Awesome HP virus
is also known as Awesome HP
Awesome HP virus (also known as Awesomehp.com) is a malicious search engine, which is mostly propagated with a help of free downloads. You can agree to install this program unconsciously when downloading PDF creators, download managers and similar applications from the Internet. There are many security vendors who decided to give this program ‘virus’ or PUP label. It seems that the main reason why they decided to do that is that it may initiate various issues on computer: Awesome HP virus may hijack your browsers, alter your homepage or default search engine, display forged search results, block legitimate search sites, show commercial pop-up ads or track your browsing and collect personally identifiable information. If you noticed Awesome hp redirects on your browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc), you should check your computer with reputable anti-spyware.
How can Awesome HP virus infiltrate my computer?
Awesome HP virus can be downloaded from the Internet in a bundle with freeware and shareware as an optional download. However, it doesn't mean that you can't avoid it. You just need to pay more attention when installing freeware on your computer. When downloading such programs as Youtube Downloader HD, you should always choose Custom or Advanced installation and uncheck all check boxes that declare that you agree to make Awesomehp.com your homepage or say that you want to download optional downloads on your computer. Otherwise, Awesome HP virus can easily change your computer’s settings and start its annoying activity. If you noticed any annoying activity of this program, you should waste no time and follow this guide:
How to remove Awesome HP virus?
If Awesomehp.com appeared instead of your homepage or default search engine, Awesome HP virus has infiltrated your computer. Follow this guide and remove it from there:
Automatic Awesome HP virus Removal Guide
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Awesome HP virus manual removal
Click Start → Control Panel → Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
Here, look for Awesome HP or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.
If you are Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program.
If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications.
Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Awesome HP or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.
Remove dangerous add-ons
- Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Awesome HP and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Reset Internet Explorer
Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
Here, remove malicious URL and enter your preferred domain name. Click Apply to save changes.
Remove dangerous extensions
Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
Here, select Reset.
When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Awesome HP removal.
Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons → Extensions.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
Here, select Awesome HP and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
Delete malicious plugins
Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Awesome HP removal.
Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools → Extensions.
Here, select Awesome HP and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Click on menu icon again and choose Settings → Manage Search engines under the Search section.
Reset Google Chrome
When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings.
Remove dangerous plugins
Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Awesome HP removal.
Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences.
Here, select Extentions and look for Awesome HP or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari....
Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Awesome HP removal process.
What is adware?
Adware is a program that displays advertisements while people are browsing online. Advertisements appear in a web browser, pop-up windows, special toolbars or within the host program. Adware also can gather information about user’s habits and interests. Once it collects what it needs, it sends it out through a background Internet connection. Such behavior allows adware vendors to deliver targeted advertisements to the end user and collect general statistics. However, it may also be used for stealing people’s private data.
Adware is divided into parasitical and legitimate applications. Illegal advertising programs are very similar to spyware parasites and often have some of their functions. They can be installed without user's knowledge and start working every time a computer is rebooted. However, they are less dangerous than rogues because the most of such parasites are primarily intended to collect user’s personal information for marketing and advertising purposes. Unfortunately, you can never know what other purposes it can be used for.
Symptoms showing that your computer was infected by Awesome HP:
• Appearance of annoying pop-up ads
• Appearance of banners and in-text ads
• Redirects to unknown and suspicious websites
• Changes in homepage and default search engine
• Decreased speed of every Internet browser
Geolocation of Awesome HP virus
This map reveals the prevalence
of Awesome HP virus. Countries and regions that have been affected the most
are: France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Brazil.
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Information added: 2014-08-13 04:31
Information updated: 2014-08-13 04:31
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