What kind of software is Dragon Baby?
Our researchers discovered the Dragon Baby browser extension during a routine inspection of deceptive webpages. After analyzing this piece of software, we determined that it is a browser hijacker.
Dragon Baby makes changes to browser settings in order to promote the dragonboss.solutions fake search engine. Additionally, this extension spies on users' browsing activity.
Dragon Baby browser hijacker overview
Browser-hijacking software modifies browser settings by reassigning the homepage, default search engine, and new tab/window URL to the address of the endorsed website.
With Dragon Baby installed: new browser tabs/windows opened and search queries entered into the URL bar – result in redirects to the dragonboss.solutions site.
It is pertinent to mention that browser hijackers commonly utilize persistence-ensuring techniques to prevent browser recovery.
Fake search engines usually cannot generate search results, so they redirect to legitimate Internet search websites. At the time of research, dragonboss.solutions redirected via searchokay.com to the Bing search engine (bing.com). Keep in mind that it could land elsewhere, as factors like user geolocation may impact redirects.
Furthermore, Dragon Baby targets browsing histories. However, it might collect other data as well, e.g., search queries, IP addresses, Internet cookies, usernames/passwords, personally identifiable details, finance-related information, and so forth. The gathered data can then be shared with and/or sold to third-parties.
In summary, the presence of software like Dragon Baby on devices can lead to system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Dragon Baby|
|Detection Names (dragonboss.solutions)||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (dragonboss.solutions)||22.214.171.124|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling).|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Browser hijacker examples
Rapid Spell Check Extension, MyWallPaper, and My Screen Dimmer are just a couple examples of browser hijackers that we have examined recently. Browser-hijacking software usually appears legitimate and offers a wide variety of handy functionalities. However, the features seldom work as promised, and in most cases – they are utterly nonoperational.
It must be stressed that even if a piece of software works as indicated by its promotional material – that is not definitive proof of either legitimacy or safety.
How did Dragon Baby install on my computer?
We obtained Dragon Baby from a deceptive promotional webpage. Browser hijackers are commonly promoted on legitimate-looking pages and scam sites. Users primarily access these webpages via redirects generated by websites utilizing rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, misspelled URLs, intrusive ads, or installed adware.
Browser-hijacking software can also be bundled with ordinary programs. The risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the device is increased by downloading from dubious channels (e.g., freeware and third-party websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc.) and by rushing through installation processes (e.g., ignoring terms, skipping sections, using "Easy/Quick" settings, etc.).
Intrusive advertisements spread browser hijackers as well. When clicked on, some of the adverts can execute scripts to perform stealthy downloads/installations.
How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?
We highly recommend researching software and downloading it only from official/verified sources. When installing, it is important to read terms, study available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt out of all additional apps, extensions, tools, features, etc.
Another recommendation is to be careful while browsing since fraudulent and malicious online content usually appears genuine and harmless. For example, while intrusive ads may look legitimate – they redirect to unreliable and questionable sites (e.g., scam-promoting, gambling, pornography, adult dating, etc.).
If you keep encountering such advertisements/redirects, check the device and immediately remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Dragon Baby, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Deceptive website promoting Dragon Baby browser hijacker:
Appearance of dragonboss.solutions redirecting (via searchokay.com) to the Bing search engine (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Dragon Baby?
- STEP 1. Uninstall unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Dragon Baby browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove dragonboss.solutions homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove dragonboss.solutions redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Dragon Baby browser hijacker removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Dragon Baby browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Extensions" and click "Manage Extensions". Locate "Dragon Baby" and other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Dragon Baby", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.dragonboss.solutions) below the "Open a specific or set of pages" option. If present click on the three vertical dots icon and select "Remove".
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "dragonboss.solutions", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Delete".
- If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the dragonboss.solutions redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate "Dragon Baby", as well as all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Settings", in the opened window disable "Dragon Baby", remove hxxp://dragonboss.solutions and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type "about:config" and press Enter. Click "Accept the Risk and Continue".
In the search filter at the top, type: "extensionControlled". Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with dragonboss.solutions redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the dragonboss.solutions redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the purpose of forcing users to visit dragonboss.solutions website?
Cyber criminals (e.g., developers of fake search engines and browser hijackers, etc.) generate revenue through redirects to sites like dragonboss.solutions.
Is visiting dragonboss.solutions a threat to my privacy?
To a certain extent, yes. Websites like dragonboss.solutions typically collect information about their visitors with the goal of selling it to third-parties.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Browser hijackers are mainly distributed via deceptive promotional webpages, online scams, bundled installation setups, freeware and free file-hosting websites, P2P sharing networks, spam browser notifications, and intrusive advertisements.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove Dragon Baby browser hijacker?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate all the browser-hijacking applications present. It is noteworthy that manual removal (unaided by security software) might not be an ideal solution, particularly when multiple browser hijackers have infiltrated the system. In these instances, after one is removed – the others may simply reinstall it. What is more, browser-hijacking software may render removal-related settings unmodifiable. Therefore, it is paramount to eliminate browser hijackers thoroughly and all at once.