Hauphuchaum is a piece of software that is known for being able to irritate web users by interrupting their web browsing with various ads. Hauphuchaum can impose some changes in the users’ main browser and install some new toolbars, search engines, and buttons.
If Chrome, Firefox, Edge or another web browser is what you are using as a default browser in your system, Hauphuchaum will probably change the homepage address, set a new search engine and install some additional toolbars and buttons that redirect to sites packed with pop-up ads, banners, and colorful notifications.
Fortunately, this program is not seen as a high-risk program and, luckily, is not connected to the malicious actions that may be caused by computer viruses and threats. Yet, a browser hijacker like this one can be very irritating if not removed in time. This is why we are going to give you a free removal guide here, with the help of which you can delete this program. First of all, though, let us explain why browser hijackers are so irritating and how you can keep them away from your device.
Browser hijackers are a software category that is not linked to malicious activities. That being said, Hauphuchaum alone is also not malicious. This software is basically used for ad-generation and page-redirection and has absolutely nothing to do with nasty threats such as viruses, Trojans, Ransomware and other malware that you probably want to uninstall from your machine. Furthermore, a piece like Hauphuchaum has no intention of corrupting, destroying or fraudulently modifying your files and is unable to mess with anything in your system except your browser.
But the Hauphuchaum modifications can certainly change the way you surf the web. This is because, as a typical browser hijacker, this program has been built to show sponsored ads or web pages of specific products and services on your screen and redirect you to different websites. Its aggressive advertising approach is what typically annoys many web users. However, according to the law, the advertisement methods that such programs use is not illegal and does not necessarily break any laws. This is why security experts usually refer to browser hijackers not as viruses or malware but as programs that are potentially unwanted.
Why is Hauphuchaum a potentially unwanted program?
While Hauphuchaum isn’t as dangerous and as harmful as a Ransomware cryptovirus or a Trojan infection, this program has some questionable behavior that can give users a good reason to uninstall it. Aside from the browser changes and the generation of the intrusive ads, this browser hijacker is often linked to another invasive marketing approach, known as traffic data collection. The marketers who own the program usually use it to track the online activities of users and find out more about their interests and preferences. They can build the advertising strategy based on this traffic data and display personalized ads that correlate with their current searches. In this way, they can improve their chance of buying an advertised product or clicking on a promoted page. However, some users may not welcome the fact that their web browsing can be monitored and used by third parties for whatever reason. The way the hijacker can affect the machine’s performance is another reason to remove Hauphuchaum. A lot of CPU and RAM resources may be used to keep the intrusive ads flashing, which can cause the PC and the affected browser to become unresponsive and slow.
To try and remove Hauphuchaum quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Hauphuchaum extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Hauphuchaum by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Hauphuchaum and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Hauphuchaum removal guide below.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
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 or otherwise look suspicious.
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.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
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 Hauphuchaum 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 Hauphuchaum from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Remove Hauphuchaum 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.
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 up 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
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!