This page aims to help you remove “History Cleaner”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
This article will describe in details one really irritating program. Its name is “History Cleaner” and it could result in full modification of the appearance and behavior of all your browsers. Among the consequences of its actions could be sudden redirecting to different online locations; the permanent generation of pop-up and other different advertisements whatever you open (Chrome, Firefox, or Explorer), also an unwarranted substitution of your preferred homepage and search engine. The next few paragraphs will explain to you all the most important aspects of this browser hijacker.
When we talk about hijackers, we should emphasize on the following: this kind of software products can only contaminate your browsers and have nothing to do with viruses. Their activities are simply marketing driven and all the alterations that they make could be explained by the fact that their creators have been paid to promote a certain website, search engine, product, homepage or service. Programs like these are completely legal, even though they might be confused for viruses just like other ad-generating ones such as Adware.
What distinguishes “History Cleaner” from a version of malware?
Viruses like those based on Trojans or Ransomware are going to do something extremely hazardous once installed on your computer. There are some that may encrypt files, others might exterminate them or all your disks could be formatted. Somet viruses can make you pay a ransom, others could drain your bank accounts on their own. Some of them want data, others – your whole personal information. Something like this can’t be expected from “History Cleaner”. Sometimes it might check what you were searching for online recently and subsequently try to match the generation of advertisements to your recent interests and searches. At first it may be in some way annoying, but research like this might be to your benefit. In this way you will get the best offers that interest you automatically. However, there are still some users who think that a review like this is doubtful and are scared that some pop-ups could in reality lead to infected web pages. Because of that browser hijackers are known as a potentially unwanted program.
“History Cleaner” 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.
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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:
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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.
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 “History Cleaner” 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 “History Cleaner” from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove “History Cleaner” 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.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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
Potential ways of catching “History Cleaner” (and other hijackers)
If you want you can find Browser hijackers almost anywhere on the internet as parts of torrents or incorporated into websites. They could get allocated by spam or fake advertisements. Though, the most common source is program bundles that are typically distributed on the Internet for free. A program bundle is many various programs bundled and spread together in a package. You might find games, apps, Adware-based programs, hijackers and many other kinds of software inside. It is important to remember that downloading a bundle is not what actually causes an infection. However, installing it improperly is. In the next paragraph you will find out what the right way to install bundles is.
How to install a program bundle so as NOT to catch any hijacker
If you just follow the tips below you will not be affected by “History Cleaner” or any similar program. You will see the available installation options right after the installation wizard comes up. Look for the Advanced (sometimes Custom or Customized) feature from the ones you see. Use only this options to complete the process. Be sure that you will try to stay away from all other installation options. They can also be labeled differently, but the most common names for them are usually Default, Automatic, and Quick. They just are not really good for your system and will allow any bundled programs to get installed automatically.
Some more advice on prevention
Apart from the above-mentioned way of installing any piece of software that you want to try or use, if you follow these steps you could really minimize the risks of getting an ad-generating program:
- It’s a good idea to avoid all the other potential sources of hijackers.
- Be 100% sure that your operating system is working well and is up-to-date.
- Install a good anti-virus program. Some of them might tell you about possible sources of ad-producing programs.
- Maybe it’s a good idea to turn on your pop-up blocker. You should know that it will only stop the webpage-hosted ads.
- Make sure your Firewall is functional. If it is not, update it or enable it. Sometimes it could block some of the infection causes.
- Be careful with the kind of places you visit online. Develop healthy browsing habits.
We highly recommend our Removal Guide below which will help you a lot if the infection has already occurred.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Various, but mainly changes of the browser apps: many ads, redirections and new homepages may appear.|
|Distribution Method||Via program bundles, spam, torrents, other ads, contagious web pages.|
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!