Removal Guide

Do you know what is? is one shady search engine that has been recently discovered by our cyber security specialists. They have found that it does not work, but it is distributed nonetheless, so you may want to remove it if you get it on your PC unintentionally as it seems to come bundled with free software installers. It could also collect information about your browsing habits and use it for streamlining an advertising campaign because it is more than likely that it was created for advertising and promotional purposes.

Our malware researchers say that this shady search engine is most likely disseminated through bundled installers that inject it into your browsing while installing the whole bundled software package. We have learned that the installers are likely to affect web browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox and replace their homepage addresses. Not much is known about this search engine’s origins, and itself does not feature any information regarding the company that made it. This is done deliberately to hide the tracks of the developers to avoid the trouble that will undoubtedly arise as a result of using this questionable search engine.

We want to mention, however, that has numerous clones that include,,,, and The reason for having this many clones is simple — their developers set them up and use various means (often deceptive) to get them onto the computers of unwary users and then subject them to promoted content. However, there is a twist to this because neither nor any of its clones work. Indeed, if you were to enter a search query into their address line, then it will say that it was unable to find anything. We do not know the reason for them not working, but if they did, it would be much Removal screenshot
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We have no doubt that the reason and its clones have been set up is to generate advertising revenue. Such search engines are designed to include customized search results that are presented through a third-party search engine, such as Yahoo. The custom search results are set to feature promotional links that may come from questionable sources, so they might compromise a computer’s security. In fact, shady promotions can have detrimental consequences on a computer as they may get it infected with malware or subject the user with links to malicious websites that extract personal information for financial gain. We believe that may indeed by a search engine like this if it worked of course, but because it does not work, you should not be hesitant to part ways with it.

Before we wrap up this description, we want to point out that if worked, then it would most likely gather non-personally identifiable information about you. For example, our researchers say that it should collect information such as your browsing history, entered search queries, Internet Service Provider name, IP address, and so on. Moreover, all of this information would be used to customize advertisements and tailor them for unique users and generate income as a result.

So, given this search engine’s shady background, it is likely that it would be used for promotional purposes, but thankfully it does not work. It would also collect anonymous information about you to present you with more relevant adverting. All things considered, is an unwelcome search engine, and we recommend that you remove it as soon as possible. We also suggest scanning your computer with an antimalware tool just to be sure that there is no malware on it.

How to get rid of

Google Chrome

  1. Simultaneously press Windows+E keys.
  2. In the File Explorer’s address bar, enter C:\Users\{user name}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default and press Enter.
  3. Find Preferences, Secure Preferences and Web Data.
  4. Open each of the files in Notepad and replace in all of the strings with your desired URL

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Simultaneously press Windows+E keys.
  2. In the File Explorer’s address bar, enter C:\Users\{user name}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles and hit Enter.
  3. Go to {Unique Mozilla ID} folder.
  4. Locate prefs.js and open it with Notepad.
  5. Find and replace in the user_pref("browser.startup.homepage","); string.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  1. Simultaneously press Windows+R keys.
  2. Type regedit in the dialog box and hit Enter.
  3. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
  4. Find the Start Page registry string.
  5. Right-click it and click Modify.
  6. In the Value data line, enter a new homepage address.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Close the Registry Editor.

In non-techie terms: is a non-functioning search engine, but it is still being distributed on the Internet via bundled software installers. If it were to work, then this search engine would most likely be used for generating advertising income from promotional links featured in its search results and it has dozens of clones that reinforce our theory that it is indeed set to be used for advertising. So do not hesitate and get rid of this fake search engine.