What is Webpageing.com?
Webpageing.com is a search engine that our malware analysts have classified as a browser hijacker. Therefore, they advocate for its removal. It is malicious since it is bundled with malicious installers that inject it into a web browser and modify its settings. Thus, it forces people to use it for performing searches online. Apart from the unauthorized modifications to the web browsers, Webpageing.com will also show you commercial advertisements of unknown origin. So it is quite likely that at least some of them will be fake and malicious. Furthermore, this hijacker might gather information about you and use it for marketing purposes. So the sooner you delete it the better.
What does Webpageing.com do?
Once on your computer, this browser hijacker will modify Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge (Microsoft Internet Explorer is not affected.) Firstly, it will change the homepage of Firefox and Edge while Chrome’s will remain unaffected. However, it will change the search engine for all of these web browsers. Then, it will make modifications to the Target lines of these browsers to prevent the average user from simply changing the settings back via browser settings.
The reason why it modifies the Target line to keep you from changing your browser’s homepage and search engine is that Webpageing.com’s goal is to make money for its developers and it has to force people to use it because otherwise no money will be made. The fact of the matter is that this browser hijacker is part of an online advertising scheme. The way this system works is quite simple. Webpageing.com functions as a search engine that redirects the search queries to Yahoo.com. However, it also modifies the search results and injects its own promotional links that will be shown among the search results. These promotions are not annoying and do not obstruct the browsing experience like pop-ups or banners do. The manifestations may be different but the goal is the same — convince you to click the link/ad.
It is quite likely that Webpageing.com’s promotions come from dishonest advertisers and other shady entities that may use it to promote some malicious or fake content. For example, a promotional link may invite you to try a new antivirus program which may turn out to be a rogue program that will render your computer difficult to use force crash it, and perform other kinds of malicious activities.
Where does Webpageing.com come from?
Webpageing.com comes from an unnamed malware developer that has previously released clone browser hijackers known as Sweet-page.com, webssearches.com, mystartsearch.com, and a few others. So the lack of information about the developer of these browser hijackers clearly indicates that their promoted content can be malicious and that its developers do not want to be found when things start to turn south. Also, these developers use dishonest tactics for distributing this hijacker and its clones.
Our security analysts have found that Webpageing.com is currently being bundled with the third-party software. The software it comes bundled with is subject to change but it is also likely to be unreliable as a large number of it often turns out to be PUPs (potentially unwanted programs.) However, this hijacker does not have its own program as it is the installer that is responsible for infecting for a computer with this browser hijacker.
How do I remove Webpageing.com?
Now that you know everything there is to know about this infection, you may want to get rid of it, because allowing it to remain can result in undesirable consequences we mentioned above. Therefore, we urge you not to hesitate and remove this browser hijacker with the help of our step-by-step guide. So, firstly you might have to uninstall it via Control Panel, but it might not have a program listed in there. After you have done that you should fix the Target line, and only then try to change the homepage address.
Remove this browser hijacker from your PC
- Click Start.
- Open Control Panel.
- Click Add or Remove Programs.
- Find application and click Remove.
Windows Vista and 7
- Open the Start menu.
- Select Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Find the unwanted program and right-click on it.
Windows 8 and 8.1
- Simultaneously press the Windows+R keys.
- Type Control Panel and click OK.
- Select Uninstall a program.
- Find the software and right-click on it.
- Simultaneously press the Windows+X keys.
- Open Programs and Features.
- Find the malicious program double-click on it and Uninstall it.
Override the modifications made to the browser’s Target line
- Right-click on the browser’s shortcut.
- Select Properties and open the Shortcut tab.
- Fix the Target line and click OK.
Restore your browser’s homepage
- Open the browser.
- Press Alt+T and click Options.
- Select the General tab.
- Type a new homepage address in the Home Page section.
- Open the browser.
- Click More actions and go to Settings.
- Select Open with a specific page or pages and enter a new address.
- Click Advanced settings.
- Type a new homepage address in the address bar.
- Choose or enter a new search engine in Search in the address bar with section.
- Open the browser.
- Press the Alt+F keys and open Settings.
- Select Show advanced settings.
- Click Reset settings and click Reset again.
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