Hbpix “Virus” Download Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) Oct. 2017 Update

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This page aims to help you remove Hbpix “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

This article is published in the hope of helping you solve your issues related to Hbpix “Virus”. This is an advertising-related piece of software that typically causes the production of too many ads or too many downloads by all the browsers that you might be using – Firefox, Explorer, Chrome, and Opera. We will not waste your time with long explanations, so that go on reading and you get all the info and tips about your current problem in the following text.

Hbpix “Virus” is a kind of software programmed to broadcast a huge number of ads. Its advertisements may come in many different shapes and colors. They may be in the form of boxes, banners, pop-ups or pop-unders. They may even represent some entire newly-opened browser tabs. If your computer has been infected by Hbpix “Virus”, such ads are going to appear each time you attempt to use your browser apps and visit any web page. No browser is immune to the so-called Adware. Really, there are lots of programs that could cause the display of many ads and the name of their software group is Adware.

Hbpix “Virus” is NOT a virus, nor has it ever been considered as such:

Precisely, Hbpix “Virus” has never been identified as a type of malware. It’s a logical conclusion as such a program doesn’t possess the standard features that classify any software as malicious. For example, Hbpix “Virus” will generate too many ads and will probably play with your nerves a lot. Nonetheless, it is not able to steal any private data from your computer. What’s more, Hbpix “Virus” may be able to access your browsing history and make an attempt to show just the ads relevant to your latest search requests. However, any really malicious program such as Ransomware, for instance, can scan all your PC disks and drives and will encrypt all your mostly used files. The difference between malware generally and Adware is definitely huge.

In fact, the generated ads are legal. The urge of Hbpix “Virus” to show so many ads can easily be explained with the scheme according to which its developers create such programs. The famous marketing strategy is PPC (pay per click on a generated advertisement). Actually, this is what normally happens when you get showered with various ads. Intentionally or unintentionally, you might click on several of them, you might even find some of them useful or interesting. That’s what producers and developers hope for. The first are more than happy once you buy a product from them and pay; and that’s how the makers of Adware get paid – from these profits.

Hbpix “Virus” File Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

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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. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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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. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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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:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

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:

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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.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automaticallyIf it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

DNS

Step5

  • 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).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Targetremove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Hbpix “Virus” from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Hbpix “Virus” from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Hbpix “Virus” from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

WARNING!
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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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    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!

Despite the legal nature of this software, the distribution of Hbpix “Virus” may raise some concerns:

The majority of the standard Adware-based products are relatively harmless pieces of software. In spite of that general truth, they might still raise some concerns when we review the way they are distributed worldwide. To start with, you might catch a program like Hbpix “Virus” almost anywhere on the web. You might get infected when you load a spam email, or you use a contagious website, if you download a torrent, for instance. However, there is one means considered the most successful one to have distributed Adware ever. Typically, it happens via a process known as software bundling. Through this process an Adware-like product gets mingled with other original programs and put together inside a bundle. The result from this process is a set called a bundle, and each of those can usually be downloaded freely on the Internet. 

If a user downloads such a program bundle and decides to venture into installing one, it is necessary for them to be aware of the proper installation manners that can save any PC from various forms of viruses and infections. The installation process should be completed via the ADVANCED or CUSTOM features of the wizard only. This is the only way to have some guarantees that you will have the control and install only the software from the bundle that you really want, leaving behind the irritating ad-broadcasting programs.

The way to remove the program causing all the annoying ads – Hbpix “Virus”:

It is possible to get any Adware program removed by using our specially designed Removal Guide. In case of any further questions, don’t hesitate to write to us in the comments.

SUMMARY:

Name Hbpix
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms The irritating production of a great deal of online ads like pop-ups.
Distribution Method Via software sets called bundles, also inside contagious web pages, videos, ads, various platforms and all kinds of spam.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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  • Ricardo Ruiz

    It is a virus, the person does not allow for them to record my browser history, nor for them to download to my pc, be unable or very hard to uninstall it and make a profit out of my information. It is completely illegal and a violation of privacy. The fact that it is not regarded as a virus tells who runs the internet and in whos favour.

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Technically, it isn’t a virus in the true sense of the word. However, as it is mentioned, it can still be undesirable due to the reasons that are stated both in the article and by you. Internet law is complicated and there surely are a lot of gray areas. In the end, it doesn’t really matter what you will call it, what matters is if you want it gone and how you can make it go away.