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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a questionable search website that may show up in your major browsers uninvitedly, i.e., under questionable circumstances. We have found that this newly emerged browser hijacker is an exact clone of a previous one called You are better off being careful with this hijacker because even if it looks legitimate and innocent, it can still provide you with promoted third-party content that could pose a threat to your system security. Since this malware infection can enter your computer in a company of other malicious programs and potentially unwanted programs as well, your PC could be facing serious vulnerability issues right now. This is why we suggest that you remove from your computer and make sure that you do the same to all other threats on your PC. Please read on to find out more about this browser hijacker and how it is possible to prevent such threats from sneaking onto your system.

Infecting your PC with a browser hijacker is easier than you might think. In fact, when you infect your computer with such a threat it is also quite likely that this is not the only one you let onto your system. Of course, it is possible that you directly install this browser hijacker by clicking on the wrong third-party ad or link while you are browsing the web. In this case, you may or may not be prompted about the browser setting changes that could be involved. So it is totally possible that you have no idea that this browser hijacker has been installed in your browsers. It is still a lot worse when you install this malware infection by installing a software bundle that could carry several potentially unwanted programs as well as malicious software installers, including browser hijacker, Trojans, adware apps, fake alerts, and even ransomware programs. Such a package can seriously lower the security level of your PC and make it a lot more vulnerable to cyber attacks.

You may land on an unfamiliar file-sharing page while trying to download a free program or a cracked file, and by downloading your targeted file you could actually end up with a package of malicious threats. But you may also click on a fake download button or link on such a suspicious torrent or freeware page that is really a third-party ad in disguise, which will drop a malicious bundle onto your system. Other websites that may promote unsafe third-party ads include betting, gaming, dating, and porn pages. Nevertheless, you are never safe to go online and click on any third-party ad when your PC is infected with adware, for instance. Such an infection can expose you to dangerous advertisements and even hijack normal ads to act maliciously. This is why you will never be really safe if there is one single threat hiding on your computer. And, this is why we advise you to run a trustworthy malware scanner right after you delete from your browsers.

It is possible that you do not even notice that this browser hijacker has taken over the homepages of your main browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer. Apart from the main search box, this hijacker also offers you three thumbnail links below it that take you to the same domain ( but before reaching the respective address (Home Portal, Google Search, or Bing Search), you are taken for a second to a mediator page that could prepare the injection of promoted content to your search results pages. Obviously, this browser hijacker can generate revenue from promoting all kinds of affiliates who may not always be trustworthy. Therefore, it is possible that you click on a third-party ad or sponsored link that may drop infections or take you to unsecure pages. This is why we believe that it is best for you to remove from your computer.

Our research shows that this infection may be a persistent one and might change your Target lines to always show up as your home page in any of your main browsers. In this case, even if you try to change your browser settings, this would be in vain as this browser hijacker would still be your home page. This is why we suggest that you check your Target lines first and then, you can reset all your infected browsers to make sure that all browser-related threats are gone. We have included our instructions below if you would like to end this infection with your own hands. Do not forget that this could be only one of several threats endangering your system. Therefore, we recommend that you invest in a reliable malware removal program (e.g., SpyHunter) to protect your computer from all possible threats.

Restore the Target lines

  1. Right-click on your browser shortcut on your desktop.
  2. Choose Properties.
  3. Select the General tab.
  4. Make sure that the Read-only checkbox is unchecked.
  5. Go to the Shortcut tab.
  6. Delete any string after the end quote in the Target line.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Right-click on the browser shortcut on your Taskbar.
  9. Right-click on the browser name option.
  10. Repeat steps 2 to 7.

Remove from your browsers

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Alt+H and choose Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Press Refresh Firefox at the top.
  3. In the pop-up, press Refresh Firefox.

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T and select Internet Options.
  2. Select the Advanced tab and click Reset.
  3. Mark Delete personal settings and click Reset.
  4. Press Close.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and go to Settings.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down again and click Reset.
  4. In the confirmation window, click Reset.
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