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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is not a legitimate search provider even though its appearance suggests that it is an ordinary search tool. It is better known as a browser hijacker because it changes settings of Google Chrome browsers without the users’ knowledge. It does that by installing a malicious extension – you should be able to find it yourself if you open the add-ons manager. You should not keep this browser add-on active because you will see open each time you launch your browser as long as it stays active. As you already know, this search tool is not what it seems to be. If you do not do anything about its presence soon, it might bring you problems. We do not say that all users who use to perform web searches experience problems, but you have no guarantees that you will not be one of them, so we highly recommend that you get rid of this search engine today. Since the browser hijacker installs a new add-on on Google Chrome to change users’ preferred settings, it is very likely that you will erase the browser hijacker fully from your computer only by disabling this browser extension. If you have never deleted any browser extension before, go to delete the one representing the browser hijacker only after you read this article.

If you see open automatically, it means that your default search tool has been changed. Most likely, you do not know anything about that because these changes have been applied by the browser hijacker that has entered your system without your knowledge. We can assure you that the search tool it has set on your Google Chrome browser is not a search provider that can be trusted fully, so you should not use it to perform web searches too. If you ignore this piece of advice and use every day to search for the information on the web, you will be presented with the so-called modified search results sooner or later. Their appearance suggests that they are decent search results, but it is not true. These search results differ to a great extent from search results returned by legitimate search providers. Speaking specifically, they are displayed to users just to promote certain websites by driving traffic to them. Because of this, the chances are high that you will not find anything you are searching for on any of these websites opened to you after clicking on modified search results. In the worst-case scenario, you might land on a malicious page too. Of course, you will not be told about that. You should only use search tools that are 100% trustworthy. Since is not one of them, we suggest that you get rid of it as soon as possible.

It has turned out that collects some information about users too, so if you are about to leave it in the place of your default search tool on Google Chrome, you have a right to know what details it will record about you. First, it has been observed that it automatically collects technical information about the affected computer. Second, it is interested in the usage information, e.g. websites you visit, content you see, how you use your browser, and search-related applications you use. Third, it might be able to get some information about users’ interactions on social networks. Last but not least, it might record some registration-related information. If you do not provide any details that can identify you personally, the browser hijacker should not be able to access them itself.

Even though the majority of browser hijackers are distributed bundled with all kinds of free applications, it seems that the browser hijacker is not one of them. Researchers at say that it should be mainly promoted via malicious advertisements. They are usually displayed to users when they open dubious websites/click on untrustworthy links. It is, certainly, not always easy to prevent untrustworthy software from entering the system, so we have asked our security specialists how to ensure the system’s maximum protection without putting much effort into this. According to them, users should simply install security software on their PCs.

You will no longer see set on your browser if you delete the malicious extension (ID: gadgkfhfekoobdjlloffkinjbclhbfml) from your Google Chrome browser. To do this, you need to access the add-ons manager. If you do not know how to do that, let our removal guide help you to erase the browser hijacker from the system.


Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Press Alt+F.
  3. Click More tools.
  4. Click Extensions.
  5. Select the extension linked to the browser hijacker (its Chrome ID: gadgkfhfekoobdjlloffkinjbclhbfml).
  6. Click the Trash button next to it.
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