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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

ScenicHomepage Toolbar

If you installed ScenicHomepage Toolbar out of sheer curiosity, we would like to recommend removing this application because it is heavily dependent on third-party content. And third-party content could prove to be rather harmful. Also, if it looks like this program popped up on your browser out of nowhere, it goes without saying that you should not tolerate it. Quite a few users ignore potentially unwanted programs because they do not look too dangerous, but we have to recognize the potential security risks and act accordingly. Unless you remove ScenicHomepage Toolbar from your computer, you might get exposed to various security threats.

Perhaps you feel confused right now because we keep on saying that this program is not a malicious infection, and yet we recommend removing it. This is actually the thing with potentially unwanted programs. They may not be as dangerous as ransomware infections, but they tend to have various features that exploit security loopholes and may eventually lead to something nasty. The same applies to ScenicHomepage Toolbar as well. This application may look like something useful, but it also has its own agenda, and if that agenda does not suit you, there is no need to keep the application on your computer.

We are confident when we talk about ScenicHomepage Toolbar because it comes from the Mindspark Toolbars family, and we have discussed many other toolbars from this group before. Just like CinematicFanatic Toolbar, InternetSpeedRadar Toolbar, MyFileConvert Toolbar, and many other members of the group, ScenicHomepage Toolbar also can be downloaded via the official homepage. The official homepage for this application can be accessed via scenichomepage.com. When we open the page, we see that this toolbar offers you to “get FREE nature homepage backgrounds.” In a sense, the application allows you to customize your homepage on your default browser.

Now, the question is whether you really need a third-party application to customize your homepage appearance. What’s more, this third-party application might have entered your PC accidentally because the official homepage is clearly not the only distribution source. Just like all the other Mindspark applications, ScenicHomepage Toolbar can also arrive at your system in a software package. If that is really the case, then this toolbar is not the only unwanted program currently installed on your PC. Software packages can be downloaded from file-sharing websites. When users download bundled software, they are usually focused on this one application they wanted to have. But they fail to notice that the third-party installer carries a few more freeware apps. Consequently, ScenicHomepage Toolbar and several other unnecessary applications enter your system.

If users are not aware of the installation, they might be taken by surprise because the extension modifies browser settings. ScenicHomepage Toolbar will change your homepage and your new tab settings, and it will also display the weather forecast information, depending on your location. Once again, it is highly questionable whether you need such a program to display this information for you, when you can simply use a widget. Not to mention that the application does quite a lot behind the scene.

What we mean is that the program will use a custom search engine search.myway.com that will employ the Google search engine. You can be sure that almost all of your online activity will be monitored because ScenicHomepage Toolbar needs to find out what you like and which websites you frequent. Once it has enough information about that, the application will start generating commercial advertisements that will be customized according to your web browsing habits. You see, if you encounter customized ads, there is a bigger chance you may interact with them.

However, computer security specialists recommend against clicking such ads. The program does not review the content that gets embedded into those ads, so in the worst-case scenario, you could be redirected to corrupted websites that could be associated with malware distribution.

Needless to say, you can avoid all that if you remove ScenicHomepage Toolbar today. The removal process is different for all main browsers, but it is not hard to achieve it on your own. On the other hand, if you do not feel confident about manual removal, you can employ a reliable antispyware application that will terminate this intruder for you automatically.

How to Delete ScenicHomepage Toolbar

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Win+R and enter Control Panel. Press OK.
  2. Navigate to Uninstall a program (Add or remove programs on Windows XP).
  3. Mark ScenicHomepage Internet Explorer Homepage and New Tab.
  4. Press Uninstall.


  1. Press Win+R and enter %AppData%. Hit Enter.
  2. Navigate to Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[PROFILE]\extensions.
  3. Remove _hqMembers_@free.scenichomepage.com.
  4. Open Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[PROFILE].
  5. Remove the ScenicHomepage_hq file.


  1. Press Win+R and enter %LocalAppData%. Press OK.
  2. Open Google\Chrome\User Data\[PROFILE]\Extensions.
  3. Remove hhcmkedemkpbakpjdmpacbelgplbmg.
  4. Navigate to Google\Chrome\User Data\[PROFILE]\Local Extension Settings.
  5. Delete the hhcmkedemkpbakpjdmpacbelgplbmgaf folder.
  6. Open Google\Chrome\User Data\[PROFILE]\Sync Extension Settings.
  7. Remove hhcmkedemkpbakpjdmpacbelgplbmgaf.
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