virus is a domain related to browser hijacking activities on your device

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The picture of is URL users may find attached to the homepage and new tab of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, MS Edge, or another browser, seemingly out of nowhere. However, the reason for this is a potentially unwanted program that was installed on the system by the user – either intentionally or not.

After the hijack, users might also notice that their search engine is set to Live Start Page or Parallax Search, and all the search results are filled with sponsored links, as well as ads within the page. This guarantees that most infected users would click on sponsored links instead of organic search results – the activity provides monetary benefit for the browser hijacker[1] authors. It is also important to note that is set to gather a variety of information about users’ web browsing habits.

Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program 
Search engine set to  Live Start Page or Parallax Search 
Infiltration  Most of the browser hijackers and other potentially unwanted programs are distributed within software bundle packages, so users often skip the step that allows the installer to bring the PUP into the system. Additionally, some users might install the app without knowing about the browser hijacking functionality
  • New tab URL and homepage of the web browser set to one of the Parallaxsearch domains
  • Search results are filled with sponsored links and ads
  • Increased amount of advertisements on all visited websites
  • Slow operation of the web browser
  • Unknown extensions installed without permission, etc.
Dangers Installation of PUPs or malware, loss of money due to scams, information disclosure to unknown parties, etc. 
Termination Getting rid of a browser hijacker is usually not a complicated process that can be achieved by accessing the installed application list. Nevertheless, if you are having troubles, scanning the machine with anti-malware software might help you get rid of the PUP automatically
Optimization In some cases, PUPs may cause stability issues on your Windows computer. To fix system files and ensure the smooth operation of the machine, scan it with a repair tool Reimage Reimage Cleaner hijacker is usually installed as additional components with freeware[2] or shareware. While for most users, it may seem like the PUP appeared out of nowhere, it is ultimately them who agree to install it, so these intruders cannot be called malware. Despite that, not many are happy to see the unforeseen changes of their web browsers, as well as increased amounts of ads.

After the infiltration, it might change your default search engine to one of these domains:

Once these changes are made, you will be forbidden to access other search providers from the homepage. It happens because the hijacker might install helper objects, modify Windows Registry or shortcuts. Thus, in order to get back access to your browser, you have to remove

What is more, parallaxsearch might integrate third-party advertisements[3] into the search results or display on any website you visit. This activity is a part of program’s monetization strategy. By redirecting users to the affiliate sites, authors of the hijacker get pay-per-click profit.

The image of virus is a potentially unwanted program that redirects search queries to Live Start Page.

The image of virus is a potentially unwanted program that redirects search queries to Live Start Page.

However, redirect tendencies are concerning. While some of the third-party ads can be entirely secure to click on, others can lead to suspicious websites, where you can find links to even more questionable or malware-laden websites. It can be very hard to separate secure sites and harmless content from untrustworthy ones, therefore, be very careful.

In order to make ads more interesting, virus gathers specific information that summarizes user’s browsing habits, for example, search and browsing history, type of browser and operating system, clicks on online advertisements and links, search queries, etc.

Based on the gathered details, it picks up targeted ads from third-party partners. Of course, it needs to share such “statistical” data with them, but think if you really want to disclose such information to unknown parties. If not, you should perform removal with the help of our instructions below.

Due to hijacking activities, security experts highly recommend to reset all the installed web browsers and also scan the system with anti-malware, as well as repair tool Reimage Reimage Cleaner .

Users can avoid the hijack if they install new programs correctly

The unwanted program hijack might occur when users do not pay attention to freeware or shareware installation. Developers of the PUP rely on the same old software bundling method. However, you can avoid this and other undesired apps by following these simple tips:

  • Install programs only from trustworthy Internet pages.
  • Do not install software or updates from pop-up ads.
  • Read the Privacy Policy, EULA, and other provided documents to make sure that you do not agree to install third-party software.
  • Choose Advanced/Custom settings instead of Quick/Standard.
  • Unmark all third-party programs, extensions and other “optional downloads.”[4]

The hijacker has already caused numerous problems for the users in the United States and several European countries, such as Bulgaria[5] and Hungary. Thus, you should be careful with software installation no matter where you live. hijack search results are not organic – multiple sponsored links can be seen at the top hijack search results are not organic – multiple sponsored links can be seen at the top

Uninstall and reset browser’s settings

You can find manual removal instructions presented at the end of the article. By following them, you will need to investigate the system and wipe out all questionable files, programs, or extensions from the browser. Note that, while not mandatory, web browser reset is highly recommended because browser hijackers often change the settings that may remain even after you eliminate the PUP.

However, you can choose the easiest way and remove automatically using anti-spyware software. All you have to do is to install security software, update it, and run a full system scan.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner . SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

Reimage Reimage Cleaner has a free limited scanner. Reimage Reimage Cleaner offers more through scan when you purchase its full version. When free scanner detects issues, you can fix them using free manual repairs or you can decide to purchase the full version in order to fix them automatically.

Get rid of from Windows systems

Below, you can find a manual hijacker’s removal guide. Follow the instructions carefully to wipe out all suspicious entries.

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  2. Uninstall and related programs
    Here, look for or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  3. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  4. Remove from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  5. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers’ shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Eliminate from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Delete from Internet Explorer (IE)

Follow these steps to clean Internet Explorer after the hijack:

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove virus from Microsoft Edge

After the hijack, these guidelines will help you to reset Microsoft Edge:

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details'Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}

    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Uninstall suspicious add-ons and reset Firefox in order to get rid of

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall from Google Chrome

Remove unknown browser extensions and reset Google Chrome. Then you will be able to set your preferred domain instead of

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines…, remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the “http://” before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari…. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button