Remove Launchpage.org “Virus” from Chrome/Firefox

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I wrote this article to help you remove Launchpage.org. This Launchpage.org removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Launchpage.org is not a safe website and it is definitely not a safe search engine. What it is, though, is a warning. The page indicates the presence of a browser hijacker in your system. The parasite is forcing the site to appear. It uses it as a front. Hijackers are very annoying pests and they could also cause you some irreversible damage. This is why you should take measures as soon as Launchpage.org appears. Don’t ignore the threat the hijacker poses. There is a reason why they are called hijackers as this is exactly what they do. They hijack your browsers and take control over them. But this is not the worst part of hosting this parasite.

The program is designed to spy on you. And it does so in the background from the minute it enters. Your IP addresses, emails addresses, usernames, passwords, accounts, browser-related data are being monitored all the time. The hijacker keeps track of everything you do. But it doesn’t settle only with observing. It shares everything it finds with the crooks behind it. The people with highly questionable intentions cannot have access to your privacy. If they do, they will use it for nothing but their malicious purposes. Imagine what could happen if your personally identifiable and financial credentials end up in their hands. Take action now and delete the intruder from your machine before it is too late.

We`ve already established that the pest spies on your in complete silence without you realizing. However, the rest of its doings are impossible to miss. As soon as it lands on board, the mess-making begins. First, the hijacker adds a pesky plugin on all of your browsers thus taking control over them. Also, you start noticing some completely unauthorized changes in your browser settings. You don’t remember approving them and this is because the parasite doesn’t need your consent. It makes modifications as it sees fit. It even replaces your previous homepage and search engine with its own domain. It goes without saying that it is incredibly unreliable. It doesn’t generate safe and accurate search results as advertised. On the contrary. It mostly generates sponsored links which are dangerous.

Remove Launchpage.org
The Launchpage.org Virus

Hackers use them to boost web traffic to specific pages and gain money via the pay-per-click mechanism. If you click, they make money. That’s why you are flooded with these links. But clicking on a link doesn’t only mean sponsoring crooks. It also means you getting more infections. Most of the search results lead to shady pages where you can download more infection from in seconds. Do you want to worsen your situation by inviting more threats on board? The hijacker you are stuck with is enough. It effectively ruins your browsing experience. You are constantly redirected to suspicious pages one of which is Launchpage.org. You are bombarded with unreliable search results. And like this is not enough, the hijacker throws an avalanche of pop-up ads at you on daily basis.

Of course, the ads are just as unreliable as everything else. Aside from that, they are incredibly annoying and obnoxious. The only wat of getting rid of them and all the other issues it by deleting the hijacker. Your machine will be better off as well as now, due to the pest, it underperforms. It lags, it crashes, your browsers freeze. Even your internet connection is unstable. Wait no more and regain control over your PC. To delete the intruded manually, use our removal guide at the end of this article.

Once you remove it, do your best to protect yourself better. Do you know how you got stuck with this infection in the first place? It tricked you into approving its installment. The pest needs your permission and it turns to deception and finesse to get it. For example, it hitches a ride with freeware bundles or spam email messages. Or, it pretends to be a program update and while you are thinking you are updating Adobe Flash, you are actually installing an infection.

Also, stay away from shady sites/links, illegitimate torrents, unverified sources, etc. as more often than not, they deliver parasites. The tactics are many but what all infections actually need is your carelessness. If you are negligent, you are more likely to give them green light. That’s why, do the exact opposite. Be vigilant. Carefully read what you are giving permission to enter your machine. Don’t forget that preventing an intruder from entering is much easier that dealing with it later.

Launchpage.org Removal

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove Launchpage.org from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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Daniel Stoyanov
Daniel Stoyanov has a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Daniel provides top cyber security news with in-depth coverage of malware, vulnerabilities, PC and Network security, online safety.If you have any questions feel free to ask him right now.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I have tried every step on listed above but I still see the launchpage.org I also tries to go into services and check for a service tat might be a clue but did not found any way to identify the program that was causing this .

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