Launchpage.org virus - How to remove?

 
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Launchpage.org is a search engine, offering a quick access to a number of popular online services like Facebook, Youtube, Amazon, Instagram and many more. We are expressing great concerns over this platform as it does not have nor a EULA nor a Privacy Policy document. Without these terms and conditions, you will have very little knowledge about how search queries and inserted information will be handled. Launchpage.org will choose its targeted browsers from the most widely-utilized ones. Furthermore, we have no idea who are the owners of this facility and whether it has a browser extension. All we can say that if this fake search engine is noticed as home pages, default search providers and new tab pages, users are discouraged from accessing websites via shortcuts it provides or searching for information through its search box.

Main points about Launchpage.org virus

Launchpage.org virus also features a lot of services that Google provides: Maps, Gmail, Drive, Play, Translate and other platforms that are operated by Google. In addition to these shortcuts, Launchpage.org virus also transfers people to Google Search so they would receive relevant outcome to their entered search queries. Using a transitional website to access Google is not an idea that we can approve of. Also, since you are using Launchpage.org virus, it might affect the search results that Google generates. Browser hijacker can organize URLs in a different order and promote its partners. Since we cannot read EULA document or Privacy Policy, we can only assume that third-party associations won’t always be beneficial to the user.

Launchpage.org virus is also expected to use various tracking technologies. For example, it can be intrusive enough to monitor your online activity and the way you utilize the websites you visit. If you believe that browsing is supposed to be private, you should not remain infected with a browser hijacker like this. It can also incorporate tons of online advertisements, popping at random moments of your browsing. If you happen to be startled by pop-ups, explaining that your device is jeopardized by spyware, Trojans or other disruptive viruses, you should not believe them. Commercial promotions, informing you about various sales, discounts and deals should not be trusted as well.

Due to a browser hijacker, infected devices can also show signs of deficiency. That means that your system might perform not as it regularly does. If you notice that your device is slower than usual, you should check it for malware viruses. Launchpage.org virus should be considered if you notice that your home pages, default search providers and new tab pages have all started to transfer you to this exact searching platform. If these inconveniences sound familiar to you, please do not hesitate to remove Launchpage.org virus from your system, together with other malware samples it might have exposed you to.

How can you become infected with Launchpage.org virus?

Launchpage.org virus is a fake search engine and it won’t be better than the original Google search. You should not voluntarily use Launchpage.org as it is clearly an unreliable variant. However, you might install this browser hijacker or a related browser extension accidentally. Because people often install free applications from various sources, they should try to always check if those programs are trustworthy and won’t bring any objectionable software as well. Thanks to a technique called bundling, distribution of malware samples together with free programs has become extremely easy. If you are not attentive during Setup Wizards, it is possible to agree with terms that should be refused. Pick advanced/custom modes to analyze applications better. In general, you should install only the most essential programs and resist the temptation to download random tools.

If you are not familiar with manual removal of malware, it might be difficult to eliminate Launchpage.org virus on your own. To help you out, we have constructed user-friendly instructions. An alternative is to use an anti-malware tool which will detect all of the infections. Reimage, Spyhunter or Hitman are the tools that will not only clean your system from Launchpage.org virus: they will also protect you from malware threats in the future.


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Manual removal of Launchpage.org virus

How to remove Launchpage.org virus using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Launchpage.org virus install some of their components as regular windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
  • Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel (Windows 8);
    Control panel
  • Choose Uninstall Program;
    Programs and features
  • Go through a list of programs and select entries related to Launchpage.org virus .
    Remove toolbars
  • Click uninstall button.
    Uninstall
  • In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter or Reimage to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
    Scan with spyhunter
This method will not remove some of browser plugins therefore proceed to the next part of the removal guide.
Removing Launchpage.org virus from your browsers

  Top Remove shortcut hijack (all browsers) (optional): If your browser opens Launchpage.org virus page on startup only, try this:

  • Right click on your browser icon. Choose Properties;
    Shortcut properties
  • Open Short cut tab;
    Remove url
  • Delete Launchpage.org virus part from target field.

  Top How To remove Launchpage.org virus from Google Chrome:

  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select More Tools→Extensions
    Extensions
  • Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
    Remove extensions
  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select Settings
    Open settings
  • Select Manage Search engines
    Manage search engines
  • Remove unnecessary search engines from the list
    Delete search engines
  • Go back to settings. On Startup choose Open blank page (you can remove undesired pages from the set pages link too).
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Chrome menu on the top right corner, select Settings. Select Open a specific page or set of pages and click on Set pages.
    Set pages
  • Delete malicious search websites at a new Startup pages window by clicking “X” next to them.
    Delete start pages

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Launchpage.org virus , reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on a Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
  • Scroll to the end of the page and click on theReset browser settings button.
    Resset settings
  • Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
    Reset approve

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

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How To remove Launchpage.org virus from Firefox:

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (Or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
    Select add-on
  • Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything Launchpage.org virus related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
    Remove add-on
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Firefox menu in the top right corner, select Options → General. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Restore to Default.
    Restore default

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Launchpage.org virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
    Help button
  • ChooseTroubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
    Troubleshooting
  • Click on theReset Firefox button.
    Refresh firefox
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
    Refresh firefox approve

(Optional) Steps for older Mozilla Firefox versions:

  • Enter “about:config” in URL bar and hit enter. This will open the settings page
    Abou config
  • Type “Keyword.url” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
    Reset Keyword.url
  • Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Search for “browser.newtab.url”. Right-click and reset it. This will make sure that the search page won’t launch on every new tab.
  • If the settings revert and the scan with anti-malware programs is clean: close Firefox, open file explorer and enter %AppData% in the address bar. Enter user.js in the search box. If this file exists, rename it and start Firefox again. You will have to repeat the steps above.
    Remove user.js
If the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program to identify malicious entries.

  Top How to remove Launchpage.org virus virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove Launchpage.org virus virus from Internet Explorer (older versions):

  • Click on the arrow on the right of the search box.
  • Do the following: on IE8-9 choose Manage Search providers, on IE7 click Change search defaults.
  • Remove the Launchpage.org virus from the list.

How to remove Launchpage.org virus from IE 11:

  • Click on the Settings icon (top right) → Manage Addons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to Launchpage.org virus and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
    Disable add-ons
  • Select Search Providers.
    Set search engine
  • If any of these search providers is not available, follow “Find more search providers” in the bottom of the screen and install Google.
    Find search engines
  • Close the Options.
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Gear icon on the top right corner to open the Internet Explorer menu, select Internet options and choose General tab. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Apply.
    Restore home page

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Launchpage.org virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Gear icon→Internet Options.
    Internet options
  • Choose the Advanced tab and click on the Reset Reset settings
  • Select Delete personal settings checkbox and click on the Reset button.
    Reset approve
  • Click on the Close button on the confirmation box, then close your browser.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

How to remove Launchpage.org virus from Microsoft Edge:  Top


Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 1)

  • Open Microsoft Edge and click on More actions button (three dots at the top right corner of the screen), then choose Settings.
    Open settings
  • In the Settings window, click Choose what to clear button.
    Choose clear
  • Select everything that you want to remove and click Clear.
    Clear browsing data
  • Right click on Start and choose Task manager.
    Open task manager
  • In the Processes tab right click on Microsoft Edge and select Go to details.
    Go to details
  • In the Details look for entries named Microsoft Edge, right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries.
    End Edge task

If the first method didn't work for you, follow the steps of advanced method below. Make sure you backup your data before completing these steps.

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 2)

  • Navigate to the following folder: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe Select all of the entries in this folder, right click on them and select Delete.
    Delete files
  • Click Start button and type in “Windows power”. Right click on the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator.
    Open powershell
  • When Administrator: Windows PowerShell window appears on your screen, paste in this line after PS: cd C:\WINDOWS\system32 and press Enter: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}
    Run command
Once you finish these steps, Launchpage.org virus should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top How to remove Launchpage.org virus from Safari:

Remove malicious extensions

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences.
    Open preferences
  • Select Extensions and uninstall Launchpage.org virus and other suspicious extensions.
    Extensions
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences and choose General tab. Enter preferable URL to the homepage field.
    Reset homepage
(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings(older versions)

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Launchpage.org virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari…
    Choose reset
  • Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

         
March 6, 2017 03:27, May 10, 2017 03:37
 

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