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Danger level 6
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine

If you are wondering why your browser's default settings were changed, you should know that it could be an indication that a browser hijacker is up and running on your operating system. One such application currently roams the web and goes by the name of If you ever encounter it while browsing the Internet, be sure to do everything in your power to refrain from it at all times. Doing so is essential because this browser hijacker, just like its counterparts, can compromise your online experiences. That is so because it is designed to make undesirable changes to your browser's default settings. Due to such changes, your operating system could be subjected to suspicious and even malicious web content. Read this article and learn more about this hijacker's inner workings. Besides such information, we include a comprehensive removal guide, which you should use to delete in just a few simple steps.

During the extensive analysis, malware experts at our internal labs have discovered that is closely related to other hijackers such as,, and The main similarities between all these intrusive programs lie in their inner workings. As soon as this invasive program gains access to your operating system, it immediately makes modifications to files and registry values that are associated with your browser's default settings. The main change that this hijacker initiates is of your default homepage. At first, it might seem like an irrelevant alteration; however, that is not the case in reality. That is so because for as long as this browser hijacker will be active on your operating system, you will have no choice but to use a suspicious third-party site as your default homepage whether you like that. What causes even more frustration is the fact that the website set as your default homepage does not provide any valuable features. You cannot customize quick access links, and the weather tab offers inconsistent information. As you can imagine, browsing the Internet the way you like will not be possible due to this browser hijacker. If you wish to regain your browser's default settings so you could surf the web without interruptions, you must remove at the very same instance that it is found up and running on your operating system. Do so by using the detailed instructions below. Keep in mind that if you fail to terminate this browser hijacker, the undesirable modification of your default homepage will continue to bother you.

While annoying alterations are the most prominent feature of, it is essential to note that there is something much more concerning about it. Upon further analysis, our researchers have noticed that using the search box on a newly appointed homepage could prove to be quite dangerous. As it turns out, in some instances, it might provide you with results that host redirect links. That is a dangerous instance because such dubious results might lead you to suspicious third-party sites. In some situations, you could end up on a web page that runs something known as an arbitrary code execution exploit. Just entering such a site could be enough to infect your operating system with some unknown malware because the exploit in question is capable of launching a remote installation procedure without requiring your consent. You could also cross path with fake online shops, which cyber crooks use for a simple reason - to steal your credit card data or other sensitive information. As you can see this browser hijacker could prove to be more than just annoying. If you are a security-conscious user, make sure to remove at the very same instance that it is found up and running on your computer.

Remove without any hesitation. Under no circumstances delay the termination procedure since keeping this dubious program up and running on your computer could lead to more virtual security issues. Keep in mind that you must remove every single bit associated with this browser hijacker; otherwise, its dubious changes might remain in place. Also, leftovers of this invasive application could be used to restore it without your knowledge. If you want to avoid finding yourself in such a situation, be sure to double-check your operating system as a whole for anything associated with Such analysis should be executed as soon as you are done with the instructions below.

How to remove

Google Chrome

  1. Open your File Explorer.
  2. Go to C:\Users\(your username)\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.
  3. Select and delete files entitled Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data.
  4. Close your File Explorer.
  5. Right-click your Recycle Bin and select Empty Recycle Bin.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open your File Explorer.
  2. Navigate to C:\Users\(your username)\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\(unique Mozilla profile ID).
  3. Right-click a file called prefs.js and select Delete.
  4. Close your File Explorer.
  5. Right-click your Recycle Bin and select Empty Recycle Bin.

Internet Explorer

  1. Click the Windows button.
  2. Type regedit into a search field and tap Enter on your keyboard.
  3. Go to to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  4. Right-click a registry value entitled Start Page and select Modify.
  5. Replace the unwanted URL with a new one and then click OK.
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