Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 87
Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 19,123
First Seen: January 5, 2023
Last Seen: May 27, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows is an untrustworthy search engine that appears to be promoted through various unwanted applications and PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs). Typically, users are not likely to download and install such suspicious applications intentionally. Instead, the creators of PUPs, adware, and browser hijackers, often resort to underhanded distribution tactics through which they spread their intrusive applications. Some of the most common methods include using fake installers and a technique known as 'bundling.' It consists of attaching the PUP to the installation package of another freeware program that the user wants to download. This way, users may not even realize that several other items, like unwanted extensions, were also selected to be installed on their devices.

What Does Do?

Fake engines such as are mostly encountered after a browser hijacker has been installed on the user's browser. The invasive application will take control over several crucial browser settings - homepage, new tab page, default search engine, etc., and set them to lead to the promoted page. When users launch the affected browser, open a new tab in it, or attempt to conduct a search via its URL tab, they will trigger a redirect to the site. It is also possible to be flooded with annoying pop-up ads.

Many PUPs rely on different techniques to prevent users from quickly restoring their browsers to normal. For example, a fake Google Docs extension that promotes exploits the legitimate 'Managed by your organization' Google Chrome feature.

In addition, fake search engines are characterized by lacking the necessary functionality to deliver search results on their own. is not an exception. Cybersecurity experts have observed it causing redirects to various fake or untrustworthy engines, possibly determining the destination by factors such as the user's IP address or geolocation. The redirects may lead to,,, and potentially others. Ultimately, the results shown to users may include sponsored advertisements, promotions for schemes, or links to shady websites.

Protect Your Computer from

To steer clear of browser hijackers like and protect your computer from various threats, it's crucial to adopt a proactive approach. Firstly, exercise caution while installing software or browser extensions, as hijackers and other malicious programs often disguise themselves as useful tools. Be wary of unwanted software and various suspicious programs, and double-check their legitimacy before installation. Regularly update your operating system, web browsers, and antivirus software to ensure you have the latest protection against known vulnerabilities. Avoid clicking on suspicious links or downloading files from untrustworthy sources. Lastly, maintain safe online activities by refraining from visiting malicious websites or engaging in risky online behavior. By staying vigilant and employing these preventive measures, you can safeguard your computer from the detrimental effects of browser hijackers and other malicious extensions.

Using security software an ensures efficient hijacker removal process. Yet, you can also restore your browser's settings to default through the settings menu by following the steps below. However, bear in mind that resetting your browser will also delete all your customizations.


  1. Click on the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner.
  2. From the drop-down menu, select Settings.
  3. Scroll down and click Advanced.
  4. Scroll down further and click Restore settings to their original defaults under Reset and clean up.
  5. Click Reset settings to initiate the restoration process.


  1. Click on the three-line menu icon in the top right corner.
  2. From the drop-down list, select Options.
  3. In the left sidebar, click General.
  4. Scroll down to Firefox Updates and find the Firefox Default button.
  5. Click the Firefox Default button.


  1. Click on the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner.
  2. From the drop-down menu, select Settings.
  3. On the left side menu, click Reset settings.
  4. Under the Restore settings to their default values section, click Restore settings.
  5. Click Reset to complete the process. Video

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