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Remove hijack (Removal Instructions) - updated Nov 2019

removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as redirect, virus, search | Type: Browser Hijackers is a browser hijacker that aims to earn revenue by leading users to affiliated websites is a browser hijacker that, upon infiltration, changes the settings of the installed browser without permission is a search engine that has been developed by a company MobiTech Inc – the developers state that “LuckyBeginning is here to make your web experience faster, easier, and more organized.” However, this application is also considered a browser hijacker[1] and is a minor security threat, as its affiliates might bring users to misleading websites. Additionally, the site is marked as “Not secure” by Google Chrome, Opera, MS Edge, and other reputable web browsers.

In most cases, users will find set as their homepage, new tab URL, and the search engine after the installation of freeware or shareware. This is due to a technique called software bundling – a deceptive marketing practice that results in infection of browser hijackers, adware, and even malware.

While redirects all the searches to, its search engine cannot be trusted, as sponsored links are often presented at the top, leading to [sometimes unsafe] websites that might be misleading and result in the installation of other potentially unwanted programs. Besides, MobiTech also expresses that both anonymous and personal information might be gathered when users interact with the site.

Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program
Infiltration  The unwanted application is usually installed along other software or downloaded from third-party hosting sites
Potential risks  Users who are infected are at the higher risks of being convinced to pay for useless software, install other potentially unwanted programs and disclose their information to unsafe third-parties
Symptoms  Homepage, new tab URL and the search engine altered; sponsored links appear at the top of search results; the overall amounts of ads increased 
Termination  To get rid of browser hijackers and other PUPs, you can scan your machine with anti-malware or follow our manual removal guide at the bottom section
Recovery  To ensure a successful recovery and optimization, scan your computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

In general, browser hijackers are not considered to be high threats to user safety, as they do not compromise the machine's vital functions like startup repair. Additionally, they usually do not engage in illegal harvesting of keystrokes or credit card details. Nevertheless, be aware that does indeed uses tracking technologies like cookies in order to gather valuable information about users' web browsing habits. The data includes:

  • Time and date of sites' visits
  • IP address
  • Computer configuration settings
  • Search terms
  • Links clicked, etc.

Be aware that search queries and IP addresses might disclose your identity, and, depending on the location you live in, it is considered to be personally-identifiable data. Also, Privacy Policy discloses that some PII might also be collected:

We may receive personal information about you from a broad range of activities on,including surveys,contests,program registrations,tell-a-friend services and general correspondence. Also,we may receive personal information about you from certain third party distribution partners or service providers as part of providing our search services to such third parties. Depending on the service used,the personal information we collect may include contact information (such as first and last name,mailing address,email address and telephone number),demographic information (such as age,gender,occupation and household income) and location and billing information (shipping and billing address,credit card information).

While the site claims that it uses appropriate measures to retain the gathered info security, there are no guarantees that this data will not be leaked by unwanted parties or even cybercriminals. Note that the search engine does not use an encrypted connection[2] to the site, hence it makes it easier for the attackers to steal it. We believe that this is one of the main reasons for removal. is a potentially unwanted program that usually gets installed with other software from third-party websites

Additionally, those infected with the so-called virus will also experience an increased amount of ads on all sites that they visit. While most of the content is safe, those who interact with suspicious ads might be linked to sites that deceptively prompt users to download scareware[3] apps or promise free/extremely cheap gifts like “The new iPhone X for $1.”

Please do not fall for these scams, as you might end up infecting your device with other PUPs or even malware, or spend money on software that is useless. Instead, remove from your machine by following our detailed instructions below. Additionally, due to changes to web browser settings, we also highly advise you to reset Google Chrome, MS Edge, Safari, or any other installed browser. Finally, we also suggest you use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to fix the inconsistencies left after the hijack.

Browser hijackers might slip into computers unnoticed

Browser hijackers can be downloaded and installed via two main methods. The first one might be treated as direct – when you visit the official website of the app and install it right there. In most of the cases, users install various PUPs intentionally when looking for certain functionality, such as video converting, video display, system optimization, or other.

Another, and probably the most likely way to get infected with a browser hijacker is during the installation of free applications obtained from third-party sites. Such and similar software packages are widely spread on the Internet, especially on such popular download websites as,,,, and so on.

Fortunately, it is possible to opt-out of optional components easily. For that, you have to pick Advanced/Custom settings, watch out of deceptive button placements and pre-ticked boxes, and decline all the offers on the way. The unintentional installation of PUPs usually happens due to users' inability to check each installation step carefully – so keep that in mind when you decide to download a new app. insecure is not using adequate protection to prevent attackers from stealing information entered on the site

Get rid of hijacker

If you want to start removal, you should first remind yourself the last time you installed new software on your computer. Since the homepage and new tab changes can be assigned by different PUPs, it might sometimes be difficult to determine which apps are related. This is especially true if you like to install new programs frequently or accept all the offers after landing on a deceptive site.

Therefore, soft the installed programs based on the date and check for any suspicious entries. To finalize removal, you should also reset all the installed browsers. If you are struggling to find which app is responsible for the hijack, you might want to try to scan your machine with anti-malware software that recognizes PUPs.

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 hijack, follow these steps:

Get rid of from Windows systems

To get rid of from Windows, access the installed program list via Control Panel:

  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

Macs can also be affected by PUPs. Perform the following steps to get rid of them:

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

Remove from Internet Explorer (IE)

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 hijack 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

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

Eliminate from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Once you terminate the unwanted app, make sure you reset Mozilla Firefox to fully regain control of it:

  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

Delete 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

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

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

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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