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removal by Linas Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser hijacker search engine is created for advertising reasons hijack by Aztec Media Inc. seems like a simple looking search engine. However, its appearance should not trick you. It’s a potentially unwanted program and a browser hijacker. Nevertheless, this tool delivers search results from Yahoo; it still can redirect to unknown third-party sites as soon as you click on the necessary link.

This potentially unwanted program[1] might enter the system without user’s knowledge with the help of software bundles.[2] However, it is also advertised on a suspicious redirect sites such as Various ads also suggest installing Search App which is also known for spreading Blpsearch. Thus, you have to be careful to avoid unwanted changes in your browser. might appear instead of user’s recent homepage if browser hijacker manages to sneak inside the computer in a software bundle. After a successful infiltration, this potentially unwanted program (PUP) finds all Internet browsers that are installed on the victim’s PC and alters their settings. This add-on tracks user while he/she browses the Internet.[3] It gathers the following information:

  • Type of browser that you use;
  • Type of operating system that you use;
  • Geographic location of your device;
  • Your browsing history;
  • Link clicks;
  • IP address of your device;
  • Your e-mail address.

The listed information might be used to deliver targeted ads for you or might be shared with’s partners. Therefore, during the time, you might see an increased amount of online ads that disturb your browsing sessions.

As we have mentioned in the beginning, the virus is known to be delivering modified search outcomes. Although it delivers Yahoo search outcomes, they are not SAFE. This questionable software adds deceptive hyperlinks to these search results, so you should not expect to visit the desirable web sources because this program seeks to redirect you to its partners’ web pages in order to gain pay-per-click revenue.

However, remember that affiliates might be shady companies, and they might try to convince you to install questionable software or software updates that can turn out to be infectious. To avoid the risk of infecting a computer with suspicious applications, we recommend you to delete this insecure search website and use one of the leading search engines instead.

You can remove redirect virus with an anti-spyware[4] software, for example, Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. However, you can use any other anti-malware to wipe out this PUP from the system entirely. The most important part is not to forget to update your chosen tool first.

Moreover, you can opt for the manual removal and get rid of the hijacker without security software. In order to help you, we have provided an illustrated guidelines below the article.

Questions about virus

The picture of is a suspicious search engine that might force you to visit questionable third-party websites.

Versions of Blpsearch  It’s a movie-themed search engine that offers quick access to websites such as Netflix and Hulu. However, it also operates as a browser hijacker and might hijack Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or other web browsers after the installation of freeware or shareware.

This search engine also redirects to Yahoo results page. However, it can also redirect to unknown sites instead of relevant websites. Therefore, using this tool is not recommended to avoid potentially dangerous redirects and being tricked by cyber criminals. It’s a Search App download website. Users are often redirected to it when they browse through high-risk sites or by a particular potentially unwanted application. This program is presented as a convenient search engine and offers to download toolbar directly to your browser.

However, if you read provided Terms and Conditions or Privacy Policy, you would regret installation of this tool. This search tool works as a browser hijacker and generates advertising-based revenue for the developers.

Everything you need to know about software bundling to avoid installation of PUPs

Bundled software consists of one legitimate and well-known program, and some additions. Such programs are spread on various insecure download websites. The additions are usually PUPs – adware, browser hijackers, or just doubtful browser extensions. Such applications are presented in an indirect way as “recommended applications.”

If you tend to rush through the software installation setup by clicking “Next” the whole time, you may not notice the proposals to install these attachments. To avoid installing them, you have to follow the installation process. Experts from Les Virus[5] note, that the most important part is to select correct installation settings – opt for ADVANCED or CUSTOM installation option. In the further installation step, deselect the suggestions to install optional freeware. elimination guide

To remove virus, you need to delete the rogue browser extension from each Internet browser that was affected by it. That is not the end – you need to clean your system from its components that were placed on your computer, too. We have prepared a comprehensive uninstall guide for you, and it can be found below this article.

If you want to ensure PC’s safety for a longer time, we recommend installing anti-spyware software and completing removal automatically. You can perform a full system scan with such program, and delete all dangerous computer parasites from your machine.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. 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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To remove virus, follow these steps:

Delete from Windows systems

Follow manual hijacker's removal guidelines here:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall and related programs
    Here, look for or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Remove from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Eliminate from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove hijacker-related entries from the Internet Explorer by following these steps:

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Uninstall virus from Microsoft Edge

Fix Microsoft Edge after the hijack:

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove Search App and other suspicious Firefox extensions:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase from Google Chrome

Uninstall browser extensions from Google Chrome that might be related to

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

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 server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

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. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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  1. SYnthia says:
    January 21st, 2016 at 10:37 am

    This crapware collects hell damn a lot of information! I have never thought about it. Of course I need to get rid of this. howevaa, Ive got no time to deal with this virus manually. Can anyone tell is SpyHunter worth my time?

  2. Matt.Glazer says:
    January 21st, 2016 at 10:38 am

    What can I say, it is a professional program to remove spyware and malware. Of course its good. You just have to update it from time to time. I have SpyHunter and so far, my computer is safe. (I have spyhunter for half a year now)

  3. Craig1993 says:
    January 21st, 2016 at 11:09 am


  4. Benita says:
    January 21st, 2016 at 11:11 am

    it really causes redirects, that is so annoying. glad that ive got rid of already. it looked like a normal search engine though. but you cannot trust it!!

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