www-homepage.com – How to remove

How www-homepage.com Works

www-homepage.com has to be one of the more annoying browser hijackers out there, and you should remove it immediately before it leads you to its ultimate goal – to force you into installing adware and other suspicious programs. For good or bad, browser hijackers are detected immediately by users (duh, your homepage is different), so I’m confident you are consulting this removal guide as fast as you could. Don’t worry – www-homepage.com in itself isn’t really dangerous.

The problem is that unless you take steps to remove it, you’ve got no choice but to use this homepage’s search engine. It’s not enough to open a new tab or switch the browser to get rid of it (it wouldn’t be much of a virus if it was, would it?). And once you type in something in the search box, the results may seem legitimate. But they’re not. They’re riddled with malicious and unreputable sites through which adware can infiltrate your system.

How www-homepage.com Entered My Computer

www-homepage.com typically comes in, the same way adware does: most likely though free software it is bundled with. If you recall downloading an executable file that seemed nice, like a toolbar, or a utility extension, from sites like Cnet, Softonic, InstallREX etc. then probably that’s how you got it. Freeware distributors have a nasty history of adding viruses to the mix.

Here’s the reason why – to monetize. Third parties either develop or outright pay shareware creators to include the malware in their bundles so YOU are redirected to websites said third parties own. That way they push up the traffic of these affiliate websites and/or generate revenue through pay per click. Seeing it from this viewpoint, suddenly the motive of www-homepage.com becomes much more transparent, right?

Do yourself a favor and don’t download any freeware from now on, and remove www-homepage.com without delay!

How Harmful is www-homepage.com

As I mentioned at the beginning, www-homepage.com is harmless by itself. Unlike adware it doesn’t slow down your system and so on, but it’s quite annoying to deal with on the other hand. The real danger are the other viruses you may contract while browsing the websites www-homepage.com suggests. They be quite dangerous. There are reports that some of them actively try to keep track of your passwords and send them back to whoever created it.

And obviously, if your bank account falls in the hands of a malware extension, things can get quite ugly.

How To Remove www-homepage.com

What follows is a  several step guide on how to easily remove www-homepage.com first from your PC, then from your browsers.

STEP 1: Removing www-homepage.com From Windows

Substep 1. 

 For Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 Users:

First, click the Start button (the windows key) —–>Control Panel —–Programs and Features or (for Windows XP) Add/Remove Programs.pic 1

Proceed to Substep 2.

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 For Windows 8 users:First, right click down on the left side of your screen. The Quick Access Menu should appear —–> Control Panel —–Uninstall a Program. Proceed to Substep 2.

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For Mac (OS X) Users:

Click Go at the top left —–> Applications.

Proceed to Substep 2.

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Substep 2.

For all Windows Users:

Look for a program called “www-homepage.com” and click Uninstall.

Sometimes the virus will operate under a different name. If you can not find it as “www-homepage.com”, click on the column titled Installed On. This will arrange programs by their installation date. Look for all recently added programs that seem suspicious and click Uninstall on them.

You are not done, however. Proceed to STEP 2.

For Mac (OS X) Users:

Find a program called www-homepage.com, then right click on it and select Move to Trash.

If you can not find such a program, click the Date Modified column, and look for recent additions of programs you don’t know about. Right click on each of them—–Move to Trash.

Proceed to STEP 2.

STEP 2: Removing www-homepage.com from your browser(s)

For Internet Explorer Users:

Open the browser, then click on the small Gear icon on the top right —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Once there, you should look for www-homepage.com or any other extension or plugin you feel may be unsafe. Click Disable on it/them.

If for some reason. you Home Page was changed from the one you prefer (viruses, especially adware, tend to do that) click on the Gear icon —–Internet Options. From there you just edit the URL box, dispose of the unwanted link, and put in what you like, then click Apply.

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Proceed to STEP 3.

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For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open the browser, click on the Menu icon on the top right (three lines) —–> Add-ons.

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Then you just click Extensions.

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Here you should find www-homepage.com or anything you think may be a virus, then click Remove.

Proceed to STEP 3.

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For Google Chrome Users:

 

Enter the browser. At the top right click on the Menu icon —–>Tools —–Extensions.

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Once in Extensions, find ” www-homepage.com” and anything you believe may be dangerous, and click the little Trash icon on the right.

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You are almost done! Now click on the Menu icon on top for a second time, 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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Proceed to STEP 3.

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For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click the Safari button on the top left —–>Preferences —–Extensions

Find “www-homepage.com” and/or other possible virus extensions, then click Uninstall.

Proceed to STEP 3 .

STEP 3: Checking For www-homepage.com Leftovers

For All Users:

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.
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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.

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Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, you should REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe”

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What this does is remove www-homepage.com and what it did, from your shortcuts.

www-homepage.com Warning! There is a step 4, but you should proceed with it ONLY IF your efforts up until now failed to remove www-homepage.com.

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STEP 4: Reset Your Browser (OPTIONAL)

In this step, you will reset your browser to its original state. Home pages, toolbars, history and cookies will all be lost, so you should do this ONLY if everything else failed.

For Internet Explorer Users:

Click on the Gear icon at the top right —–> Internet Options. There you click on Advanced on the right side of the band, then Reset.  On the pop-up that will appear, tick Delete Personal Settings, then Reset and finally hit Close. This should remove www-homepage.com and all other unwanted extensions from your browser.

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For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Click the Menu button —–> Help. On the right, click Troubleshooting Information, and then Reset Firefox, again on the right. Finalize everything by hitting Reset Firefox in the pop-up that will appear, then Finish.

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For Google Chrome Users:

Click on the Menu button at the top right —–> Settings —–Reset Browser Settings. There click Reset on the pop-up to confirm and that should remove www-homepage.com.

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For Safari Users:

Open Safari —–> Safari —–Reset Safari. A window with several checkboxes should appear. All of them need to be ticked, then click Reset to finalize the removal process of www-homepage.com.

 

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