By GoldSparrow in Browser Hijackers is the domain name of a search engine, but it is also a browser hijacker and home to an adware that, when installed, will display fake alert messages and warnings, claiming that your machine is infected with other adware or threats. affects the most popular browsers such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, etc. If your computer gets infected with the pop-up, you will start receiving a pop-up alert with the following message:

"Possible Privacy Breach and Computer Error Detected Due to Suspicious Activity Found On Your Computer Contact A Certified Live Technician Now:1(888)604-1003(Toll Free)"

This behavior is similar to the one exhibited by rogue anti-spyware products. The aim is to scare you, with false error or infection messages, into doing whatever the program requires you to, be it paying money, or as in our case – calling the specified hotline.

As you can see, everything on the page is set to grab your attention and make you concerned – from the big red letters to the danger of losing your personal information. Location, IP address and even service provider, further instill the feeling that they know all about you and your PC. There also exist a number of other websites with similar if not identical, written content and layout - the only difference being in the hotline number.

How do You Get Infected with the Pop-Up?

As it is with most adware, pop-up may end up on your computer by bundling together with other freeware, shareware or some other program you have previously downloaded, like system utility tools, download managers, PDF creators, etc. The default installation settings for most PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Program) may include already filled check-boxes for programs you might not require or need on your computer. That's why our malware analysts recommend to always opt for a custom installation, although more time-consuming, and carefully check if the wizard manager wants you to install other programs, in addition to the one you want.

What We should Know about and Its Pop-Up

When the adware extension is installed on your browser of choice, you will be greeted with the pop-up from, whenever you open a new tab. This is the result of the adware's altering of your current browser settings. The display of excessive advertisements may also lead to slower page loading and system performance.

The point of the is, like other similar adware, to generate traffic for its creators and affiliates. When you add a search query in, it is likely to bring up irrelevant search results. may also rig search results by secretly gathering information from your browser bookmarks, favorites and search criteria. Though, clicking on sponsored ads should be the least of your worries; malware researchers warn that many of the pages, which the adware leads you to, may be home to more harmful threats that might have a disadvantageous effect on your system or privacy, and even lead to compromising your information, if you end up installing them. Another one of adware's threats is the installation of an unknown toolbar and other suspicious plug-ins, which help track and then send your browsing information to a third party. Also, an annoyance could be the transformation of a random page text into hyperlinks and the sponsored ad banners generated by the adware.

Calling the specified number in the pop-up will not probably solve your problem. What most often happens in these cases is that you are asked to pay a certain amount of money for the pretend-to-be support, or you will be required to give remote access to your PC in order to fix the problem.

To summarize, the aims and threats of are:

  • If you have accidentally installed as a browser extension through the means of a PUP, it displays an unwanted pop-up.
  • When infected with the adware, it may change the browser settings and alter your current homepage and search engine.
  • Making you spend money on support ‘technicians’ through its pop-up.


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