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Danger level 6
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Changes default search engine
  • Hijacks homepage is yet another featured search website that may pose a threat to your computer. We have labeled it as a browser hijacker since it can change your homepage settings in your main browsers and show up every time you open them. This means that you could be exposed to potentially risky third-party content, which could lead to further infections and online scams if you are not careful enough. It seems that the only way for you to infect your computer with this browser hijacker is to install it in questionable and deceptive ways. This also means that there could be other threats on board as well that may have entered your computer along with this infection. All in all, we think that it is important that you remove from your computer as soon as possible and do the same to all other malicious programs as well as potential threats.

We have not found any official website for this browser hijacker, which means that its creators have to use questionable and misleading methods to get it installed. One of the most commonly used distribution methods is called bundling. Even though there are obviously legitimate software bundles, cyber crooks tend to use the same method to spread questionable and malicious programs as well. One software package may carry a number of such threats, including browser hijackers, Trojans, adware programs, fake alerts, and more. This is why you should stay away from shady torrent and freeware pages even if you want to download free software. We recommend that you always use authentic official pages to be on the safe side but you need to run a web search even on those to be sure unless you want to end up having to remove and other malware infections.

Another way for you to infect your system with a bundle of threats is to click on the wrong third-party content on questionable websites generally associated with online betting, gaming, dating, file-sharing, and porn. But you can also be exposed to unsafe banner ads, pop-up ads, and other disguised third-party content if your PC is infected with malware like adware. No wonder why it is so important that you run a reliable online malware scanner after you delete from your computer.

This search page features lots of easy access links to all kinds of popular websites in different categories practically filling your whole screen. However, among these links you can also find third-party ads inserted, which can pose a threat to your system security since there is no guarantee that these ads are always reliable. The trained eye would notice right away that this page does not disclose its legal documents (EULA and Privacy Policy), which makes it already quite suspicious, and would be a good enough reason for you to delete from your system. But this is not the last thing on our list.

This browser hijacker may collect information about your online activities and use it to target you with customized advertising and sponsored links that could draw your attention and make you click. Unfortunately, the promoted content may not always be trustworthy since cyber criminals may exploit this page to promote their own malicious pages, which may drop infections or scam you. Now, these should be really convincing reasons for you to act now and remove from your computer.

Since this browser hijacker only seems to affect your homepage settings in your main browsers, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, you can try to eliminate it by restoring these settings. If you have never done this before, please follow our instructions below this report. Please keep in mind that it may not be enough for you to eliminate this hijacker alone since there may be other infections hiding on your computer. It is possible that you could not remove all threats by yourself unless you are an advanced computer user. Thus, we recommend that you employ proper anti-malware software (e.g., SpyHunter) to automatically take care of all possible threats on board and future attacks as well.

How to remove from your browsers

Google Chrome

  1. Tap Win+E.
  2. Locate the “%LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default” folder.
  3. Delete the following files: Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data
  4. Empty your Recycle Bin.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Tap Win+E.
  2. Locate the “%AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{Unique Mozilla user ID}” folder.
  3. Edit the prefs.js file in Notepad.
  4. Modify the user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "") string with a URL address you would like to see as your homepage.

Internet Explorer

  1. Tap Win+R and type regedit. Press the Enter key.
  2. Modify “” value data in these registry keys:
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page (64-bit!)
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page
    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page
  3. Modify the value data in these value names in “HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{0633EE93-D776-472f-A0FF-E1416B8B2E3A}” registry key:
    FaviconURL (value data: “”)
    FaviconURLFallback (value data: “”)
    TopResultURL (value data: “”)
    URL (value data: “”)
  4. Close the registry editor.
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