Uninstall My Package Homepage browser hijacker

Also Known As: search.hmypackagehomepage.com redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

My Package Homepage browser hijacker removal instructions

What is My Package Homepage?

My Package Homepage is an app that supposed to provide a package tracking service. However, this app is categorized as a browser hijacker, a potentially unwanted application (PUA) which is designed to promote a fake search engine (search.hmypackagehomepage.com) and gather browsing data. Like most browser hijackers, My Package Homepage promotes earch.hmypackagehomepage.com by changing browser's settings. It very common that people download and install apps of this type unknowingly (unintentionally).

search.hmypackagehomepage.com browser hijacker

After successful installation My Package Homepage assigns search.hmypackagehomepage.com as an address of a homepage, default search engine and new tab. It means that its users are forced to visit search.hmypackagehomepage.com wen they open a browser (new window), new tab and enter search queries into URL bar. In most cases it is impossible to remove the address of a fake search engine from the aforementioned browser's settings while a browser hijacker is installed. It means that search.hmypackagehomepage.com can be stopped from being opened only by uninstalling My Package Homepage. It is worth mentioning that search.hmypackagehomepage.com provides search results generated by Yahoo, it redirects its users to search.yahoo.com. In other words search.hmypackagehomepage.com does not generate any unique results and that is exactly why it is called a fake search engine. As we mentioned in the introduction, My Package Homepage is designed to gather information related to user's browsing habits. Typically, browser hijackers collect details like geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, IP addresses and other browsing data. In some cases apps of this type target personal (sensitive) details as well. Moreover, their developers tend to misuse recorded information for revenue purposes and/or they sell it to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue too. Either way, installed browser hijacker might lead to problems related to privacy, browsing safety or even identity theft. Therefore, we recommend to uninstall My Package Homepage or any other installed browser hijacker as soon as possible and avoid installation of such PUAs in the future.

Threat Summary:
Name My Package Homepage
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Detection Names Avast (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), AVG (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.WebSearch.gen), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Browser Extension(s) My Package Homepage
Supposed Functionality This app supposed to provide a package tracking service.
Promoted URL search.hmypackagehomepage.com
Serving IP Address (search.hmypackagehomepage.com) 23.23.150.134
Affected Browser Settings Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine
Symptoms Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.
Damage Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.
Removal

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The PDF Tools Plus, Ultra PDF Converter Plus and Weather Forecaster are just a couple examples of other PUAs that are classified as browser hijackers too. Unfortunately, there are many more of them on the Internet. Typically, apps of this type supposed to be useful in some way (deliver some features or other value). Nevertheless, most of them are useless and put users at risk of various problems.

How did My Package Homepage install on my computer?

Most of the times unwanted apps get downloaded and/or installed through deceptive advertisements that people intentionally or unintentionally click, or during download and/or installation processes of some other software. It happens when developers include unwanted apps in setups of those programs and do not disclose information about it properly. To be more precise, offers to download and/or install additional apps usually are hidden in "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar settings of setups. This distribution method is called "bundling". It is a deceptive marketing method that developers use to trick people downloading or installing unwanted apps together with desired software. It works when people leave the aforementioned settings unchanged. By leaving default settings they often unknowingly give PUAs a permission to be downloaded and/or installed through a setup of some other, wanted program.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is not recommended to download and install software through third party downloaders (or installers), Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule, unofficial pages and so on. The safest way to download software it by using official pages and direct download links for that. Furthermore, it is always a good idea to check "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings of any download and/or installation setup. If those settings mention offers to download and/or install additional, unwanted software, then they should be declined. Intrusive ads, when clicked, tend to redirect people to various untrustworthy websites. In some cases they can be designed to download and/or install some PUA or even malicious program. Therefore, it is not recommended to click ads that are displayed on questionable pages. For example, on pages related to gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on. If a browser is already opening shady pages and/or showing unwanted ads, then all unwanted, suspicious plug-ins, extensions and/or add-ons that are installed on it should be removed as soon as possible. The same should be done with programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with My Package Homepage, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Website promoting My Package Homepage browser hijacker:

Website used to promote My Package Homepage browser hijacker

My Package Homepage browser hijacker installer set-up:

Official My Package Homepage browser hijacker installation setup

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Quick menu:

My Package Homepage browser hijacker removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

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

Windows 10 and 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 Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

search.hmypackagehomepage.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "My Package Homepage"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the search.hmypackagehomepage.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

My Package Homepage browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.hmypackagehomepage.com related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing search.hmypackagehomepage.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://search.hmypackagehomepage.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.hmypackagehomepage.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click 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 "My Package Homepage".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.hmypackagehomepage.com redirect, 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.

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 wish 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 malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing search.hmypackagehomepage.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "My Package Homepage" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.hmypackagehomepage.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "My Package Homepage", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.hmypackagehomepage.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.hmypackagehomepage.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "search.hmypackagehomepage.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.hmypackagehomepage.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

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

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing search.hmypackagehomepage.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "My Package Homepage", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.hmypackagehomepage.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "My Package Homepage", remove hxxp://search.hmypackagehomepage.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.hmypackagehomepage.com from Mozilla Firefox 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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the Mozilla Firefox switch about:config entry button button.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with search.hmypackagehomepage.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage and new tab settings:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".

Change your default Internet search engine:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.hmypackagehomepage.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

Removal assistance:
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