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Remove Google WebHP virus (Removal Guide) - Sep 2020 update

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WebHP – redirect issue which is related to Chrome web browser

Google WebHP virus sets a fake search engine as homepage

WebHP virus is a browser hijacker that mimics Google search engine.[1] After installing this infection on the system, users experience continuous redirects to and similar websites that are unknown for them. Besides, Google WebHP can also display misleading ads pushing users into installing fake updates and useless programs. To find out more about this issue and its removal techniques, keep reading the article.

The main thing you have to realize is that WebHP virus has nothing in common with Google. Besides, it is not safe to use because it can force you to visit suspicious third-party websites and open random pop-up ads once you click on the search results. Experts report that computer users that experience continuous redirects to should also check their computers for Conduit virus.

Chrome WebHP infiltrates the computer system silently and adds a hazardous browser extension[2] to an affected web browser. It can also change browser’s homepage to or

These websites look exactly like the real Google search engine. Unfortunately, due to its resemblance to the real Google search, it can deceive the computer user and trick him/her into using it, thinking that it is a safe search engine.

Unfortunately, the fake search engine that is provided by this virus is dangerous to use because it can trigger redirects to various third-party websites, which can be malicious or provide misleading content. Please, do not use this search engine if you see the webhp appended to the URL.

The hijacker can compromise your search settings despite the country you live in, so for example, French PC users might start experiencing redirects to[3]. In this case, make sure you initiate Google WebHP redirect removal. For that, you can either uninstall all suspicious third party software and reset your web browsers or scan your computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

Questions about Google WebHP virus

Google WEBHPGoogle WebHP redirect virus loads altered search results instead of regular ones. The appearance of redirect virus often indicates that the system was compromised by Conduit Search virus.

Reportedly, this hijacker slithers into the computer system along with the infamous Conduit Toolbar, so make sure you remove it as well. Beware that sometimes the hijacker doesn't even change the homepage address in the browser, causing additional problems while trying to eliminate it. In this case, check Chrome's Omnibox which should deliver you altered search results each time you attempt to search via URL box.

If you cannot remember installing Conduit or similar third party software, you need to remove together with other suspicious files from your computer. This should fix Google WebHP virus.

Reasons why your Google search was compromised

The most of redirect viruses manage to enter computer systems in a rather subtle way. They typically pretend to be safe-to-use programs, and even present themselves as “recommended” software. However, they do not reveal themselves in a direct way. They spread along with other free applications and get installed in one software bundle. 

As you have understood, the browser hijacker is distributed in software packs, so in order to avoid installing it, you need to decompose such software packs. When you launch the installer of software you have just downloaded, do not rush!

Please read absolutely all information the installer provides, including Terms of Use/Privacy Policy documents. After that, proceed to the next step. Once you reach installation “settings,” choose either Advanced or Custom option (NOT Default/Standard ones!). Then simply deselect all suspicious-looking components.

If you believe that you are infected, proceed to next paragraph and use the removal guide our experts have just prepared.

Google WebHP removal instructions for beginners

To remove Google WebHP, you need to carefully review the list of programs that were recently installed on your computer, and also all browser extensions that were added without your knowledge. You have to delete all programs and extensions that you cannot remember installing. WebHP virus is a dangerous program and you should not ignore its existence because it can pose a threat to your computer.

Please follow the Google Webhp removal instructions provided under this article and you will easily banish the malware from your computer. No matter what, we strongly recommend you to scan your computer with our recommended computer security software to see if there are no other dangerous programs silently diminishing your computer’s performance or posing a threat to it. You can use one of these programs to fix Google WebHP virus.

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To remove Google WebHP virus, follow these steps:

Erase Google WebHP from Windows systems

First of all, uninstall all shady programs such as Conduit Search, SearchProtect, and other suspicious programs from the system. Then press Windows key + R to launch Run prompt and type regedit. Press Enter. In Windows Registry Editor, go to Edit > Find and search for Conduit. Delete all keys that the search finds for you.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / 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 'Windows 10 / 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'.
  3. Uninstall Google WebHP and related programs
    Here, look for Google WebHP or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Google WebHP from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Delete Google WebHP from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Google WebHP from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Google WebHP-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 Google WebHP, 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 Google WebHP and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Google WebHP-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Eliminate Google WebHP 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 Google WebHP 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 Google WebHP removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Google WebHP 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 Google WebHP-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

Get rid of Google WebHP from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Use the provided guide to remove the hijacker from your PC. To complete the task successfully, refresh Firefox afterward.

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Google WebHP and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Google WebHP removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Google WebHP from Google Chrome

Delete Conduit from Chrome to stop persistent redirects to Reset search settings using the example provided below.

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Google WebHP and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Google WebHP removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Google WebHP from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Google WebHP or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Google WebHP, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. 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 Google WebHP removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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. Leonido says:
    April 27th, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    never realized that it was fake search – thanks for informing me!

  2. Alexandr1985 says:
    April 29th, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Just detected this on my computer, too. Im not wasting my time, gotta get some protection. Hopefully, SpyHunter will meet my expectations.

  3. Dana says:
    April 29th, 2016 at 11:17 am

    my kids surf through suspicious gaming websites and always install some PUPs! I am so annoyed… This is not the first time, I am tired. Which anti-spyware is the best? Im using Windows

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