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What is

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Severity: is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that is classified as adware. It is advertised as a tool that can help you easily switch between search engines. It will also insert loads of advertisements into your browsers, which includes pop-ups, pop-under ads, banners, etc. It will not harm your computer as it is not malware but it should be noted that it can expose you to malicious computer viruses if you are not careful. There are two ways it could have entered your computer and that it either via free software bundles or you downloaded it from the official site. It aims to generate pay-per-click revenue for sponsored pages, so you will be exposed to very tempting ads. After all, it wants you to click on them. It is not difficult to switch between search engines without this program, so we suggest you delete


Adware spreads using software bundles. If you have no recollection about downloading the extension yourself, then it used the bundling method to enter your computer. When you install free software, you need to pay close attention to the whole process. If anything has been added to the software you are installing, you should be informed about it. And if possible, use Advanced (Custom) settings. You will be allowed to deselect added items, and will be able to safely proceed to install the software. The reason why many users end up infecting their computers with these low-level threats is because they do not pay close attention to installation processes and use Default settings. Whichever way you installed it, you need to remove might seem helpful to some users, which is why they may have chosen to install it but making your browsing experience better is not its intention. The main goal of an adware application is to expose you to as many ads as possible so that you would click on them. The more clicks it gets, the more money it will earn. The ads might become more and more appealing as time goes by and that happens because adware collects information related to your likes and what you click on. The ads will appear on all browsers, be it Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. And the only way to get rid of them would be to delete from the system. The worrying thing about adware is that it can expose you to malicious content. You could end up with malware on your computer if you are not careful. That should be enough reason to remove

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STEP 1. removal guide

In this step we will use a removal tool that can locate and remove all kinds of threats from infected computers. Either its malicious programs, registry key, browser add-ons and extension, GridinSoft Anti-Malware can effectivly detect and remove this badware:

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Open the installation file and click “Yes” in the User access control window to continue:

The installation is very simple, click “Install” button and GridinSoft Anti-Malware will install itself in a default folder. You can choose custom folder and check the creation of desktop icon:

Open GridinSoft Anti-malware from the icon on the desktop by double-clicking it or “Start” menu:

Scan computer for related files

Go to the “Scan” tab and choose “Quick scan” or “Full scan“. It is advised to make full scan, but due to possible performance issues you can first run quick, to save some time. During the scan you will see what items GridinSoft Anti-malware located inside of your computer:

When the scan is over, GridinSoft Anti-Malware will show you the results with all detected items in the list. You can browse through it to choose what to do with particular item or choose the “Apply to all” function. Click the “Fix Now” button to apply action to detected items:

(OPTIONAL)To remove traces of some adware\malware\browser hijackers it is advised to Reset your browser settings. GridinSoft Anti-Malware allows you to do that with flexible options.

STEP 2. Using GridinSoft Anti-Malware to fix your browser

GridinSoft Anti-Malware has an effective utility called “Reset browser settings“. It is able to reset some of your browser option to its original state. Therefore, if some malicious program, adware or browser hijacker changes your browser settings, this tool can fix this in no time:

Open GridinSoft Anti-Malware – go to “Tools” tab – press “Reset browser settings

Check the options that you need in the “Reset browser settings” window. In the first column you need to choose your infected browser. (Supports all popular browsers). As for “Process” column we advise you to choose Start Page, Shortcuts, Search engines, Cache, Cookies (look for screen below). These settings will be changed to default and save most of the information you need in your browser:

Some malware and adware program may be installed very deep in your browser. In this case, we advise choose more efficient set of options. Check the following options in the “Process” column: “Start Page“, “Shortcuts“, “Search engines“, “Cache“, “Cookies” + “Addons” and “Policies” (screen below):

STEP 3. Protect your computer from reinfection

Removing viruses and malicious programs is one thing. The best practice in protection is to not get infected in the first place. To achieve that you must use reliable protection tool and follow simple rules or recommended advices to avoid infections completely. Here is the list of these tips:

  • Watch out for spam emails and attachments. A lot of cyber criminals and malware spreaders are using email spam messaging. Most of these messages have attachment files that can be dangerous to open. We advice to skip suspicious files, don’t even download them on your computer.

  • Adverts and redirect page. Some websites showing ads and pop-up on their pages. Along with this adware programs may generate various adverts on your computer. Clicking on them is very dangerous and leads to unexpected consequences.

  • Don’t open suspicious links and websites. Hackers and scammer are often creating websites of their own where they can do whatever they want. You can download only malware and unwanted programs from such pages.

  • Pay attention to what you install. If you have downloaded any program from suspicious website or anywhere else – always read all instruction and don’t click “Next” all the time.

  • Use protection tools. No matter how hard you try, some sneaky malware may break through all your defences. In this case you should always keep an anti-malware protection online on your computer. GridinSoft Anti-Malware has On-Run Protection feature. It is designed to keep this kind of malware from your computer. To activate this feature go to “Protect” tab and press “Start” button to the right. The label will show you “ON“, which means that On-Run protection is online.

Anti-Malware GridinSoft On-Run Protection Screen

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