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How to Remove Homepage? (Browser Hijacker Removal Guide)


This article contains step-by-step instructions on how to remove homepage from IE/Firefox/Google Chrome. Please read and still.


Do You Know Homepage


Screenshot of homepage

18 homepage, or redirect is defined as browser hijacker. It is a similar virus to and virus whose known damages to computer are modifying users’ default browser settings and installing unfriendly program or PUP (potentially unwanted programs) onto computers. In addition to these, redirect virus will exhibit other malicious traits. All of them are listed below:

Redirect your frequent used homepage of IE, Firefox or Google Chrome to

Display ads or sponsored links in your search results. Meanwhile, some annoying popups will also appear when you are visiting web.


Redirect you to other different websites when browsing webpage. Or unknown webpages pop up when you open a certain website.

Add toolbar and extensions to your browsers without your knowledge.

Maybe not all of symptoms described above will appear, but redirect do have these bad influence s. So you should remove this virus as a matter of urgency.


Wonder Where redirect Comes From


After infected by redirect, users’ always wonder where this browser hijacker come from; through what ways it goes to their PC? redirect infects your computer system mainly through two ways–along with freeware and fake installers. Typically, bundling with freeware to install on your PC sneakily is the most popular one. That is, many of victims are suffer from this virus by downloading and installing freeware from the internet. For fake installers, you may promoted to install a fake installer when the malicious websites tells you that your software like Flash Play need to update. These fake installers may carry redirect, too.


How to Avoid Being Infected by Redirect


To ensure be safe on 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 that share the common with distribution.

1. Be attentive to visit websites, especially those unknown and with strange looking. It is high recommended to install a protective tool like Anvi AD Blocker for blocking malicious websites and popups, for details, please read Easy Ads-free Surfing with Anvi Ad Blocker. And you’d better check whether you have turned on security features of internet browsers for safer surfing online to block malicious websites.

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.


Similar redirect viruses that probably hijack your browsers are listed below. If you are troubled by one of them now, you can get an effective removal guide from these articles.

Dale Search Toolbar/ redirect virus , redirect virus, redirect virus, Hijacker , redirect virus, redirect virus, virus, Hijacker, Shareaza Virus and redirect virus, Babylon Toolbar & Delta Search redirect virus , etc.


How to Remove Homepage from Web Browser




Step 1 Uninstall related programs from computer


Note: Actually, browser hijacker installs onto your PC along with many PUP such as, Nation Zoom, Search Protected by Conduit,, ect. So you are suggested to uninstall such browser hijacker and Toolbar that we called the PUP. In order to faciliate you to distinguish this kind of danger programs, you’d better consider the recent installed program tracing back to time of malicious homepage appearing.

You need to remove all of suspicious and unknown applications as any one of them possibly the one support browser hijacker.

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 easily remove related 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, 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 Search Exit Homes,, Nation Zoom, etc any dubious programs. ( Please Skip “Create System Restore Points” when remove)



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




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


If you are Google Chrome 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, make sure that the content of the first bar is Google and then click Manage Search engines.



Then remove malicious search engine by clicking X behind it 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.

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


If your are Firefox users:


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 removal all of extensions related to


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


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 are Internet Explorer users:


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


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

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.




Option 2 Remove rediect 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 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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