HideMeFast is a browser hijacking program that typically changes the settings of common browsers such as Google Chrome and Firefox and begins spamming your screen with different pop-up ads and banners.
HideMeFast can be found in almost every web browser including Edge, Opera, and other web browser programs, as it is capable of incorporating itself into them without major difficulties. Users most often install this browser hijacker application together with some other software without knowing that this is an optional application in the installation kit that may be removed if not required.
After it gets embedded, however, HideMeFast does not provide it victims with an option to uninstall it and usually makes some rather unwanted changes to the homepage of their browser and modifies the default search engine. The intrusive app may also tinker with the browser’s interface and install new browser add-ons and components like redirect buttons and third-party toolbars. But probably the most annoying thing that HideMeFast does is it starts to interrupt the web browsing activity of the users with hundreds of on-screen ads, pop-ups and banners. These ads usually appear as box notices, text links, colorful messages and click-prompts and don’t allow you the chance to remove them until you click on them.
In addition to the ad invasion described above, people often experience random redirects to unwanted websites or different web locations. These redirects are usually automatic and are intended to reroute users on pay-per-click (PPC) and pay-per-view (PPV) sites that generate income for the developers of the hijacker. And when PPC and PPV advertising models are employed, typically, every user click matters and generates revenue. Therefore, the hijacker program will do all it can to make you click on as many as possible.
Why are programs like HideMeFast considered undesirable?
Browser hijackers such as HideMeFast are frequently accused of using undesirable and unethical methods of online promotion in their search for additional profits. Fortunately, these programs greatly differ from viruses or malware like Ransomware and Trojans and typically do not carry out illegal or malicious activities. Browsing data collection, however, is a common task that browser hijackers will perform on your device, normally without your approval and even without giving you an option to restrict or stop this task.
A piece like HideMeFast may track your surfing habits and send them to online advertisers for review so that they can tailor their ads to your latest searches and interests. In this way, it is believed that the advertisers behind the browser hijacker can improve their chances for receiving more clicks from you. However, even if the information obtained is not private, there is no assurance about how it is stored, or can it be sold or used for other promotional campaigns. That’s why, in some ways, this traffic data collection from your browser may be regarded as a violation of your privacy. Furthermore, browser hijackers may easily become a weak spot in your device. If some of their components are poorly developed or become cracked, these weaknesses may be exploited by viruses, Trojans, ransomware and other malware. What’s more, apps like HideMeFast may sometimes redirect you to a page that hackers have hacked and, if this happens, you may have to deal with a lot of dangerous malware. That’s why it is better to uninstall HideMeFast right away instead of waiting for something bad to happen to your machine before you take the steps to remove the hijacker.
You are dealing with a malware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to clean up and reset your browser to its original settings without the malware returning. You can find the removal guide here.
For mobile devices refer to these guides instead: Android, iPhone