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Should I remove Homepage Protection?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
48% remove it52% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #4,376
United States Rank #1,896
Reach 0.1210%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 24.25 days
715.35 days >
Average installed length: 375.86 days

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Homepage Protection

What is Homepage Protection?

The AOL Homepage Protection program is designed to prevent other programs form modifying your web browsers's home page and keeps it set to AOLs specified page. If it sees another prorgam attempting to change the home page it will promt the user with a popup dialog and ask them if they want to 'protect' the page from being modified.


It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The main program executable is HomepageProtection.dll. The software installer includes 5 files and is usually about 812 KB (831,488 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: AOL Products
URL: www.aol.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\common files\homepage protection
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Homepage Protection\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 812 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Homepage Protection

Program module:HomepageProtection.dll
Name:Homepage Protection
Signed by:AOL LLC
Path:C:\Program Files\common files\homepage protection\HomepageProtection.dll
Additional files:
  • uninstall.exe (by AOL Products) - AOL Homepage Protection Utility
  • HomepageProtection.dll (by AOL Products) - Homepage Protection
  • hpRegWriter.exe
  • ieCheck.dll
  • msvcr71.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® Visual Studio .NET (Microsoft® C Runtime Library)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • HomepageProtection.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'hpBHO Class' with the class of {ABD3B5E1-B268-407B-A150-2641DAB8D898} (HelloWorldBHO).

How do I remove Homepage Protection?

You can uninstall Homepage Protection from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Homepage Protection, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Homepage Protection.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Homepage Protection you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 79%
Win XP 0%
Uninstall it 48%
Keep it 52%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 87.81%
Windows 10 6.70%
Windows Vista 3.90%
Windows XP 1.59%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 82.02%
Windows 10 Home 5.13%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 3.36%
Windows 7 Professional 2.90%
Windows 7 Starter 1.60%
Microsoft Windows XP 1.60%

Distribution by countryGeography

97.28% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 97.28%
  Canada 0.36%
  Mexico 0.19%
  India 0.17%
  PR 0.17%
  Israel 0.17%
  United Kingdom 0.17%
  Australia 0.10%
  Argentina 0.10%
  Netherlands 0.10%
  Germany 0.10%
  Lebanon 0.07%
  New Zealand 0.07%
  Philippines 0.07%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 95.56%
Dell 3.44%
Acer 0.54%
Toshiba 0.45%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 11.45%
HP G60 Notebook PC 10.47%
HP G71 Notebook PC 9.82%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 8.05%
HP Pavilion dv4 Notebook ... 4.38%
Compaq-Presario NY540AA-A... 2.33%

About AOL

America Online develops, grows, and invests in brands and sites.
Publisher URL: corp.aol.com


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