How To Remove Hi.fo “Virus” (Chrome/FF/IE) Oct. 2017 Update

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

If something unexplained and weird has been disturbing your browsing experience recently and you have found out its name is Hi.fo “Virus”. This article has been written with the basic purpose to answer all your question about the already mentioned piece of software.

Today we are going to talk about the reasons why Hi.fo “Virus” normally targets only your browsers (Explorer, Firefox, and/or Chrome) and is classified as a browser hijacker. Moreover, we are going to discuss all the characteristics that usually describe a piece of software like this. Among them we can distinguish the hijackers’ ability to distribute a lot of fairly irritating advertisements; to send you to web locations that you haven’t planned to go to; or to set some new homepages/ search engines to your browser apps. What’s more, we are going to give you some preventive advice in order to avoid that kind of software, once you have successfully gotten rid of the current Hi.fo “Virus” infection. In order to remove this irritating program safely we have created a handy Removal Guide, which you can use for free! You just have to scroll down and check it out.

Hi.fo Browser Redirect

Hi.fo “Virus” essential information

It is a piece of software that belongs to the browser hijacker category – a fact that gives a perfect explanation for why this program may be able to do some changes to the browser apps you have installed on your computer. A product such as this may repeatedly bring some even more irritating changes to your settings of the browser. Among the probable modifications may be the display of lots of online ads; and the likely occurrence of some bothering redirection processes. Also, the broadcast of some unfamiliar search engines and/or homepages could be quite odd. Any other effects resulting from Hi.fo “Virus” are more or less unlikely.

How To Remove Hi.fo “Virus”

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 Hi.fo “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 Hi.fo “Virus” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Hi.fo “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!

Are browser hijackers similar to malware (such as Trojans or Ransomware)?

Hijackers could indeed top the list of the most annoying software versions that you might ever catch while browsing. Nonetheless, they are not connected to any viruses, and they have not had or shown any damaging characteristics or effects so far. The characteristic features of malware (like Ransomware and Trojan programs) can incorporate reviewing your data and encoding it, particularly the pieces you access most often. What is more, any normal virus, for example, one from the Ransomware group, is always absolutely capable of ruining your system as a whole, or deleting any of your most important files. Plus one more characteristic of the famous malware versions, for instance – the Trojan-based programs, is their ability to spy on you and track every single of your actions online and often even offline. One more irritating aspect is that all these illegal and deleterious changes may occur so subtly that you may not notice them before they have resulted in some awful damage.

How does a normal infection process occur? Can Hi.fo “Virus” get self-installed on your computer?

The possible ways of distributing Hi.fo “Virus” are normally connected to the reasons why software like this gets created in the first place. Actually, programmers have the habit of spreading hijackers and other versions of ad-broadcasting software by mingling them in bundles with numerous different programs, apps and games. Generally, such software sets are typically free since the people who create them get paid for sending the ads the hijackers inside them can show on the victim users’ screens. Anyway, every infection which is caused by Hi.fo “Virus” is not probably to result from the ordinary act of downloading a mixture like this. Such contamination could only occur if  you decide to install the already downloaded bundle in a wrong way by selecting an installation option, which does not give you the permission to select what to include into your computer, and what from a given bundle to exclude from the process.

If you really want to keep your system hijacker-free, and to have the chance to install only the components of one particular bundle that you really need, it’s compulsory that you go with the most detail-giving installer characteristic (either the Custom, the Customized or the Advanced one). This is the only way to control the installation process of any bundle or a specific program all the time and stay safe from any threats!

For the infections that have already occurred, you can find your solution in our Removal Guide here. Check it out!

SUMMARY:

Name Hi.fo
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Lots of appearing ads, also redirection occurring and annoying substitution of your favourite browser search engines/ homepages.
Distribution Method Inside torrents, various shareware platforms, free videos and streaming movies, but mostly as components of bundles.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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