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removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser hijacker is a website that seems to be providing Internet search service. However, it is not a good website at all. If it has replaced your recent homepage, you should know that it was replaced by a potentially unwanted program (PUP), called browser hijacker.

What does hijacker do?

This shady program tends to enter computer system via bundled software. As soon as it lands on the system, it spreads its files in the Windows Registry. Then, it searches for web browsers that are installed on your computer and inserts its tracking cookies as well as a dubious browser extension to each of them. It seeks to reveal what are your interests, so it tracks your browsing history, search terms that you use, and other browsing related information. Later on, it might use this information to deliver promotional content for you. Be careful and do not click on ads that look too intrusive. Such ads are supposed to cause redirects to third-party websites and generate web traffic to them. However, the websites that are promoted this way usually are considered insecure, and you should not visit them. hijacker website

Questions about virus

In addition to that, PUP provides a search, which is not reliable at all. It is known as a corrupted search engine, which delivers modified search results. Keep in mind that the most of search outcomes are filled with deceptive links as well, so you should not expect to reach relevant information sources by clicking on these results. Most likely these search results are going to redirect you to various third-party websites just like ads would do. As we have already mentioned, such sites are not considered to be safe. For this reason, we recommend using a trustworthy search engine like Google or Bing instead of this one. We also know that browser hijackers have the ability to slow down the computer performance, and that is yet another reason to remove this doubtful program from your computer. You can do that with an anti-spyware program (for example, Reimage Reimage Cleaner ).

How did hijack my system?

Doubtful applications like redirect virus are mostly distributed together with freeware and shareware. If you do not want to install this or similar computer parasite as you download free programs from the Internet, follow these rules:

  1. Always look for a reliable source to download software from. Bypass suspicious download websites. If you are not sure whether the program you wish to download is safe, read comments on it in various Internet forums.
  2. Do not rush as you install software. Follow the installation process, and read every statement provided on the setup window.
  3. Avoid Quick, Basic, Standard, and Default installation modes. These settings hide the agreements to install optional apps.
  4. Opt for Custom or Advanced installation mode. Then, deselect these agreements to install optional freeware.

It is as easy as that to install software in a correct way. However, if you did not know these rules before, or if you used to rely on Standard/Default installation modes, then you should remove parasite. We have provided a manual removal guide on page 2.

How to uninstall it? virus is an annoying program; however, it is not a severe computer threat. It is not harmful itself; it causes annoyance, but it does not harm computer system unless you decide to explore the websites that it advertises. There is no need to keep this useless app on your computer, so that is why we suggest removing it immediately. You can either use an anti-spyware software, or you can remove it manually, using the instructions that we have prepared for you. Follow the steps below:

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To remove virus, 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.

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'

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 virus 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.

Erase 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. mexxo says:
    January 19th, 2016 at 5:52 am

    I am very dissappointed with this search engine. I tried to look for information about it online, but could not find anything. Just as I added virus to the name of it, I have found a bunch of removal instructions for it! So it is a potentially unwanted program, huh? Who knew! I will uninstall it right away.

  2. preppy says:
    January 19th, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Can it affect edge?

  3. 2-spyware team says:
    January 19th, 2016 at 5:57 am

    Dear user,
    Yes, it is believed that it can affect all Internet browsers. To avoid installing it, we recommend you to monitor the installation process every time you download a new program. You can never know which program promotes third-party software and which one does not, so we suggest to perform the security check – opt for Advanced/Custom installation mode and see whether the software provides a list of recommended programs or not. Good luck!

  4. Robertson says:
    January 20th, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Yeah it does affect Edge. My browser got infected, but I have just uninstalled it using this manual removal guide. its actually really simple to get rid of potentially unwanted programs (so-called PUPs). speaking about viruses, do not do try to remove them manually. but, as is labeled as PUP only, you can try to remove them manually with no fear. good luck, pal!

  5. Phillipe says:
    January 20th, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Filled with ads; does not work properly; lots of sponsored search results. I have to admit, I dont like this search engine! I will remove it today after I finish my work; installed it on my laptop, which is at home now. My colleague recommended searching the name of the search engine on this website. It looks like this website has a great database. Thank you for writing this article! Lots of actually useful information.

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