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removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as | Type: Browser hijacker is yet another search engine that spreads around the Internet via software packages and settle down on random computers without requiring permission directly. Thus, regarding unfair distribution tactics and capacity to compromise default settings on all the most popular web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari), has been classified as a browser hijacker and PUP (potentially unwanted program). This hijacker is in question, and it seems that it is related to from the first glimpse. Nevertheless, it is assumed that it can also be linked to since their design and and the overall interface seems to be equal.

How can hijacker be recognized?

If hijacks web browser, it’s not possible not to notice its presence. Even if you do not belong to the most scrupulous type of people who notice every single detail that is changed in the environment, we believe that you will notice search injected in your web browser as a default start page, search provider, and a new tab window. Such modifications are very prominent since homepage does not resemble neither Google, nor Bing, nor Yahoo.

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How does it work?

As noted above, hijacks web browsers if the user agrees to install its plug-in along with freeware. He/she can do that consciously or unconsciously, but, in fact, there is no difference. The effect is the same. replaced a default start page, search provider, new tab window and various parameters on each of the web browser. This way, it gets the ability to display sponsored search results (embedded with links to affiliate websites and third-party pop-ups). By causing redirects, this search engine can change traffic by increasing the number of visitors of unpopular websites. That’s how affiliate marketing works. However, regarding redirect virus, which is in question, it’s vital to warn you that its links and pop-ups can be managed by some cyber frauds, so clicking on them may expose your PC to potentially malicious content. Thus, to remove virus from Firefox, Mozilla, and Internet Explorer, we would recommend scanning the system with Reimage and do that ASAP.

What else should people beware of?

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Despite altered search results, delivery of questionable links, and other content, search can cause:

  • browser’s slowdowns;
  • the browser’s crashes/freezes;
  • data leakage (installs cookies and stores information like IP address, PC’s location, email address, etc.);
  • infiltration of other PUPs/malware (in a case of malicious redirects to fishy websites);
  • difficulties with the removal;
  • difficulties in finding relevant information, etc.

What operating system infects and how does it manage to do so? pop-ups and redirects can bother both Mac and Windows users. So no matter what operating system you prefer, be careful and take some precautionary measures to prevent browser hijacking by this and similar threats. does not have the official website what means that it cannot be downloaded as an individual plug-in. This search engine has been developed by the company (unspecified) that is based in Asia and collaborating with many NASDAQ-listed companies. However, it doesn’t mean that people living and using computers in other countries cannot be affected by search site as well. Malware analysts warn that usually it spreads bundled with other free software. Unfortunately, we cannot specify what kind of freewares/sharewares carries this search as an attachment. Thus, to prevent its stealthy infiltration, we highly recommend to select Advanced or Custom installation mode whenever installing freewares and monitor the installation process very carefully. Keep in mind that ‘optional downloads’ are always set by default and may be disclosed in a misleading manner. Thus, don’t rush and read each notification carefully. infected Chrome. How to remove it?

If affected Google Chrome browser, you should scroll down and find manual removal instructions that explain how this hijacker can be eliminated from Google Chrome. However, you should never forget about additional components that are usually spread with these programs. They can cause additional reappearance of and similar browser hijackers in the future. Also, keep in mind that such potentially unwanted programs are capable of hijacking all of web browsers at once, so you may also need a guide showing how to fix Mozilla Firefox, IE, and Safari web browsers. Finally, always opt for automatic removal of if you can because that’s the easiest way to fix your PC system.

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:

Remove 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'

Uninstall 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

Eliminate 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.

Delete 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

Get rid of 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

Remove 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. diane says:
    November 12th, 2015 at 5:08 am

    Not fair to compromise browsers settings without warning about that! never use this site for searches

  2. whoyouare says:
    November 12th, 2015 at 5:10 am

    there is not much information about this site so i assume that its new. ok, me would not be me if i would not be the first catching such infections. it keeps displaying pop-ups and this goes on my nerves the most

  3. darius0 says:
    November 12th, 2015 at 5:12 am

    I see this site as my default homepage too. I did not set it by myself, so its probably a virus. Dont even think browsing with it because as said, one can never know what links such viruses as can show.

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