Remove Launchpage.org “Virus” (Dec. 2017 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Launchpage.org “Virus”. These Launchpage.org “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

One of the most common types of PC issues that many users are complaining from is when a program of the Browser Hijacker type gets installed onto the PC. Applications of this type are known to get inside the user’s browser whether that would be Chrome, IE or Firefox and add to it a new (and unwanted) search engine, homepage or toolbar. Additionally, a lot of Hijackers tend to cause sudden redirects to other sites that might sometimes have a shady reputation and sketchy contents. Recently, a new program that displays a hijacker-like behavior has been released and a lot of users have reported it for being intrusive and obstructive. This new program is called Launchpage.org “Virus” and today we will be focusing on what it can do once it gets onto your PC, how you can avoid it and also how you can uninstall and remove Launchpage.org “Virus” if you have already landed it.

A dangerous virus or a mere inconvenience?

The question whether Browser Hijacker programs are PC viruses is up for debate. However, there are undoubtedly some substantial differences between actual harmful forms of malware such as Trojans and Ransomware and programs the likes of Launchpage.org “Virus”.

  • The first major difference between the two types of software is the way they are used and the purpose they are given. Most Browser Hijackers are nothing but internet marketing tools. Everything they do is with the sole purpose of gaining money for their creators via online advertising. The issue with that is the advertising methods used by most Hijackers are way too aggressive and invasive, which makes the program itself quite undesirable. However, as far as the security of your PC and personal data is concerned, usually there will be no harm done to them. Obviously, the same cannot be said about Trojan Horses, Ransomware or any other form of actual computer viruses.
  • Secondly, it is important to note that quite a big number of Hijacker programs are actually legal and legally distributed. Yes, the legal ones are still unwanted and annoying, but this is still another major difference between Browser Hijackers and other more dangerous forms of malware that are always illegal and also employed for illegal purposes.
  • Thirdly, we must mention that unlike real and harmful types of viruses, programs such as Launchpage.org “Virus” are always trying to be as visible and as noticeable as possible. (this is in fact their main purpose). This is important because unlike them, the viruses we already mentioned are all about remaining hidden and unnoticed with little to no symptoms. If you are able to easily spot the unwanted program, because it blatantly enforces itself upon your browser, then you are probably not dealing with some overly malicious software.

There are still some potential problems…

Now, that we have made it clear that Launchpage.org “Virus” is not some dangerous Trojan, we must still give you a general idea of what it can possibly do if it lands on your machine. Apart from being able to implement unwanted modifications to your browser, there are several other potential negative effects that a typical Hijacker could have on your machine and here we will go over them.

  • To add to the various browser changes, some Hijackers would also fill the your Chrome, Firefox or IE with various annoying and highly obstructive ads, pop-ups, banners and box messages. If you re not careful and you accidentally click on any of those, there’s some chance that you might get redirected to some shady and suspicious website.
  • In order to increase the number of users that click on its ads, Launchpage.org “Virus” might try to scan the user’s browser and look through its recent history so as to determine the personal preferences of the individual and later utilize this information by employing it within the ads.
  • On top of everything so far, a lot of Hijackers might cause significant RAM and CPU spikes, which can lead to a PC slowdown and system instability.

Useful guidelines

In order to remove Launchpage.org “Virus” all you have to do is follow the steps in our removal guide below the current article. However, you must first learn how to avoid installing any more unwanted Hijackers by reading the following list of tips.

  • Whenever you open your browser and start surfing the internet, take into consideration that Hijackers are commonly distributed via shady and unreliable sites. Keep away from those and your machine will be much safer.
  • Another very commonly used approach for spreading unwanted software is spam and junk mail. Always try to determine whether a newly received online message is spam and if you think it might be, do not open it and directly delete it.
  • If your browser/s has/have an automatic download function, make sure it is disabled or else a Hijacker file might get downloaded on your PC and you won’t even know about it.
  • Before installing a new program, take a few moments to check for file bundles within the installer. See if there are any added applications by checking the different options of the setup wizard and if there are indeed some bundled programs, look them up. Should any of them seem to be potentially unwanted, uncheck it in the setup wizard before you install the main piece of software.

SUMMARY:

Name Launchpage.org
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  If the Hijacker is on your machine, you are likely to notice various changes to your browsers. For example, a new homepage, search engine or a toolbar that has been added without your permission.
Distribution Method Usually, you can expect a Hijacker to be distributed through different forms of online spam, less reputable file-sharing and/or torrent sites and also via the so-called file-bundling method.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

Launchpage.org “Virus” Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.


Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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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. 

malware-start-taskbar

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. 

Step3

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

appwiz

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:

msconfig_opt

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

Step4

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:

hosts_opt (1)

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.

DNS

Step5

  • 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).

browser-hijacker-taskbar-properties

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

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Launchpage.org “Virus” from Internet Explorer:

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

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

firefox-512 Remove Launchpage.org “Virus” from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Launchpage.org “Virus” from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

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

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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!


  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    All of those IP addresses are certainly coming from the undesirable program which is why we advise you to delete them and save the changes to the Hosts file ASAP.

  • Q

    i still cannot delete that virus.. how sad

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Did you complete all steps from the guide?

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Those IP’s are supposed to be in the Hosts file and should be left untouched.

  • L

    127.0.0.1 v1 .ff.avast. com
    127.0.0.1 vlcproxy .ff.avast. com

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      You should remove those IP’s from your Hosts file.

  • Naufal Khalvi

    127.0.0.1 down.baidu2016. com

    127.0.0.1 123.sogou. com

    127.0.0.1 http://www.czzsyzgm. com

    127.0.0.1 http://www.czzsyzxl. com

    127.0.0.1 static3.cdn.ubi. com
    127.0.0.1 ubisoft-orbit.s3.amazonaws. com
    127.0.0.1 onlineconfigservice.ubi. com
    127.0.0.1 orbitservice.ubi. com
    127.0.0.1 ubisoft-orbit-savegames.s3.amazonaws. com