Searchomepage.com Removal Instructions
Searchomepage.com is a suspicious browser hijacker that is known to be compatible with Internet Explorer. However, there are some cases when it also hijacks Google Chrome. Firefox users can feel safe in this case – the browser will block this malicious hijacker. So, once Searchomepage.com infects your browser, the target line of your IE or Chrome will be modified so that it would be difficult to eliminate it. Searchomepage.com might belong to a family of Russian browser hijackers, and this should really be annoying to those who don’t speak Russian.
But, what is interesting, it uses http://www.sogou.com search engine, which is used instead of Google by the Chinese. Also, the website itself is in Chinese. So, you have to remove Searchomepage.com because of various reasons, for example, setting itself as your start page without your permission or displaying third-party advertisements. If you go to the hijacker’s website, you can see a horrendous amount of ads and links. If you don’t want this, keep reading further to find out how to delete Searchomepage.com.
Why can Searchomepage.com be dangerous?
The browser hijacker tries looking useful at first by displaying various shortcuts and pretending to be a great source of news. To be true, the majority of the news it displays is outdated. Furthermore, the advertisements that the site shows you belong to third parties. This means that the content and the websites of the ads are not supervised and you may end up in dangerous pages. You see, some of the pages that ads redirect you to are created simply for online infections. In this way, hackers are able to usurp a victim’s computer. For example, a coupon that looks quite tempting may not be a coupon after all. What is more, the hijacker is known to collect various user data like IP addresses or search queries. It may use the info for advertising purposes, or worse – to steal your personal information. That is why you have to uninstall Searchomepage.com.
How did I get infected with Searchomepage.com?
Like many other browser hijackers, Searchomepage.com has sneaked into your PC via freeware bundles. In other words, downloading content from torrent or other pirate sites is dangerous to you: in this way, you might infect your computer with viruses, adware, malware, Trojans, and other hijackers. The free software might not be worth putting your PC at risk. Usually, when downloading freeware, you may be able to uncheck the unwanted applications from a list. Unfortunately, it is impossible to remove Searchomepage.com from software bundles.
How to delete Searchomepage.com from my PC?
If a user wants to have an infection-free PC, we recommend using a legitimate anti-spyware and anti-malware application. However, if you think that you might be able to carry out Searchomepage.com removal by yourself, follow the instructions provided below. Of course, our team advises you to still scan your system after the manual removal.
1. Open the Start menu.
2. Open Control Panel.
3. Choose Add or Remove programs.
4. Find the application and remove it.
Windows 7 and Vista
1. Open the Start menu.
2. Go to Control Panel.
3. Choose Uninstall a program.
4. Find the program, right-click it, and choose Uninstall.
Windows 8 and 8.1
1. Find the Windows Start Menu and right-click it.
2. Find Programs and Features.
3. Find the hijacker and right-click on it.
4. Remove it.
1. Tap Alt+X.
2. Choose Manage Add-ons.
3. Go to Toolbars and Extensions.
4. Detect Searchomepage.com and remove it.
1. Tap Alt+F.
2. Go to More tools.
3. Press Extensions.
4. Uninstall the unwanted extension.
Fixing the target line
1. Right-click the browser’s shortcut.
2. Choose Properties.
3. Go to the Shortcut tab.
4. Delete all the text that is not in quotations.
5. Click Apply and OK.
Terminate Searchomepage.com junk files
1. Tap Win+E.
2. You’ll see an address bar. Type %Appdata% in it and find a folder called Searchomepage.com.
3. Right-click on it.
4. Press Delete.
5. Repeat the first step.
6. In the address bar, type %LOCALAPPDATA%.
7. Navigate to a folder called Searchomepage.com.
8. Right-click on it. Press Delete.