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Remove Homesweeklies.com (Virus Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Homesweeklies.com is a potentially unwanted program that takes over the web browser

Homesweeklies.com browser hijacker

Homesweeklies.com is a browser hijacker[1] that has recently been bugging Mac users. Upon infiltration, the potentially unwanted program alters settings of such web browsers Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Opera, and sets the homepage to hxxp://homesweeklies.com. Because PUPs are usually distributed with the help of software bundling, Homesweeklies.com hijack is rarely noticed by users. Nevertheless, the presence of the unwanted application can be seen very shortly, as users start to struggle with intrusive pop-up ads, redirects, slow browser operation, and other disturbances. According to research, the app is a part of Genieo deceptive software.

Summary
Name Homesweeklies.com
Type Browser hijacker, PUP
Extension PlaySearchNow
Related Search.playsearchnow.com
Infiltration Software bundling, insecure websites
Symptoms Altered web browser settings, intrusive ads, redirects, slow browser, etc.
Elimination Check our manual removal guide below
Optimization To make sure your computer fully recovers from the infection, we suggest scanning it with ReimageIntego

Homesweeklies.com spreads as a browser extension PlaySearchNow. Users can sometimes be tricked into downloading it on shady websites. Nevertheless, it is most likely to be bundled with freeware and shareware. While the browser hijacker presents numerous sponsored links on the homepage, the search engine does not work entirely. This is another reason to remove Homesweeklies.com virus from macOS and use legitimate search engines instead.

The Homesweeklies.com browser hijacker does the following:

  • Takes over the installed web browsers;
  • Displays questionable ads, banners, coupons, etc.;
  • Tricks users into installing other potentially dangerous software;
  • Slows down the browser;
  • Tracks users' searches and other non-personally identifiable information;
  • Leads users to sponsored sites to profit from pay-per-click[2] scheme, etc.

While redirects and pop-ups to suspicious websites can lead you to phishing or malware-laden sites, the information tracking can compromise your online safety. Indeed, Homesweeklies.com authors reveal that they are tracking various data about users, as follows:

When operating the Extension and executing the Services we collect non personal information of end users that includes the following: operating system type and version, installed browsers type and versions language, access timestamp browsing data and search queries. At all time, we make sure to extract and store the data in an anonymous and aggregative manner.

While the non-PPI might not seem significant, don't forget that third-parties are tracking you continuously, meaning that they know what music you like, where do you shop, what movies you watch, etc. Due to privacy issues, users should be able to opt out of such information gathering. Unfortunately, there is no law preventing third-parties from gathering such data, so the best way to stay private is to refrain from using Homesweeklies.com and PlaySearchNow services.

Additionally, users on official Apple forums said that they are struggling[3] with Homesweeklies.com removal. However, the full elimination of the extension, along with browser reset should do the trick. If not successful, you should try more steps we provide below. Also, because some users struggled to remove PlaySearchNow, we suggest you scan your device with ReimageIntego – it can repair the damage done by the virus.

Homesweeklies.com virusHomesweeklies.com is a potentially unwanted program that users struggle to eliminate.

 Bundled software should be avoided at all costs

While not ALL bundled software is malicious or unwanted (for example, Dropbox or certain security software). However, most of the applications that are offered as optional components, and are hidden under Advanced or Custom installation settings are generally useless and will only clutter your machine.

Therefore, it is crucial to learn how to install free software from the internet correctly. These tips might help you:

  • Download software from official websites only and avoid Download.com, Softpedia, and similar sites;
  • Read app's review before installing it;
  • During the installation, make sure you do not skip steps. Freeware authors often use marketing tricks like greyed out buttons that make users think that no other options are available;
  • Read through ToS and Privacy Policy;
  • Never pick Recommended options, regardless of the software you are installing;
  • Select Advanced/Custom settings and eliminate all the optional components that are suggested.

Uninstall Homesweeklies.com and Play Search Now extension from Mac

While potentially unwanted programs are usually easy to eliminate, some PUPs cause users' problems. Homesweeklies.com removal proved quite difficult for several users that complained on official Apple forums. Nevertheless, the solution was found.

First of all, to completely remove Homesweeklies.com virus from your Mac, you should perform a regular procedure and move the extension or any other unwanted components to the Trash, as explained below. Next, you should reset each of the browsers that are installed on your device. However, if that did not stop the redirects and other activities, you should delete all the unwanted entries in your Library.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. 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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To remove Homesweeklies.com, follow these steps:

Remove Homesweeklies.com from Mac OS X system

To remove Homesweeklies.com from Mac, follow these instructions:

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

Remove Homesweeklies.com from Applications folder:

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

Get rid of Homesweeklies.com 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 Homesweeklies.com 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, Google.com).
  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 Homesweeklies.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate Homesweeklies.com 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 Homesweeklies.com-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

Delete Homesweeklies.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 Homesweeklies.com 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 Homesweeklies.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Homesweeklies.com from Google Chrome

  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 Homesweeklies.com 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 Homesweeklies.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Homesweeklies.com from Safari

You should reset safari to stop the suspicious activities of PlaySearchNow

  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 Homesweeklies.com 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 Homesweeklies.com, 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 Homesweeklies.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

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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