How to Remove Easily

John, I bought a computer on the second hand market at a very cheap price the other day. So the matter that the old computer goes wrong seems to be a foregone conclusion. A webpage named pops up when I open one of my browsers. Can you imagine how I am annoyed when the page appears again and again? If I had known the result, I would have asked you to help me to choose a good computer because you have more computer knowledge than me. Is it too late to turn to you? But I want your help badly now. If you know how to remove the pest, please tell me without hesitation.

Jenny, I am pleased to receive your email and glad to provide you with manual removal guide. For details please see the attachment. Or you can skip detailed steps and go straight to download an exclusive malware removal tool.



The Basic Information about

Threat Name
Type Browser Hijacker ; Malware
Danger Level amisites-8bar
Affected Browsers Internet Explorer, , Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Opera & Microsoft Edge
Behaviors Alter new tabs, homepage and search engine;

Display sponsored links, ads and pages;

Slow down or freeze users’ browser;

Weaken users’ browsing experience.

Distribution Methods By third party freeware or shareware;

By spam emails or attachments;

By compromised USB devices.

Solution Read the detailed guide below or download a removal tool!protect_


More details about is a deceitful search engine with the qualities of Browser Hijacker family. A blog-like website which provides articles about yoga will appear if you go straight to the URL However, here the post is referring to a browser hijacker, not to the blog-like website. In order to achieve its goal, it always disguises itself as a good-looking search engine. Seen from the whole appearance, the fake search engine has the same colors (blue, red, yellow & green) and search box that Google uses. The search engine itself won’t do searching, but employs Google custom search function. The search results tab is also labeled as “Google”. All above absolutely win the trust of computer users. You might ask, why will people be cheated by poor camouflage? Well, that may sound like a story, but it’s the truth. By using human carelessness and tolerance, the fake search engine actually fools most of computer users into thinking it is another form of Google search. Sometimes people are fed up with finding the fact. You are believed to distinguish the difference between the fake search engine and Google after reading the post.


The main area where the fake search engine conducts activities is a browser including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox etc. Victims will be redirected to various websites, which may be or other strange web pages after their browser gets infected with the browser hijacker. To increase web traffic, it also inserts sponsored and unwanted pop-ups into your modified homepage or search results. The more times users are redirected, the more traffic and profit the fake search engine gets. You should avoid clicking on these pop-up ads as soon as possible even though you’ve been redirected. Without defense of antivirus programs, the activities of the browser hijacker disturb users’ browsing and spoil computer performance, which encourages more unwanted extensions or toolbars to enter the compromised computer. Worse, the research suggests that although you uninstall unwanted extensions, they still appear again if you don’t catch the “murder”. In a word, it is not wise to keep the browser hijacker in your computer.


How Does My PC Get Infected With ?

There is no infection without reason, and there is to be infected without sake. Few users will download malware voluntarily. Instead, cyber criminals take advantage of opportunities to spread infections to target computers. One of distribution methods is “bundling”, which appears when you download new software. Victims are usually computer beginners because they lack of basic computer knowledge. You should know that how to download and install software safely because downloading and installing can’t be avoid in network life. The first thing is to decide more authoritative download websites. Secondly, choosing Advanced/Custom settings in the Setup Wizard can reduce the frequency of getting malware. The more time you spend in reading the Terms of what you download carefully, the lower possibility your computer gets infected malware. Used USB devices are also one of containers that easily get infected infections. Some users like going to Internet cafes, whose computer may contain malware because many people use them without carefulness. When you plug your USB device to the infected computer, files in USB device are infected by malware. And then your computer also gets compromised if the infected device is plugged into your computer. So computer users are advised to scan ever time you use USB devices in any computer. If you are troubled by malware unluckily, you’d better take action to remove it as soon as possible.


shape-lightHow to know If Your Computer Has Been Hijacked

Modified browser settings: You need to check up if homepage, startup page and default search engine have been changed. Click Step 1 to get instruction to change it back to original settings.


Run antivirus program: A good anti-malware program can detect all kind of viruses and malware. For example, when your browser is hijacked by malware without your permission, SpyHunter (a anti-malware program) will send you warning and help you to kick away the invader.


Hijacked hosts file: You should check up hosts file (go to %windows%/system32/Drivers/etc/host). If you find strange IP addresses in the file, you’d better remove them and save the file.


Have you detected the browser hijacker?

Do you have no idea to remove it?

If your answer is yes, please go through the removal guide below.


How to Remove

Automatic Removal Guide (Recommended)

Manual Removal Guide

Step 1 Remove from your Browsers

For Internet Explorer
For Mozilla Firefox
For Google Chrome
For Safari
For Opera

Step 2 Delete from the Windows Registry


Automatic Removal Guide (Recommended)


Remove with SpyHunterSpyhunter4

SpyHunter is a useful detection&removal malware tool published by Enigma Software Group USA, LLC. Armed with real-time database, SpyHunter can remove detected potential computer threats including browser hijackers, rootkits, PUP, adware, and so on. Besides, it also can provides your computer with round-the-clock protection.

Download SpyHunter by clicking on the button below.


Open the downloaded file (Spyhunter-Installer.exe) and click “Run” button when you are asked whether you want to run this file.


Select your language and click OK button.


Click Continue button.


Choose “I accept the EULA and Privacy Policy” and then Install button.


The installation will complete after a period of time.

installtion process

Click EXIT button to close the window.


Run a full-scan of your computer

Open SpyHunter SpyHunter-shortcut(double-click on the icon of SpyHunter)

Select “Start a New System Scan” and then click Scan Computer Now!


The system scan is in process.


After the scan is complete, detected malicious items will show in a list. You can click plus sign to see detailed description of these items.


Select one or more item and then click “Fix Threats” button.

Restart your computer if you are asked to do.

Remove with Plumbytes Anti-Malwareplumbytes_anti-malware

Plumbytes Anti-Malware is an effective anti-malware removal tool which helps users to detect and remove computer threats like browser hijackers, adware, Trojans, spyware, worms, and rootkits that other antivirus program will miss. Its clean appearance and high detection ability are welcomed by many computer users.

Click the download button below download Plumbytes Anti-Malware


Click “Install” button to begin installation of Plumbytes Anti-Malware


It will take several seconds to complete installation.

Installing Plumbytes

Once installed, Plumbytes Anti-Malware will automatically run a scan of your system. If not, please double-click on the icon of Plumbytes Anti-Malware and “Run a scan“.


After scan is completed, all detected items will show in the list.


Select one item or select All and then click REMOVE SELECTED button.

Restart the computer for the changes to take effect.


Manual Removal Guide


Step 1 Remove from your Browsers


icon-ieFor Internet Explorer

Right click on the icon of Internet Explorer and then select Properties.

IE properties

Check up Target section and delete the suspicious link.


Click Apply and OK button to apply the change.

Open Internet Explorer, click on gear icon and select Internet Options.

Internet options IE

In the General tab, delete the suspicious link and type a new homepage link on its own line.



Click Apply and OK button to apply the changes.

Navigate to Tools menu and then select Manage Add-ons.


Go to Search provides tab, select unwanted search engine like the suspicious link and then click Remove button.


Try to reset IE if the steps above don’t work

Navigate to Tools menu → Select Internet Options → Press Advanced tab → Click Reset → Check the box next to Delete personal settings and click Reset button→ Restart IE


Close Internet Explorer.


icon-firefox-1-60x60For Mozilla Firefox

Right click on the icon of Mozilla Firefox and then select Properties.


Check up Target section and delete the malicious link.


Click Apply and OK button to apply the change.

Run Mozilla Firefox, click on ≡ and select Options.


In the General tab, remove the suspicious link in Home page section and type a new homepage link.



Navigate to Search tab, look suspicious search engine and delete it by clicking Remove button.

firefox search

Try to reset Mozilla Firefox if the steps above don’t work:

Navigate to Tools menu → Click? (Help Menu) → Select Troubleshooting Information → Click Refresh Firefox → Click Finish button → Restart Mozilla Firefox

Refresh Firefox button

Close Mozilla Firefox.


icon-chrome-60x60For Google Chrome

Run Google Chrome, type “chrome://settings/” in the address bar and hit Enter key.


You should pay attention to three sections: On Startup, Homepage and Search.


Go to On Startup section, click on Set pages.


In the pop-up window, remove the suspicious link by clicking ×.


Focus on Homepage section, click Change under Show Home button.


In the pop-up window, remove the suspicious link.


Click OK to close the window.

In Search section, click on Manage search engines…


Delete items added by the suspicious link by clicking ×, and then click Done button to apply the changes.


Close Google Chrome.

Right click on the icon of Google Chrome and then select Properties.


Delete the suspicious URL on the Target section.


Click Apply and OK button to apply the changes.

Try to reset Google Chrome if the steps above don’t work:

Open Google Chrome → Click Settings → Click Show advanced settings…. → Click Reset settings → Click Reset → Restart Google Chrome

chrome reset settings


icon-safari-1-60x60For Safari

Run Safari, click on Tools button and select Preferences…


Go to General tab and look at the Homepage section.

Delete the suspicious link, type blank page or set a new homepage link.



Click Apply and OK button to apply the changes.

Go to Extensions tab and then select unwanted extensions related to the suspicious link and click Uninstall button.safari-extensionsremove

Close Safari.

Right click on the icon of Safari and then select Properties.


Delete the suspicious link on the Target section.


Click Apply and OK button to apply the changes.

Try to reset Safari if the steps above don’t work:

Open Safari → Click Tools (gear button) → Select Reset Safari… → Select items that you want to reset → Click Reset → Restart Safari sa reset safari-2



Select Properties tab of Opera after right click on shortcut of Opera.


Remove the suspicious URL on the Target section.



Click Apply and OK button to apply the changes.

Open Opera, click on Opera icon on the upper-left corner and then select Settings from the pop-up menu.



In On Startup section, click on Set pages.


In the pop-up window, delete the suspicious link by clicking ×.



Click OK to close the window.

In Search section, click on Manage search engines…


Delete items related to the suspicious link by clicking ×, and then click Done button to apply the changes.


Try to reset Opera if the steps above don’t work:

Navigate to Opera menu → Select More tools → Click Clear browsing data →Select items that you want to delete → Click Clear browsing data button → Restart Opera

opera clear browing

Close Opera.


Note: Computer users are required to have basic computer knowledge and patience to finish steps above. However, you will find comes back after the removal, which means that leftovers of the browser hijacker are in your computer. You are allowed to try Step 2. But you should know that manual guide can’t make sure 100% removal. So an automatic removal tool is a better choice.



Step 2 Delete from the Windows Registry

Click on Start button, type “regedit” in the search box and then hit Enter key.


Click Edit and select Findregedit-editfind

Type in the box and hit Enter key.


Delete displayed item when you find it.

(Location: Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main)


Hit F3 key to search the next item and delete it.

(Location: Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\TypedURLs)


Repeat the steps above until the window pops up.

find nothing

Although is not as dangerous as trojans or ransomware, it still poses a threat to your computer. If you use web browser frequently without protection, your browser will become the target of the browser hijacker easily. The annoying infection not only makes modification to your browser settings but also opens a backdoor to more infections. Due to unfriendly activities of the browser hijacker, you will lose control of your own browsers. Meanwhile, information stored in the browser is at risk of loss or leakage. Therefore, you’d better remove the browser hijacker as soon as possible.



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