First of all, we would like to mention the application is considered to be a browser hijacker. It fell under this category because of the way it might affect the user’s browser. To be more precise, while Launchpage.org was tested, our researchers noticed it might change users start page or even other settings; it could depend on the particular browser. At the moment we cannot be one hundred percent sure yet, but we believe the threat might be compatible with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer.
Talking about the browser hijacker’s distribution, our researchers say it could be spread through different channels, for example, unreliable pop-up ads, bundled setup files, and so on. Often such applications are distributed with questionable browser extensions or other untrustworthy software, so if you noticed it on your browser, it might be wise to scan the system to find out if any other threats managed to settle in together. Probably, one of the fastest ways to check the system is to scan it with a reputable antimalware tool as it would allow you to delete all identified threats at the same time with a single mouse click.
Furthermore, the reason Launchpage.org does not look like a smart choice for surfing the Internet is not only because we do not know what information it could be gathering or whether the application could automatically update itself and download other software without the user’s permission. Our researchers say it might be using a modified Google search engine. This would mean, the application could place additional advertising content from its third-party partners. It is doubtful the browser hijacker’s creators take any responsibility for third-party content as they do not even provide the End User License Agreement statements. Thus, we fear some of the advertisements that may appear among the search results, could lead you to web pages, which may violate your privacy, try to scam you, offer you to download threats alike or endanger the system and your privacy in any other way.
Naturally, we advise users not to take any chances with Launchpage.org and erase it from the system as fast as possible. If you think you have enough skills, you could take a look at the recommended steps available below and delete the browser hijacker manually. Less experienced users could simply acquire a trustworthy antimalware tool and eliminate the threat with its automatic features. The best part is that such a tool could allow you to clean the system from other threats as well. Plus, it may help you maintain it clean by guarding the computer against suspicious software and malware.