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Danger level 8
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a new search engine that can show up in your browsers uninvited. Actually, this is a browser hijacker that can change your browser settings to appear as your homepage, new tab page as well as your default search engine. This hijacker is known to affect Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox browsers, too. This search page looks totally normal and resembles the most reputable ones like Google and Yahoo. This is why most victims may not even realize these changes and leave this browser hijacker active in their browsers. Nevertheless, no matter how innocent this malware infection may appear to be, it can actually present to you potentially unreliable third-party content, such as advertisements and links. Since this hijacker may enter your system along with other malware threats and potentially unwanted applications as well, we suggest that you remove right away and do the same with all other possible threat sources.

If this browser hijacker managed to sneak onto your system, it is quite likely that you have installed a questionable freeware bundle recently. This infection is mainly promoted by such software packages, which can carry a couple of potentially unwanted applications as well as malware infections like browser hijackers, adware programs, ransomware programs, Trojans, and fake alerts. This is why we keep emphasizing the need for cautious installation whenever you are installing a bundle. This is a rather deceptive distribution method since cyber criminals can create installers that present notifications and additional tools in a misleading and concealed manner. Thus, it always pays to choose the custom or advanced option because this may be your only chance to see the full content and choose what you actually want to install. However, missing this opportunity may result in your installing a number of threats onto your system.

If you want to avoid such bundles, you need to make sure that you do not land on suspicious websites that host a lot of third-party ads, which are like traps in fact. Also, you need to stop downloading free programs from shady torrent and freeware pages because they mostly promote malicious packages even if you may not realize right away. Yet another way to infect your system by dropping infections and bundles is to have adware programs on board, which can expose you to unsafe third-party ads (banner and pop-up ads). If you want to make sure that your computer is clean, you should run a full system malware scan right after you delete from your browsers.

This browser hijacker looks just like any other. This is why, at first sight, you may not even think that it could be harmful to keep it in your browsers. In the top-left corner, this search page offers you five links to search the Web, Images, Videos, News, and Shopping categories. This search page does not use its own search engine to show you results; it forwards your queries to a possibly modified Yahoo search results page that may contain questionable third-party advertisements and sponsored links. This is how this browser hijacker can generate revenue for its creators, i.e., by promoting affiliates this way. However, there is never guarantee that all these affiliates are to be trusted. Thus, you may end up on questionable, fake, and malicious websites by clicking on content provided by this hijacker. You may also drop other infections if you click on the wrong ad or link. This is why we recommend that you remove as soon as possible.

Although it may be enough for you to remove the browser extension that is possible responsible for the presence of this browser hijacker in your browser, we believe that resetting your browsers may be needed to make sure that no browser-related infections remain on board. If you have never done this before, you can use our guide below this article to help you step by step. Please remember that this browser hijacker could be only one of many malware threats on your computer, not to mention potentially unwanted applications that may also be present. If you cannot tackle all these manually, we suggest that you use a reliable malware removal application like SpyHunter to automatically detect and eliminate all known threats from your system and protect it against future attacks.

How to remove from your browsers

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Tap Alt+H to open the Help menu.
  2. Navigate to Troubleshooting Information.
  3. Click Refresh Firefox.
  4. In the confirmation window, click Refresh Firefox.

Google Chrome

  1. Tap Alt+F to open the menu.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Click the Advanced link at the bottom of the page.
  4. Click the Reset link at the bottom.
  5. Press Reset.


  1. Open the Safari menu.
  2. Select Clear History, choose the period you wish to delete and select Clear History again.
  3. Now, from the Safari menu choose Preferences.
  4. Select the Advanced tab.
  5. Mark Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  6. Return to your Safari window and navigate to Develop menu and choose Empty Caches.
  7. Then, open Preferences and choose Extensions.
  8. Select the suspicious add-ons and press Uninstall.
  9. Now, choose Security and untick the option called Allow Plug-ins.
  10. Restart your Safari browser.
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