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Infected with virus? That’s what you can expect from it: virus is a browser hijacker that might show up on the screen after installing freeware or shareware incorrectly. It enters the system unnoticed; however, it’s impossible to overlook a chaos that it might cause. After infiltration, it modifies targeted browser’s settings and might replace default homepage or/and search engine. Thus, after hijack, people always see this website when they launch web browsers. At first look, it might look like any other simply-designed search engine. However, you should not forget that it sneaked inside the system and made these changes without asking your permission. The developer of this program, Andrey Samoilenko, is known for creating other search engines, such as, that is also known as a browser hijacker. This tool is positioned as a smart search provider that allows getting information from several search engines, or in other words – the best search results on Web. Unfortunately, browser hijacker might be capable of modifying search results and including sponsored links into them. This activity allows generating revenue from boosting traffic to the third-party websites.

In the “About us” section, there’s no clear information how this program behaves with personal data[1]. We have only found that this search engine provides advertisements and advertising-based revenue in order to finance their services. However, ransomware attacks keep growing[2], and malvertising[3] is one of the techniques how to get inside the system. Thus, you should be aware that after clicking some search result or advertisement, you might be redirected to the dangerous third party websites. Indeed, the biggest possible threats are related to redirect tendencies. It might take only one click, and you might end up on the website that tries to steal your personal data or infect your PC with a file-encrypting virus. For this reason, you should stay away from this search engine. Though, if it already hijacked your browser, we highly suggest installing anti-malware software and running a system scan. We recommend Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego for automatic removal. However, when installing security tool, don’t forget to choose Advanced/Custom installation setting and carefully follow the process. Don’t make the same mistake again and do not rush! It helps to avoid similar applications. Besides, if you want to remove manually, please scroll down to the end of the article.

Questions about virus

The illustration of virus virus might hijack any popular web browser and replace its settings.

How can this program sneak inside the PC unnoticed?

Nevertheless, the main page of this search engine has the “Add Ilitil to your browser” button; it’s inactive. Apparently, this program is distributed using some other ways. Indeed, this particular method is called “bundling” and allows attacking apps in the software package[4]. Thus, this so-called virus might sneak inside the system when you install free programs under the “wrong” settings. These settings are known as “Quick,” “Basic,” or “Recommended.” They do not inform about installing extra components and let the hijack occur. However, if you choose “Custom” or “Advanced” settings, you have a chance to see the list of suggested additional programs and reject their installation settings[5]. It goes without saying that it’s the “right” software installation method.

How to get rid of virus?

So-called virus is not hard to remove manually. It’s just a little annoying cyber infection that can be found and uninstall just like any other program. However, it’s not enough just to delete hijacker. It might have installed various helper objects, third-party apps or extensions. Thus, you need to remove them all. Below you will find instructions that will help you to remove manually. Please, follow them carefully, because you cannot miss any of the hijacker-related components. If you leave something, you will find it on your browser after rebooting your PC. Indeed, it’s quite a risky method. Though, if you do not want to take the risk and spend your free time with virus elimination, opt for automatic removal and scan computer’s system with anti-malware software.

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:

Eliminate from Windows systems

To remove virus manually from the computer you need to locate and delete all hijacker-related components from the device. Don’t forget to check all web browsers installed on your PC as well!

  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.

Delete from Mac OS X system

If you became a victim of browser hijacker, you should follow the instructions below and get rid of it.

  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'

Get rid of from Internet Explorer (IE)

The guidelines below will help you restore Internet Explore and delete hijacker entirely.

  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

Remove virus from Microsoft Edge

After hijack, it’s important to reset Microsoft Edge in order to get back to the safe browsing again.

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.

Uninstall from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Uninstall all suspicious applications from the Mozilla Firefox and reset its settings. Then, search engine will be only a bad memory.

  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

Check the list of extensions and look for suspicious extensions, add-ons or plugins. The virus might have installed some of them. Thus, you have to delete all unknown entries. The instructions below will help you to fix Google Chrome after hijack.

  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

Eliminate from Safari

In order to remove website from the Safari for good, please follow these instructions:

  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. Nathan says:
    March 8th, 2017 at 6:48 am

    I dont know what have i done that this website hijacked my browser. Fortunately, its gone!

  2. Claire says:
    March 8th, 2017 at 6:48 am

    I tried to use it, and, honestly, it delivers soo strange results! Do not use it, people!

  3. Violet says:
    March 8th, 2017 at 6:51 am

    Omg. I scanned my pc with Reimage to remove this hijacker, and i found out that so many other viruses were on my computer… its horrible!

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