Also Known As: Redirect
Type: Browser Hijacker
Damage level: Moderate
Distribution: High
Damage Level virus removal instructions is a deceptive website which is being promoted using a browser hijacker which enters user's computers through free software downloads. Many Internet users refer to as a virus or malware due to the fact that this website is being set as their browser's (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome) homepage and default search engine without their consent, moreover computer users are unable to reverse their browser settings. Most commonly safehomepage browser hijacker is being spread using free software download websites which use download clients to manage their freeware download process. Internet users should know that nowadays the majority of free software download websites are using various download clients to offer additional browser add-ons together with the chosen freeware download - this is done to monetize their free services.

Notice that some of download websites are using deceptive download clients (decline button which can be used to opt-out additional downloads is hidden), moreover the promoted browser add-ons can be categorized as being adware (they cause browser redirects, unwanted ads, etc.). Notice that after successful infiltration safehomepage browser hijacker changes Internet browser's shortcut targets and installs a "helper object" which doesn't allow computer users to change their browser settings (homepage, default search engine). virus

Technically is not a virus or malware, it's a browser hijacker which changes Internet browser shortcut targets of an infiltrated computer, similar to, and many other. Computer users who would like to avoid installing such adware on their Internet browsers should be very careful when downloading free software. If the download process of some free software is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of additional browser add-ons and toolbars. When installing freeware be sure to use "advanced" or "custom" installation options, this selection will reveal any hidden (bundled) promoted software installations. Notice that safehomepage browser hijacker installs "Wsys Control", a small program which has to be removed in order to change one's Internet browser settings. To eliminate safehomepage browser hijacker use the provided removal guide. virus removal:

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Windows 7 users:

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

Windows XP users:

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

Windows 8 users:

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."

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, scan your computer for any left unwanted components. To scan your computer use recommended malware removal software. Remove all of the entries that this program detects to make sure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.

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

Remove virus from Internet Explorer:

Safehomepage removal from Internet Explorer

Fix Internet Explorer shortcut target:

Safehomepage browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of one's Internet Explorer shortcut. To fix this - locate your 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 Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp:// which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe".

Change your homepage:

To change your homepage from to your preferred: Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove and enter your preferred domain which will open every time you launch Internet Explorer.

Safehomepage homepage in Intenret Explorer

Change default search engine:

Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), 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

If you continue having problems with redirects to you can 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 on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

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 on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Remove virus from Google Chrome:

Safehomepage removal from Google Chrome

Fix Google Chrome shortcut target: browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of one's Google Chrome shortcut. To fix this - locate your 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 Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp:// which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"

Change your homepage:

To change your homepage from  to you preferred - click on the wrench (bars) icon, select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over 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 on the "Bars" icon (top right corner), select "Settings", in "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Safehomepage" and add or select your preferred.

Safehomepage default search engine in Google Chrome

Remove virus from Firefox:

Safehomepage removal from Mozilla Firefox

Fix Mozilla Firefox shortcut target: browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of one's Mozilla Firefox shortcut. To fix this - locate your 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 Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp:// which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"

Change your homepage:

To reset your homepage click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window remove  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 having problems with redirects to you can reset you Mozilla Firefox settings to default.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top left corner of the main window click "Firefox", in the opened drop down menu choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click on "Reset Firefox" button.


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 Virus distribution:

Free software download managers distributing browser hijackers

To avoid installation of 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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