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What is – a browser hijacker which tricks gullible users by providing “helpful features” browser is a browser-hijacking application which modifies the browser's homepage, search engine, and new tab bar. is a potentially unwanted program which belongs to the browser hijacker category[1]. This PUP infiltrates the system unnoticed through other software that users often download and install from free sharing sources from the Internet. Moreover, browser-hijacking apps have a purpose to modify browser settings such as the homepage, new tab URL, and default search engine. Some users decide to keep this program because of its “useful” features such as fast access to commonly visited networks and similar. However, this browser-hijacking app sometimes is called virus due to its ability to secretly sneak into the system and perform annoying activities, and because of that, the PUP should be deleted permanently.

Type Browser-hijacking app
Sub-type Potentially unwanted program
Possible dangers This dubious program can take you to potentially dangerous websites
Purpose To attract many users by providing “useful” features
Symptoms Your search engine is set to, you are facing dubious redirects, browsers are working slower than before
Browsers affected Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Safari
Distribution This PUP can spread via bundled software or rogue websites
Removal Install FortectIntego to fix the damage browser hijacker can appear in your computer system at any time if you act carelessly while browsing the Internet. You can detect this potentially unwanted program from such signs:

  • Your browser's homepage, new tab URL, and default search engine are changed to and you cannot revert such changes;
  • Dubious redirects are taking you to developer-promoted sites or even potentially harmful ones;
  • Browsers are working slower than before due to the browser-hijacking application;
  • You have discovered questionable browser-extensions[2], plug-ins, and add-ons that you did not add.

If you spot such symptoms, you can be sure that you are infected with browser hijacker. The worst part is that this program can take you to different types of websites some of which might promote potentially dangerous content. In some cases, this might even relate to a secret installation of a ransomware virus or Trojan horse[3].

Additionally, browser-hijacking software such as relates to data collection. This one collects information that is based on the user's browsing history. Such data includes various websites visited, music tracks, pictures viewed, saved bookmarks, and so on. Developers gather this type of information to share it with third parties and gain income. potentially unwanted belongs to the potentially unwanted program category because it uses bundling to infiltrate a computer.

Another annoying feature is that PUP changes web browser settings without asking for your permission. Every time you open the infected web browser, you are forced to use the new default search engine, you like it or not. Nevertheless, search query results that are provided from that engine often come misleading.

If you want to revert changes that were done by the browser hijacker and get your original search engine back, you need to remove virus from your computer system and clean infected web browsers from all unwanted components which include PUP-added browser extensions and questionable plug-ins that you do not remember adding.

You can perform the removal by using one from two techniques. The manual elimination method requires more of the user's effort and in some cases, it might be hard to perform for inexperienced computer users. As a solution, you can carry out the elimination by installing anti-malware tools. Moreover, you can repair all damaged objects, if there are some, by running FortectIntego on your computer. - a browser hijacker which gathers non-personal details that are related to the user's browsing experience and habits.

Browser hijackers spread via bundling

According to IT researchers from the website[4], browser hijackers and other potentially unwanted programs are spread through free software that users often download and install from free sharing sources. This happens if you have picked the Quick or Recommended installation option over the Custom or Advanced one. Make sure you choose the right variant because the Custom/Advanced section lets you track all incoming downloads.

Moreover, the Internet sphere is full of unknown websites. If you do not take precautionary measures and still visit various questionable pages, you increase the risk of a browser hijacker infection. Some piece of advice is to stay away from dubious-looking networks and sites as far as possible. If you accidentally enter such type of web page, make sure that you eliminate it the same minute and never return to it again.

Use anti-malware help to terminate

If you have overcome the browser-hijacking app and made the right decision to get rid of it, we are glad to provide you with some solutions. First, you should know that browser hijackers not only infect systems but also leave dubious components behind, especially, in web browsers. Thus, the conclusion is that you need to eliminate every single component that is related to the PUP if you want to perform the removal successfully.

You can remove virus with the help of anti-malware tools or by using the manual technique that we presented down below. Talking about this option, you will need to open infected web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Safari, and delete all browser hijacker-added extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons. However, if you find this method too difficult, go back to the automatical one.

You may remove virus damage with a help of FortectIntego. 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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Getting rid of Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

If such thing happened that browser hijacker has infected your machine which is based on the Windows OS, here are some guiding steps which will let you get rid of the cyber threat permanently:

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK. Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete from macOS

Remove items from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all related 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 an unwanted app, 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 and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files. Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove 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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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 Delete Advanced 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” -Verbose Advanced 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, search 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

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

If your Firefox browser got infected with the browser-hijacking app, make sure you delete all PUP-related content. You can use these steps:

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear. Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information. Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox. Reset Firefox 2

Remove from Google Chrome

You can clean Google Chrome by performing these instructions:

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data. Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall. Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History. Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches. Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

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