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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is one of those programs that should not be allowed to remain on your computer. This program is a browser hijacker, and it means that it will expose you to a number of potential threats. We are not trying to say that the program is there to infect you with malware. This can happen accidentally when you click some link that redirects you to an unfamiliar website, but you should do everything to avoid such redirections. And the first thing you have to do is remove from your system at once. For manual removal, please refer to the instructions below.

The browser hijacker is actually rather similar to,,, and many other generic intruders that modify your browser settings without your permission. These programs tend to employ similar distribution methods, and they perform similar modifications on the affected systems. At the same time, when we know that programs are similar, it is easier to remove them because we know what to look for and what to expect. So when we first encountered this browser hijacker, and we saw how it worked, we knew exactly how to get rid of it.

The problem with such programs is mostly not what they do to your system, but how they spread around. You see, browser hijackers are not malicious infections, so they cannot enter your computer willingly. They still need your permission to be added to your default browser. It means that you added yourself even if you were not aware of that. It can happen quite often because browser hijackers are distributed bundled in software packages with other freeware applications. Normally, these applications are not dangerous at all and users download them without any second thought. However, we would like to point out that your web browsing habits are just as important in ensuring your system’s security as the antispyware program that you use.

To put it simply, if you must download a new program, please get it from an official source. Third-party sources are bound to host installers that bundle several programs together. What’s more, if you go through the installation process blindly, you will end up installing a few programs at the same time, even if you thought you were setting up only one. As a result, and other unwanted applications will enter your computer, and they will disrupt your usual web browsing routine. is compatible with Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer. When this browser hijacker is added to your default browser, it will change your homepage and default search engine settings. At first, you will not notice anything weird, aside from the fact that your default homepage has been changed. However, the longer remains on your system, the more information it will collect about your web browsing habits. The program will do that via tracking cookies. Tracking cookies are used by many websites and various applications to collect certain information. That kind of practice is not malicious, but it could be exploited by malevolent third parties.

For example, when this browser hijacker has enough information on your web browsing habits, it can start generating commercial content on its main page or in the search results links it displays. For the most part, these outgoing links will lead you to some commercial website or a page that has a lot of advertisements. However, there is always a chance that this type of promotional route will be exploited by cyber criminals because does not review the content it promotes. Hence, in the worst case scenario, you could accidentally click a link that leads you to a malware-related website.

To avoid that, you should delete today. Manual removal is not complicated because this application is not that sophisticated. However, let us not forget that the browser hijacker could have entered your system together with other undesirable programs. Therefore, you need to make sure that you terminate all the potentially harmful programs at once.

For a full list of unwanted programs, scan your computer with the SpyHunter free scanner. You will get a list of all the potential threats you need to terminate. If you do not want to deal with manual removal, you can invest in a legitimate antispyware tool that will delete the security threats automatically.

How to Remove

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Win+R and the Run prompt will open.
  2. Type regedit into the Open box and click OK.
  3. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  4. Right-click the Start Page value on the right side.
  5. Choose Modify and edit your homepage address. Press OK.


  1. Press Win+R and enter %AppData%. Press OK.
  2. Navigate to Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[Unique User ID].
  3. Use Notepad to open the prefs.js file.
  4. Remove the user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", ""); string.
  5. Save the changes and exit the file.


  1. Press Win+R and type %LocalAppData%. Hit Enter.
  2. Go to Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.
  3. Remove the Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data files.
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