What is

Has your browser been hijacked by This browser hijacker is unlikely to take over browsers without one’s permission, but, of course, we cannot guarantee this. Needless to say, if your browser was corrupted illegally, you need no other reason to remove this threat from your browsers and your operating system. And how should you treat this threat if you have let it in yourself? In this case, we recommend reading this report because researchers have some interesting information for you. Did you know that this hijacker was created to serve third-party advertisers? Did you know that it can record and, potentially, share information that is classified as personally-identifiable? Needless to say, we advise deleting right away. If you still have questions regarding this threat, hopefully, you will be able to find the answers in this article. If you cannot, do not hesitate to add them to the comments so that our research team could address them.test

How does work?

The chances are that your homepage, New Tab, and search provider were replaced with the suspicious as you downloaded the “Get Local News Now” add-on. Did you install it from or the Chrome web store at If you did, you probably do not need to worry about other threats. Unfortunately, many users are introduced to the hijacker when they interact with third-party installers. That means that could be packaged along with third-party malware. Hopefully, that has not happened, but you should install a legitimate malware scanner and run a full system scan just to be sure. Note that if you do not notice malicious infections, it does not mean that they do not exist. We have the same advice for users dealing with,, and all other threats created by Polarity Technologies Ltd. Although these hijackers usually look authentic and trustworthy enough, they are not created to serve you, and that is why you must remove them as soon as possible.

Although provides you with quick-access links to Google and Yahoo news pages, as well as CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News (there even is a playlist with all Fox News videos), this hijacker does not deserve praise. First of all, the easy-access links it promotes can be added to your bookmarks bar, and you do not need to install anything for that. Second, the hijacker does not offer reliable search services. In fact, it redirects you to a third-party search engine without your permission, and that is not a good sign. You should not assume that the search services are trustworthy just because redirects to The malicious hijacker could inject sponsored content that might be dangerous to interact with it. On top of all that, personally-identifiable information might be recorded, and that is something you have to be cautious about at all times. Do you know enough about the hijacker to think that it will handle personal data in a safe and non-malicious way? If you do not, why have you not deleted the hijacker already?

How to delete

The removal of should not be complicated. Of course, we are not sure which infections are running along with it. For example, if you find the “Get Local News Now” add-on, the chances are that you will have the hijacker deleted as soon as you get rid of this add-on. Note that Internet Explorer users need to uninstall it via the Control Panel, unlike Chrome and Firefox users who can erase the unwanted extension directly from their browsers. And what if the hijacker is autonomous? In this case, you will find the guide below useful. If you cannot get rid of the hijacker and other active threats manually, employ an anti-malware tool. That is not a plan-B type of thing. In fact, using reliable anti-malware software is the best option because this software can automatically erase malicious threats and also ensure full-time protection. Needless to say, if you stick with manual removal, you must not forget about ensuring protection against malware in the future.

Removal Guide

N.B. You might have to delete the “Get Local News Now” add-on first.

Internet Explorer:

  1. Launch RUN by tapping keys Win+R.
  2. Enter regedit.exe into the dialog box to launch Registry Editor.
  3. Move to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  4. Open the Start Page value and remove the hijacker’s URL. Click OK.

Google Chrome:

  1. Launch Explorer by tapping keys Win+E.
  2. Enter %LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\ into the bar at the top.
  3. Open the {unique Chrome profile name} folder (if profiles do not exist, open the Default folder).
  4. Open these files (use a text reader) and replace the hijacker’s URLwithin them:
    • Preferences
    • Secure Preferences
    • Web Data

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Launch Explorer by tapping keys Win+E.
  2. Enter %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ into the bar at the top.
  3. Open the {unique Firefox profile name} folder.
  4. Open the file named prefs.js (use a text reader).
  5. Replace the hijacker’s URL with the desired option and then save the file. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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