If your newtab, homepage and search provider by default keeps changing back to the undesired web-page named Homepage-web.com,then most probably that your web browser has become the victim of unwanted software from the browser hijacker family. It’s a type of unwanted software. Scammers use malware to take control of your system’s web browser and alter how and what it displays when you are surfing the Web. If you are already a victim of Homepage-web.com hijacker infection, then the following guidance can help you clean the Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge from the hackers, boost web-browser security and restore internet browser settings.
The browser hijacker like Homepage-web.com often alter all web browser shortcuts that located on your Desktop to force you visit various unwanted web sites and open intrusive pop-up advertisements. As a result, your browser can still redirect you to an annoying web-site despite your internet browser is actually clean of hijacker.
Table of contents
- What is Homepage-web.com
- Remove Homepage-web.com
- How to manually get rid of Homepage-web.com
- Deleting the Homepage-web.com, check the list of installed software first
- Disinfect the web browser’s shortcuts to delete Homepage-web.com search
- Remove Homepage-web.com start page from Internet Explorer
- Remove Homepage-web.com startpage from Google Chrome
- Delete Homepage-web.com from Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
- Homepage-web.com search automatic removal
- How to manually get rid of Homepage-web.com
- Run AdBlocker to block Homepage-web.com and stay safe online
- How does your computer get infected with Homepage-web.com browser hijacker
- Finish words
When your computer is infected by Homepage-web.com browser hijacker you will be forced to use its own search engine. It could seem not to be dangerous, but you still should be very careful, since it may show undesired and harmful advertisements created to mislead you into buying some questionable software or products, provide search results that may redirect your web-browser to certain deceptive, misleading or malicious pages. We recommend that you use only the reliable search engine like Google, Yahoo or Bing.
Some browser hijacker infections also contain adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) that can be used to show undesired advertisements and or collect personal information that can be used for marketing purposes. These unwanted advertisements can be displayed as pop-unders, pop-ups, in-text ads, video ads, text links or banners or even massive full page advertisements. Most of the adware is created to open ads, but certain ad supported software is form of spyware that often used to track users to collect personal information about you.
It is important, do not use Homepage-web.com web-site and do not click on ads placed on it, as they can lead you to a more harmful or misleading web-sites. The best option is to use the guide posted below to clean your machine of hijacker, remove the Homepage-web.com redirect, and thereby revert back your favorite startpage and search provider.
We can help you remove Homepage-web.com, without the need to take your PC to a professional. Simply follow the removal steps below if you currently have the intrusive browser hijacker infection on your computer and want to remove it. If you have any difficulty while trying to get rid of the hijacker infection, feel free to ask for our assist in the comment section below. Some of the steps below will require you to exit the site. So, please read the guide carefully, after that bookmark or print it for later reference.
How to manually get rid of Homepage-web.com
Most common browser hijackers may be removed without any antivirus applications. The manual hijacker removal is article steps that will teach you how to remove the Homepage-web.com .
Deleting the Homepage-web.com, check the list of installed software first
Some of PUPs, ‘ad supported’ software and browser hijacker can be deleted using the Add/Remove programs tool which can be found in the MS Windows Control Panel. So, if you’re running any version of Microsoft Windows and you have noticed an unwanted application, then first try to get rid of it through Add/Remove programs.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the Microsoft Windows logo, and then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as on the image below.
When the ‘Control Panel’ opens, press the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as shown on the screen below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and choose the ‘Control Panel’ at right as shown in the figure below.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Windows 7 or Vista) as shown below.
Carefully browse through the list of installed software and delete all applications which has the name similar to the web-page that has been set as your Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer newtab, startpage and search provider by default. We suggest to click ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed programs by date. uwhen you have found anything suspicious that may be the hijacker, ‘ad supported’ software or PUPs, then choose this application and click ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the suspicious program blocked from removal, then use Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully remove it from your computer.
Disinfect the web browser’s shortcuts to delete Homepage-web.com search
Unfortunately, the browser hijacker can also hijack Windows shortcuts (mostly, your web-browsers shortcuts}), so that the Homepage-web.com startpage will be displayed when you launch the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge or another web-browser.
Open the properties of the web browser shortcut. Right click on the shortcut of infected internet browser and choose the “Properties” option and it will show the properties of the shortcut. Next, select the “Shortcut” tab and have a look at the Target field as shown in the figure below.
Normally, if the last word in the Target field is chrome.exe, iexplore.exe, firefox.exe. Be sure to pay attention to the extension, should be “exe”! All shortcuts that have been changed by hijacker like Homepage-web.com usually point to .bat, .cmd or .url files instead of .exe as shown in the figure below
Another variant, an address has been added at the end of the line. In this case the Target field looks such as …Application\chrome.exe” http://site.address as shown in the figure below.
In order to fix a shortcut, you need to insert right path to the Target field or remove an address (if it has been added at the end). You can use the following information to fix your shortcuts which have been changed by hijacker infection.
|Chrome||C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe|
|Firefox||C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe|
|Internet Explorer||C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe|
|C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe|
|Opera||C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\launcher.exe|
Once is done, click OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all internet browsers that are re-directed to the Homepage-web.com intrusive web site.
Remove Homepage-web.com home page from Internet Explorer
By resetting Internet Explorer internet browser you revert back your internet browser settings to its default state. This is first when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by browser hijacker such as Homepage-web.com.
First, start the Microsoft Internet Explorer, click ) button. Next, press “Internet Options” like below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The Internet Explorer will show the Reset Internet Explorer settings dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to restart your personal computer for the changes to take effect. It will remove Homepage-web.com browser hijacker infection, disable malicious and ad-supported web browser’s extensions and restore the Internet Explorer’s settings like new tab, startpage and search engine by default to default state.
Remove Homepage-web.com start page from Google Chrome
Like other modern internet browsers, the Google Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby restore the new tab, start page and search provider by default that have been replaced by the Homepage-web.com hijacker infection.
- First, run the Google Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will open the Chrome main menu, click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Show advanced settings” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, click the “Reset settings” button.
- The Chrome will show the reset settings prompt as on the image above.
- Confirm the internet browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the article How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Delete Homepage-web.com from Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
The Firefox reset will keep your personal information such as bookmarks, passwords, web form auto-fill data and remove unwanted search engine and startpage such as Homepage-web.com, modified preferences, extensions and security settings.
Click the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and press the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu as on the image below.
A small menu will appear, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, click “Refresh Firefox” button as shown below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to restore your FF web browser settings to its original state.
Homepage-web.com search automatic removal
Run malware removal tools to delete Homepage-web.com automatically. The free programs tools specially created for browser hijacker, ad-supported software and other potentially unwanted software removal. These utilities can delete most of hijacker infection from Chrome, FF, IE and Microsoft Edge. Moreover, it may remove all components of Homepage-web.com from Windows registry and system drives.
Automatically remove Homepage-web.com search with Zemana Anti-malware
You can remove Homepage-web.com automatically with a help of Zemana Anti-malware. We recommend this malware removal utility because it can easily get rid of hijackers, potentially unwanted software, adware and toolbars with all their components such as folders, files and registry entries.
- Download Zemana anti-malware (ZAM) by clicking on the link below.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: April 20, 2017
- After the download is complete, close all software and windows on your machine. Open a file location. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- Further, click Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once install is complete, click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the hijacker infection and browser’s malicious extensions. Depending on your computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. During the scan it’ll detect all threats present on your PC system.
- Once the system scan is done, you’ll be opened the list of all detected threats on your computer. Make sure all entries have ‘checkmark’ and click “Next”. Once disinfection is done, you may be prompted to restart your PC system.
Run Malwarebytes to get rid of Homepage-web.com start page
We suggest using the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your PC system of the hijacker. The free tool is an advanced malware removal program made by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This application uses the world’s most popular anti malware technology. It is able to help you get rid of hijackers, potentially unwanted applications, malicious software, ad supported software, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your personal computer for free.
Download Malwarebytes on your computer by clicking on the link below. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
Category: Security tools
Update: May 12, 2017
After downloading is finished, close all software and windows on your computer. Double-click the set up file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown on the screen below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, press Finish button. Malwarebytes will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button for checking your machine for the browser hijacker and other malicious software and ad-supported software. This task can take quite a while, so please be patient. When a threat is found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is complete.
Once the scan is finished, it will open a list of all items found by this tool. Review the scan results and then click “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will begin removing Homepage-web.com browser hijacker and other security threats. Once disinfection is done, you may be prompted to restart the computer.
We suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the Malwarebytes to remove hijacker and other malicious software.
Remove Homepage-web.com browser hijacker infection and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free removal tool that can be downloaded and use to remove hijackers, adware, malicious software, PUPs, toolbars and other threats from your personal computer. You can run this tool to find threats even if you have an antivirus or any other security program.
Download AdwCleaner utility from the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Category: Security tools
Update: August 1, 2017
When the download is done, open the file location and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will start the AdwCleaner tool and you will see a screen as shown on the screen below. If the User Account Control prompt will ask you want to show the application, click Yes button to continue.
Next, press “Scan” for checking your personal computer for the Homepage-web.com browser hijacker . This process can take quite a while, so please be patient. When a threat is detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
As the scanning ends is finished, it’ll display you the results as shown on the image below.
Make sure all entries have ‘checkmark’ and press “Clean” button. It will display a prompt. Click “OK” to start the cleaning process. Once the clean-up is finished, the AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your system. After restart, the AdwCleaner will open the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
Run AdBlocker to block Homepage-web.com and stay safe online
By installing an ad blocker application like AdbGuard, you are able to stop Homepage-web.com, autoplaying video ads and remove tons of distracting and intrusive ads on web-sites.
Installing the AdGuard ad-blocking program is simple. First you’ll need to download AdGuard by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: May 10, 2017
When downloading is finished, double-click the downloaded file to start it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick guidance as on the image below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick guidance which will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you launch your computer, AdGuard will run automatically and block ads, web sites such Homepage-web.com, as well as other malicious or misleading web pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your desktop.
How does your computer get infected with Homepage-web.com browser hijacker
Many software used to hijack a personal computer’s web-browser. So, when you installing freeware, carefully read the disclaimers, select the Custom or Advanced installation mode to watch for third-party programs that are being installed, because some of the software are ad supported software and PUPs.
Now your system should be clean of the Homepage-web.com . Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your system for new malware, browser hijackers and adware) and AdGuard (to help you block unwanted popups and harmful pages). Moreover, to prevent browser hijackers, please stay clear of unknown and third party software, make sure that your antivirus program, turn on the option to detect PUPs (potentially unwanted programs).
If you need more help with Homepage-web.com search related issues, go to our Spyware/Malware removal forum.