This article will aid you to remove Scenic Homepage totally. Follow the browser hijacker removal instructions given at the end of this article.
ScenicHomepage.com is a URL address hosting a direct download of a browser hijacker which is developed by Mindspark Interactive. If you have that extension or other unwanted programs on your PC related to the hijacker, know that they will modify your homepage, search engine and new tab. A related toolbar exists, too. Search results can be misleading and show you adverts and targeted content.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||All browsers on your computer could be affected. The hijacker will redirect you and filter your search queries.|
|Symptoms||Browser settings which are altered are the homepage, search engine, and new tab. A browser extension and a toolbar can be added, as well. You can see targeted advertisement content.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Scenic Homepage.|
ScenicHomepage.com – Spread
The ScenicHomepage.com site uses a couple of delivery ways to spread its hijacking program. It could be spread with the help of third-party install setups. Bundled software and freeware programs could install the browser hijacker on your computer device. Such installations could be set to put more components along with the default installation. To prevent unwanted programs from installing on your computer can be done if you find Custom or Advanced options to deselect components.
In the above image you can see that the ScenicHomepage.com site has a page that is spreading the related browser extension with a direct download. The extension might also be available on the Google Chrome Web Store and similar places. Another way for spreading the unwanted application to your browsers and PC might include the use of advertisements and redirects. They will be shown as pop-ups, banners and text-links on websites. Those websites could be affiliated or partnered up with Mindspark. The following browsers can be affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.
ScenicHomepage.com – In Depth
ScenicHomepage.com is a domain that serves as a host for a direct download of the browser hijacker called Scenic Homepage. This hijacker will redirect you to the MyWay search engine from every search that you do. MyWay is owned by the Mindspark Interactive Network, which is the developer of this hijacker software. That same company has made bulks of programs with browser hijacking capabilities. If you have any application associated with it on your PC, then your search engine, start page and the new tab window of your browsers will be changed to that of the hijacker.
You can see the main page from the picture below:
The ScenicHomepage.com main has a picture of some scenery, a clock and a geo tool that detects the current weather temperatures in your region. The search bar is similar to other browsers made by the same company. The page also has a bunch of links in the footer of its main page and search results.
The extension connected to the hijacker does the following:
- Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
- Read and change your browsing history
- Manage your downloads
- Manage your apps, extensions and themes
ScenicHomepage.com will make modifications to your browser programs if one of its related applications finds its way to your PC. Your personal computer might become affected by such applications caused by the installation of bundled applications. A lot of sponsored content and targeted advertisements can show in your search results as seen in the example underneath. Your search queries go through the int.search.myway.com/search/ Web address:
In case you have the ScenicHomepage.com search redirect, every single online search that you do, will be filtered by MyWay. You will get redirected to and witness pop-ups and other advertisements associated with the hijacker redirect.
The company of Mindspark has received most of its notoriety from the browser hijacking software that it developed in the past and the ones it continues to develop. Thus, you should be on alert when dealing with this kind of search engine redirects. Continue to read below to check out what information exactly will be collected from you.
According to this Policy, this information will be gathered:
- Your name
- Your address
- Email address
- Telephone number
- Number of your page views
- What links you clicked
- Your login times
The following two quotations from the Policy are to be expected from Mindspark:
Mindspark, its Affiliates, or Service Providers may transfer information that we collect about you, including personal information across borders and from your country or jurisdiction to other countries or jurisdictions around the world.
and this excerpt:
The policy states that if you used any service associated with ScenicHomepage.com and Mindspark, including toolbars and applications, will automatically be considered as your approval for personal data collection. All data which is gathered from them could be shared with third party businesses. In case you do not want your private space to be invaded in this or any similar way, you should remove the unwanted software.
Remove Scenic Homepage Totally
To remove ScenicHomepage.com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker and all of its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can keep your computer safe in the future.
Manually delete Scenic Homepage from Windows and your browser
Note! Substantial notification about the Scenic Homepage threat: Manual removal of Scenic Homepage requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.