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.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||The symptoms of a Browser Hijacker infection may include changes in the browser’s homepage and search engine settings and auto-redirects to different web locations.|
|Distribution Method||Commonly Browser Hijackers get distributed via spam messages, click-bait ads, torrents and free software bundles.|
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To try and remove HideMeFast 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 HideMeFast extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove HideMeFast by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of HideMeFast and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed HideMeFast 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
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).
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 HideMeFast 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 HideMeFast from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove HideMeFast 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!