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Remove Awesome HP virus

removal by Lucia Danes - -   Also known as Awesome HP | Type: Adware

What is Awesome HP?

Awesome HP (also known as is a very suspicious 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 a ‘virus’ or ‘potentially unwanted program’ label. It seems that the main reason why they decided to do that is that Awesome HP hijacker may initiate various issues on computer: this program may infiltrate the system without your permission asked; it may hijack each of your browsers; it may easily alter your homepage or default search engine; it may try to display forged search results; it may block legitimate search sites and search engines; you may notice an increased amount of commercial pop-up ads, etc. Sounds impressive, right? Besides, Awesome HP may track your browsing on the web and may collect personally non-identifiable information. In most of the cases, such programs collect data, which is related to people’s browsing habits. Nevertheless, they may also collect information, which is related to people’s email addresses, their PCs’ IP addresses, location, etc. If you noticed Awesome hp redirects on each of your web browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc), you should check your computer with reputable anti-spyware. Otherwise, you may be tricked into visiting a suspicious website that may try to trick you into downloading other suspicious application. In most of the cases, such hijackers are used to promote websites that want to increase their page rank or sales but there are hundreds of people who report about redirects to unknown websites that tricked them into downloading toolbars, questionable web browser plugins and similar applications. How can you avoid that? After noticing Awesome HP existence on your computer, you should waste no time and download Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. After updating it, you should run a full system scan with it and get rid of suspicious programs and files.

How can Awesome HP hijack 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 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 has already appeared instead of your homepage or default search engine, it means that you are dealing with the browser hijacker. Please, do NOT leave it on your computer because there are lots of unwanted activities that it may try to initiate. For fixing your machine, you should follow this guide:

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Awesome HP virus snapshot

To remove Awesome HP virus, follow these steps:

Get rid of Awesome HP from Windows systems

To remove Awesome HP from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Awesome HP (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Uninstall Awesome HP from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Awesome HP from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Awesome HP-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Awesome HP, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Awesome HP and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Awesome HP-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Eliminate Awesome HP from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Awesome HP and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example,
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Awesome HP removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Awesome HP virus from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Awesome HP-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Remove Awesome HP from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Awesome HP and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Awesome HP did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Awesome HP removal.Reset Firefox 2

Erase Awesome HP from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Awesome HP by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Awesome HP-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Awesome HP removal.Reset Chrome 2

Get rid of Awesome HP from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Awesome HP and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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  1. TrangleC says:
    March 6th, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Unfortunately somehow the Firefox symbol in my Win 7 tool bar is still hijacked by Awesomehp after deinstalling the malware and resetting the browser. Everytime I use it to start Mozilla, Im still getting the Awesomehp site and I dont know how to clean up the path of tool bar shortcuts.

  2. Ann says:
    March 12th, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    I have done everything written here and still when I open my browser (Chrome) it is always there. Any other suggestions? I have even ran multiple registry scanners, used full uninstall including all registry keys, it doesnt show as an extension in Chrome, but it is still alive and kicking. HELP!!!

  3. FluffY says:
    March 17th, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Ann.. Same goes for me… it found 28 files associated with awesomehp, cleared all my cache, cookies, and reseted all my options in chrome.. Still pops up every… freaking..time…
    And so does the other programs associated with it..

  4. Hayder says:
    March 20th, 2014 at 6:41 am

    all the mentioned above happened with me too

  5. Ricardo R. Pasco says:
    March 22nd, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    This works with me and I think it will also help you.
    1. Uninstall all programs by thru control panel. Restart.
    2. Download, install and scan (full scan) with malwarebytes. Delete everything that mawarebytes found during the scan.
    3. Uninstall google chrome and mozilla firefox browsers. You cannot uninstall internet explorer. If you reinstall google chrome and mozilla firefox browsers at this stage, the was gone. Do not reinstall google chrome and mozilla firefox browsers for now but install it later to avoid duplication of work. Restart.
    4. Use system restore to remove to your internet explorer. Restore your PC to the date before your PC is infected.
    5. After system restore, Download, install and scan (full scan) with malwarebytes and other antivirus. Delete everything that malwarebytes and antivirus found during the scan.
    6. Uninstall google chrome and mozilla firefox browsers. Download and reinstall google chrome and mozilla firefox browsers.
    7. The is out but I am not sure if there is still infection somewhere in the PC.

  6. Ricardo R. Pasco says:
    March 22nd, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Note: Be careful with system restore because if you restore back to the previous date when your PC is still infected by, the infection might come back. To remedy this, those restore points covering the infection must be removed/deleted. So remove those restore points or turn the system restore off. Then restart, t then turn system restore on again.

  7. Queen of Whales says:
    May 7th, 2014 at 11:07 am

    One day, I downloaded u torrent. I was not able to scrutinize the bundles and the settings enclosed with it. Then a big change happened. When I open the browsers – google chrome and mozilla… I am directed to this browser called awesome hp. And every time I surf the net, lots and lots of pop-ups would appear on my screen. I got so worried because I knew that my laptop was already infected.

    Researching about this awesome hp thing, I learned that this is a hijacker browser. And from there, I tried to research on ways to remove it. Several strategies were given by the net like… 1. go to control panel, click uninstall programs, and delete all programs related to awesome hp. 2. download the spyhunter 4… and many others.

    I got so worried because the 1st step didnt work for me… as for the 2nd, well I didnt plan to pay so as to download a malware detector and remover.

    Then came my husband, my knight in shining armor. He sat down and did his stuff… then wallah! The awesome hp was gone.

    Here are the simple steps on how to get rid of it:

    1. Delete the google chrome icon from your desktop and task bar.

    2. Go to my computer and go to drive C:/.

    3. Go to program files

    4. Go to google folder and proceed to chrome folder… then click the application folder.

    5. From there you can see the google chrome icon. Then create a shortcut to your desktop. Then open it…

    Wallah! Your browser it back to its old step.

    NOTE: The only thing that Ive observed is that after doing this process… I went to the sites regarding the removal of the awesome hp, so as to provide comments and to share this experience; but the thing is, when I open those sites, the advertisements and pop ups again appeared. Nevertheless, when I close the chrome browser and again tried to surf other sites, the ads never appeared.

    Anyway, I hope this will help you resolve this awesome hp problem. Let me know if this works fine with you too.

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