Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Moderate
Awesomehp.com redirect virus removal instructions
What is Awesomehp.com
The Awesomehp.com browser hijacker was created by Tomoon, Inc and is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application. Developers of this plugin use a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling', and thus, most Internet users install this browser hijacker inadvertently without their consent when downloading free software. After successful infiltration, this adware modifies Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) settings by assigning the homepage, default search engine, and default tab fields to awesomehp.com
Computer users should be aware that this browser hijacker not only applies browser redirects but also tracks users' browsing activity by recording IP addresses, search terms, and links clicked within the Internet search results page.
At time of research, this adware was distributed using deceptive free software 'download clients' and fake downloads (such as fake Java and browser update downloads). The Awesomehp.com browser hijacker is especially rogue since it modifies the shortcut targets of Internet browsers, thereby blocking user attempts to change the homepage and default search engine settings. Whilst this potentially unwanted program (PUP) is not technically a virus, its behaviour is similar to malware infections, and therefore, you are advised to eliminate it from your computer.
The Awesomehp.com browser hijacker is identical to previous variants, which redirect Internet users to sweet-page.com, nationzoom.com, and Aartemis.com To avoid installation of such browser settings-changing adware, express caution when downloading free software. Today, most freeware download websites use deceptive download clients in order to trick computer users into installing advertised browser plug-ins together with the chosen free software. In most cases, the advertised browser extensions add no real value, and moreover, cause browser redirects and generate intrusive ads. When downloading free programs, closely inspect each step and decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins. When installing the downloaded freeware, use the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation option - this will reveal any intended installation of bundled adware. Computer users who experience browser redirects to hxxp://www.awesomehp.com should use this removal guide to eliminate adware from their Internet browser/s.
- What is Awesomehp.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall WPM188.8.131.5225 application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Awesomehp.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Awesomehp.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Awesomehp.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
Awesomehp.com virus removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features."
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 screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window: look for "WPM184.108.40.20625", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove". At time of research, this browser hijacker installed together with a program called "Desk 365". You may safely uninstall this software.
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs (which cause browser redirects to the Awesomehp.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer use recommended malware removal software.
Awesomehp.com homepage and default search engine removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser hijackers:
Remove Awesomehp.com virus from Internet Explorer:
Fix Internet Explorer shortcut target:
This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the Internet Explorer shortcut. To fix this, locate your Internet Explorer shortcut on the 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 text (hxxp://www.awesomehp.com/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe".
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://www.awesomehp.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
Change default search engine:
Click on the "gear" 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, then remove "awesomehp".
If you continue to have problems with browser redirects to hxxp://www.awesomehp.com, reset your 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click on the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options". In the opened windows select "Advanced" tab and click on the "Reset" button.
Remove Awesomehp.com virus from Google Chrome:
Fix Google Chrome shortcut target:
This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the Google Chrome shortcut. To fix this, locate your Google Chrome shortcut on the 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://www.awesomehp.com/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"
Remove Awesomehp.com related browser extensions:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Extended Protection" and "Lightning speedDial", select them and click the trash can icon.
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In the "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over hxxp://awesomehp.com and click on the x symbol. Now you can add any preferred website as your homepage (for example Google.com).
Change default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings", in "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "awesomehp" and add or select your preferred domain.
If you continue having problems with the removal of hxxp://awesomehp.com browser hijacker you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". In the opened menu select "Extensions" and click "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click on the "Show advanced settings…." link. After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click on the "Reset browser settings" button. In the opened window click on the "Reset" button.
Remove Awesomehp.com virus from Mozilla Firefox:
Fix Mozilla Firefox shortcut target:
This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the Mozilla Firefox shortcut. To fix this, locate your Mozilla Firefox shortcut on the 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://www.awesomehp.com/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://www.awesomehp.com and enter your preferred domain.
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: "awesomehp.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
If you continue to have problems with browser redirects to hxxp://awesomehp.com, reset your Mozilla Firefox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click on the Firefox menuin the opened menu click on the "Open Help Menu" icon then select "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 Awesomehp.com Virus distribution:
To avoid installation of Awesomehp.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:
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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