What is looks like a plain website for performing web searches. It is available in several different languages, including English, Spanish, Italian, French, and Turkish. On top of that, it shows Yahoo! search results for users, so it does not look harmful by any means. This also explains why so many users decide to keep it set on their web browsers (it works on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) after discovering it. Despite the fact that it works like an ordinary search tool, i.e. users see an opened search results page after entering search queries in its box, specialists do not think that it is a good idea to present it as a legitimate search tool because it might be unsafe to use it, and, according to them, even serious issues might arise due to its presence. Instead, according to malware experts at, a title that suits it is a browser hijacker. They have made a decision to classify as a browser hijacker because of the distribution method employed to spread it and its ability to apply changes on browsers without a user’s consent. It has also turned out quickly that this search tool does not seek to make it easier for users to search the web. Most probably, in the opinion of specialists, it is used as a distributor of commercial advertisements. Do you wonder what the point of showing ads for users is? The answer is obvious – the owner of this tool receives the so-called pay-per-click revenue when users click on ads. In other words, it is a type of business, so do not even expect that you will see improved search results if you decide to keep

What does do?

The first symptom indicating that a browser hijacker is inside the computer is a new homepage set. In this case, will be launched automatically for you. It does seem to be a legitimate search provider at first sight, but, sadly, it is not. Of course, before calling it an unreliable search tool, specialists have done thorough research to find out how it acts. This investigation has clearly shown that is not completely useless. Yes, it shows search results for users, but, unfortunately, modified search results appear next to those issued by Yahoo! too. Their main purpose, according to experienced specialists, is purely promotional. Specifically speaking, they are created to redirect users to certain third-party websites rather than pages containing information based on the entered search query. Evidently, has been developed to drive the traffic to certain websites, so the more users click on these modified search results and end up on third-party pages, the more money is paid for the developer of this search tool. It should be emphasized that a redirection to a bad website might occur one day too, which proves that using as a default search engine might be quite dangerous. Undoubtedly, you cannot change how this search provider works, but you can eliminate it quite easily. Delete it if you are planning to replace it with a new URL because a new website could be set only after its removal.

Where does come from? does not differ much from such undesirable search tools as,, and, so, on the basis of the previous knowledge, it was not hard for researchers to discover how is distributed. Without a doubt, this browser hijacker is spread using the old good bundling method. It comes bundled with free applications not without reason – it seeks to stay unnoticed. Since this dubious search tool is not the only one that can enter secretly and apply changes on your PC, it is recommended to acquire a legitimate antimalware tool. You can use whatever tool you like but just remember that not all the tools which call themselves “reliable” can be trusted 100%. Some of them are distributors of malicious software too.

How do I remove

Security specialists encourage users to eliminate because plenty of incomparably more trustworthy tools for searching the web are available on the market. It is not that easy to undo the changes applied by this browser hijacker manually, so if any problems arise, just take a look at our manual removal guide located below this article. The other option you can choose is the automatic removal. You will not make a mistake if you use SpyHunter.

Delete manually

Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Run (Win+R).
  2. Type regedit in its box and click OK.
  3. Move to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  4. Right-click on the Start Page value you will find there, right-click on it, and select Modify.
  5. Delete its Value data field and click OK.
  6. Go to HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{0633EE93-D776-472f-A0FF-E1416B8B2E3A} and do the same, i.e. delete data from the Value data fields, to the following Values:
  • FaviconURL
  • FaviconURLFallback
  • TopResultURL
  • URL

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Go to open the Windows Explorer, i.e. press Win+E simultaneously.
  2. Open %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles.
  3. Locate a folder which contains the prefs.js file.
  4. Open this file with Notepad or a similar program (right-click on it, select Open with, and choose an application).
  5. Delete user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "http:// "); from its insides and then save the changes.

Google Chrome

  1. Open the Windows Explorer and then go to %LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.
  2. You should be able to find three files there: Preferences, Web Data, and Secure Preferences.
  3. Delete them one after the other.
  4. Close the window.
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