Adware has become a problem on the Mac in recent times. The way you get it is simple: do a web search for something you’d like to download, and then, when you install whatever, a bag of evil appears. Symptoms of an adware or malware infection may include pop-ups that appear in your browser, malicious false warnings that will try to solicit “support,” and other associated nasty things.
A good way to clean your system is to download and run the program for free Anti-Malware for Mac from Malwarebytes , But the adware will often also change the home page of your browser, which may need to be repaired manually. Then show you how to change your homepage on your Mac if you have had some malfunctions in your system!
Change your Safari homepage
For the built-in Mac browser, open the app, click the “Safari” menu in the upper left corner, and choose “Preferences.”
When the next window opens, click the “General” tab at the top, and then you’ll see where you can type the home page you want.
To test the change, close the Safari window or exit the browser. Then open a new Safari window. If you’ve set your Safari preferences to open new windows with your home page, you’ll see it. If you do not, you can always start the homepage manually using the keyboard shortcut Maj-Command-H .
How do I change my homepage on my Mac if it’s dimmed?
If you’ve tried the above steps but can’t change your homepage in Safari because the homepage field (as shown above) isn’t editable, then you’re likely to have some slightly more sophisticated malware. This will cause your homepage field to appear dimmed, preventing it from changing whatever malware has set it up. Fortunately, this is usually quite easy to resolve.
First, open system preferences from the Apple icon in the menu bar:
You should then display a “Profiles” icon in System Preferences that is not normally there:
Select it and a list of profiles should appear on your Mac. If you are the sole owner of your Mac and have never added a profile, you can delete any you see. Otherwise, you should use a little more discretion and just delete profiles that look like they shouldn’t be there. You can get rid of them by selecting them and pressing the minus button.
Once you’ve done that, you should be able to revisit your Safari preferences and change your homepage. For users who have a dimmed homepage error but don’t see the Profiles icon in System Preferences, they may have a more problematic case of malware and seek help from their local Apple store or repair shop. .
Change your homepage to Google Chrome
As with Safari, to change your homepage in Chrome, first open the application. Then click ‘Chrome’ in the menu bar in the upper left corner, then click ‘Preferences.’ Instead of opening a settings panel, such as Safari, clicking “Preferences” will open the settings page in Chrome, as shown below:
This page allows you to adjust all your Google Chrome settings, so now may be a good time to review and adjust your settings. To change your homepage to Chrome, go to the bottom of this page. There you will see the following:
“Startup” is what controls which page opens when Chrome is first started. You can open a blank tab (selected in the screenshot above), open the last page you were visiting (option 2), or open a specific page. This last option, “Open a specific page or set of pages”, is where we will set up our home page. Continue and check this option if it is not already checked.
Once you do that, two new options will appear, “Add a new page” and “Use current pages.” When you select the second option, the current Google Chrome open tabs will be used as your home page, which you can choose if you wish. In our case, we will choose “Add a new page”.
This creates a new pop-up box asking you to enter the URL of the desired homepage, as shown below:
You can add multiple pages if you wish, which looks like this:
When you have multiple pages selected this way, Google Chrome will open them as separate tabs each time it starts. In the image above, the launch of Google Chrome would create three tabs for the three sites listed. If you want to remove a site from the home settings of your home page, simply click on the three-point menu to the right of this website and select “Remove.”
Change your homepage to Firefox
Finally, if you have noticed that your homepage Firefox has changed, the process is very similar to what we did for Safari and Chrome. Once Firefox is open, choose Firefox> Preferences in the menu bar at the top of the screen. Like Chrome, this will open a page in Firefox instead of a separate menu panel.
In Firefox preferences, select Home in the left column:
By default, Firefox will start on a page with personalized suggestions based on your history, bookmarks, and most visited sites (Firefox Home). To change your homepage to an explicit address, click the “Homepage and new windows” drop-down menu and select “Custom URLs …”.
From there, you can copy and paste the desired URL, use the page you are currently on, or choose a homepage from one of your bookmarks. Unfortunately, you can’t set multiple pages as your homepage like you can in Google Chrome.
And that is! Run the excellent Malwarebytes program that i linked above and then change your homepage to whatever you want. However, in the future, be careful where you get your downloads; if possible, it is safer to get things from the Mac App Store or from the manufacturer’s website!