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Remove Completely
TypeAdware, Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionThe search engine may look safe to use but its Privacy Policy reveals data collection and sharing practices.
SymptomsThe user may have the page set as his homepage without his approval.
Distribution MethodBundling, freeware installers.
Detection toolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By

Is your home, search or new tab page chanted to without your consent? If so, your browser has been affected by a browser hijacker. The suspicious search engine has most likely been mentioned in the installer of a freeware product that has entered the system. However, by quickly going through the installer and the setup process, the user may have skipped the option to un-check and prevent it from becoming his home page. To determine what brought to the system, running an AV scanner may be required.

Description of

The search engine is most likely accompanied by an ad-supported or potentially unwanted program. Software of the kind is typically distributed in freeware installers via the software bundling method. Bundling is employed for monetary reasons and is often followed by the infiltration of third parties in the compromised system – affiliate companies with similar interests, advertising platforms, rogue software providers, etc.

Is Safe or Dangerous to Use?

At first glance, the search engine may look safe and legitimate, having Google results implemented in its functionality. However, the user should pay closer attention and carefully read its Privacy Policy.

The information collected by the software provider includes:

  • IP address.
  • Unique identifier number.
  • Hardware.
  • Software.
  • Configuration settings.
  • OS information.
  • Geolocation.
  • Used browsers.
  • Software usage patterns.

The types of collected information may also be combined with other types of personal data collected by other parties (third parties). All aggregated information is may be used for marketing, commercial, advertising or analytics purposes.

The user data is harvested with the help of tracking technologies, typically employed by adware applications:

→Cookies, beacons, unique identifier assigned to users, JavaScript, etc.

In addition, if the company, provider of the service, is sold or acquired by another company, collected user information may also be transferred to the new owner.

In conclusion

The software itself may not be dangerous, but the company’s data gathering and sharing policy may endanger the user’s safety. In addition, the software provider is most likely not responsible for the content displayed by its third parties. Hence, interacting with any of the sponsored content generated by may not be safe at all.

Remove from the Browser

Reversing the browser’s settings to default may not be as easy as it seems. Some browser hijacker can be quite persistent and may continue re-appearing. Affected users should consider using AV software, designed to countermeasure browser hijacking and ad-supported software. Our advice is to follow the removal manual below the article, and then scan the system via AV software.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
  • uninstall-virus-fig1

  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
  • uninstall-virus-fig2

  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
  • uninstall-virus-fig3

    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall

    Step 2: Remove from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window


    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu


    Select and click “Remove


    After is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu


  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
  • uninstall-fig8

  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
  • uninstall-fig9

  • After is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig10

  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig11

    Select to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.


    After has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on
    Click ‘Uninstall’


    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the will be removed.

    Step 3: Remove automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all associated objects.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the threat: Manual removal of requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

    Milena Dimitrova

    An inspired writer and content manager who has been with SensorsTechForum for 4 years. Enjoys ‘Mr. Robot’ and fears ‘1984’. Focused on user privacy and malware development, she strongly believes in a world where cybersecurity plays a central role. If common sense makes no sense, she will be there to take notes. Those notes may later turn into articles! Follow Milena @Milenyim

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