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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine

We often do not recognize potential security threats when they are not outright malicious. is one of such threats that you may allow to remain on your for quite some time. This browser hijacker looks like a regular search engine, and you might think that it is just a simply update to your default browser. Unfortunately, when a browser hijacker enters your system, it automatically means that your online activities are monitored by a third party. Hence, to avoid this intrusive behavior, you need to remove from your PC as soon as possible. Do not hesitate just because this program does not look malicious.

What’s more, users have to understand that they often download and install such programs themselves. Maybe you did not intend to have added to your browser, but the truth is that browser hijackers seldom can affect target computers themselves. While they can modify your browser’s settings without notifying you, they cannot install themselves automatically. This means that it is possible to avoid such applications if you know how they spread around. If you know what you look out for, you should be able to avoid installing on your computer.

We know for sure that is similar to,,, and many other browser hijackers that come from the same source. Therefore, if the program comes from the same group, it means that it also employs similar distribution methods. It is clear that browser hijackers do not have a direct distribution source because it is highly doubtful that anyone would want to add this “search engine” to their browser. Thus, browser hijackers usually travel in software packages that you download from file-sharing websites. And each time you download something from a third-party source you need to make sure you check the installation wizard carefully.

There is always a chance that the installation wizard will let you know about the additional features it carries, so you should not skip the setup steps. Breezing through the installation might be counter-productive because you would miss your chance to deselect and probably many other unwanted applications. When it comes to freeware packages, it is usually not just one application you need to be careful about. might be just one of the many unnecessary apps that get added to your system. So it is a lot better to avoid them than to deal with them later on.

However, if was added to your browser, you will have to muck this mess now. At least the browser hijacker is not a terribly malicious infection that would immediately cripple your system. In fact, some users do not even understand that their system’s security has been compromised because this browser hijacker does not look like an immediate security threat. Nevertheless, when your default homepage changes all of a sudden, it should definitely ring a few alarms. And the longer this browser hijacker remains in your system, the more damage it might cause.

We are not trying to say that is there to infect you with malware. Browser hijackers just care about the money you can help them make. So they focus on promoting third-party commercial content that eventually brings profit when you interact with it. For instance, if promotes some third-party link and you click it, you automatically generate some profit for the browser hijacker’s developers. This pay-per-click system is employed by a big number of freeware applications, and there is nothing illegal about it. But the problem is that malevolent third parties could easily make use of this hijacker to promote their corrupted content. And would not be able to do anything to stop it.

Hence, you have to protect yourself from such instances by removing today. It is not hard to delete this browser hijacker manually, but if you do not feel confident about that, you can always rely on a legitimate computer security application that will help you terminate all the potential threats automatically. Not to mention that it will also take care of other potentially unwanted programs that could have entered your system together with Thus, do everything you can to safeguard your system from various intruders, and you need any help with that, please do not hesitate to contact us.

How to Remove

Internet Explorer

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


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


  1. Press Win+R and type %LocalAppData%. Click OK.
  2. Go to Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.
  3. Delete these files: Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data.
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