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Microsoft Defender Antivirus detects and removes this unwanted software.
Usually, this threat bypasses the normal prompts or dialogs that ask for your consent to install browser extensions, toolbars, or add-ons into the Internet Explorer and Google Chrome web browsers.
It also modifies browser shortcut files. When launched using these modified shortcuts, the browsers open certain websites that you may not intend to visit.
This threat is part of a suite of malware and unwanted software families that is also called "Fireball". Read about this threat group in the Windows Security blog:
This threat is an unwanted software. An unwanted software is a program that alters your Windows experience without your consent or control. We use a set of evaluation criteria to determine what programs are classified as unwanted software. As the software ecosystem evolves, so do our evaluation criteria. To learn more, read these blog entries:
This program poses a high threat to your PC.
Use the following free Microsoft software to detect and remove this threat:
You should also run a full scan. A full scan might find hidden threats.
You might need to manually remove this program:
If an uninstaller is not available, does not work properly, or you do not want to use it, you can use the following free tools to detect and remove this program and other potentially unwanted software from your PC:
Use cloud protection to help guard against the latest malware threats. It’s turned on by default for Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender for Windows 10.
Go to All settings > Update & security > Windows Defender and make sure that your Cloud-based Protection settings is turned On.
If you’re using Windows XP, see our Windows XP end of support page.