Threat Database Browser Hijackers

Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 9,315
Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 40
First Seen: February 24, 2023
Last Seen: September 7, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows is a browser hijacker that is designed to generate revenue for its creators by displaying ads and redirecting users to sponsored websites. Many times, such a technique is part of a pay-per-click or pay-per-impression scheme that attempts to get as many clicks or site loads from unsuspecting computer users as possible. It is often distributed through software bundles and deceptive advertising campaigns.

What does to Your Computer

Once installed, usually as a browser extension, modifies the settings of popular browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge, and changes the homepage, default search engine, and new tab page to This makes it difficult for users to revert their settings to their original state.

When users search the web using the search engine, the search results are often filled with ads and sponsored links that are unrelated to the user's query. Clicking on these links can lead to further redirects and potentially malicious websites. may also display pop-ups, banners, and other types of advertisements on the user's screen, which can be annoying and disruptive to the browsing experience.

Is a Security Risk?

In addition to being a nuisance, browser hijackers like can also pose a security risk. They can track the user's browsing habits and collect sensitive information like login credentials, credit card details, and personal data. Such information may be used to display relevant advertisements that could end up causing redirects to other questionable and potentially malicious sites.

If you suspect that your browser has been hijacked by or a malware threat, remove it as soon as possible to prevent further damage. Use of an antimalware program will suffice to automatically rid a PC of the browser hijacker.

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