Houmpage(.)com serves as a home page with a search bar and is a domain for a browser hijacker. The hijacker redirects you and in the end shows you a Yahoo search results page. Before that, all of your search queries go through another hijacker – SafeFinder. Houmpage(.)com changes your browsers’ homepage, new tab and the search engine in use. It is not excluded for a browser extension to be set, too. Advertisements or targeted content can display upon browsing.
To remove the hijacker and its files, you should read the article through.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||All browsers on your computer can be affected. The hijacker can redirect you and filter your searches.|
|Symptoms||Browser settings which can be changed are the homepage, search engine and new tab, as well as browser extensions. You can see third party content and advertisements.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Houmpage(.)com |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Houmpage(.)com.|
Houmpage(.)com – Delivery Methods
Houmpage(.)com uses classic delivery methods. Mainly that happens via third-party installations. Bundled programs, along with freeware, can inject the hijacker on your computer. Freeware setups can have additive components set for a default installation. Different settings can be modified until you notice that the unwanted application is present on your computer. To avoid unneeded installations is manageable if you find a Custom or an Advanced options menu in the setup for content deselection.
Houmpage(.)com can use other methods to deliver its supposed search engine. One method is through advertisements on websites, like banners, pop-ups or additional advertising content. The hijacker might also be delivered with the help of dubious websites which are hosting redirects. These websites could be partnered or affiliated with Houmpage(.)com. The following browsers could be affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer/Edge, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.
Houmpage(.)com – In Detail
Houmpage(.)com is the primary online address and search engine for the browser hijacker of the same name. You can view how the website looks like in the screenshot below:
The Houmpage(.)com web address consists of a search bar, and multiple buttons, which can redirect you to famous sites or in some cases modified links of them. That exact page replaces the search engine of all your browsers, plus the new tab setting, and the home page. Browser preferences could be modified as well, or some extension might be set.
If an application related to Houmpage(.)com enters your computer, like a browser extension, for instance, then you will see further modifications made to your browsers. Applications like these might install on your computer with the aid of bundled software. Extensions, plugins, and add-ons could generate advertisements, and display more third-party content or redirect you upon browsing. Redirects could send you to online pages with a low reputation. The pages could be affiliated or partnered with Houmpage(.)com.
In the picture above, you can view the search results of Houmpage(.)com. It becomes apparent when you look at the picture that you are redirected to the search results page of Yahoo. A possibility exists that you can get redirects to other reputable search engines as well. That is an old trick used by browser hijackers, which is applied to make you trust them. But if you take a closer look, you can see how before going to the search results the searches go through the following redirect:
In this way, Houmpage(.)com acquires information about you and browsing habits using your search queries and the servers of the Safe Finder browser hijacker.
The search engines are tied in some way and possible affiliates. All of the gathered information from your search queries can be disclosed to them. You should be careful with what you input in those search engine sites, especially when doing a search for personal things. Do not click on any of the buttons on Houmpage(.)com, because the redirects may also be set to gather information and credentials. Read on, to see what data can be gathered from you by this hijacker.
According to the policy, the information which is gathered by that hijacker is the following:
- Browser (its type and language)
- Operating System (its type and language)
- Your name and address
- Geo location and IP address
- Date and time of access
- Your time zone
- Advertisements viewed
- Offers and services that interest you
- Default search
- VPN and Proxy services
- Internet Service Provider (ISP)
- Interaction with social networks
- Screen Resolution
- Search quires and browsing history
- Pages browsed and content viewed
Using any services of Houmpage(.)com or those of Safe Finder as well, including all toolbars and applications connected to them will automatically give your consent for your information to be collected. In the policy, it is written that cookies, web beacons, pixel tags or similar technologies are used in the process of obtaining data.
Remove Houmpage(.)com Completely from Your PC
To remove Houmpage(.)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 secure in the future.