“Virus” Removal

I wrote this article to help you remove This removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. is an alternative search engine. The website promises to make the browsing sessions more effective by enhancing the search results. The developers of the platform explain that they have specialized in desktop applications and extensions. This is how the efficiency of the platform is raised. In itself, the website does not have a lot of functions or options. If you are looking for a better search provider, you may come across It is our duty to warn you that this website has a poor security status. Research has shown that is connected to a browser hijacker. The clandestine program will exploit your system’s resources. It will perform unauthorized tasks which pose all kinds of security threats.

The first intervention of the hijacker is to reset the homepage and default search engine. It will make the default website for both purposes. You will discover that these settings cannot be altered. There is a reason for this. The hijacker uses the domain as a gateway to the web browser. The insidious program needs the website to have the privileges of a homepage and default search provider. This is how the domain assists the hijacker. Using to conduct your searches will give you phony results. One of the functions of the rogue tool is to support third party content.

The sponsored results are risky. The owners of the hijacker support the content of all paying parties without running it through a security check. The fake search results could lead you to corrupted websites and cause you to contact malware. The owners of have published disclaimer of warranty and limitation of liability statements to avert legal problems. The registrant behind the website is a New York, NY company named BlaSearch Ltd. The copyright agent for the entity is called Convertor Ltd. It should be noted that its offices are in the same location.

The Virus

The people behind the hijacker have taken the necessary precautions to avoid having legal problems with computer users. They need to take measures because the shady program could cause people to experience security issues. We already touched on the risk around the bogus search results. The same threat comes from another task the hijacker conducts. The furtive program displays advertisements. They promote offers for various items, like clothes, technological devices, furniture, accessories, sports gear, gardening equipment, decorations, toys, and others. The advertisements contain embedded links to unconfirmed websites. The ads appear in different shapes and formats. The two main categories are pop-ups and pop-unders. The latter have many variations, including contextual, interstitial, floating, transitional, and inline windows.

The hijacker also has tracking capabilities. The nefarious program monitors people’s browsing sessions and records the information they enter into their web browser. It can obtain your history, keystrokes, tracking cookies, IP address, email, telephone number, geographic location, user names, passwords, financial details, and other input you have entered into your online accounts. The owners of the hijacker sell the gathered information on dark markets without asking people for permission or notifying them.

There are a couple of ways to contact the hijacker. The main distribution technique is called bundling. It involves using another program as a host. The hijacker can travel with a pirated utility, a piece of freeware or shareware. The secluded program will be added with the download client as an extra tool. The option will be listed in the terms and conditions and ticked per default. You have to find where it is mentioned and deselect it. Reading through the end user license agreement (EULA) may sound too meticulous, but it is by no means redundant.

The other propagation vector the hijacker uses is spam emails. The covert tool hides behind attachments from fake messages and notifications. The sender will talk about a topic which would acquire your attention, like a delivery package, an invoice, a bill, a fine, a bank statement, or another important event. He will point to the attached file and tell you it is an important document. Before opening an attachment, you should check if the person has used an official email account to contact you. In many cases, spammers register accounts which resemble the official contacts of the entity they have chosen to misrepresent. Removal

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.


Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut


Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.


Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.


Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.


Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.


Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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