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About seems to be an ordinary search site from the first inspection. Therefore, you may raise a question so what else can be said about it? In fact, there is much more to say about this search. So let’s begin enumerating the facts step-by-step:

  1. is powered by Babylon Ltd. This developer is already unpopular for the development potentially unwanted programs.
  2. is deemed as a PUP (potentially unwanted program).
  3. It is classified as a browser hijacker.
  4. virus spreads bundled with freewares/sharewares.
  5. It can hijack web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari) and diminish their performance.
  6. This search engine uses cookies and spies on its users.

These are the main aspects due to which we do not recommend installing and using this search. If you have already found set as your default start page and search provider without requiring for your permission, we would like to advise you in advance – check the system with anti-malware, such as Reimage and get rid of it ASAP.

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Questions about

The only way for to enter PC is to get user’s permission. It’s not a virus, what means that it does not have traits that would allow it to breach security and inject into the system without being noticed. However, its developers (Babylon Ltd.) are applying a misleading distribution tactics, namely ‘bundling,’ which enables it to spread hidden under other freewares/sharewares. The trick is that additional components, including redirect virus, are disclosed, but in a very deceptive manner. Usually, they are hidden under Quick or Basic installation methods while the information about them is written in a tiny font or somewhere at the corner of the page. Therefore, to prevent hijacker from settling down on your Chrome, IE, Firefox or Safari web browsers, make sure that you select Advanced/Custom installation mode and carefully read all the provided terms. Finally, uncheck all ticks saying that you accept to set as your search engine/homepage and only then finish the installation.

How does this browser hijacker work?

If its installation along with freeware is approved by the user, installs a new Windows startup key, injects several registries, and takes control over web browsers. Upon such modifications, it replaces a default start page, search provider, and a new tab window no matter if the former has been Google, Chrome or Firefox. Such browser’s changes are vital for the developers since that’s the only way for them to display sponsored search results and advertisements that allow earning the money from advertising and traffic boosting. Thus, as you probably already understood, you should not trust the links that are provided while browsing with search. The majority of them may be sponsored by third parties, so you can never know and better NOT know what content they are filled with. Besides, once installed it spies on user’s browsing activities and collects personally non-identifiable information, including search queries, pages viewed, data typed in certain websites, PC’s IP address, its location, email address, and so on. DO NOT ignore leakage of such data because it may also be used against you. Thus, to prevent redirects to unsafe websites and information leakage to suspicious parties, don’t waste your time and get rid of this hijacker without a delay.

How can I fix my web browser?

Quite often browser hijackers feature stubbornness in various ways. Nevertheless, when we speak of their removal, that stubbornness are mostly visible. Thus, do not expect that it will be an easy task to remove virus. Here we speak about manual removal because it requires disabling the extension and all its components altogether. Besides, this hijacker spreads via the software package, which is also an important aspect to mention. It means that it might have been installed on your PC along with other PUPs that may also be awaiting removal.

Luckily, removal may appear to be as an easy task if you render a trustworthy anti-spyware. It will get rid of all PUPs and virus that are hiding in your computer automatically without any difficulties.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove, follow these steps:

Get rid of from Windows systems

  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.

Erase 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'

Delete from Internet Explorer (IE)

  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 from Microsoft Edge

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.

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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

Eliminate from Google Chrome

  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

Get rid of 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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  1. Andrei Felix says:
    November 17th, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Nobody asked you to change my homepage!! Stupid hijacker made that without my permission. How dare those scammers.. Is this some kind of a game?

  2. Bruce Cox says:
    November 17th, 2015 at 7:11 am

    i dont think that its a game. Thats the way third parties work and earn the money. virus redirects to malicious sites and made me install an adware on my pc, so i had to struggle through lots of pop-ups. I fixed the issues with anti-spyware. Thank you for the link guys.

  3. Lance says:
    November 17th, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Been hijacked by as well. Dont think that its malicious, but can confirm that its results are bogus if compared to google. Removed using the guide. Anti-malware did not required though I do have it installed.

  4. Touhid Khan says:
    November 17th, 2015 at 7:23 am redirects are sooooo annoying! I got rid of this hijacker probably a couple of days after installing it. However, the next day it showed up again. I dont known whats the matter so Ive removed it automatically.

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