Are you run your favorite internet browser and do not see usual startpage, which is set earlier? The NoteHomepage is the first thing that pop up once you run your web browser? It means that a potentially unwanted software from the browser hijacker family get installed on your machine. If you get it on your system, this software can alter some web browser’s settings such as homepage, new tab and search engine by default. So, the NoteHomepage may be opened when you create a new tab in your internet browser, or when you try to search for any information within the Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge, because the browser hijacker changes the web-browser’s search engine.
A browser hijacker infection usually affects only the Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. However, possible situations, when any other web-browsers will be affected too. The browser hijacker infection 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’ll add the argument such as ‘http://site.address’ into Target property. So, each time you launch the web-browser, you will see an annoying page.
Table of contents
- What is NoteHomepage
- Remove NoteHomepage redirect
- How to manually get rid of NoteHomepage
- NoteHomepage search automatic removal
- Use AdBlocker to stop NoteHomepage and stay safe online
- How did NoteHomepage browser hijacker get on your system
- Finish words
When your PC system is infected, every time you launch your internet browser you will see this web page. Of course you may setup your homepage again, but next time you launch a browser you will see that NoteHomepage return. As mentioned above, the browser hijacker can modify the default search engine on this unwanted web-page too, so all your search queries will be redirected to NoteHomepage. Thus the authors of the hijacker can collect the search terms of your queries, and reroute you to malicious web pages.
Some browser hijackers also contain adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) which may be used to display annoying advertisements and or gather personal information about you that can be sold to third parties. These unwanted advertisements can be shown in the form of pop-unders, pop-ups, in-text ads, video advertisements, text links or banners or even massive full page ads. Most of the ad supported software is created to display advertisements, but some adware is form of spyware that often used to track users to gather a wide variety of personal info.
We suggest you to delete NoteHomepage search and clean your PC system ASAP, until the presence of the hijacker has not led to even worse consequences. Follow the step-by-step guide below that will assist you to completely remove NoteHomepage search, using only the built-in Windows features and a few of specialized free utilities.
Remove NoteHomepage redirect
The following few simple steps will help you to delete NoteHomepage from the Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. Moreover, the tutorial below will help you to remove malicious software like PUPs, ad supported software and toolbars that your system may be infected. Please do the guide step by step. If you need a help or have any questions, then ask for our assistance or type a comment below.
How to manually remove NoteHomepage
Most common browser hijackers may be deleted without any antivirus applications. The manual hijacker removal is blog post few simple steps that will teach you how to remove the NoteHomepage search. Some of the steps below will require you to close the page. So, please read the guide carefully, after that bookmark or print it for later reference.
Uninstall NoteHomepage associated software by using Microsoft Windows Control Panel
Some potentially unwanted programs, browser hijacking applications and ‘ad supported’ software can be removed by uninstalling the freeware they came with. If this way does not succeed, then looking them up in the list of installed programs in Windows Control Panel. Use the “Uninstall” command in order to get rid of them.
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Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It will display a list of all programs installed on your PC. Scroll through the all list, and delete any suspicious and unknown applications. To quickly find the latest installed programs, we recommend sort applications by date in the Control panel.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts
Right click on the web browser’s shortcut, click Properties option. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text “http://site.address” that has been added here. Remove everything after .exe. An example, for Google Chrome you should remove everything after chrome.exe.
To save changes, click OK . You need to clean all web browser’s shortcuts. So, repeat this step for the Chrome, FF, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.
Get rid of NoteHomepage startpage from Internet Explorer
To restore the home page, newtab page and default search engine you need to reset the Internet Explorer to the state, that was when the MS Windows was installed on your system.
First, start the Internet Explorer, then press ‘gear’ icon . It will display the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the internet browser, then click the “Internet Options” as shown on the screen below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then click the “Reset” button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” dialog box. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, press the “Reset” button as shown on the image below.
When the process is done, click “Close” button. Close the IE and restart your PC system for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your internet browser’s start page, newtab and default search engine to default state.
Delete NoteHomepage from FF by resetting internet browser settings
If the Firefox settings like startpage, newtab page and search provider by default have been replaced by the hijacker, then resetting it to the default state can help.
First, start the FF and click button. It will open the drop-down menu on the right-part of the internet browser. Further, press the Help button () as shown in the figure below
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the internet browser adress bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page as on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, press the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will open the confirmation dialog box. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will begin a task to fix your problems that caused by the NoteHomepage browser hijacker. Once, it’s done, click the “Finish” button.
Remove NoteHomepage redirect from Google Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a easy way to remove the browser hijacker, dangerous and adware extensions, as well as to restore the web-browser’s new tab, start page and search provider by default that have been changed by hijacker infection.
First launch the Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display the main menu. Further, click the option named “Settings”. Another way to open the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the 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 on the image below and click the “Reset settings” button.
The Google Chrome will show the confirmation prompt. You need to confirm your action, press the “Reset” button. The web browser will launch the procedure of cleaning. When it’s finished, the internet browser’s settings including homepage, newtab page and search engine by default back to the values that have been when the Google Chrome was first installed on your personal computer.
NoteHomepage search automatic removal
If your personal computer is still infected with the NoteHomepage browser hijacker, then the best method of detection and removal is to run an anti-malware scan on the PC system. Download free malware removal utilities below and launch a full system scan. It will help you get rid of all components of the browser hijacker infection from hardisk and Windows registry.
How to automatically delete NoteHomepage with Malwarebytes
You can remove NoteHomepage search automatically with a help of Malwarebytes Free. We recommend this free malicious software removal utility because it can easily delete browser hijackers, ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware), potentially unwanted programs and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
Download Malwarebytes Free on your computer by clicking on the link below. Save it on your desktop.
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Once the downloading process is done, close all windows on your computer. Further, run the file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as shown below, press the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will assist you install Malwarebytes on the machine. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once install is complete successfully, click Finish button. Then Malwarebytes will automatically run and you can see its main window like below.
Next, click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan for the browser hijacker and internet browser’s malicious extensions. This process can take quite a while, so please be patient.
When it has finished scanning your personal computer, it will show a screen that contains a list of malicious software that has been detected. Review the report and then press “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will begin removing NoteHomepage browser hijacker infection and other security threats. Once disinfection is finished, you can be prompted to reboot your personal computer. I recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the Malwarebytes to remove hijacker, adware and other dangerous applications.
Scan your computer and get rid of NoteHomepage search with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free removal tool that can be downloaded and use to delete browser hijackers, ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware), malware, PUPs, toolbars and other threats from your machine. You can run this utility to scan for 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.
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When downloading is complete, open the file location and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will start the AdwCleaner utility and you will see a screen as on the image below. If the User Account Control prompt will ask you want to show the program, press Yes button to continue.
Next, press “Scan” for checking your system for the NoteHomepage hijacker and browser’s malicious extensions. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your computer. When a threat is detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
Once the scan is done is finished, the results are displayed in the scan report as shown on the image below.
Review the scan results and then click “Clean” button. It will open a dialog box. Click “OK” to start the cleaning procedure. Once the cleaning procedure is complete, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your machine. After restart, the AdwCleaner will display the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
Use AdBlocker to stop NoteHomepage and stay safe online
By installing an adblocker program like AdbGuard, you are able to stop NoteHomepage, autoplaying video ads and remove a lot of distracting and annoying ads on web pages.
Download AdGuard program from the following link.
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Once the download is complete, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown on the image 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 setup program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that will allow 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 start your computer, AdGuard will run automatically and block pop-ups, web-pages such NoteHomepage, as well as other malicious or misleading pages. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your desktop.
How did NoteHomepage browser hijacker get on your system
Now your PC system should be clean of the NoteHomepage startpage. Delete AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your system for new malware, browser hijackers and ‘ad supported’ software) and AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop-ups and malicious web sites). Moreover, to prevent browser hijackers, please stay clear of unknown and third party programs, make sure that your antivirus program, turn on the option to find PUPs (potentially unwanted programs).
If you need more help with NoteHomepage start page related issues, go to our Spyware/Malware removal forum.