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What is is the program that claims to offer useful online searching features, but it hijacks the browser with malicious redirects instead is the hijacker that gets distributed through freeware sharing and downloading sites without the knowledge of users. is the page that appears instead of your default search engine every time you try to search online. Unfortunately, this activity indicates that your machine is infected by a potentially unwanted program, and this is not good news.[1] PUPs can install other similar programs and applications, so your device gets even more affected and performance suffers. Browser hijackers like that focus mainly on changing the settings and injecting search results with commercial material, but other installed tools can make even more damage. virus is a term that victims use to describe the website based on intrusive behavior and unwanted changes. Also, the program significantly affects the device, so the user cannot work on the machine as before. You should react to these symptoms and indications as soon as possible because PUPs become even more persistent over time.

Type Browser hijacker[2]
Category Potentially unwanted program
Symptoms It changes the default search engine to its websites, periodically opens windows with suspicious content and redirects to third-party pages with possibly malicious material
Affects Various web browsers on Windows and Mac devices
Distribution Freeware installations, other unwanted programs, deceptive websites and advertisements
Elimination Clean the system and remove with FortectIntego during a system scan

Once gets on the system, it can load several browser plugins, toolbars, or extensions to affect the internet browsing experience. When you start seeing all the redirects and new tab, default search engine, homepage set to or any other site, you should be aware that PUPs come in bundles.

Besides all those visible changes and interference with your time online directly, you should see these symptoms:

  • other applications and tools installed without your permission;
  • pop-ups ads appearing while you browse on the web;
  • pop-ups with various commercial content show up on the desktop;
  • browsers run slow;
  • performance of the device gets significantly affected.

Unfortunately, there are more problems with browser hijacker. This program, as any other PUP, can have permissions to perform various tasks and violate your privacy by tracking data related to online browsing preferences. Experts[3] always talk that ad-tracking is more significant that users tend to think. is the potentially unwanted program that shows redirects and injects search results with commercial content.

All the content that this hijack delivers can generate views for the publishers and access, track, collect information about the user. All those pop-ups, banners, in-text ads, and redirects, in most cases, make users go to shady pages, including malicious material-filled websites. tracks and collects:

  • search queries;
  • browsing history;
  • IP addresses;
  • URLs of commonly visited websites;
  • details saved to fill the forms on various pages.

Stay away from content and avoid all the redirects since they can expose you to malicious content and lead to malware infections, unfortunately. This pseudo search engine gives nu value for your machine, so delete it as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, removal becomes more difficult when the program changes particular settings of the device. This intruder can change registry entries, startup preferences, and even decide when the application is going to start itself. All these alterations over time affect the performance of security tools too.

So get the professional anti-malware tool and remove from the machine during a full system scan. This process allows checking various places and finding all the shady programs or corrupted files. Tools like FortectIntego can also help to repair Windows files that get damaged by the infection.

Although can claim to be associated with Google, Yahoo, Bing, or another legitimate search provider, there is nothing valuable or useful about the PUP. You need to gain control of your browser back and set all the preferences back to default. For that, you can find a step-by-step guide below the article. is the browser hijacker that can interfere with the performance and speed of your machine.

Browser hijackers inject computer through installations of add-ons and apps

During the installation processes of freeware, extensions, and all the other programs, you can get additional apps without receiving alerts or permission requirements. Dubious software gets on the system automatically when you skip through steps and go for recommended options.

Choosing Advanced or Custom installations gives you the advantage because during the process while using this installation method, you can see all included programs and decide which ones you want to add on the computer. This should be a habit for all internet users. Also, relying on official sources, legitimate software providers should be a default action.

Eliminate PUP and other programs that interfere with your browsing and diminish time online virus is the program that installs other programs and in-browser content or system tools to have more control of the infected device. Unfortunately, eliminating those changes on the browser is not enough, and you need to clean the system fully to end intrusive pop-ups and save the machine from damage.

You can try to remove manually, but we don't recommend relying on this method because it takes time and since you need to find all associated files and programs it may not give the best results, in the first place. However, you can find a guide below that shows how to manually set your web browsing tools to default, so all the intruders get terminated.

The best method for any potentially unwanted program and for this hijacker is malware termination with antivirus tools. Get a proper anti-malware program for automatic removal and perform a system check. During the process, you can see all the possible threats and delete them from the computer entirely.

You may remove virus damage with a help of FortectIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Getting rid of Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

Rely on this guide and clean the machine from any PUPs

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK. Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete from macOS

Remove items from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash) Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove an unwanted app, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files. Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom. Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear. Clear Edge browsing data

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running. Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick Delete Advanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose Advanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy, search and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now. Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset. Reset Chromium Edge

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

You should get rid of that creates frustration on your device and make sure to reset the Firefox

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear. Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information. Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox. Reset Firefox 2

Remove from Google Chrome

Make sure that your browser has nothing associated with

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data. Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall. Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History. Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches. Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting browser hijacker

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.

If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.


Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 


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