Removal Guide

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After clicking on a corrupt third-party advertisement, it is possible to infect your system with a browser hijacker like If this malware infection has managed to slither onto your system, you may not even have noticed it because it resembles reliable search engines. Our researchers say that this infection is a newcomer in the so-called ELEX family of browser hijackers that also includes and This hijacker may look totally authentic and harmless but that is just the surface, the “cover of the book” that should not be judged. Unfortunately, this search engine may introduce you to potentially harmful third-party content through advertising and its manipulated search results as well. But this is not even the only system security threat you may have to face when you find this infection in your browsers. It is quite possible that you will also find a number of other malware threats on board. We recommend that you remove right now and make sure that no infection remains on your PC.

In order for you to infect your system with this browser hijacker, you need to click on unsafe third-party content. This can be a banner, pop-up, or any other type of advertisement, a fake system notification, a fake updater, or a link on a modified search results page. While it is possible that you directly install this browser hijacker, it is more likely that you download it in a free software bundle. The latter version is definitely more “deadly” as such a bundle may contain several malware threats, including adware programs, Trojans, backdoors, and, of course, browser hijackers.

Most users are not aware that usually it is possible to stop such an infection and nip it in the bud by either cancelling the whole installation process or being cautious. For example, it is important that when installing software packages you always choose the custom or advanced option because this is how you can see what the bundle actually contains, if at all. Letting such a lot onto your system would clearly mean that it is not enough for you to delete alone. We also recommend that you use a proper malware scanner to inspect your system for other Removal screenshot
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It is essential for you to know that you can be exposed to such unsafe third-party contents that can result in multiple infections basically in two ways: You either visit questionable websites or your computer is infected. In the first case, you may land on suspicious torrent, freeware, or gaming websites that usually host a lot of annoying and unreliable third-party ads. These pages are also infamous for displaying misleading and disguised ads that show up as notifications, Flash or other software update warnings, fake download buttons, and so on. If you are confused and click on such contents, you may drop a malicious installer onto your PC. The same can happen when your system is infected with adware and this threat generates such unreliable ads while you are surfing the net. This is why it is so important that you clean your whole system and not stop at removing

This search engine page looks like your usual, innocent, harmless, and reliable search engine. You can choose from four basic categories to search in, such as Web, Images, Videos, and News, which are located in the top-left corner. It is possible that you will find sooner or later a third-party advertisement below the main search box just like in the case of its predecessors. It could be risky to engage with this ad because you may never be 100% sure where you might end up. This browser hijacker can gather intel on you by using different methods, such as your browsing history, web cookies, and so on. This information then can be used to present to you customized content (ads and links). But this can also be shared with third parties, which simply means that even cyber criminals can get their hands on your built profile. This could result in fake ads and links leading to malicious websites. Do not be misled by the surface, i.e., that you land on a Google search results page every time you use this search page. You should always doubt credibility when you are only redirected to well-known and reputable search engines, such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing. It is possible that you will be exposed to unsafe ads and links. Clicking on these could directly drop infections but you may also open new windows or tabs with malicious pages and become the next victim of an online scam. We recommend that you do not hesitate any longer and delete from your browsers.

Our researchers say that this malware infection may only affect your home page setting. Therefore, we have included manual instructions for you so that you can take care of this yourself. But as you may have noticed, there could be other malware threats hiding on your system. Until you get rid of them all, you cannot use your computer safely at all. As you can see, the presence of one single adware program can result in further infections in no time at all. Therefore, we recommend that you detect and remove all potential threat sources from your system. You can either try to do this manually or use an automated anti-malware program. We advise you to go for the latter because what could be more effective? Removal from Browsers

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Win+E to open File Explorer.
  2. Navigate to the “%AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{Unique Mozilla user ID}” folder.
  3. Launch the prefs.js file in Notepad.
  4. Overwrite the URL in the user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "") string with a desirable home page URL address.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Win+E to open File Explorer.
  2. Go to the “%LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default” folder.
  3. Delete these files: Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data
  4. Empty your Recycle Bin.

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Win+R and enter regedit. Click OK.
  2. Change the value data of “” in theses registry keys:
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page (64-bit)
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page
    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page
  3. Locate “HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{0633EE93-D776-472f-A0FF-E1416B8B2E3A}” registry key and edit the value data for these value names:
    FaviconURL (“”)
    FaviconURLFallback (“”)
    TopResultURL (“”)
    URL (“”)
  4. Close the Registry Editor.

In non-techie terms: is an annoying search page that can show up in your major browsers as your home page. This can happen when you let a browser hijacker on board either knowingly or without your knowledge. This malware infection is capable of gathering information about your online activities and presenting you with customized content, namely, modified search results that could be potentially harmful. Engaging with any content coming from this hijacker may be risky and should be thus avoided. In fact, we suggest that you remove as soon as possible and continue to do so with all potentially harmful programs on board. If you need an efficient automated tool, we advise you to use a reliable anti-malware application to provide you with the necessary protection against malware infections.