How to Remove Browser Hijacker

How to Remove Browser Hijacker

how to remove hijacker

This page is intended for users who want to remove browser hijacker from affected Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or Safari browser and Windows system. is the domain of a website that pushes a suspicious search engine. Due to the fact that the domain can replace your preferred homepage, new tab page and search engine without your prior consent, it is classified as a browser hijacker. Once you have it installed on your system and browser you may notice many annoying advertisements that slow down the performance of your browser. Furthermore, as long as you are using’s search engine, you agree with the collection of valuable data from your browser.

Threat Summary
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionThe domain can be set as homepage and new tab on each affected browser. A suspicious search engine is set as default one.
SymptomsThe homepage, new tab and search engine of affected browsers can display the main page of hijacker. Many redirects and advertisements can occur during browsing sessions.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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As is a hijacker, it is believed to attempt to sneak into your system without your knowledge. For the purpose, its owners may utilize different spread techniques. The most probable reason why you see in your browser is that you have installed it unnoticeably during the installation of a desired software. Many app vendors bundle some PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) like to the app installers and trick you into installing them on your device. How you can understand whether the installer pushes such PUPs or not is by selecting the Advanced/Custom configuration options. If you find any undesired components that are set for installation, you need to unmark them and continue with the installation process.

The dubious can hijack trustworthy browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge, and Safari. – Impact is a suspicious website associated with unwanted software that sneaks into your system. The site primarily aims to push a search engine of unknown origin and generate various online advertisements. After infection, the hijacker may modify the settings of your browser homepage, new tab page and default search engine. As a result, the homepage of appears each time you open the affected browser. Currently, it looks like this: browser hijacker homepage

As you can see the homepage of hijacker provides just a search field and access to terms of use, privacy policy and contact us pages. At first, the simplistic design that resembles a lot the design of Google, Bing and other popular search engines may mislead you that the website is a reliable one. However, its goal is to obtain and record details you provide during browsing sessions.

Moreover, most of the search results presented by are sponsored. Some of the ad suggestions may be based on the records about your search queries and websites you visit. While other may land you on dubious websites that urge you to download another rogue or harmful program. At worst a visit of a compromised web page may lead to the installation of severe malware infection on your PC. – Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy is a must read page as it describes what information is collected by the website owners and further explains how they plan to use it. The policy of acknowledges that ADAPTIVEBEE is the name of the company that owns the site.

Even though, ADAPTIVEBEE claims that its top priority is to protect your privacy and prevent identity theft, the services of the company are designed to take screenshots of most pages you visit. Now imagine how you open the website of your bank to do your regular online banking operations. To access it you need to enter your credentials right? Well at the very same moment may take a screenshot of the page and this way record the visible details. As read in the policy, the screenshots are stored on your system, however, the hijacker respectively its owners can easily access the records and misuse the information they store.

In addition, the hijacker obtains and records more details about you, your online behavior and system:

  • Browsing history information – the URLs of pages that you visit, a cache file of text and images from those pages, and a list of some IP addresses linked from pages that you visit
  • Cookies or web storage data deposited on your system by websites you visit
  • Internet service provider (ISP)
  • Search queries and search results

All records may be shared with third-party service providers as claimed by ADAPTIVEBEE:

Information that is personally non-identifiable may be shared with third-party service providers..

In case that you want to prevent the privacy-related troubles that may occur as a result of using services, be advised to consider its complete removal from the system as soon as possible. Afterward, do not forget to change the passwords of all your online accounts as the hijacker may have already gathered them.

How to Remove Hijacker

Below are listed all the steps that will help you to remove hijacker completely from an affected Chrome, Mozilla, Explorer, or Safari browser. The guide includes steps that reveal how to remove the nasty program from the Windows system as well. You can choose whether to follow a manual or an automatic removal. As after the manual removal some leftovers may remain on the system you need to make sure that your PC is safe. In order to do that and locate all harmful files, you need to fulfill the steps described under the automatic removal approach.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for three years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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