Remove Homepage from Chrome/Edge/Firefox

This page is here to help you remove This removal guide is suitable for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as all Windows versions.

This is an adware infection that changes browser settings – so is designated a browser-hijacker; delete Homepage without hesitation if you are side-tracked into installing it. Also know as a PUP (potentially unwanted program), it is a TUP – a totally unwanted program that could cause severe complications if left to its own devices. Browser-hijackers are usually concealed in bundles of freeware and installed unknowingly by careless installation of the desired software (this is commonly software like download or torrent managers, video and music players, PDF readers, &c). So it is safe to say that unless the user has been misled by the advertising bluster and knowingly installed this as a download client application, then the fault is theirs for lack of scrutiny, and the reward is this browser thief. All such PUPs are avoidable.

On entering the operating system, the infection puts roots into the Windows registry and goes about modifying the computer’s browser settings. If this hasn’t been detected in the system by security software then the next browser start will present the user with a new homepage and default search engine ( New tabs will also be redirected to this homepage and others with advertising that could include dubious/fake or possibly malicious freeware. It isn’t possible to permanently restore your default homepage and search engine without removing Homepage and its extensions. Apart from disrupted browsing and increased forced-feeding of pop-ups and banner ads, the browsing speed will slow and as the infection progresses, processing speed also reduces. Browser crashes have been know to happen as a result of this parasite in a system. These types of ‘toolbars’ have been advertised by their developers as an aid to quicker, more efficient surfing – the consensus of the I.T world is that this is plainly a lie.


Third parties are employed by software firms to advertise and distribute freeware as samples. These middle-men are paid for the amount of coverage a product/company get or the downloads facilitated from this intermediate platform. The hits on ads – in this case involuntarily through user redirection – make cash for the intermediaries and ramp up the sponsor company’s rating on search engines. In a mass-market consumer world, legitimate use of intensive advertising is understandable, though in this method, given the lack of user consent, respect and the dubious nature of many associates in this industry, then it is a liability for the user and it is important to get rid of Homepage.

The other aspect of this aggressive marketing is that the hijacker will log and record data about the user – supposedly for the companies to use in advertising campaigns. This is highly worrying when considering the amount of data the infection can collect. Stop Homepage before you find out the extent of this first hand.

The risks associated with browser-hijacker

  • Browser-hijack offers an open door to more virulent threats, and operators of this kind of software have often been connected to the use of malware;
  • System fatigue and a possible browser crash can result as the hijacker works in the background;
  • Download clients of this type and their ‘sites are not often registered, and not overseen by regulatory bodies. Introduction of further malware could facilitate key-logging to record sensitive information such as passwords, pin or account numbers… resulting in financial/I.D theft;
  • The browser-hijacker can record the entire specifications of an operating system, software installed and its configurations, I.P address and server/network data, geo-location – all of this could provide facilities for hackers to enter and take over the operating system.

To prevent any one of the above reasons it is necessary to eradicate homepage. Homepage Hijacker Removal Instructions

1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge.
3: Remove malicious attachments to browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the malware from your Add/Remove Programs.
5: Permanently delete the virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Uninstall the threat from Regedit and Msconfig.

In order to get rid of, please refer to the following step-by-step removal instructions for each of your browsers. Please note that you also have to manually restore their desktop shortcuts to their original state.

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2 hijacks the homepage of Chrome, Firefox and IE. Please, follow the guide precisely. If you miss some of the steps below, there is a chance that will come back at a later moment. Here are the steps you must follow to remove the hijacker from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove the Hijacker From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.


Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut


Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.


Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.


Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.


Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.


Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Preventing hijacker

Cutting edge security software will back up a user’s good working practices:

  • Always use either Custom/Advanced installation option;
  • Don’t open attachments in unfamiliar e-mails, however convincing or friendly they may appear;
  • Avoid clicking on pop-up links not recognized or requested;
  • Always ensure you have the very latest version for browsers. Enable warnings for ‘site content if available;
  • Install capable software for early warning of threats and to regularly monitor your system files.

Remember the adage of the Seven ‘P’s: Proper Prior Planning Prevents Probable Poor Performance!

Still can not remove from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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