The appearance of Gwaye.com search in your internet browser means that your personal computer is infected with PC infection, which makes changes to web browsers settings by changing the start page and search provider by default. So, if you find that when you launch your web-browser, it displays this annoying web page, then you do not need to wait . Use the step-by-step guide below and remove Gwaye.com homepage as quickly as possible.
In addition, the Gwaye.com browser hijacker infection can also change the search engine selected in the internet browser. When you try to search on the infected browser, you will be presented with search results, consisting of advertisements and Google (or Yahoo, or Bing) search results for your query. Among these search results can occur links that lead to unwanted and ad web sites.
So, it is very important to free your PC system as soon as possible. The guide, which is shown below, will help you to get rid of Gwaye.com homepage from the Chrome, FF, Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer and other web browsers.
Table of contents
- What is Gwaye.com
- Gwaye.com removal guide
- How to delete Gwaye.com without any software
- Remove suspicious and potentially unwanted programs using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of Gwaye.com search
- Get rid of Gwaye.com startpage from Chrome
- Delete Gwaye.com redirect from Internet Explorer
- Remove Gwaye.com from Firefox by resetting web browser settings
- Use free malware removal tools to completely remove Gwaye.com
- How to delete Gwaye.com without any software
- Run AdBlocker to stop Gwaye.com and stay safe online
- How does your personal computer get infected with Gwaye.com hijacker
- Finish words
Gwaye.com removal guide
Without a doubt, the hijacker is harmful to your PC. So you need to quickly and completely remove this malware. To delete this browser hijacker, you can use the manual removal which are given below or free malware removal utility like Malwarebytes or AdwCleaner (both are free). I note that we recommend that you use automatic removal that will help you to remove Gwaye.com redirect easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you are well versed in computer or in the case where hijacker is not removed automatically.
How to remove Gwaye.com without any software
If you perform exactly the step-by-step guide below you should be able to get rid of the Gwaye.com . Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to close your browser or reboot your PC system.
Remove suspicious and potentially unwanted programs using Windows Control Panel
The best way to start the computer cleanup is to delete unknown and suspicious applications. Using the Windows Control Panel you can do this quickly and easily. This step, in spite of its simplicity, should not be ignored, because the removing of unneeded software can clean up the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and IE from advertisements hijackers and so on.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
First, press Windows button , then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as shown in the figure below.
When the ‘Control Panel’ opens, press the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as on the image below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel like below.
Very carefully look around the entire list of programs installed on your system. Most likely, one or more of them are responsible for the appearance of pop-up ads and web-browser redirect to the annoying Gwaye.com site. If you have many programs installed, you can help simplify the search of malicious applications by sort the list by date of installation. Once you have found a suspicious, unwanted or unused program, right click to it, after that click ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
First, click ‘Start’ button and select ‘Control Panel’ at right panel like below.
When the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to click ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as shown in the figure below.
You will see a list of software installed on your computer. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the applications that were installed last. Most likely they responsibility for the appearance of popup ads and internet browser redirect. If you are in doubt, you can always check the program by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. When the application which you need to uninstall is found, simply click on its name, and then press ‘Uninstall’ like below.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of Gwaye.com search
Click the right mouse button to a desktop shortcut which you use to run your web-browser. Next, select the “Properties” option. Important: necessary to click on the desktop shortcut for the internet browser which is redirected to the Gwaye.com or other unwanted web-site.
Further, necessary to look at the text which is written in the “Target” field. The browser hijacker can replace the contents of this field, which describes the file to be start when you open your web browser. Depending on the internet browser you are using, there should be:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
If you are seeing an unknown text such as “http://site.addres” which has been added here, then you should remove it, as on the image below.
Next, press the “OK” button to save the changes. Now, when you open the internet browser from this desktop shortcut, it does not occur automatically redirect on the Gwaye.com web-site or any other unwanted web-sites. Once the step is done, we recommend to go to the next step.
Get rid of Gwaye.com startpage from Chrome
If your Google Chrome web-browser is rerouted to annoying Gwaye.com page, it may be necessary to completely reset your internet browser program to its default settings.
Open the Google Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display the drop-down menu. Next, click to “Settings” option.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, as shown in the figure below and click the “Reset settings” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
Remove Gwaye.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 start page such as Gwaye.com, modified preferences, extensions and security settings.
Click the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and click the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu as shown on the image below.
A small menu will appear, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, press “Refresh Firefox” button as shown on the image below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to revert back your Firefox web browser settings to its original state.
Delete Gwaye.com redirect from Internet Explorer
The Microsoft Internet Explorer reset is great if your internet browser is hijacked or you have unwanted addo-ons or toolbars on your browser, that installed by an malware.
First, run the Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will show the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the web browser, then click the “Internet Options” like below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then click the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” prompt. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button as shown on the screen below.
When the procedure is finished, click “Close” button. Close the Microsoft Internet Explorer and restart your PC system for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web-browser’s homepage and search engine by default to default state.
Use free malware removal tools to completely remove Gwaye.com
Run malware removal tools to remove Gwaye.com automatically. The freeware utilities specially designed for browser hijacker and other potentially unwanted programs removal. These utilities can remove most of hijacker infection from Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Internet Explorer. Moreover, it can remove all components of Gwaye.com from Windows registry and system drives.
How to automatically remove Gwaye.com with Malwarebytes
Get rid of Gwaye.com PC infection manually is difficult and often the hijacker is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your computer. Moreover, the free program will allow you to remove malware, toolbars and adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) that your PC may be infected too.
- Download Malwarebytes (MBAM) from the link below.
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- Close all applications and windows on your system. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- Further, click Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once install is finished, click the “Scan Now” button to begin checking your computer for Gwaye.com hijacker. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.
- When the scan is finished, make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Quarantine Selected”. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to reboot your PC system.
The following video offers a steps on how to remove browser hijacker with Malwarebytes.
Run AdwCleaner to get rid of Gwaye.com startpage
AdwCleaner is a free portable program that scans your personal computer for ad-supported software, potentially unwanted programs and browser hijackers like Gwaye.com and helps remove them easily. Moreover, it will also help you delete any malicious web-browser extensions and add-ons.
Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below.
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Once the download is finished, open the file location. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. When the utility is opened, you will see a screen as shown in the figure below.
Further, press “Scan” button for scanning your system for the Gwaye.com browser hijacker infection and web browser’s malicious extensions. When it has finished scanning, it will open a scan report as shown below.
Review the report and then click “Clean” button. It will open a dialog box as on the image below.
You need to click “OK”. Once the clean-up is complete, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your PC. When your system is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Run AdBlocker to stop Gwaye.com and stay safe online
We suggest to install an ad-blocker program which can block Gwaye.com and other annoying sites. The ad blocking tool such as AdGuard is a program that basically removes advertising from the Net and blocks access to malicious web pages. Moreover, security experts says that using adblock programs is necessary to stay safe when surfing the Web.
- Download AdGuard program from the following link.
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- After the download is complete, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- When the install is done, press “Skip” to close the installation application and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop ads, web-sites such Gwaye.com, as well as other harmful or misleading pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon named AdGuard, which is located on your desktop.
How does your personal computer get infected with Gwaye.com hijacker
Many applications used to hijack a personal computer’s internet browser. So,when you installing free applications, carefully read the disclaimers, select the Custom or Advanced setup mode to watch for optional applications that are being installed, because some of the software are ad-supported software and PUPs.
Now your computer should be clean of the Gwaye.com redirect. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted advertisements and annoying dangerous web-sites) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your computer for new browser hijackers, malware and ‘ad supported’ software). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove Gwaye.com from the Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and MS Edge, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.