Remove Homepage from Chrome/Edge/FF

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 parasitic PUP (‘Potentially Unwanted Program’) is part of the browser-hijacker group of programs – or suspicious search-engines – and this one has been in circulation for about a year now. If contracted, you should remove Homepage as soon as possible. Usually, it is downloaded and installed as an almost unnoticeable part of a bundle that came along with the desired principal item in a free download, though it can also arrive in an attachment in spam ‘mail. It attaches a malware extension to your browser and changes certain settings there and in Windows registry. Once infected, on the next browser start your home page will be reset to as will be default the default search engine. As well as redirecting to dubious, unrequested ‘sites (for this reason, it is sometimes known as a ‘redirect virus’, similar to those such as Vosteran Search). It also has the capability to mess with your Start Menu and place links there. It is important to locate and uninstall Homepage from your system as soon as possible. It has been connected to a similar, older browser-hijacker, Users report that after was removed, this bug replaced it immediately, causing speculation that the two may be bundled in some freeware and may even be capable of working together.

Software like this is purported to be an exchange of browser enhancing add-ons supplied in return for the acceptance of certain advertising. In reality, no one has backed-up these claims by the developers – quite the opposite, to the extent that some consider this kind of infection like a virus and as a possible security threat. The infection is primarily to raise revenues for middle-men hired by companies. Cash is generated each time the link is clicked on (in this case fake traffic by redirection) to supposedly sponsored content. Essentially it is a pirate adaptation of legitimate adware that is accepted by prior agreement of the user. User information is utilized by the companies (by prior agreement of the user) to legitimately map and profile their marketing and strategy. This kind of advertising can sometimes be of interest customer to potential customers. The true adware is consciously accepted, downloaded and governed by standards for privacy protection – not so the unauthorized mal/adware versions like this one, so getting rid of Homepage is important from the perspective of a user’s data and privacy security. Delete Homepage to avoid the potential risks…


The risks associated with

  • Hijack of a browser offers a vulnerability that is open to more virulent threats, and operators of this kind of software have often been connected to the use of other forms of malware;
  • The increased traffic and advertising can lead to system fatigue and a possible browser crash;
  • Download clients of this type and their ‘sites are not often registered, and so not monitored 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 – even your geo-location – all of this could provide a perfect map for a hack attack.

If infected, see below for removal instructions. After eradicating Homepage, from your system, prevent it or variants coming back. 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 Homepage from Hijacking Your Browser

Remember – all infections are preventable with good working practice and good security. Go directly to company website for freeware, if possible (and if what you saw offered elsewhere is not available there, then be suspicious). Always use the Custom or 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 hazardous ‘site content if available. Install capable software for early warning of threats and to regularly scan your files and registry.

Find some great software that will give you security warnings and regular scans, as a back-up. Surf safely; download diligently; install intelligently – and keep your searches free!

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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