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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a search engine that could turn out to be a full on browser hijacker. At this time, there is not much information about this suspicious piece, but our research team is still looking into it, and if any new information emerges, we will be sure to update the report. For now, we have to look at the suspicious search engine as a potential threat. If you have set it as your homepage or default search provider yourself, it is unlikely that you consider this search tool to be malicious or suspicious. However, if it came out of nowhere and corrupted your browser, you should classify it as an undesirable piece of software that could be malicious. Of course, in some cases, even harmless programs are installed without the user’s notice when they interact with software bundles, but, in most cases, software that enters the operating system without permission is malicious and deserves removal. If you are interested in deleting as well, you need to continue reading this report.

Were your browsers taken over by or were you redirected to this search engine? The first scenario is more probable, but it is possible that the suspicious search tool is linked to a different search tool or a browser extension that redirects to it. In this case, you might need to review the software that is linked to this search engine, as well as your overall virtual activity. It is worth mentioning that you are most likely to encounter it if you live in India, but, of course, it is unlikely that this search engine was designed to target one single region. Nonetheless, it is possible that it is currently spread via file-sharing websites set up for users in India, and so you have to be cautious when it comes to that. Even if you put distribution aside, is quite suspicious. In fact, at the moment, it does not work as a normal search engine at all. Instead, when you enter keywords into the search dialog box, you are introduced to a map fragment by mapbox. If you click it, you are then routed to, where you are offered map-related “products.” The link between the search engine and this map service is not yet undetermined.

The search dialog box on is introduced to you with the “Powered by Google Custom Search” tag, which is meant to make the tool appear more trustworthy overall. After all, Google Search is a reputable search tool, and so you might conclude that the search services are trustworthy. That is not exactly the case. In reality, the Custom version of this engine is employed by, and it should, theoretically, recycle the search results corresponding to your queries from Google Search, but third-party links could be injected as well. If you have reviewed the Privacy Policy, you know that undisclosed companies can advertise using the search tool. Without a doubt, the links could be harmless, but there is always a possibility that they could be misguiding and malicious too. Besides the Privacy Policy, the search tool also provides you with the “Terms & Conditions” statement, a “Contact” form, and the “About” section, which indicates that the creator of the search tool enables “search-based advertising.” Based on what we know, is an advertising tool, and that might be a motive to delete it.

Depending on which software introduces you to, the removal might change. Since we cannot provide you with a very accurate removal guide, we suggest uninstalling unfamiliar software via Control Panel, deleting suspicious extensions, and resetting browsers. If the search tool stays put after you follow the guides posted below, it is important to employ an anti-malware tool. It will inspect your operating system and eliminate the threats that are found. If you want to get rid of unwanted software manually, you should utilize an authentic malware scanner to help you identify the threats that require your attention. If you are having issues with the elimination of undesirable software, you can always start a conversation below. Our research team is always ready to answer all malware and security-related questions. Removal

Windows XP:

  1. Navigate to the left of the Taskbar and click Start.
  2. Open Control Panel and then double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Click the undesirable application and choose Uninstall.

Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10:

  1. Tap keys Win+R on the keyboard to launch RUN.
  2. Enter control panel into the dialog box for the Control Panel menu to show up.
  3. Navigate to the Uninstall a program and Uninstall undesirable applications.

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open the browser, tap Alt+T, and choose Internet options.
  2. Click the Advanced tab and then click Reset.
  3. Mark Delete personal settings, click Reset, and then restart the browser.

Google Chrome:

  1. Open the browser and enter chrome://extensions/ into the address bar.
  2. Find the unwanted extension, click the trash bin icon, and select Remove.
  3. Enter chrome://settings/ into the address bar and then scroll to the bottom.
  4. Click Advanced, click the Reset button at the bottom, and then restart the browser.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open the browser and tap Ctrl+Shift+A to open the Add-ons Manager menu.
  2. Move to the Extensions menu and Remove the unwanted add-ons.
  3. Tap Alt+H to open the Help menu and then select Troubleshooting information.
  4. Click Refresh Firefox and then restart the browser.
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