This article was designed from scratch to help completely remove the SeekMX Homepage from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
Today’s article will be dedicated towards the removal of SeekMX Homepage. We are dealing with a potentially unwanted program that behaves in a way suspiciously similar to a type of viruses named Adware. SeekMX Homepage will create a lot of advertisements (Ads) and will throw them in your face in an agonizingly annoying way. The most common triggers for creating a wave of Ads is starting your internet browser, loading a new page or tab in it or even clicking on a link within the same page.
The Ads themselves could be advertising almost anything, but they could also try to target your interests by reading into your browsing history, search queries and cookies. The Ads will be in the form of pop-up windows, banners or maybe even entire new pages filled with Ads to the brim. Another more exotic form of Ads you might encounter is when some words in the text you are reading are turned into hyperlinks and also showing a picture when hovered over.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove SeekMX Homepage from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove SeekMX Homepage from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
SeekMX Homepage – pay attention to these dangers while you are removing it
Programs like SeekMX Homepage have an unsavory history of leading the user on who’s computer they are installed into dangerous sites. If you try to click on the Ads they will take you to some random sites on the internet and often it will be a fake whose only purpose is to defraud you of your money. For this reason it’s always best to refrain from interacting with SeekMX Homepage in any way.
Worse this program can also try to install viruses on your computer. These will come in the offer of free software download. You may or may not the software, but you will almost certainly get the added virus “present” in the installer. The software may also use other underhanded tactics – like showing fake messages about errors and problems with your computer. Missing plug-ins, missing codecs, detected viruses and registry errors are all common hooks utilized by SeekMX Homepage.
Remove SeekMX Homepage
Here we begin with the actual removal guide, but before we proceed there is an important annotation to be made. Virus programs like SeekMX Homepage often exist in multiple copies with the only difference being the method you have to follow if you want to remove it. This is done to make removing these as hard as possible.
We’ve added all necessary info for all versions in this guide and chances are part of these could be redundant depending on which particular version of the virus you have on your PC. So if any step does not yield the expected results and you are confident you are done everything right – well just take a breath and move on to the next step.
Our first step here is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:
Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
SeekMX Homepage has very likely affected all of your internet browsers, including those you installed, but no longer use. Removing each copy of the virus is important, because otherwise the virus can just copy itself between your browsers. This means running Steps 2&3 for every browser on your machine. Also we’d like to kindly remind you that Internet Explorer comes with every installation of Windows.
Also try to reflect on what was said in the beginning about SeekMX Homepage trying to install new viruses. If you made the mistake of falling into it’s trap try to recall the name of the file you installed. You’ll need it for later when you are looking for another guide to delete that virus too.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find SeekMX Homepage . Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
SeekMX Homepage should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the virus and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
(Works for XP, 7, 8, 8.1)
Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for SeekMX Homepage and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Windows Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
A BIG WARNING HERE! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Doing this can damage your PC significantly if you make a big mistake. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional SeekMX Homepage remover. Additionally, accounts connected to your credit cards, or important information, may be exposed to the virus.
If you do not remove the virus completely it could leak the information to its creator, so be careful!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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STEP 7 – Optimization
We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.