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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, ReimageIntego. 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 ReimageIntego. 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

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for 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, 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 related to and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Eliminate from Internet Explorer (IE)

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

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example,
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall virus from Microsoft Edge

Fix Microsoft Edge after the hijack:

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

Reset MS Edge if that 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 DeleteAdvanced 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” -VerboseAdvanced 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 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

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

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Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

Data backups are important – recover your lost files

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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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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