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removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Did you set as your default homepage and search engine? Did you ask for advertisements on pages that you are visiting? Do you like your web browser running slowly? If you can confidently say NO to all these questions, then you have landed on the right page. In this article, we will represent URL and explain why it has corrupted your web browser’s settings, what does it seek, and how to remove it.

What is URL and what for it is used? is a third-party search engine. It belongs to the group of SaferBrowser and is classified as a browser hijacker. Even though it pretends to be a legitimate search provider that offers an advanced search, in reality, it’s sponsored by third parties and is used for corrupting web traffic. Using this search engine is highly not recommended as you may be provided with corrupted search results, which is why it may be difficult to find the information that you need. Besides, redirects can make you visit potentially dangerous domains that belong to affiliate parties. It’s important to mention that the developer of this search engine rejects all responsibility for the content that can be displayed on those pages. Thus, do not get fooled by the search results that this search engine provides you with even though they are supposedly powered by Yahoo. Otherwise, you take the risk of experiencing redirects and infecting your machine with further cyber threats. By doing this, third parties can increase web traffic to affiliate pages, increase sales or generate income via the pay-per-click system. All in all, in the list of tasks that this browser hijacker is programmed to fulfill, there is nothing related to the good of yours. Having this in mind, you should remove virus from Google Chrome and other affected web browsers. For that, you can use Reimage. virus

Is this fake search using cookies?

Yes. malware is used for spying on victim’s browsing activities. It is filled with tracking cookies and web beacons that may be injected into IE, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and other web browsers. According to the 2-spyware research team, this fake search may track:

  • PC’s IP address;
  • Approximate geolocation;
  • Search queries;
  • Pages accessed;
  • Data entered in certain pages;
  • Upload/download information;
  • Email address, etc.

Questions about virus

The majority of the collected data is identifiable as non-personal. Nevertheless, if it leaks to suspicious third parties, browsing related information may be used for email spamming of malvertising.

How did hijack the system? virus is spread via software packages. Usually, it is hidden under quick/basic installation option. Unfortunately, we haven’t got information related to freewares/sharewares that may be used for spreading this cyber threat. Therefore, when you decide to download a freeware/shareware from a third-party download website (cnet, softonic, soft32, etc.) you risk that a third party software (add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars, extension) will slither onto your PC as well. Thus, to avoid redirect virus on your machine, install free programs in a safe mode. In other words, before downloading the app, read its EULA, Privacy Policy, and similar information. Besides, choose either Advanced or Custom installation option and check the setup carefully.

If you failed to perform freeware’s installation and, consequently, accidentally agreed to install virus, go to the Page2 and find manual/automatic removal guidelines that will help you to get rid of this unwanted tool.

About browser hijacker’s removal:

People usually disapprove of third-party search engines that are classified as browser hijackers because they corrupt web browser’s settings (homepage, search engine, new tab window, etc.) without asking for permission. However, that’s just a peak of an iceberg. Such intruders as hijacker may display sponsored links, pop-ups, track browsing activities, and perform other unwanted tasks. That’s why it is advisable to abolish it from the PC’s system ASAP. For this purpose, you can use either manual instructions (given down below) or install/update a reputable anti-spyware and let it do its job.

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 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.

Eliminate 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'

Erase 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.

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

Remove 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. Sim K says:
    January 14th, 2016 at 2:27 am

    Cant get rid of homepage. Manual removal did not help for me. I suppose I should use anti-malware..

  2. Maddison says:
    January 14th, 2016 at 2:29 am

    This search engine is not only useless. virus showed me irrelevant links and I could not find information that i really needed. Dont trust it even if it looks ok at first

  3. Gaaby pm says:
    January 14th, 2016 at 2:31 am

    Totally hate this search site. I ruined my customized search and on top of that is not allowed to be removed. I am informed that some stupid BHO does not allow to remove

  4. Martika Brianne says:
    January 14th, 2016 at 2:32 am

    The same here. I cant remove virus as some kind of BHO does not allow that. Does anyone know what does that mean?

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