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Danger level 6
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine


We have recently discovered a browser hijacker called Home.fastemailaccess.com that was designed to hijack the homepage of your browser in order to make you use if for searching the web. You should remove it not only because it replaces the homepage address without your permission but also because it can collect information about you and show commercial advertisements in its search results to generate revenue. However, not all of its ads are safe to click, and some of them can be highly malicious, so we recommend getting rid of this search engine before anything bad happens.

Home.fastemailaccess.com is disseminated with an accompanying browser extension called Fast Email Access New Tab that is compatible with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Nevertheless, this hijacker can be distributed without an extension, so it can also make its way onto Microsoft Internet Explorer. You can get the extension for Chrome and Firefox from Fastemailaccess.com, and you can also get it for Chrome from the Chrome Web Store. If you got in on Internet Explorer, then it is likely that you got it when you installed a software bundle that was set to inject it into your browser secretly, Hence, the reason it was classified as a browser hijacker. Certain freeware websites bundle their software with malware that include browser hijackers to make money, and these installers may not allow you to deselect the installation of this hijacker.

Home.fastemailaccess.com is a hijacker that redirects all entered search terms to a modified Yahoo search engine which is a favorite of browser hijacker developers. Testing has shown that it is set to replace the homepage address of the aforementioned browsers to make you use it as a regular search engine. If you use it, then this hijacker will subject you many promotional links that it will include in its search results. While many search engines serve promoted links, we are concerned with the fact that this particular browser hijacker can show you deceptive links that can redirect you to scam or infected websites. Your computer’s security can be jeopardized as a result and third-parties may extract sensitive information from you. Therefore, using this hijacker as a regular search engine is a potential security risk.

It is also important to note that, like many browser hijackers, Home.fastemailaccess.com has been configured to collect some information about you to customize and personalize the ads you see. Its privacy policy states that it can collect information such as the frequency, how you use and interact with it, type of browser, operating system type, Internet Protocol (IP) address, geographic location, the domain name of your Internet service provider (ISP), and Diagnostic information. This information is non-personally identifiable. However, in some cases, this hijacker’s creators can obtain personal information. According to its privacy policy, this hijacker “may collect Personal Identifiable Information if you voluntarily contact us in order to respond to your questions or comments, such as your name, email or mailing address, or other information you include when contacting us.” Therefore, you should avoid using this hijacker altogether.

We hope you found this article insightful. As you can see, Home.fastemailaccess.com is no ordinary search engine and not in a good way. We have classified it as a browser hijacker because it can replace your browser’s homepage address secretly and serve you ad-supported search results that can get your PC infected with malware or steal sensitive information. Therefore, you should take decisive action and remove it using our guide.

Removal Guide

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  1. Press Windows+R keys.
  2. Type regedit in the box and hit Enter.
  3. Go to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
  4. Find Start Page, right-click it and click modify.
  5. Erase http://search.instantnewsnow.co and enter a new homepage URL.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Close the Registry Editor.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Simultaneously tap Ctrl+Shift+A.
  2. Choose Extensions.
  3. Locate Fast Email Access New Tab and click Remove.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F.
  2. Choose More tools and click Extensions.
  3. Locate Fast Email Access New Tab and click Remove.
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