What is

People who find set on their browsers tend to believe that this website is a legitimate search provider. Consequently, they do not rush to eliminate it and set a new homepage and search tool. Specialists agree that looks just like any ordinary search engine; however, after looking deeper into it, they are sure that this website cannot be trusted despite the fact that it works as a search tool, i.e. shows Yahoo! search results. Actually, it has been created to work as a search engine consciously; however, it is clear that it is used by its author for monetization purposes, i.e. it promotes third-party websites and the developer gets money for that. The more people visit those advertised web pages, the more revenue is generated. Evidently, it has not been released to improve the users’ web searching experience. Therefore, according to researchers at, it is pointless to use it. All these promotional links are, of course, not the only drawback of this web page. Even though it cannot be called malicious, it has still been found that it might expose users to potential threats. They are all associated with these third-party web pages users will be taken to automatically after clicking on promotional links. Many people believe that they could easily avoid these links, but it is not true because they are barely visible on the search results page opened by

What does do?

Evidently, does not differ much from such search tools as and, so it acts exactly like these older search tools do. First of all, it changes the settings of Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox browsers by settings itself as a homepage and, in most cases, default search engine on them. Then, it sits tight pretending to be a useful search provider. If a user enters a search query, returns Yahoo! search results, which, at first glance, might seem to be harmless. Well, we cannot say that they are very dangerous, but, unfortunately, we cannot call them fully reliable either because of all these promotional links provided together with decent search results there. No, it does not mean that the legitimate search provider Yahoo! cannot be trusted. Instead, this shows that it has been slightly modified so that ads to drive the traffic to third-party websites could be shown to users. The presence of these promotional links is one of the main reasons users should get rid of as soon as possible. It has been found that clicking on them might result in ending up on some kind of untrustworthy third-party website. These unreliable web pages might contain malicious software, links to pages with malware, or simply try to obtain money from you by, for instance, offering to buy an item that does not exist. Since it is not so easy to say which of the search results displayed by are promotional links and which ones are legitimate Yahoo! search results, users should go to remove this dubious search provider as soon as they find it set on their browsers. This is the only way to be safe and never click on links advertising bad websites.

Since a number of questionable search tools gather information about users, our researchers have decided to check the Privacy Policy document of as well. The first line of this document informs users that no personally-identifiable details about consumers will be recorded; however, the line in the middle of the paragraph under Collection of Information informs that personal details might be recorded if they come as non-personally identifiable information, for example, personal details entered by a user into the search box might be considered the search data. This type of information is collected by, which means that submitted personal details will be recorded too and then shared with third parties. Unfortunately, this means that problems associated with the privacy might arise.

How to delete from browsers

If you have found your all browsers affected by, it means that you will need to remove this search tool from all of them. Since this search tool often changes the settings of all the browsers without a users’ consent, specialists tend to classify it as a browser hijacker. Luckily, such browser hijackers as can be quite easily eliminated by resetting browsers to their default settings.


Internet Explorer

  1. Open Reset Internet Explore Settings (open the Tools menu (Alt+T), click Internet Options, open the Advanced tab, and click Reset).
  2. Put a tick in the Delete personal settings box.
  3. Click Reset in the dialog box.
  4. Click Close.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click the Firefox menu button in the top-right corner.
  2. Click Help (a question mark icon).
  3. Select Troubleshooting Information.
  4. Click Refresh Firefox located in the upper part of the page.
  5. Click the Refresh Firefox button in the confirmation window.
  6. Click Finish.

Google Chrome

  1. Open Chrome and then click the button in the top corner to open the menu.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
  4. Click Reset settings under Reset Settings.
  5. Click the Reset button.
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