Adware/ShortcutHijacker Family of Badware

The Adware/ShortcutHijacke is a family of adware programs that change your browser's home pages and search engine to site under the developers control. Unlike other browser hijackers, this adware goes a step further and actually modifies the shortcuts for your web browser so that their sites are opened even after you uninstall this program.  Even worse, this hijacker will also modify shortcuts for other non-Internet related programs so that when you open them, a browser will open and show the hijacked page.

In order to clean the infected shortcuts, BleepingComputer.com has developed a tool called Shortcut Cleaner that is able to scan your shortcuts and clean those that are hijacked. When running Shortcut Cleaner it will search for and clean any shortcuts that have been modified to open sites that include:
 

widdit.com searchcompletion.com certified-toolbar.com complitly.com
newhometab.com dtinstaller.com chipinstaller.com homebase-apps.com
helperbar.com 22find.com qvo6.com hotstartsearch.com
dosearches.com v9.com 22apple.com portaldosites.com
delta-homes.com nationzoom.com do-search.com awesomehp.com
aartemis.com sweet-page.com webssearches.com key-find.com
qone8.com omiga-plus.com www-search.net safesear.ch
istartsurf.com omniboxes.com luckysearches.com mystartsearch.com

 

Latest programs belonging to the Adware/ShortcutHijacker family:

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