This page aims to help you uninstall EasyHotspot. These EasyHotspot uninstall instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
But before we get started with the removal process, it is important to have a clear idea of what is it you are dealing with and to clear up any misconceptions that you might have.
What is EasyHotspot “Virus”?
EasyHotspot is a program which is designed to provide as much “information” to you as possible in the form of advertising. This program is classified as an adware and not a virus. Contrary to a virus which is malicious and harmful to the computer in which it resides, an adware is, in no way, harmful but mostly annoying. This is an important distinction to make – EasyHotspot is not a computer virus. Many people believe it is a virus and refer to it as such but in reality EasyHotspot is an Adware and not a virus!
How do you know if what you have is Adware?
EasyHotspot has been designed so that it may be able to track down all your internet browsing habits, patterns, history, bookmarks and favourites. From the data gathered, it may then create convincing and tempting ads that are designed to catch your attention. These ads may appear in the form of pop-up boxes, banners, pop-up ads or even as a separate window. They may carry the tagline “Powered by EasyHotspot ” or “Proudly Brought to You by EasyHotspot ” in a bid to seem more legitimate. These ads may feature coupons, deals or even a lottery win to gain your interest and entice you to click on them. But clicking on the ads is one thing that you should not do.
Other than experiencing this sudden appearance of ads, you might also notice that there is a new search toolbar that has been installed onto your browser and despite having to uninstall it multiple times, it still keeps appearing. A key characteristic of EasyHotspot is its resilience and its aggression. It is notoriously tricky to remove, though not impossible and in a bit, we will walk you through the removal process step-by-step to help you ease your way through it.
Why should you not click on the ads?
Bearing in mind that the ads are generated by the program itself, thus, more often than not, the ads would be of questionable integrity. Granted, there might be times when the page you are being directed to, do have the featured deal. However, such pages are usually one of those that you frequently visit and thus of no real value to you.
What you need to ask yourself is what value does creating this program has for its creator? What use can it be to the creator to display ads? The answer, of course like everything else, is money. The bottom line is to get people, like you and I, to be directed to pay-per-click sites which will allow the creators to earn some money. And in order to achieve this goal, you may be constantly bombarded with ads and search results replacements. Or be confronted with numerous obstacles such as page redirects where you are being directed to a page that is not of your intent, amongst many others. Even after achieving the goal of having you visit the pay-per-click site, the functioning of EasyHotspot will not cease. Instead, it is a never-ending cycle of persuading you, in multiple ways, to visit such sites.
Hence, you can only imagine how frustrating and annoying this program may be.
How did you get infected with EasyHotspot in the first place?
Even though you might be itching to get started on the removal process, it is good to know how the infection happened in the first place. As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. Therefore, after this removal, you will also be able to better prevent an infection a second time round.
The most common way that creators use to transmit adware is via bundling. This is where the adware program is tied together with a more highly sought after program and together they are available for download as a set. These program downloads are usually free and widely available on the net.
Another way in which this adware is being transmitted is via torrent files. Similarly, it gets bundled together with other torrent files and is downloaded together as a set, usually without the user’s explicit knowledge.
However, do not despair as this adware will not be able to function and work if it is yet to be installed. Therefore, you should take extra precaution during the installation process. During the installation process, instead of trying to save time and opting for the “Automatic Installation”, go instead for the “Custom Installation” option. This is where you are able to have a look at all the names of the files that will be downloaded onto your computer. Go through the list carefully and uncheck any names that appear unfamiliar or dubious to you and you should be save from future infection.
|Symptoms||New search toolbar may appear, aggressive ads.|
|Distribution Method||Torrent files and program bundling.|
|Detection Tool||Adware may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
EasyHotspot Uninstaller Guide
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
- Do not skip this – EasyHotspot may have hidden some of its files.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove EasyHotspot from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove EasyHotspot from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove EasyHotspot from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!