The Launchpage.org is classified as web browser hijacker. The appearance of Launchpage.org in your web-browser means that your system is infected with browser hijacker, that makes changes to the Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Edge’s settings by changing the home page, newtab page and search provider by default. So, if you find that when you open your internet browser, it shows this unwanted web page, then you do not need to wait , you need to follow the step-by-step guide below and remove Launchpage.org search ASAP.
The Launchpage.org hijacker usually affects only the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. However, possible situations, when any other browsers will be affected too. The hijacker will perform a scan of the computer for web-browser shortcuts and alter them without your permission. When it infects the web-browser shortcuts, it will add the argument such as ‘http://site.address’ into Target property. So, each time you run the web browser, you will see the Launchpage.org annoying site.
As mentioned above, the Launchpage.org browser hijacker also alters the web browser’s search engine. So, your browser, when searching something, will display a hodgepodge of ads, links to unwanted and add web-sites and search results of a big search engines like Google or Bing. As a result, actual use of a internet browser’s search becomes uncomfortable. Moreover, it may also lead to slowing or even freeze your browser.
Although, Launchpage.org browser hijacker infection is not a virus, but it does bad things, and it modifies the settings of your browser. Moreover, an ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) can be additionally installed on to your machine with this hijacker, that will show tons of advertisements, hindering or completely blocking the work in the internet browser. Often such these advertisements may recommend to install other unknown and unwanted applications or visit harmful pages.
We recommend you to clean your personal computer ASAP. Use the few simple steps below which will assist to remove Launchpage.org and unwanted programs, which can be installed onto your system along with it.
How can you protect your PC from Launchpage.org hijacker
How to manually remove Launchpage.org
This few simple steps will help you remove Launchpage.org . These Launchpage.org removal steps work for the Firefox, Google Chrome, IE and Microsoft Edge, as well as every version of Windows operating system. Some of the steps may require you to close the web-browser or reboot your computer. So, bookmark or print it for later reference.
- Uninstall Launchpage.org associated software by using Windows Control Panel
- Get rid of Launchpage.org redirect from Chrome
- Delete Launchpage.org startpage from Mozilla Firefox
- Remove Launchpage.org redirect from Internet Explorer
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove Launchpage.org search
Delete Launchpage.org associated software by using Windows Control Panel
First, you should try to identify and delete the program that causes the appearance of unwanted advertisements or internet browser redirect, using the ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located in the ‘Control panel’.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Windows XP, Vista, 7
Get rid of Launchpage.org redirect from Chrome
Like other modern internet browsers, the Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby restore the homepage, new tab and default search engine that have been replaced by the Launchpage.org hijacker infection.
First run the Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the main menu. Further, click the option named “Settings”. Another way to display the Google Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web-browser adress bar and press Enter.
The browser will display the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and press the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, as shown below and click the “Reset settings” button.
The Chrome will open the confirmation dialog box. You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The web-browser will start the procedure of cleaning. Once it’s done, the internet browser’s settings including home page, newtab page and search provider by default back to the values that have been when the Google Chrome was first installed on your PC.
Delete Launchpage.org startpage from Mozilla Firefox
First, open the Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will open the drop-down menu. Next, click the Help button ().
In the Help menu click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page click on “Refresh Firefox” button as shown below.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove Launchpage.org redirect from Internet Explorer
First, open the IE, click ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” as shown below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, press 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 computer for the changes to take effect. It will remove Launchpage.org browser hijacker, disable malicious and ad-supported web-browser’s extensions and restore the Internet Explorer’s settings such as homepage, new tab and default search engine to default state.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove Launchpage.org search
Right click on the shortcut of infected internet browser as shown on the image below.
Select the “Properties” option and it will show a shortcut’s properties. Next, press the “Shortcut” tab and then delete the “http://site.address” string from Target field as shown below.
Then click OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all internet browsers which are rerouted to the Launchpage.org unwanted site.
Remove Launchpage.org search automatically
You can remove Launchpage.org redirect automatically with a help of Malwarebytes Free. We recommend this free malware removal tool because it can easily remove browser hijackers, adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software), potentially unwanted programs and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
Download Malwarebytes Free on your personal computer from the link below. Save it on your desktop.
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Once the downloading process is done, close all windows on your PC system. Further, open the file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as shown in the figure below, click the “Yes” button.
It will show the “Setup wizard” which will assist you install Malwarebytes on the PC. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once install is finished successfully, click Finish button. Then Malwarebytes will automatically start and you can see its main window as shown in the figure below.
Next, click the “Scan Now” button to start checking your personal computer for the browser hijacker which cause a redirect to Launchpage.org. When a threat is found, the number of the detected objects will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is complete. Please be patient.
As the scanning ends, you can check all threats detected on your machine. Make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will start removing Launchpage.org browser hijacker and other security threats. Once disinfection is complete, you may be prompted to restart your system. I recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the Malwarebytes to delete browser hijacker, adware and other malicious software.
Stop Launchpage.org search and other unwanted pages
To increase your security and protect your computer against new unwanted advertisements and malicious web-sites, you need to use an application that stops access to malicious advertisements and web-pages. Moreover, the program can block the open of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of web-pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard application from the following link.
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After downloading is done, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown below.
Follow the prompts. When the installation is finished, you will see a window as shown on the image below.
You can click “Skip” to close the install program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will help you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you launch your machine, AdGuard will launch automatically and block pop-up ads, pages such Launchpage.org, as well as other harmful 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, that is located on your desktop.
If the problem with Launchpage.org startpage is still remained
If MalwareBytes Anti-malware cannot get rid of this hijacker, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal utility for browser hijackers, adware, PUPs, toolbars.
- Download AdwCleaner from the link below. AdwCleaner download
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- Double press the AdwCleaner icon. Once this tool is started, click “Scan” button for scanning your PC system for the Launchpage.org hijacker.
- Once the scan is finished, the AdwCleaner will display a scan report. Review the report and then click “Clean” button. It will show a prompt, click “OK”.
These few simple steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Once you have complete the guide outlined above, your computer should be clean from malware and browser hijackers. The Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox and Microsoft Edge will no longer show Launchpage.org unwanted startpage on startup. Unfortunately, if the instructions does not help you, then you have caught a new browser hijacker, and then the best way – ask for help.
- Download HijackThis by clicking on the link below and save it to your Desktop. HijackThis download
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- Double-click on the HijackThis icon. Next click “Do a system scan only” button.
- When it has finished scanning, the scan button will read “Save log”, click it. Save this log to your desktop.
- Create a Myantispyware account here. Once you’ve registered, check your e-mail for a confirmation link, and confirm your account. After that, login.
- Copy and paste the contents of the HijackThis log into your post. If you are posting for the first time, please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately.
- Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with the annoying Launchpage.org .