My homepage has always been Google then suddenly it has changed to Www-homepage.com. I just bought this laptop and the security software will not get it. Is it some kind of homepage hijack virus? How do I get rid of it from the computer completely? Really annoying as this is a lousy homepage. Any help will be highly appreciated.
Www-homepage.com is categorized as a browser hijacker that can cause an immense problem to the functioning of your computer system by altering the browser settings and changing browser settings without any consent. Now many victims complain that every time they open web browsers (including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome), they see a previously unseen home page Www-homepage.com rather than their desired homepage like Google or Yahoo and there are tons of pop-up ads within the browser as well. Browser hijackers are pretty annoying and it replaces home page and default search engine provider once downloaded on the target machine. It usually comes packaged with other free programs without your knowledge or comes along with the specific program that you are knowingly downloading.
The home page of your browser hijacked by Www-homepage.com always displays a lot of intrusive ads in it although it seems to be a regular search engine. It will never give any reliable search results. Instead, it displays crazy and annoying pop-up windows and even adds unwanted wanted toolbars to interrupt your browsing activities. The spam search engine will put sponsored links to the top of your search results and if you click on any of these links, it will take you to malicious web pages or download other malware onto your computer immediately. A browser hijacker is a very strong security breach and it could be used to track user’s web browsing habits, record addresses of visited sites and send collected data to a remote server. It is also able to disconnect your Internet, slow down your network speed and change your DNS settings. Www-homepage.com hijacker may not be malicious but it is used unfortunately by scammers to display intrusive and misleading pop-up ads on your computer and promote potentially unwanted programs, so you have to remove it from the computer as soon as possible.
If you open your browser window (includes IE, Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome etc.) and notice immediately that your home page has been changed to a page you do not recognize, then your browser may have been hijacked by a virus. For this type of hijack virus, it can change your homepage to Www-homepage.com without your permission. Other malicious activities can be shown on your computer after hijacked are listed below:
1. It can not only change your web pages, but also alter other settings to add toolbars, pop-up advertisements, and bookmarks that you did not create.
2. It can modify the homepage settings of your web browser, more commonly by reducing your internet security options. And the worse thing is it prevents you from changing them back.
3. New toolbars or Favorites are installed that give you icons and links to web pages that you don’t want.
4. It may block you from visiting certain website you’d like to visit and show an error page instead.
5. It will display constant pop-up ads, sometimes in such large amounts that you are not able to close neither the ads nor the browser.
Www-homepage.com hijacks your browser to redirect your web search results and changes the homepage and browser settings. To completely uninstall it from an infected system, manual removal is the first choice because sometimes antivirus software cannot pick up the exact computer threat timely or remove it permanently. Now most browser hijackers are quite similar to spyware and adware threats and therefore cannot be removed with the help of popular antivirus products. Users can follow the manual guide here to get rid of this browser hijacker completely.
1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.
Click on the “Tools” menu 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”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies” button
2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.
Once Www-homepage.com redirect is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent. At any time Windows always has many running processes. A process is an individual task that the computer runs. In general, the more processes, the more work the computer has to do and the slower it will run. If your system’s CPU spike is constant and remain at a constant 90-95%, 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 to quickly bring up Task Manager Window：
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 related to Www-homepage.com hijacker manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
Www-homepage.com is a low-quality website that displays sponsored ads more than real search results. It is designed to deceive innocent computer users and lure them into clicking on the unwanted ads and then get money from the traffic. This page involves browser hijacker and a variety of attack websites. It can change your homepage and DNS settings in order to show you various pop-up ads. Technically speaking, browser hijacker is not a virus and this website is not a harmful thing, however if you set this page as your default homepage, it is likely to make your PC more vulnerable for further attacks. There are a large amount of ads on its page and if you accidentally click any of them, you will be end up installing Trojan or other similar viruses. To ensure the computer security, you have to get rid of Www-homepage.com hijacker without any delay.
Published by & last updated on January 31, 2015 1:37 am