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Definition of

Judged from the interface, it is never more obvious that belongs to websearch browser hijacker family with the colorful circle and succinct interface twisted by random ads that seem to cater to your preference. It has been long since we were told that items like to hijack homepage as well as search engine was virus. Yet technically speaking, they are Potentially Unwanted Programs with some potential dangers that we should throw concern over.

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Payloads of

  1. piggybacks on third-party programs to be downloaded and installed onto computers without PC users’ knowledge.
  2. With BHO and JavaScript browsing techniques, the hijacker is capable of reaching cookies that contain any information the user once entered and thus delivering ads that the target user would click on them in all probability.
  3. Drop other web applications such as toolbar and plug-ins for commission or self promotion.
  4. It uses DLL plug-in, BHO and WinsockLSP to modify the default browser settings so as to make links redirect back to or to the websites that have cooperative ties with it.


Worrying Dangers from

Without vicious attribute code, is not virus. What makes the hijacker cling to the browsers is computing technique. DLL plug-in, BHO, JavaScript and WinsockLSP are non-virus but they can impose potential dangers when being capitalized by computer threats.

Through the URL can we tell that is unsafe. All the authority sites and the self-build sites are ended with .com, .net or the suffix of the service provider instead of a string of random numbers and letters. This implies that the programming on which hijacker is built is loose, bug can be evident. It should be widely informed that bug can be considered as a shortcut for virus attack, that’s why computer security center do not suggest freeware or the programs from unpopular websites. Otherwise, tragedy can happen along with the harassment by hijacker:

  1. DLL plug-in will be utilized to disable the operation of critical programs such as security utilities.
  2. Browser Helper Objects will be used to gather confidential information out of the cookies, which leads to information loss, identity theft and property damages.
  3. WinsockLSP will be taken advantage to expose victims to malicious and virus-loaded sites.

It is clear that does not belong to virus catalogue that anti-virus programs usually handle; manual method becomes the most practical solution to prevent foreseeable tragedy. Stick to the steps below and you’ll be guided to remove the hijacker. In the event that you run into unexpected issues, simply get specialized technical help from VilmaTech Online Support right away by pressing on the live chat button below.

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Follow Manual Steps to Remove Hijacker

Step1. Reset browser settings to restore the modification by

Internet Explorer

  • Expand Tools menu to select Internet Options.
  • Please then navigate to Advanced tab and press on Restore Defaults button.
    reset IE to remove

Mozilla Firefox

  • Through Firefox button, click Help.
  • Select Troubleshooting information to press on ‘Reset Firefox’ button.
    reset firefox to remove

Google Chrome

  • Unfold ‘Customize and Control Google Chrome’ menu to select ‘Options’.
  • Hit ‘Under the Hood’ tab to press ‘Reset to Defaults’ button.
    reset chrome to remove from windows and mac


  • Access “C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Roaming\Opera\Opera\”.
  • Unveil hidden items:

Windows 7/XP/Vista

  1. Access control panel to select “user accounts and family safety”.
  2. Click open ‘Folder Options’ and hit View tab to tick ‘Show hidden files and folders” and non-tick “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)’.

Windows 8

  1. Access Windows Explorer and navigate to its View tab.
  2. Tick ‘File name extensions’ and ‘Hidden items’.
  • You’ll see Operapref.ini file, please delete it.


  • Choose ‘Reset Safari’ under Safari menu.
  • Check all listed options before clicking on ‘Reset’ button.
    reset safari to remove from windows and mac

Step2. Modify Hosts file to remove hijacker.

Windows users to follow up

  • Bring up Run dialog box by Win+R key combination and enter “cmd”.
  • Hit enter key will you access black window.
  • Type ”ping” and hit enter key will you get its IP address.
  • Access C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc and open up Hosts file to add the IP address to the last line.
  • Save the file will you remove hijacker.

Mac users to follow up

  • Access Finder folder through Finder launchpad icon and click open Utilities.
    finder launchpad
  • It is the Terminal that you need to access finally.
  • Type “ping” and hit Enter/Return key will you get its IP address.
  • Note it down.
  • Use shift+command+g key combination to get dialog box and enter “etc” (/private/etc/hosts).
  • Hit Enter/Return key will bring up to etc folder directly.
  • Open up the Hosts file and add the IP address to the last line.
    hosts file  example on Mac
  • Save it to modify host file.

Step3. Rectify registry entries to remove (not for Mac).

Tip: before doing this, please backup your registry for precaution just in case you make some slight mistake that would end up with permanent damage. The backup instruction video is at the end of this article.

  • Hold and press Win key and R key together and bring up Run dialog box.
  • Enter “regedit” and hit on the Enter key to access Database.
  • Expand “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT” to search for “.Ink” and “Inkfile”.
    registry root
  • Compare the subkeys under “.Ink” and “Inkfile” respectively to a clean PC, remove or add the entries accordingly.


What Want from PC Users?

Instead of the mess incurred by the browser hijacker, what wants is money. At the outset, browser hijacker was created by black hat SEOers to increase click through rate and pay per click without generating beneficial materials. Gradually, the ones resembling are produced to be e-marketing tool and worse, a tool to direct virus attack.

  1. The more it posts ads that attract users’ click, the more earns.
  2. Each success made in dropping down third-party program will earn the hijacker money.
  3. More directions to will help gather traffic; more traffic equals more business.
  4. Virus makers nowadays are willing to pay to bundle virus with the hijacker so that targets won’t be able to remove the virus easily through security utilities.

It is uncertainty that has something to do with virus. But that it drops down additional programs is for sure. VilmaTech Online Support would kindly suggest taking more steps after removing completely for the sake of security. Should you have troubles for that, live chat to get exclusive help according to your concrete situation.

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Registry Backup

Database is the heart of a computer. Slight inappropriate modification there could impose damage overtime. Therefore it is highly recommended to back it up before any rectifications for precaution. Here’s the video to show how to back up registry entries on Windows 8:


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