Removal Guide

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If you have opened your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox and immediately noticed the presence of, it is very likely that the Localhost extension has been installed on your system. You might have downloaded this browser extension yourself, or it might have entered your computer in a software bundle. does not seem to be a bad search engine at first glance; however, our team of experienced specialists does not think that this search tool can be trusted. You will find more information about this questionable search engine in the article, so read it carefully to be able to decide whether or not to keep it as the default search provider. If it happens that you decide to use a more trustworthy search engine instead of, you should use the manual removal instructions you could find if you scroll down. is a new browser hijacker from the SaferBrowser family. It has replaced such search engines as,, and As it is created on the same template, does not differ from the aforementioned search engines the way it acts and looks. Our specialists have managed to find out that this search engine uses the Yahoo! engine as well, so it seems to be reliable at first sight. Unfortunately, it is not true at all. First of all, cannot be trusted because it provides users with the modified search results, i.e. search results full of commercial advertisements leading to third-party websites. It is possible that malicious software hides on these websites, so users who surf them risk infecting their computers with bad Removal screenshot
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It is not a very good idea to keep in the place of the homepage, default search engine, and the New Tab page as well as use this tool to search for the information on the web also because it has been found that it is interested in personal and non-personally identifiable information about users. We have checked its Privacy Policy and found that it is, at first, said that “does not, generally, track or maintain personally identifiable information about consumers that use our Services”; however, you can find in the middle of the document that this search engine is going to collect URLs and search data, including search queries that might contain personally identifiable information. If you do not want untrustworthy companies and even cyber criminals to know what you do on the web, you should hurry to remove the extension promoting Users who decide to let it stay not only risk infecting their PCs with malware, but their privacy might be quickly violated as well.

Our researchers could not find an official website of the Localhost extension promoting, so there is no doubt that it is spread somehow differently because it is still quite prevalent on the web. Specialists say that unreliable extensions are usually distributed in software bundles, so it is very likely that Localhost has sneaked onto the computer together with other applications as well and then set as the default homepage, search engine, and the New Tab page. The only way to get rid of the untrustworthy search engine is to delete the extension that has entered the system secretly. To prevent other untrustworthy extensions from sneaking onto your PC in the future, you should install a security tool. Also, we suggest that you do not download software from questionable file-sharing sites because you might download another software bundle unknowingly and end up with a bunch of undesirable software again.

You can reset your browsers one by one to remove the undesirable extension and thus get rid of fully. If you do not know how to reset browsers to their default settings, you should use our instructions. Do not skip any step if you wish to erase the undesirable software fully.


Internet Explorer

  1. Open your browser and tap Alt+T.
  2. Select Internet Options from the menu and then open the Advanced tab.
  3. Click Reset.
  4. Mark the Delete personal settings box.
  5. Click Reset.

Google Chrome

  1. Open your browser and tap Alt+F.
  2. Select Settings and then scroll down.
  3. Click Show advanced settings.
  4. Click Reset settings.
  5. Click on the Reset button.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open your browser and tap Alt+H.
  2. Open Troubleshooting information.
  3. Find and click on the Refresh Firefox button.
  4. Click Refresh Firefox again in the dialog box.

In non-techie terms:

If you wish to remove quicker and take care of other threats that might be hiding on the system at the same time, you should scan your computer with an automatic malware remover, e.g. SpyHunter. The free version of this tool can be downloaded from our website, but you will have to upgrade it if you decide to use it to delete undesirable programs from your PC.