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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application seems like a useful start page for your browsers but, unfortunately, we have found certain suspicious traits that make us believe that this is rather a potentially unwanted program (PUP). In fact, this PUP comes from a family created by RCPmedia that has so far nearly 50 members, including SoftEnjoy, StartPage, and WebStart. These browser extensions may all look innocent to you but there are certain factors that make them a bit suspicious, for example, their distribution methods. The truth is, there are alternative ways to spread this extension on the web. But this also means that when installing this PUP, it may not be the only application you are installing. This is how you may find all kinds of malware infections as well on board now. Of course, you do not need to take our word for it. You can always run a free online malware scanner that you find reputable enough and see for yourself what may be hiding on your system. We certainly recommend that you remove from your computer and all other threats you may find.

This PUP is listed on the developers' webpage,, along with all its siblings; however, you cannot directly download this or any other from this page. One way to download this browser extension is to visit and click the "App" link at the bottom, which will take you to the other official page, the Chrome web store at This page clearly shows that this tool cannot really be called a popular application since hardly over 10 thousand people have installed it since it was published a half year ago. The truth is that you may not have installed this PUP knowingly, which could be a good reason to want to delete from your computer; however, we have more in store for you.

This browser extension can also show up on your system when you are installing software bundles. When you would like to download a new free application, you may search the web to find a place to download it from, right? Well, what you may not know is that the search results could be filled with links leading to fake and malicious file-sharing websites (torrent and freeware pages) even if you use a reputable search engine like Google. If you download free software or cracks from such pages, it is highly possible that you download a full package of PUPs and malware infections. But you can also drop such a bundle onto your system when you click on corrupt advertisements and links on suspicious websites or when generated by adware infections hiding on your computer. This is why we believe that it is essential that you use a reliable malware scanner to identify all threats after you delete from your browsers.

It is hard not to notice the browser setting changes this PUP makes when you install it. In fact, it can also be called a browser hijacker for this ability and some malware researchers do refer to it as such. This browser extension offers you a search engine ( and lots of thumbnail links below the search box, which take you to popular websites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, and Flickr. The biggest issue with this tool is that it also displays third-party advertisements on this page that may not always be reliable. In other words, if you happen to click on an unreliable ad, you could drop infections onto your machine or open malicious pages on new tabs. Even if we cannot say that this PUP exposes you to modified search results that could, again, introduce you to questionable third-party content, we do not advise you to use this tool or keep it in your browsers. The best would be for you to remove right away.

Since there could be other browser-related threats on board, we suggest that you reset your main browsers that could be affected by this PUP, namely, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Google Chrome. Please follow our instructions below to eliminate this innocent-looking potential threat source manually. If you want to keep your PC secure, it is important that you start surfing the web more safely and keep your programs and drivers always up-to-date. As a matter of fact, the best way to protect your system against all known threats is to employ a reliable malware removal application, such as SpyHunter, which can automatically take care of all possible system security-related issues for you.

How to remove from browsers

Internet Explorer

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

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Alt+H and select Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Press Refresh Firefox.
  3. Click Refresh Firefox in the pop-up window.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and select Settings.
  2. Scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and click Reset.
  4. In the pop-up window, press Reset.
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