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Although seems to be just a simple search engine, security experts warn people that it’s sponsored by third parties and is not trustworthy if compared to Google, Bing or Yahoo search providers. It is deemed as a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and is a handful of reasons why it is considered to be the lowest level cyber threat. In the next sections we will shortly explain what issues hijack can cause, how does this search engine spreads and how to remove it from the web browsers permanently.

What aspects pushed security experts to classify virus as a browser hijacker?

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Of course, none of the programs are categorized as virus, malware, PUP or hijacker without having a reason. According to security vendors, there are at least five major aspects that made security experts categorize this pest as a browser hijacker and PUP, these are:

  • Misleading infiltration;
  • Modification of web browser’s settings without asking for permission;
  • Exhibition of unreliable links among its search results;
  • Displaying promotional pop-up ads;
  • Usage of tracking cookies.

showing how the hompage looks like after hijack

So how does this program works once installed on a web browser? hijacker is compatible with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, and others. That’s why it is referred to as a cross-browser plug-in. As soon on the plug-in is executed, a default web browser’s homepage, new tab, and search provider is replaced with If the plug-in is accepted (consciously or accidentally), browser’s modifications are inevitable. However, that’s not the worst part. The most important thing that each user should consider before starting browsing with this search engine is the pages that he/she wants to view. Although it presents Yahoo-based search results, before showing the results to the user various sponsored links and promotional pop-up ads are injected into them. Therefore, you can never know whether redirects expose you to reliable or potentially dangerous affiliate pages. This way, it generates income from advertising and certainly don’t care about the security of the user. Besides, once inside a PC’s system, this pest activates cookies and starts gathering personally non-identifiable, but quite sensitive, information about its users. That may be the kind of search terms, mostly visited pages, clicks, PC’s IP address, its location, email address, data uploaded and downloaded from certain pages, and so on. Such information may leak to really questionable parties who may apply it for misleading you. For example, your email may be spammed, you may start receiving doubtful pop-ups related to the things you have recently been looking for, missing software updates and so on. All the content brought by redirect virus can lead you to inadvertent installation of another potentially unwanted program. Do you still consider keeping this search engine by default? Probably not… Thus, our recommendation would be to check the system with Reimage Reimage Cleaner and remove malware with its help.

Could you please explain me how did hijack my web browser if I did not install it?

Such and similar questions are by far the most commonly asked by the victims of browser hijackers. The answer is simple – you must have agreed with its installation along with another freeware. Try to recall what was the last free program you have downloaded/installed on the system. We would highly recommend you to remove it because it has been used for spreading third-party apps, so it might be untrustworthy itself. If you want to avoid installation of software bundles in the future, make sure that you select safe installation mode (advanced/custom) and keep an eye on each check box given during installation setup.

What should I do to remove this PUP from my PC?

Of course, those who are reading this pose are interested in the removal options. In fact, there are two options – automatic and manual removal. If you have already been dealing with the removal of browser hijackers, then we are pretty sure that the manual removal guide will be enough for you to remove virus once and for all. However, if you want to make sure that your PC is PUP and virus-free, we would still recommend running a scan with a professional malware removal tool.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner . 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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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.

Uninstall 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'

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

Eliminate 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

Erase 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. Peeter says:
    December 4th, 2015 at 6:14 am

    Hate programs that cant be removed when I want. search is very stubborn as I removed it only after performing a full system scan with SpyHunter

  2. Elise Renae says:
    December 4th, 2015 at 6:15 am

    DO NOT recommend using because it displays fake links. I ended up with reimage just a couple of days after infiltration of this search

  3. Magnus Veritas says:
    December 4th, 2015 at 6:16 am

    Hi guys. Have you tried manual removal? I cant remove this search by myself for some reason, but Im not keen on installing anti-malware..

  4. Dennis says:
    December 4th, 2015 at 6:17 am

    I have removed virus using the guide above. However, i nevertheless scanned my PC and now Im glad that I did so because other pest have been lurking in it.

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