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).
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.
|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.|
|Serving IP Address (search.hmypackagehomepage.com)||188.8.131.52|
|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.|
To eliminate search.hmypackagehomepage.com redirect our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
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.
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My Package Homepage browser hijacker installer set-up:
Instant automatic removal of search.hmypackagehomepage.com redirect:
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- What is My Package Homepage?
- STEP 1. Uninstall My Package Homepage application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.hmypackagehomepage.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove My Package Homepage browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.hmypackagehomepage.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.hmypackagehomepage.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
My Package Homepage browser hijacker removal:
Windows 7 users:
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:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and 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 Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
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.
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:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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:
Click the "gear" 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:
Click 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 and then remove "My Package Homepage".
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.
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 the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the 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:
Click the 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:
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 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".
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 (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (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:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (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:
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 button.
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, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
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.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge 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:
Click the Edge 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:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge 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 near it and select "Disable".
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 (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
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.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove search.hmypackagehomepage.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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