Remove Homepage From Chrome/Firefox

Was your home page suddenly hijacked by We can show you how to remove from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer with you free instructions below.

your home page Homepage is an unwanted software program that behaves in a pattern similar to browser hijacker viruses. Until the moment you remove it from your machine you have to put up with it. It will create a new page filled with advertisements (Ads) every time you open a new browser window, create a new page or tab. It has also been known to change specific keywords in any text you read in your browser and turn them into hyperlinks that will also pop-up an advertisement if you hover your mouse over the word. In rare occasions it might even tamper with your default search engine selection or install toolbars.

Removing browser hijacker viruses like Homepage can sometimes be a troublesome process. You have to hunt down every file associated with the virus and remove it from your computer. Otherwise it might greet you once again after the next time you restart your computer. That’s why we have set up our detailed removal guide at the bottom of this article.

Dangers associated with Homepage

browser hijacker viruses like Homepage are believed to be the least dangerous type of viruses, because they pose minimal direct danger to your computer. The Ads are very annoying, but as long as you just ignore or close them they won’t do anything bad to your machine.

It is important to remember that the real danger comes not from the Ads, but from what is hiding behind them. Any site the hyperlinks may lead you to could be a fake that tries to scam you out of your money. There is no easy way to tell real from fake too – these sites clone the design of the sites they try to copy and use very similar URLs.

Any files downloaded that are offered by Homepage are very dangerous as well. Such files are often contaminated with viruses and some of the most dangerous viruses like Trojans, Keyloggers and Ransomware use exclusively browser hijackers to move between computers.

Remember how Homepage infected your computer and use the knowledge against future threats

There are many viruses, but only so many ways they could use to infect computers. By far the most popular, cheap and easy to use trick is to trick and confuse the human operator to install them (believing he is installing something else entirely) and thus override all defensive layers a computer might have. For this reason we recommend everyone use an anti-malware program and scan all executable files for danger before installing them.

Viruses will almost always be executable files (ending with .exe). This is why it is important to only run .exe files of guaranteed authenticity. This means to always get such files from the official site related to them and to avoid downloading files from free public hosting sites like torrents and online storage.


Remove Homepage


Our first step here is a reboot in Windows 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 window of 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:

 Press the Windows Key and R at the same time. Select the Boot tab in the new window that appears.


Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK.  Click  Restart in the new pop-up.

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Proceed to Step 2.

For OS X Users:

When you Mac is turned off, press the Power Button. After you hear the Startup Sound, immediately press and hold the Shift key until the Apple logo appears.

Proceed to Step 2.

STEP 2: Homepage has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each one.

ie9-10_512x512  For Internet Explorer Users:

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

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Find Homepage . Disable it.

If your Home Page is different from the usual, click IE GEAR —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.

firefox-512  For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-ons.

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Hit Extensions next.

home page firefox Homepage  should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.

Next, type about:config on the web page address bar. A message will tell you that you need to be careful. Agree and say OK. Directly below the address bar, there is a search bar. Type in it Homepage. Any entries that Mozilla finds with the term need to be reset to their defaults by right clicking and choosing the Reset option.

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chrome-logo-transparent-background For Google Chrome Users

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.


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In  Extensions,  find the virus and  select  chrome-trash-icon.

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 Click chrome menu icon   again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines.  Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.

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safari For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.


(Works for Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1)

Hold windows-buttonand R together. Write appwiz.cpl  in the new field, then click OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for 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 Uninstallchoose NO:



This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. 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. If the virus returns later on after you supposedly removed it, the reason is that you missed something here.


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.

STEP 5: 

You should do the following for ALL browsers you have installed. Browser hijackers infect everything while in your system. You need to manually get rid of it from each shortcut. You should do the following:

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.

Alternatively, if you have your browser pinned down to the taskbar, you Right click it, then Right Click again on the Small Browser Icon —–> Properties

NOTE: Below, 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, you should REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe”


Now click on the Menu icon on top, and go to Settings. In Settings, find the Search section (the fourth one from top), then click Manage Search Engines. In there you should remove any search sites you do not use.

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We’ve had reports that this virus can come back after you uninstall it. This usually takes place on system boot. If this happens, do the following:

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. Alternatively, if you can’t find any this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft— Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random


STEP 7 – Optimization

And that’s it. Well done for removing Homepage. 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, you can check it out here.