis, our malware researchers noticed that the overall functionality of this intrusive application is rather conventional as compared to other similar applications. As soon as it enters your operating system, it immediately installs a devious third-party browser plug-in without any authorization. This extension is the cornerstone of the hijacker in questions since it triggers the alteration of your default search engine; it also maintains the devious change. One of the most annoying things about all of this is that you are not asked for permission or notified about this modification. Even though it is not a huge change, its effects on the way you experience the web are profoundly negative. That is so because for as long as this hijacker will be active on your PC, you will have no choice but to use a questionable third-party search engine for every single online query. As you can imagine due to such functionality surfing the web the way you are used to will be impossible. To regain your web browser's default settings, make sure to delete completely. To do that, use the detailed instructions that we present below.

As mentioned before, is not only an intrusive program; having it active on your personal computer, could have undesirable or otherwise dangerous consequences. That is so mostly because the search engine in questions can present modified search results. By this, we mean that some of them could be embedded with redirect links that might lead you to suspicious and even malicious web sites. For example, there is a possibility that you could end up on a web page that is designed to infect your PC once it is entered. Usually, such sites run something known as arbitrary code execution exploit, which can trigger a remote and silent installation of some devious program without the user's consent. It is also important to highlight that you could also be subjected to fake online stores, which are infamously crafted by cyber criminals. As you can guess, such shops are crafted with a sole purpose of gaining access to your credit card data and other sensitive information. While the devious hijacker is not malicious by itself, it certainly could prove to be a major virtual threat that no user should face. Make sure to delete every single bit of at the very same moment it is found fully active on your personal computer.

Use the removal instructions below to delete in its entirety. It is imperative to do that since leftovers linked to this browser hijacker could act deviously. For example, just a few traces might prove to be more than enough for the undesirable change to remain in place. In other situations, those same leftovers could initiate a silent restoration procedure of To be sure that every single bit of this intrusive program has been removed from your PC, we suggest rechecking your entire operating system for anything linked to once you have performed the manual removal. Otherwise, you can use a professional antimalware tool since it can detect and delete anything associated with in a fully automated manner.

How to remove from your personal computer

  1. Open the File Explorer.
  2. Remove the folder called jikfnpnmfocoihnaadkpbofiildebcno from the following directories:
    a) C:\Users\[your username]\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions.
    b) C:\Users\[your username]\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions.
  3. Navigate to C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.
  4. Select and remove the following files:
    a) Preferences.
    b) Secure Preferences.
    c) Web Data.
  5. Right-click your Recycle Bin and then select Empty Recycle Bin.
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