Allhotfeed is an invasive piece of software that operates in a fashion similar to a browser add-on. Allhotfeed, however, is no regular browsing extension – it is a browser hijacker.
The Allhotfeed.com Virus
The main goal of the Allhotfeed.com virus is to generate money by applying a variety of online marketing and advertising techniques. To complete its job effectively, the Allhotfeed.com virus may make changes in the search engine of the browser, or outright replace it.
The same may happen to your new-tab page, and homepage – both of them may get replaced by a web address that the hijacker is supposed to promote. In this way, every time you open your browsing program, you’d be inadvertently creating traffic to that site, and you’d be getting page-redirects to it. Any browser, from popular ones like Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, to lesser known ones, can get affected by a hijacker. This remains true even after the attempts of browser developers to introduce safety mechanisms in their browsers that are supposed to prevent hijacker installation. This means that it’s still up to the users themselves to make sure that their browsing programs do not get invaded by such irritating and undesirable apps as Allhotfeed, Humisnee, iStart Search Bar. However, since you are here, we assume that you have already had this unpleasant and frustrating app added to your browser. The good news is that, by the end of this post, you should be able to quickly uninstall it, and bring back the browser settings that you prefer. The app you are currently faced with is no virus – it’s also not some scary Trojan Horse, a Spyware program, or a Ransomware cryptovirus. Despite what many may think about the hijacker software category, these apps are typically not all that harmful. For the most part, they tend to be an annoyance rather than a real direct threat to your computer, and data. However, you should still uninstall such software whenever you notice it in the computer – the next paragraph will tell you why.
How can Allhotfeed negatively affect the safety of your system?
Even if this app doesn’t try to cause any damage to the computer, or carry out any other malicious activities, it is still a software component that you are advised to remove ASAP. The ads, the redirects, and the changes in your browser that have resulted from the presence of the hijacker are all potential security weaknesses that some actual malware program may exploit. This isn’t to say that Allhotfeed is intended to make your system more vulnerable, but that could certainly be a by-product of its activities. The obscure ads of unknown origins are an especially risky factor, as you could never know where they might lead you to. Oftentimes, deceitful ads like these can be used to spread Trojans, Spyware, and nasty Ransomware cryptovirus infections, and that is why it’s essential that you keep your browser clean from such ads, or else the chances of getting your system infected go up quite a bit.
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Remove Allhotfeed Virus
To remove Allhotfeed, the most important thing to do is clean your browser from any unwanted extensions, settings, and data.
- First, launch the computer’s main browser, open its menu, and go to the Extensions page.
- In there, look for entries that may have been added by the hijacker – anything present on that page that hasn’t been installed by you is probably from Allhotfeed.
- Remove any extension you think may be related to the hijacker problem.
- To remove Allhotfeed, also be sure to clean the browser data and restore its settings, and then repeat these steps for all other browsers in the system.
If Allhotfeed is stubborn and would still not go away, it has probably made other changes in the system that need to be revoked. In that case, we suggest that you follow the more detailed steps included below.
Detailed Allhotfeed Removal Guide
Before you begin the completion of the following steps, you are advised to add this page to your bookmarks or to open it on your phone, so you don’t lose it, because you will need to restart the computer during the guide.
First, you must see if there are any potentially unwanted programs on your computer – it is possible that a seemingly safe program has secretly introduced the hijacker into your system.
You can see what programs are installed on the computer by going to Start Menu > Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features. Look at the listed programs and see which one of them has been installed around the time you first noticed the hijacker in your browser. If there’s a program on that list that you think may be connected to Allhotfeed, make sure to delete it by clicking on it, then clicking Uninstall, and performing the uninstallation.
- Note: If the uninstallation wizard suggests keeping any personalized settings for the potentially unwanted program, do not agree to that – you have to make sure that everything related to that program is gone from your PC.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press Ctrl, Shift, and Esc together and then go to Processes. List the processes on that list by order of how much CPU or virtual memory each of them is consuming at the moment and then pay attention to the most resource-intensive entries – if the hijacker process is listed there, it will likely require significant amounts of CPU power and RAM memory to run.
If there’s a suspiciously-named process there that you are not familiar with, see if there’s any relevant information about it on the Internet. If that process is problematic and potentially linked to Allhotfeed, you should be able to quickly find information that confirms it.
If that turns out to be the case, and you come across posts from reliable sources that claim the process in question may be malicious, right-click the process in your Task Manager, go to its File Location folder, and scan each file with the help of the powerful online scanner shown right below:
After the scan, if even a single file gets detected as a potential threat, quit the related process by right-clicking it once again, and then clicking the End Process option.
Once that is done, make sure that all of its files and its file location folder are deleted. If something cannot be deleted at this moment, leave that for the end of the guide (but make sure you don’t forget about it!).
Note: If there’s an overwhelming amount of information on the Internet that states with certainty that the suspected process is malicious, delete the process file and quit the process even if the scanner doesn’t find malware in any of the tested files.
Enter Safe Mode on your computer, as this will ensure that Allhotfeed isn’t allowed to launch its processes again and potentially disrupt you during the following steps.
Evoke the Run window by pressing together Winkey and R.
Next, type ncpa.cpl, hit Enter, and, on the next page, find and right-click on the icon that represents the network that your computer is connected to right now (this should be the only network icon that doesn’t have an X in it).
Open the network’s Properties from the context menu and click on the item labelled Internet Protocol Version 4. Then select the next Properties button and in the next window, check the following two options:
- Obtain an IP address automatically
- Obtain DNS server address automatically
After that, open the Advanced settings window, go to DNS, and remove anything listed in the DNS server addresses list. Then click OK in every window to save what changes you’ve just made.
Use the Run window again – type msconfig in it, press Enter, and then click on the Startup section. In there, look for anything that may be linked to the hijacker and disable it by unchecking it. Do the same with any other items you don’t recognize or think may be problematic and then click on OK.
Lastly, paste this “notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts” in Run, hit Enter, and then copy everything from the newly-opened text file that’s written below “Localhost” (should usually be some strange IPs) and place it down in the comments. Once we look at the text you’ve sent us, we will tell you whether anything needs to be done. If there’s nothing under “Localhost“, there’s nothing else to be done here, and you should directly go to the next step.
A word of caution!: This step must be performed very carefully – make sure that you are only deleting Registry items that you are sure are rogue/unwanted. If you come across an item you are uncertain about, ask us about it in the comments. Deleting the wrong thing could cause problems for your system.
You must first go to the Registry Editor of your PC – type regedit in the search field below the Start Menu and select the regedit.exe icon that shows up. Windows will require you to give permission to the app to make changes on the computer, so click on Yes to open it.
Once the Registry Editor is opened, click its Edit menu, then click on Find, type the Allhotfeed name in the search box, and select Find Next to begin the search. This will show you only the first related item – you must delete that item and do the search again to see if/what other related items are there.
You must delete everything that gets found when you search for Allhotfeed. DO not stop until no more results are getting found for this search.
After that, go to each of these Registry directories in the left panel of the Editor:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main