How to Remove Launchpad.org “Virus” (Chrome/Firefox/IE)

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

Browser Hijackers are a type of programs that are generally regarded as unwanted, because of a number of unpleasant traits that they oftentimes possess. Here we will be talking about Launchpad.org Virus, which is a newly released program that shares similar characteristics with the Hijacker type. Many users have been complaining about the program’s tendency to get onto their Firefox, Chrome or IE browser and get it covered with new search engines, toolbars and sometimes even cause unpleasant page redirects and change the homepage of the browser. Though usually not malicious, such program behavior can be heavily obstructive and unpleasant for anyone unlucky enough to have landed Launchpad.org Virus, which is why, apart from giving you some essential information concerning this program, here we will also show you how you can uninstall it from your machine. You can find the instructions on how to do that down below in our guide on how to remove Launchpad.org Virus.

Hijacker, viruses and Launchpad.org Virus

It is easy to mistake Launchpad.org Virus for some sort of noxious Trojan horse or Ransomware virus. After all, the program is known to implement changes to your browser without asking for your permission. This can certainly be quite unnerving but keep in mind that as long as you are being careful around the unpleasant software, everything should be just fine. Contrary to what many people might think, Browser Hijackers such as Launchpad.org Virus are quite different from real PC viruses (Trojan horses, Ransomware, etc.) and here are some of the main differences:

  • In contrast to viruses, Hijackers are generally not trying to harm your machine and they are not known to mess with any personal user files.
  • Additionally, a lot of Browser Hijackers are actually legal, even though they might be considered unwanted. Malicious viruses are never legal.
  • Another important difference is the fact that unlike Trojans and Ransomware, Launchpad.org Virus ant other Hijackers are not trying to remain undetected by the user. In fact, the whole purpose of those programs is to actually be noticed since they are usually used as online marketing tools, therefore, the more conspicuous they are, the better.

The problem with Hijackers

Getting your browser invaded and heavily modified is but a fraction of the issues that one might have with a Hijacker program. Here, we will give you several other examples of what a program of this type can cause to your machine. Again, this does not make Launchpad.org Virus a virus, but you should still be well aware of the potential negative effects that such an application might have on your system.

  • Oftentimes, to add to the unpleasant browser changes that the user experiences, Browser Hijackers might also fill the browser with obnoxious and obstructive banners, pop-ups and other forms of aggressive online ads.
  • The aforementioned ads are commonly enhanced by information extracted directly from your recent browsing history, thus making them more look appealing and relevant to your individual interests.
  • In some cases, in an attempt to make your browsers more susceptible to unwanted changes, some Hijackers will make unauthorized modifications to your system’s registry, which can potentially leave your machine exposed to different online threats.

Ways of fending off Launchpad.org Virus

The next list of tips is very important for you to remember and employ from now on. It will not only help you protect your machine against Hijackers but it will generally make your system safer and more secure against other potential hazards as well.

  • If you end up visiting an obscure website filled with a lot of big and colorful banners and hyperlinks, it is probably better to leave its pages, since this type of sketchy sites are commonly distribution hubs for Hijackers.
  • Spam e-mails can not only be annoying but they can also be used for spreading unpleasant software programs such as Launchpad.org Virus, so be careful what letters you open the next time you are checking your email.
  • Some browsers have an automatic download function, which you should generally disable if you want to get some extra protection for your PC.
  • A reliable anti-malware tool is always a good thing to have around – it can help with Hijackers too!
  • Before you install any new programs (especially if they are free), be sure to check their installation menus and see if there are any applications bundled with the main piece of software. If there are indeed added programs, it is advisable that you look them up and if any of them turn out to appear potentially unwanted, uncheck so as to leave them out.

 

SUMMARY:

Name Launchpad.org
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Unpleasant browser changes like new homepage or search engine, as well as intrusive adverts generated by the Hijacker and occasional page redirects.
Distribution Method Spam online messages, shady banners and pop-ups, torrents and also software bundling.
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.

How to Remove Launchpad.org Virus

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

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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

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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. 

Step3

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.

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:

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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.

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).

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

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Launchpad.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 Launchpad.org Virus from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Launchpad.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!
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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

    Did the unwanted program go away? Were you unable to complete Step 5?

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    You should delete that IP address – it shouldn’t be in your Hosts file!