Lately I’ve been getting redirected to Safehomepage.com every time I use a search engine, so I have to put the URL directly into the address bar. That is really annoying. I have antivirus program installed but it detects nothing. Is there any way I can get rid of this hijacker?
Safehomepage.com is linked to browser hijacker that usually enters computers when a user downloads freeware from unreliable sources. This threat is usually created by expert online hackers with an aim to use the artificial traffic and boost affiliate payments. The virus is very disturbing and will continuously redirect your web searches to some fake web sites against your will. Its role is to block you from browsing the web pages which you are trying to surf on your Internet browser. The redirect issue can happen on all the browsers you have installed on the computer which include Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer, and it can function in most versions of Windows, including Windows XP, Vista,Windows 7 and even Windows 8.
If you are constantly redirected to Safehomepage.com or your homepage changes to Safehomepage without your permission, then it means that your PC has been infected by the redirect virus. This kind of redirect virus can result in all kinds of issues. It makes changes to the DNS settings, HOSTS file, as well to other system settings to launch its attacks on the compromised computer. Thus, you may get constantly redirected to websites you don’t want when you search something on the net. Once you click any links from those untrusted websites, you may be taken to compromised or malicious web pages filled with all sorts of viruses waiting to attack you further. More than that, you may receive annoying pop-up messages randomly which interrupt your browsing activities much. As you can see, Safehomepage.com redirect is a serious threat, so you must remove it from your PC as soon as possible.
1. It can redirect you to malicious websites with numerous pop up ads to interrupt and stop you from doing anything on your computer;
2. It can turn your computer to run slowly and pose sudden death;
3. It can introduce more unwanted viruses and ransomware to do further harms;
4. It can help cyber criminals track your online activities and capture significant personal data to cause you a loss of value.
5. It can change your default DNS configuration and block you accessing your favorite sites.
6. It forcibly customizes the default homepage, search engine and bookmarks of your computer.
Considering Safehomepage.com hijacker cannot be removed by any security tools, uses can use the manual guide below to fix this issue.
1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.
Click on the “Tools” menu and select “Options”.
Click the “Under the Bonnet” tab, locate the “Privacy” section and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”
Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie button”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies button”
2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.
Once Safehomepage.com redirect is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent, slowing down the computer. If your system’s CPU spike is constant, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying the system resources and then end it immediately.
(The name of the virus process can be random.)
Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc at the same time and it will open up task manager directly. Then change to “Processes” tab.
3. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
4. Remove all the malicious files manually.
Safehomepage.com hijacker is prone to infect any kind of Internet browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Getting this threat inside the computer must be really annoying. This is a deceptive website which pretends to be a legitimate search engine. It will not provide you any reliable search results related to your queries. Every time when you simply click a link on the search engine result pages it gives you, it will not take you to the web page you are trying to locate immediately. Instead, it takes you to malicious web pages filled with all sorts of viruses. Browser redirect virus removal is rather hard because it does not behave similar to other computer virus infections so that Antivirus program cannot catch it at all. It is suggested users to use manual way to get rid of Safehomepage.com completely as soon as possible.
Published by & last updated on September 10, 2013 1:11 am