How to remove home page hijacker?

How to remove home page hijacker?
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What is

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Severity: is a new computer infection which is fairly considered by many anti-virus blogs as a browser hijacker. And such classification is definitely correct since the infection modifies the default homepage and search engine settings of all attacked browsers. If people are used surfing the web through Google home page (such as or some other local page), the hijacker will modify the home page, to begin with instead.


On the other hand, search results submitted forcefully through hijacker will be delivered by Google Custom Search. However, this does not mean that Google company has anything to do with the fact that your browser is now hijacked. There are cyber frauds who have certain malicious plans regarding your computer and specifically regarding your browser, so they have hijacked it. First of all, the main purpose of the hijacker is to display advertisement banners on the home page of the hijacked browser. This would generate profit for those people who own this hijacker. Of course, advertisement today is the part of practically any website, however, it is not really fair when some people try to hijack browsers without user’s permission. This is exactly what happens when injects the targeted PC.

Unfortunately, sometimes an intrusion of hijacker is the fault of people who fail to be duly careful. Installation of the infection generally takes place when people download and install some cost-free programs. Installers of these free applications are often integrated with other totally useless programs, for example, adware, browser modifiers, PUPs (potentially unwanted programs), etc. However, penetration of malware also is the result of a poor level of protection on the part of your existing anti-spyware software (if it is installed).

To surf the world wide web through hijacker is strongly not recommended, and there are specific reasons why we give you such an advice. The hijacker is actively involved in permanently collecting all the information contained in your browser, such as the search queries you have previously submitted through it (even after intrusion of This information may be transferred to third parties for various illegal goals and may be manipulated by crooks easily. It is strongly advised that you immediately scan your system with a reliable malware removal software and reset your browsers with its help as suggested below.

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STEP 1. removal guide

In this step we will use a removal tool that can locate and remove all kinds of threats from infected computers. Either its malicious programs, registry key, browser add-ons and extension, GridinSoft Anti-Malware can effectivly detect and remove this badware:

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Open the installation file and click “Yes” in the User access control window to continue:

The installation is very simple, click “Install” button and GridinSoft Anti-Malware will install itself in a default folder. You can choose custom folder and check the creation of desktop icon:

Open GridinSoft Anti-malware from the icon on the desktop by double-clicking it or “Start” menu:

Scan computer for related files

Go to the “Scan” tab and choose “Quick scan” or “Full scan“. It is advised to make full scan, but due to possible performance issues you can first run quick, to save some time. During the scan you will see what items GridinSoft Anti-malware located inside of your computer:

When the scan is over, GridinSoft Anti-Malware will show you the results with all detected items in the list. You can browse through it to choose what to do with particular item or choose the “Apply to all” function. Click the “Fix Now” button to apply action to detected items:

(OPTIONAL)To remove traces of some adware\malware\browser hijackers it is advised to Reset your browser settings. GridinSoft Anti-Malware allows you to do that with flexible options.

STEP 2. Using GridinSoft Anti-Malware to fix your browser

GridinSoft Anti-Malware has an effective utility called “Reset browser settings“. It is able to reset some of your browser option to its original state. Therefore, if some malicious program, adware or browser hijacker changes your browser settings, this tool can fix this in no time:

Open GridinSoft Anti-Malware – go to “Tools” tab – press “Reset browser settings

Check the options that you need in the “Reset browser settings” window. In the first column you need to choose your infected browser. (Supports all popular browsers). As for “Process” column we advise you to choose Start Page, Shortcuts, Search engines, Cache, Cookies (look for screen below). These settings will be changed to default and save most of the information you need in your browser:

Some malware and adware program may be installed very deep in your browser. In this case, we advise choose more efficient set of options. Check the following options in the “Process” column: “Start Page“, “Shortcuts“, “Search engines“, “Cache“, “Cookies” + “Addons” and “Policies” (screen below):

STEP 3. Protect your computer from reinfection

Removing viruses and malicious programs is one thing. The best practice in protection is to not get infected in the first place. To achieve that you must use reliable protection tool and follow simple rules or recommended advices to avoid infections completely. Here is the list of these tips:

  • Watch out for spam emails and attachments. A lot of cyber criminals and malware spreaders are using email spam messaging. Most of these messages have attachment files that can be dangerous to open. We advice to skip suspicious files, don’t even download them on your computer.

  • Adverts and redirect page. Some websites showing ads and pop-up on their pages. Along with this adware programs may generate various adverts on your computer. Clicking on them is very dangerous and leads to unexpected consequences.

  • Don’t open suspicious links and websites. Hackers and scammer are often creating websites of their own where they can do whatever they want. You can download only malware and unwanted programs from such pages.

  • Pay attention to what you install. If you have downloaded any program from suspicious website or anywhere else – always read all instruction and don’t click “Next” all the time.

  • Use protection tools. No matter how hard you try, some sneaky malware may break through all your defences. In this case you should always keep an anti-malware protection online on your computer. GridinSoft Anti-Malware has On-Run Protection feature. It is designed to keep this kind of malware from your computer. To activate this feature go to “Protect” tab and press “Start” button to the right. The label will show you “ON“, which means that On-Run protection is online.

Anti-Malware GridinSoft On-Run Protection Screen

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