Removal Guide (Manual and Automatic)

How to Remove Awesomehp (Uninstall Guide)

The removal can be tricky. This search engine is classified as a browser hijacker that is usually promoted and installed as a bundle included in free programs. It installs silently and changes your browser homepage after a restart to and your default search engine to This is not technically a virus, but it is considered as a browser hijacker because it installs unwanted extensions to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer without user consent. removal

How Did Virus Infected My Computer?

The homepage took over your computer after you have installed a freeware software that was bundled with this browser hijacker. The redirect virus can be installed from a variety of questionable websites. Any software that supports the WebSearch website is often bundled with suspicious third-party freeware and shareware software. An opportunity is usually given to accept or decline an offer to install the unwanted software and change the home page and search engine to the search engine; however, the decline of the offer is presented in a confusing manner or ignored.

What is Virus?

The homepage will display many annoying advertisements and sponsored links in the search results. It will collect search terms from your queries. The browser hijack is used to boost advertising revenue and increase a site’s page rank to gain better positions.

Am I Infected with Virus?

If your search engine is changed to and you are having difficulties setting any other home page – then most probably you are infected with the Awesomehp virus.

How to Remove virus (manual) removal guide

If you perform exactly the steps below you should be able to remove the Awesomehp infection. Please, follow the procedures in the exact order. Please, consider to print this guide or have another computer at your disposal. You will NOT need any USB sticks or CDs.

STEP 1: Uninstall any Awesomehp Software from Add\Remove Programs

STEP 2: Remove from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer

STEP 3: Clean All Program shortcuts That Have Been Hijacked by the Virus

STEP 1: Uninstall Awesomehp malicious programs from your computer

To uninstall the Awesomehp software, click on the Windows Start Button, then go to Control Panel and click on Uninstall a program.  There is no Uninstall entry that can uninstall Awesomehp from your computer, however you should closely review all the installed programs and uninstall anything related with this adware – like WPM17.8.0, SupTab, IePluginService, awesomehp Browser Protecter and anything that looks unknown and suspicious to you. The above software names might vary, if you do not have any of the above mentioned software you can proceed to the next step.


STEP 2: Remove Awesomehp from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer

Remove from Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. In the Main Menu (1), select Tools (2)—> Extensions (3)
  3. Remove any Apps by clicking on the little recycle bin
  4. Reset Google Chrome by Deleting the current user to make sure nothing is left behind

Remove from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser
  2. Press Ctrl+Shift+A and remove the extensions: Extension_Protected and Lightning Speed Dial
  3. In the Main Menu, go to Help (1) then Troubleshoot Information (2) and click on Reset Firefox (3)

Remove from Internet Explorer

  1. Open the Internet explorer browser
  2. Go to the upper left corner and click on the Gear (1) icon
  3. Select Internet Options (2), then go to the Advanced tab (3)
  4. Click on Reset (4)

STEP 3: Clean all Program Shortcuts That Have Been Hijacked by the Virus

  1. Right Click on the Shortcut Icon and select Properties, 
  2. Click on the Shortcut Tab
  3. In the target field delete anything that is after the main executable file

clean awesomehp shortcuts

How to Remove hijack (automatic) removal guide

Nevertheless, manual removal is successful, I recommend using any professional antimalware scanner to identify and remove all awesomehp leftovers.

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