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?

The My Package Homepage app supposedly provides a package tracking service, however, this rogue software is categorized as a browser hijacker, a potentially unwanted application (PUA) that promotes a fake search engine (search.hmypackagehomepage.com) and gathers browsing data. Like most browser hijackers, My Package Homepage promotes its associated URL (in this case, search.hmypackagehomepage.com) by changing browser settings. Note that people often download and install apps of this type inadvertently.

search.hmypackagehomepage.com browser hijacker

After successful installation, My Package Homepage assigns search.hmypackagehomepage.com as the address of the homepage, default search engine and new tab. Therefore, users are forced to visit search.hmypackagehomepage.com when they open a browser (new window), new tab and enter search queries into the URL bar. In most cases, it is impossible to remove the address of a fake search engine from the settings while the browser hijacker is installed. I.e., search.hmypackagehomepage.com can be prevented from being opened only by uninstalling My Package Homepage. Note that search.hmypackagehomepage.com provides search results generated by Yahoo - it simply redirects to search.yahoo.com. Therefore search.hmypackagehomepage.com does not generate any unique results and is thus classified as a fake search engine. As mentioned, My Package Homepage gathers information relating to users' browsing habits. Typically, browser hijackers collect geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, IP addresses and other browsing data. In some cases, they target personal, sensitive details. Developers misuse recorded information for to generate revenue purposes, or they sell it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it for the same purpose. In any case, installed browser hijackers can lead to problems relating to privacy, browsing safety or even identity theft. Therefore, we recommend that you remove My Package Homepage and other browser hijackers immediately. Avoid installation of these PUAs in 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 supposedly provides 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.
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The PDF Tools Plus, Ultra PDF Converter Plus and Weather Forecaster are some examples of other PUAs that are also classified as browser hijackers. Unfortunately, there are many more on the internet. These apps are supposedly useful and deliver various features, however, most are useless and put users at risk of various problems.

How did My Package Homepage install on my computer?

PUAs are downloaded and/or installed through deceptive advertisements that people intentionally or unintentionally click, or during the download/installation processes of regular software. Developers often include unwanted apps into the set-ups of normal programs and do not disclose related information properly. I.e., offers to download and/or install additional apps are usually hidden in "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar settings of software set-ups. This distribution method is called "bundling". It is a deceptive marketing method used by developers to trick people into downloading or installing unwanted apps with your software. It works when people leave the aforementioned settings unchanged. By leaving the default settings, people grant permission for PUAs to be downloaded and installed through the setups of regulars programs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Do not download or install software through third party downloaders or installers, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule, unofficial pages, etc. The safest way to download software it using official pages and direct download links. Check "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings of any download or installation setup. Dismiss offers to download or install additional, unwanted software. When clicked, intrusive ads can redirect people to untrusted websites. In some cases, they download and/or install PUAs or other malicious programs. Therefore, never click ads that are displayed on dubious web pages. For example, on those relating to gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on. If the browser is already opening dubious pages and/or showing unwanted ads, remove all unwanted, suspicious plug-ins, extensions and add-ons that are installed. The same should be applied 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 Malwarebytes 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 that 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 plug-ins 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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