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How to Remove Redirect from IE/Firefox/Google Chrome? ( homepage removal Guide)


As for the case that browser homepage has been redirected to, an effective method to get rid of this redirect virus from IE/Firefox/Google Chrome is presented here. For other infected browsers including Safari and Opera, please leave your issue below the article. We will solve the problem for you in the first time.


What is


Similar to Sweet Page, Nation Zoom and Delta Home, is browser hijacker that leads your default browser settings to take place changes without permission. We usually call it redirect virus, hijack or homepage.

It is noteworthy that hijack doesn’t install on your windows system directly. It hides in potentially unwanted programs (PUP) and/or part of the well-known applications in your PC and then hijacks all your browsers. That is, we can only find its trace in browsers. redirect virus make profits by delivering ads and links, improving rankings of websites in web search results and offering other commercial service. It is suspected of collecting sales leads for its partner. However, it is never responsible for what happen between you and its partner.




Of course, this brief explains to what is is not enough for knowing it. At least, you may think it is not so dangerous that damage your computer system. Although it is technically not a virus, it still exhibits numerous malicious traits.

Malicious Traits of


Once your PC is infected with, the safety of your PC and personal information will suffer from threats of different extent.


Not matter IE, Firefox or Google Chrome, homepage will be redirected to and search engine will be changed to Awesomehp. Besides, redirect will appear on your new tab by default; and Awesomehp extension will be added to all your browsers. What’s worse, a malicious argument is appended to browser shortcut for prevent you from recovering your original settings.

The browser controlled by redirect virus will display you pretty distinct web search results compared with those from normal one. Ads, sponsored links and other commercial offers will appear in results, attempting mislead you to other websites. And the browser hijack will help websites improve their rank so as to get a return.


—Computer System—

At the moment, Your PC is already infected with various PUPs which carry browser hijacker. Many of them sneak into computer through being bundled with downloads from the internet without your knowledge. And you should be watchful at the same time because rootkit capabilities may have hooked deep into your operating system.


You are probably not only become sales target but also end up being the victim of financial theft and identity theft. May be you’ll be surprised but it is true: With the help of Awesomehp extension, the browser hijacker can access all your websites, tabs and monitor your online activity. It collects your browsing habit and related date for enabling the third party service to be shown based on your preference. However, your personal information may also be saved by cyber criminals for unethical use.

Without reason should redirect virus be left on your browser and PC. It is suggested to get rid it totally and then read How to safely surf online for avoiding be infected with such kind of potentially unwanted program in future.


How to Remove redirect from IE/Firefox/Google Chrome




Step 1 Uninstall related programs from computer


Note: It is reported that PUP including, Nation Zoom, Search Protected by Conduit,, ect will cause hijack so you are suggested to uninstall all of PUP and suspicious programs installed in your control panel. In order to facilitate you to distinguish this kind of danger programs, you’d better consider the recent installed program tracing back to time of malicious homepage appearing.

For Windows XP: Click “Start“>”Control Panel“>”Add or Remove Programs“>”Programs and Features“>Look for any dubious program, select them and click Remove.


For Windows 7/Vista: Click “Start” (“Windows Logo”)>”Control Panel“>”Uninstall a program“(under Program)>look for any dubious program, select them and click Uninstall/Change.


For Windows 8: Right-click on the screen’s bottom-left corner> “Control Panel” >”Uninstall a program“(under Program)> Look for any dubious program, select them and click Uninstall/Change.


–Alternative removal method


To easier remove all malicious applications installing on your PC, it available to use Anvi Uninstaller to get rid of them automatically. It detects all of suspicious apps and displayed them in the Recently Install tab.

Before uninstalling, please close all your browsers.

1. Install free version of Cloud System Booster( System maintenance and optimizing tool containing the small tool Anvi Uninstaller)

Download link:

2. Uninstall PUPs such as, Nation Zoom, etc from computer.

After installing, open it and click ToolBox just below the interface, and then click Anvi Uninstaller to download it within several senconds; and then run it.



Switch to the Recently Installed tab to remove PUPs such as, Nation Zoom, etc any dubious programs. ( Please Skip “Create System Restore Points” when remove)



You can directly clean up leftovers caused by these dubious PUP after uninstall the PUP if you use the Pro Version.


Step 2 Remove malicious files and registry from computer


PUP.XXX including refers to malicious files and registry of potentially unwanted programs like redirect virus remaining in your PC which can’t removed from control panel. You need to remove them. In addition, as hijack might mislead you to malicious websites containing virus infections, you need use antivirus software to scan and remove all of virus infections.

Please install Anvi Smart Defender(download:,Purchase: firstly. And then run it for a quick or full scan



Besides, The antivirus software Anvi Smart Defender will give you a 24 hours web guard trying best to detect any malicious websites opened and popped up on your PC.

Anvi Smart Defender warns you that you are opening the malicious websites, for that contains unsafe and malicious code.



Step 3 Remove Redirect from Google Chrome, Firefox and IE


Here we offer you 2 option to remove redirect from your browser.

Option 1Manually remove redirect from your browsers
Option 2Remove the redirect via Anvi Slim Toolbar(remove automatically with one click)


Option 1 Manually remove redirect from your browsers


For Google Chrome users
For Mozilla Firefox users
For Internet Explorer users




1. Go to wrench or three bar icon 0$5ZM`7WU4VNDP6(@_WU)I5, click on Settings, and then come to On startup tab, select Open the new tab pages and click Set pages.


When Startup pages pops up, remove malicious url by clicking X behind it.




2. Next, switch to the Appearance tab, click Show Home button and click Change, and then change the malicious domain into or any one you prefer.





3. When the operation above is finished, come to Search tab, and click Manage Search engines.



Then remove malicious search engine by clicking X behind it; make Google your default search engine and click Done.



4. Go to wrench or 3 bar icon 0$5ZM`7WU4VNDP6(@_WU)I5(next to the address bar), click on Tools and then click on Extensions. Locate unknown extensions and then remove them by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.


Next step–remove malicious argument form Chrome shortcut




1. Go to Firefox KQ)0~}BED~G9HGB2Q_AL`BU, click on Options and switch to the General Tab. Then click on Restore to Default, hit OK to recovery your default homepage.



2. Click the down arrow next to the search engine icon and select Manage Search Engines…, select the malicious web search and other unknown search engines and click Remove.


3. Go back to Firefox, click Add-ons to remove extension.



4. Open a new blank tab in your Firefox, and type about:config in the address bar to open a window as shown in below picture. And then Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue.



Then, on the appeared window, type in the search box to find any items with value containing the keywords of the PUP from list there and highlight the item, right click on it to select Reset, one by one.



if you found the redirect remains in your homepage or your new tab is still redirected to, please complete the following operation.


Uninstall Firefox newtab

1 – Close Firefox explore
2 – Open “C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles”
3 – Open the file which suffixed with “.default”,right click the “prefs.js” file and open it with notepad
4 – Edit “prefs.js”,delete the below content:
5 – Click “File” ->”Save” to save the changes
6 – Restart Firefox explore,newtab add-on has been removed.


Next step–remove malicious argument form Firefox shortcut




1. Go to The gear icon B4JW7WO`5C[EBT{1(CYUCLR ( IE 9 and 10 ) or Tools ( IE 8 )> Internet Options> General, change URL to the one you prefer, like and hit Apply and then click on OK.


2. Go to The gear icon  B4JW7WO`5C[EBT{1(CYUCLR( IE 9 and 10 ) or Tools ( IE 8 )> Manage Add-ons>Toolbars and Extensions. And remove all of extensions related to



Then switch to Search Providers, right click on Bing or others and select Set as default, and then right click on the malicious one, click on Remove. (the order for removing can’t be reversed absolutely)



3. Go to The gear icon  B4JW7WO`5C[EBT{1(CYUCLR( IE 9 and 10 ) or Tools ( IE 8 )> Internet Options> General, find the Tabs area, click on Settings, click on the button under “When a new tab is opened, open:”, select A blank page and hit OK to complete the operation.



Next step–remove malicious argument form IE shortcut


Option 2 Remove redirect via Anvi Slim Toolbar


Because some of users feel it’s a little bit complicated to manually remove homepage from browsers one by one. Here, we recommend you a convenient browser management tool–Anvi Slim ToolBar. This tool is designed to remove browser add-ons and repair browser damages including homepage and search engine redirects. With one click to recovery your default browser settings.

1: Download and install Anvi Slim ToolBar.





2. Remove toolbars from browsers


After installing Anvi Slim ToolBar, please open it(if you use trial version, click wwwat the right bottom of box; if you use pro version, input your license key in the blank box), and click on Manage to detect toolbars in your browsers. When the result is displayed, select unknown extensions and others you what to remove, and then click Remove button to remove them.


 Note: it is normal there isn’t any extension on your browser.

3. Repair hijacked homepage and modified search engine.


In Anvi Slim ToolBar box, please click on Browser Repair. IE, FF and Google Chrome are listed in the left; you can select any of them to change its homepage and search engine. When you choose customize homepage or customize search engine, please input the one you prefer.



Then click on Repair button to repair hijacked homepage and modified search engine and click on OK.



Step 4 Remove malicious argument from the shortcuts of browsers


The removal guide below is available for Internet Explorer, FireFox and Google Chrome. We take Internet Explorer as an example.

1. Right click the shortcut of the browser and click Properties. (take IE as an example) 12


2. When below window appears, switch to Shortcut tab, then remove malicious argument from the Target and click OK to finish the operation.




Step 5 Remove junk files of hijack and optimize your PC


The residual junk files, error and invalid registry entries of hijack and other viruses, which are not malicious but slow down your PC speed must be clean up. Because the excess leftovers will crash down your running program easily and do harmful to your PC. Here the system maintenance and optimization tool Cloud System Booster is recommended.

Download link of Cloud System Booster:


2. After you install the program, please open it, click on Quick Clear button on the main screen to run a quick and full scan.



3. Once the scan completes, there will come out a result screen, please click Clear button there to remove these junk files, invalid registry entries, etc to make sure the computer system is clean.



Note: Because some users had thier computers been infected with Hijack via malicious websites. In order to reduce the chance that the adware gets onto PC again when you visit malicious sites in your browsing history by accident, please follow us to clean up you browser cookies.

Back to Could System Booster Homepage→click Disk Cleaner→scroll over and opt for Internet Explorer Cookies, Firefox Cookies and Google Chrome Cookies→Click Start Clean to remove them.


Except this system cleaning, please clean up junk files and other system junk regularly to keep your PC in a healthy state.



Give your disk a depth cleanup


After computer working for a long time, your disk drives will carry a heavy load. What’s more, due to the infection of this browser hijacker or even other more malicious malware, there will be some of file system errors and junks and invalid fragments in your disk drives. it is necessary to install a repair and clean tool like Anvi Ultimate Defrag to help you fix bug and errors of files in your disk drives, clean up junk files, rearrange fragmented data in the disk as well as optimize the performance of your disk drives.

Free download:


After install it, please select the disk drive you want to repair and clean and operation you would like to run ( Repair, Clean, Defrag and Optimize ), then click on Start.

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Tips for surfing safely


To ensure be safe online in the further, we need to adopt necessary measures to get free from virus infections. Here we offer you some effective prevention tips and these tips are applied to all of browser hijacker, redirect virus, adware, toolbar and PUPs.

1. Be attentive to visit websites, especially those unknown and with strange looking.

To avoid the harassment of various pop-ups, ads, malicious and/or hijacked websites as well as phishing websites, you have to install a legitimate software for 24-hours protection. Here we recommended you a free blocker Anvi AD Blocker to keep you surf safe online.

Download link
Because this free version is only vaild for 15 days, if you want to get a long-time online protection, you have to purchase its pro version in this link

After install the software according to instructrons, please start it and click “ON” button to keep it running. Then close it to allow it works in the background to give you a real-time protection.


for detailed instruction, please read Easy Ads-free Surfing with Anvi Ad Blocker


Besides, if you decide to block a website forever and allow Anvi AD Blocker to block it automatically for you without a notification, please do this according what the picture shows to achieve it.


As Anvi AD Blocker is a free small tool offered by Anvi Smart Defender, so it is avalible for you to install it by downloading Anvi Smart Defender in the step 2 for removing viruses hiding in your PC.

2. Always keep an eye on what you click and download, including music, movies, files, browser plug-ins or add-ons. When you do install software, make sure you’re getting the software from a trusted source.

3. Even if you have to install a necessary software, please always select Custom Installation instead of Recommended Installation and refuse any plugin by opting for Decline or Skip or other means during the process of installing such free software.

4. Keep your antivirus software and other security protect applications up to data.

5. Delete internet browsing history including the history of the websites you have visited and the history of the downloads you’ve performed to prevent you from getting malicious infections again.

  • Raj Sen

    Above guide really help me to resolve the issue. My problem has been solved.

    Thanks to all the team members.