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Palikan – a browser hijacker which displays sponsored search results to promote affiliate websites

Palikan is a browser hijacker which changes the default search engine.

Questions about redirect

Palikan is a browser hijacker which should be avoided because its main aim is to redirect users to sponsored search results and generate the money. Alternatively known as Palikan Search, hijacker has also been functioning as a potentially unwanted program[1] which can infiltrate the system without owner's approval. It is compatible with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Once the PUP enters the targeted system, it creates Go_Palikan folder, injects its code to the previously-mentioned web browsers and alters the default search engine, new tab URL, and homepage. As a result, the user is always forced to use the new search engine which has nothing to do with quality browsing on the web. In this article, we will discuss elimination options because keeping this hijacker on the system can increase the danger of getting infected with malware.

Name Palikan
Type Browser hijacker
Sub-type PUP
Main folder Go_Palikan
Target The most affected countries are Finland and Croatia
Symptoms Browser modifications (e.g. search engine), redirects to and other unsafe websites, etc.
Browsers affected Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, IE
OS affected Windows
Distribution techniques Software bundles, unsafe websites
Detection Use Reimage to detect rogue content

Even though Palikan Search virus claims not to sell or share your personal information, the following paragraph mentions that the company may transfer your “information ” on the following occasions:

  • Service Providers
  • Partners; Corporate Affiliates
  • Data Transfer

The document also mentions that the company may use the data for developing and improving the “Software.” Palikan virus also has its associated browser add-on; however, there is no visible button to download it. Furthermore, contrary to the claims, the search tool does not provide sufficient search results, in fact, it does not provide any at all.

If you are wondering, what is Palikan virus standing for, we can say, that some users consider the browser-hijacking applications as a virus-related one due to its ability to secretly sneak into the system and perform a big variety of unpleasant activities, some of which might cause indirect harm to the computer and its system. For example, redirects[2] can take you to malware-laden pages and cause serious PC infection. 

According to PC security experts, the search engine tends to spread with the help of third-party download websites, such as Cnet,, and others. If you like visiting such sites and downloading software from them, you must be more careful during the installation process of freeware as you may end up with on your computer. If so, take required actions when removing Palikan from the system.

Palikan Search PUP 

In exchange for driving visitors' traffic to specific sites, their owners of the domains pay the money. That's why you may start noticing altered search results when using Palikan search. However, such domains may be highly insecure.[3] Thus, you should not ignore redirect phenomenon, but instead consider the elimination. Consider all methods possible for virus removal.

Whether you live in Finland or Croatia[4], you may notice the promotional offers related to this browser-hijacking application. As mentioned before, it especially clings to Mozilla users. However, within a while, due to excessive advertising and pop-up alerts, you may want to remove Palikan virus from Firefox. Still, do not decline the possibility that this cyber threat might also appear in other browsers such as Chrome or Edge.

Additionally, Palikan may start tracking your web searches to process the data and then crowd you with appealing ads during your searches. In most of the cases, it collects search terms, visited websites, information that you add when visiting your favorite domains, email address, and similar data. This gathered data lets the developers gain more benefit and even provide ads that are based on the user's commonly searched offers.

No matter how harmless the disclosure of such information looks, you should avoid web pages and tools that are capable of collecting it.[5] Otherwise, you may start seeing more spam in your email inbox or tons of tricky ads in your search results. To prevent this, consider performing Palikan removal. For that, you can install Reimage, Malwarebytes, or other anti-spyware, update it and run a full system scan. browser hijacker is a PUP which claims to be an effective search tool, while in fact, it does not deliver any search results.

Transmitting the browser hijacker does not require lots of knowledge

We have already discussed many browser hijackers that have already infiltrated thousands of computers via free software. In order to keep your PC away from potentially unwanted programs and their rogue activities, you should be very careful when installing free software on your computer. No matter how trustworthy a program that you are going to install might seem, read its EULA, Privacy Policy, and other accessible information first. If you find nothing suspicious about it, then make sure that you select Advanced or Custom installation.

Do not forget to double check every checkbox so that you won't miss the ones that promote “additional components.” If you notice a notification that you agree to install a browser add-on, plug-in, toolbar or extension,[6] make sure that you unmark tick that is marked alongside this statement. Otherwise, you may end up with a browser-hijacking virus on your PC. Additionally, you can use reputable security software to protect the system automatically. Make sure that the antivirus program is always updated.

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Palikan is a browser hijacker which collects information related to the user's browsing activity. elimination options for your computer system and browser

Fortunately, it's not difficult to remove virus. For that, you can use either manual or automatic elimination. If you are in a hurry, let an anti-spyware tool get rid of the hijacker for you. Such a tool will come in handy battling more intricate threats. Furthermore, reputable antivirus will terminate the cyber threat only in a couple of minutes.

If you are wondering how to get rid of the cyber threat from Windows 10 manually, take a look at the below instructions. Follow them carefully not to miss any significant detail. Full browser such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, or Safari reset function speeds up removal.

However, if you find the manual method too hard for you, you should definitely remove Palikan Search virus only by using reputable software, If you miss any questionable-looking components and they remain in the system, the browser-hijacking program might renew itself with the next computer boot or web browser launch.

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 redirect, follow these steps:

Eliminate from Windows systems

To delete Palikan from Windows, delete Go_palikan and similar entries. Use this guide to find their location:

  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 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

Delete redirect from Microsoft Edge

If the browser-hijacking program has infected your Microsoft Edge web browser, you can reverse all changes by following these guidelines:

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)

To fix Mozilla Firefox, look for Palikan browser extension and delete it. Inspect the browser for other shady elements. If the virus keeps appearing, reset Firefox completely:

  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

Use these instructions to eliminate all rogue content from the Google Chrome web browser:

  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

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  1. uUtuekk992 says:
    January 26th, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Anyone got any luck removing manually? It worked well with antispyware, but I am looking foward to know how to remove by hand

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