Hipmy “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE)

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

The topic of the following paragraphs is Hipmy “Virus”. This software piece is a representative of the Adware category. What it could do to your computer is to affect all of the browser apps you have installed on it, and to make them start broadcasting streams of irritating banner, pop-up, and/or box ads, as you are surfing the Internet. Indeed, no browser app, neither Explorer, nor Opera and Firefox , nor Chrome may be able to avoid such an infection. All the info about such a contamination, caused by Hipmy “Virus” and its probable unpleasant effects, is available in the article below. Adware is the software group that comprises all ad-generating programs, which may cause an extremely intense appearance of online ads, which could be diverse in their shapes, types and colors. What all such programs target are the browser apps, which you have installed on your system.

Possible suspicious effects:

Typically, Adware is seen quite harmless as a whole. Despite that, it may really become the reason for some a little intrusive research on your personal choices and interests. The programs, which are based on advertising software, might gain access to your browser apps’ history records. Consequently, such programs have the capability of matching the ads stream to the searches you have recently entered. Moreover, such an intensive production of ads could indeed make the performance of your device a little more sluggish because of the higher usage of RAM and CPU.

The differences between a form of Adware and any malware version:

Some ad-generating pieces might indeed act in the aforementioned ways, however, they cannot be determined as viruses, solely based on such activities. The really malicious programs, for instance, Trojan horses and Ransomware, have actual damaging effects on you and your PC – information and data theft, even sometimes identity theft; hacking bank accounts and their draining; file encryption and ransom harassment. Nonetheless, we can for sure state that Hipmy “Virus” is definitely INCAPABLE of harming anything yours in such an incredibly horrible way.

The possible ways in which Adware may get spread:

The most common sources of ad-showing software like Hipmy “Virus” might be numerous and varying in nature. For example, you could happen to come across such a program while surfing some contagious websites. Also, an infection could occur on the condition that you are, for example, streaming a video on the Internet. It might as well occur as a result of the usage of illegal torrents. Most commonly, a contamination is completed when you install programs from the so-called program bundles onto your PC, however, you do it in a rather careless manner.

How to install a bundle right and leave the potential ad-producing program inside it behind:

Firstly, you have to be aware of the essence of the program bundle. Normally, it is a harmless mix of various pieces of software, which might represent diverse games and apps. Such mixes are  usually very affordable or even free. Every single user can download and install them. The secret is to install them in the correct way, enjoy the free programs and deselect the potential ad-producing programs inside them. The only possible way to have the control over the installation process and the chance to install the needed programs and ignore the useless ones is to always select the CUSTOM installation option from a particular wizard. Surely, by doing that you will be safe from all kinds of threats, even those more dangerous than an ad-producing piece. 

How to generally avoid Adware:

It could have already occurred to you that prevention is the most efficient weapon against all kinds of contamination. It can save you from the Adware pieces like Hipmy “Virus”, the existing browser hijackers and even from Ransomware and Trojan horse viruses. Below, some basic prevention tips are included:

  • It’s pure logic that the first thing you can do in order to efficiently prevent your system from catching any program is to avoid its possible sources. Then, just stay away from all the Adware sources as often as possible.
  • One more helpful tip is to equip your PC. Don’t let it be vulnerable to any threats. Always update the whole operating system as well as all the software you have installed. Buy the most efficient and powerful anti-malware tool you can find. If necessary, install a Firewall and pop-up blockers, they might be helpful.

How to uninstall Hipmy “Virus”:

For this purpose, we recommend that you follow the instructions inside our Removal Guide closely and carefully.

SUMMARY:

Name Hipmy
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Many annoying pop-ups and banners may disturb your browsing. A system slowdown is also possible.
Distribution Method Via spam, bundles, other ads, shareware, contagious or illegal pages and torrents.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

Hipmy “Virus” 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

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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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 automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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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 Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Hipmy “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 Hipmy “Virus” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Hipmy “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!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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!