SafeHomepage.com Virus

Also Known As: SafeHomepage.com Redirect
Type: Browser Hijacker
Damage level: Moderate
Distribution: High
Damage Level

Safehomepage.com virus removal instructions

What is safehomepage.com?

Safehomepage.com is a deceptive website promoted via a browser hijacker, which infiltrates systems through free software downloads. Many Internet users refer to safehomepage.com as a virus or malware since this website is set as their browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome) homepage and default search engine without their consent. Furthermore, users are prevented from reverting these browser settings. Commonly, the safehomepage browser hijacker is proliferated using free software download websites, which employ 'download clients' to manage the freeware download process. Today, most free software download websites use various download clients to offer additional browser add-ons together with the chosen freeware downloads - this is to monetize these free services.

Note that some download websites employ deceptive download clients (which hide the 'decline' button otherwise used to opt-out of additional downloads), and moreover, the promoted browser add-ons are categorized as adware since they cause browser redirects, unwanted ads, etc. Following successful infiltration, the safehomepage browser hijacker modifies browser shortcut targets and installs a 'helper object', which prevents users from changing their browser settings (homepage and default search engine).

Safehomepage.com virus

Technically, Safehomepage.com is not a virus or malware - it is a browser hijacker, which modifies the Internet browser shortcut targets of an infiltrated computer. The hijacker is similar to qvo6.com, onmylike.comQone8.com, and many others. Computer users who wish to avoid installation of such adware on their browsers, should express caution when downloading free software. If the download process of free software is managed by a download client, decline installation of any additional browser add-ons and toolbars. When installing freeware, use the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal any hidden (bundled) promoted software installations. Note that the safehomepage browser hijacker installs 'Wsys Control', a small program that must be removed in order to change the Internet browser settings. To eliminate the safehomepage browser hijacker, use the removal guide provided.

Quick menu:

Safehomepage.com virus removal:

Windows 7 users:

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Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features."

Windows XP users:

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Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".

Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".

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In the uninstall programs window: look for "Wsys Control", select it and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling Wsys Control, which causes browser redirects to Safehomepage.com, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software. Remove all entries that this program detects to ensure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.

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Safehomepage.com virus removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove Safehomepage.com virus from Internet Explorer:

Safehomepage removal from Internet Explorer

Fix Internet Explorer shortcut target:

The Safehomepage browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the Internet Explorer shortcut. To fix this, locate the Internet Explorer shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu choose "Properties". In the opened window locate the Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://safehomepage.com/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"

Change your homepage:

To change your homepage from Safehomepage.com to your preferred domain: Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove Safehomepage.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.

Safehomepage homepage in Intenret Explorer

Change default search engine:

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Safehomepage".

Safehomepage default search engine in Intenret Explorer

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with redirects to Safehomepage.com, reset you Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl" In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove Safehomepage.com virus from Google Chrome:

Safehomepage removal from Google Chrome

Fix Google Chrome shortcut target:

The Safehomepage.com browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the Google Chrome shortcut. To fix this, locate the Google Chrome shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu choose "Properties". In the opened window locate the Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://safehomepage.com/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"

Change your homepage:

To change your homepage from Safehomepage.com to your preferred domain, click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In the "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over Safehomepage.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Safehomepage homepage in Google Chrome

Change default search engine:

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings", in the "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Safehomepage" and add or select your preferred domain.

Safehomepage default search engine in Google Chrome

Optional method:

If you continue having problems with the removal of browser hijacker you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click the "Reset browser settings" button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

 In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove Safehomepage.com virus from Firefox:

Safehomepage removal from Mozilla Firefox

Fix Mozilla Firefox shortcut target:

The Safehomepage.com browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the Mozilla Firefox shortcut. To fix this, locate the Mozilla Firefox shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu choose "Properties". In the opened window locate the Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://safehomepage.com/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"

Change your homepage:

To reset your homepage, click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon(at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove Safehomepage.com and enter your preferred domain.

Safehomepage homepage in Mozilla Firefox

Change default search engine:

In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "safehomepage"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with redirects to Safehomepage.com, reset your Mozilla Firefox settings to default.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click the Firefox menu,firefox menu iconin the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,firefox help menu

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Select "Troubleshooting Information".

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset by clicking the

Summary:

A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.

A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in SafeHomepage.com Virus distribution:

Free software download managers distributing browser hijackers

To avoid installation of SafeHomepage.com Virus be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:

Declining installation of browser hijackers

Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.

Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:

  • Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
  • Appearance of new toolbars.
  • Slow performance of Internet browsers.
  • New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
  • You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
  • You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
  • You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.

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