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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine seems to be a browser hijacker that may change user’s start page, his default search engine, or possibly a new tab page. If such changes annoy you and you would wish to place a more trustworthy homepage or search engine on your browser, we would advise you to erase this suspicious application without any hesitation. Our specialists believe it might be for the best because there is a chance the provided search engine could show unreliable third-party advertisements that could lead you to possible dangerous web pages. Users who cannot decide yet should continue reading our article and learn more about As for those who want nothing more, but to learn how to get rid of this browser hijacker at once, we would recommend following the provided deletion steps added at the end of this text.

For starters, it is essential to explain our researchers tested only the version compatible with Internet Explorer, although it is entirely possible the threat could work on Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome as well. It looks like it might find its way through bundled software installers or doubtful pop-up ads. Naturally, one of the ways to keep the system clean from such suspicious applications is think twice before agreeing to install a tool from unknown creators, suggested on irritating pop-up ads or on another program’s installer that you downloaded from an untrustworthy web page. The other way is to keep a reliable antimalware tool since it can warn the user about possible threats. Plus, you could use it in cases when you download doubtful files, for example, installers from torrent or other file-sharing sites, and so on.

The browser hijacker may settle in by modifying particular data belonging to the affected browser. For example, if it is Internet Explorer, the application should locate the HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main path where it would find a value name called Start Page. After doing so the threat could modify the mentioned file, and as a result, the browser might start loading instead of the earlier user’s homepage. Moreover, our specialists have also discovered that additionally, the browser hijacker could create data in the HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes directory to change user’s other browser preferences. Besides, it might create a specific folder in the %APPDATA% folder. Knowing what files it modifies or what new data it can generate is extremely important if the user wants to eliminate this application manually. This is why we will list it again in the deletion instructions.

The problem with the browser hijacker’s modified preferences is that instead of default search engine, homepage, or new tab page, the threat could place According to our researchers it cannot be trusted since it was noticed the application might show modified search results injected with doubtful third-party advertisements, for example, ads leading to sites showing fake lottery winnings, suggesting you install more unreliable applications like potentially unwanted programs, adware, and so on, or even web pages containing Trojans, viruses, and other malware. Thus, we would not recommend using to browse the Internet. If you do not think it is a good idea either we encourage you to remove the threat.

Just as it was explained earlier to get rid of the browser hijacker you may need to know where and which files it creates or modifies; that is if you choose to erase it manually. To learn more about this process, we invite you to take a look at the instructions available below since they will explain the process step by step. Instead of the manual removal, we could also suggest using a reliable antimalware tool of your choice. In which case, all you would have to do is install and launch it, click the scanning button and wait for the report, then review the detections or click the provided deletion button at once to eliminate all identified threats.


Internet Explorer

  1. Press Win+R.
  2. Type Regedit and click OK.
  3. Search for the following path: HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
  4. Search for value name titled Start Page.
  5. Right-Click Start Page and select Modify.
  6. Replace value data (, for example, with
  7. Click OK.
  8. Navigate to the following paths:
    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes
  9. Find keys called:
  10. Right-click mentioned key one by one and select Delete.
  11. Exit Registry Entry.
  12. Press Win+E and go to %APPDATA%
  13. Locate a folder named {28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}, right-click it and select Delete.
  14. Close File Explorer.
  15. Empty Recycle bin.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Win+E.
  2. Get to: C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{Unique Mozilla ID}
  3. Locate file Prefs.js and open it with Notepad.
  4. Identify this line: user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "").
  5. Replace the browser hijacker’s link.
  6. Save the changes (Ctrl+S).
  7. Close Prefs.js.

Google Chrome

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Locate the following path: C:\Users\{Username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
  3. Find and erase these listed files: Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data.
  4. Close the Explorer.
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