DudePages Malware


DudePages is a malware app categorized as a browser hijacker that leads to sudden page-redirects in the browser and to unwanted browser changes. If DudePages is in your computer, it’s best to uninstall it immediately because it may potentially lead to more serious problems.

DudePages Malware

The DudePages Malware will display pop up ads and messages,

The browser hijacker apps are not uncommon and since they are oftentimes not seen as harmful or malicious, they can be distributed in more ways than actual viruses such as Ransomware, Spyware, Worms, Trojans, and more.

Typically, apps like DudePages are added to the installation packages of other, more desirable programs. Once the user installs the main program from the package, the hijacker gets installed too, if the user hasn’t made sure to uncheck it from the custom setup settings.

The DudePages Malware

In and of itself, the DudePages Malware may slow-down your computer and potentially lead to browser crashes and/or freezes. This isn’t a particularly serious problem because, as soon as the unwanted app gets uninstalled, this would all go away in an instant. However, the real security problems may come from the ads and the site-redirects that could sometimes lead you to web addresses that are less than safe.

Upon installation, DudePages attaches itself to Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and other browsers and changes the homepage, the search engine , and the toolbar of the affected browser. This is done in order to ensure that the hijacker can use those elements of the browser to push its advertising campaign. The new homepage, for example, would typically be the frontpage of a site that the hijacker is supposed to promote. It might even be the frontpage of the official site of the hijacker (some such apps have official sites). The introduced new search engine may be used to show the users altered search results that contain more advertised sites and less relevant entries. It’s all about the generation of advertising income, and the hijacker apps are some of the most effective software tools for that. Of course, it all comes at a price. In this case, the price is the end-user’s browsing experience and online security. A hijacker may cause problems in both of those aspects. It is more then obvious how DudePages or another similar app could make one’s online experience unpleasant and highly frustrating but what many people don’t realize is that this app may also lead to certain security problems that shouldn’t be ignored.

Dude Pages keeps popping up?

Dude Pages can be very irritating by displaying pop up ads and messages and that is why it is classified as a browser hijacker. Until it is removed Dude Pages will continue to annoy any user it has infected with the advertisements it will show.

There are all kinds of sketchy and obscure sites throughout the Internet, many of which are used for spreading Trojans, Ransomware, Worms, and other threats or for tricking the users into providing personal or professional details about themselves. Unfortunately, it is possible that some such sites could get promoted by hijacker apps like DudePages meaning that you may eventually get your machine and privacy exposed to such dangers if you don’t uninstall the unwanted software. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you take the matters into your own hands and see to the hijacker’s removal at once. This will help you make your computer safer and keep hazards such as Trojans, phishing sites, Ransomware, Worms, and more away from it.


Name DudePages
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Usually, the hijacker will replace the homepage of the browser and cause redirects to ad-heavy sites.
Distribution Method These apps can be distributed via misleading attachments inside spam emails, with the help of pop-up ads, or using file bundles.
Detection Tool

Remove DudePages Pop up Malware

To try and remove DudePages quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the DudePages extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove DudePages by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of DudePages and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed DudePages removal guide below.

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide

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Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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    After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

    Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

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    Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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    You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

    Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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    Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

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    Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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    If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

    Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

    1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
    2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
    3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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    • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

    Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

    NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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    Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

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    DudePages Malware  Remove DudePages from Internet Explorer:

    Open IE, click  DudePages Malware —–> Manage Add-ons.

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    Find the threat —> Disable. Go to DudePages Malware —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

    DudePages Malware Remove DudePages from Firefox:

    Open Firefoxclick  DudePages Malware  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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    Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
    DudePages MalwareRemove DudePages from Chrome:

    Close Chrome. Navigate to:

     C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

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    Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

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    Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

    Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

    If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


    About the author


    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.


    • I have tried everything can’t get rid of this. I think it has somehow attached itself to my google account I reset my pc and it comes back in a few days it is also on both of my computers

      • Hi Arron Hefley, did you run a malware scan? If this is a browser hijacker, it may get picked up by an SpyHunter antivirus. If nothing is found, assume you either have a rate and reinstall or say it’s a malicious advertisement on the side of the webpage, and block all ads with an adblocker.

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