If you have (or think you have) the Hoax.html.phish.zi virus on your computer, you must not waste any time. The longer Hoax.html.phish.zi stays on the machine, the greater the damage it may cause.
Therefore, we strongly recommend that you quickly read the information provided inside this post and then head down to the removal instructions below it. If you follow them correctly, you should be able to locate and remove any data related to the Hoax.html.phish.zi virus, thereby eliminating the malware. If you want, you can complete the guide now and later return to this article to read more about Trojans like Hoax.html.phish.zi. Just make sure you familiarize yourself with all the information on this page as it may come in handy in the future.
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Please follow all the steps below in order to remove Hoax.html.phish.zi!
How to remove Hoax.html.phish.zi
- First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
- Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Hoax.html.phish.zi in the programs list that would show up.
- Select Hoax.html.phish.zi from the list and click on Uninstall.
- Follow the steps in the removal wizard.
What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:
- From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
- Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to Hoax.html.phish.zi.
- If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Hoax.html.phish.zi.
- If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.
Remove Hoax.html.phish.zi from Chrome
- Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
- Go to more tools
- Now select extensions
- Remove the Hoax.html.phish.zi extension
- Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
- Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to Hoax.html.phish.zi and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
- Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
- Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.
How to get rid of Hoax.html.phish.zi on FF/Edge/etc.
- Open the browser and select the menu icon.
- From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
- Look for the Hoax.html.phish.zi extension
- Get rid of Hoax.html.phish.zi by removing it from extensions
If using Firefox:
- Open Firefox
- Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
- Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
- Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
- Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.
If using MS Edge/IE:
- Start Edge
- Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
- Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
- Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
- Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “Hoax.html.phish.zi” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.
How to Delete Hoax.html.phish.zi
- Open task manager
- Look for the Hoax.html.phish.zi process
- Select it and click on End task
- Open the file location to delete Hoax.html.phish.zi
- Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
- Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
- If you don’t see a “Hoax.html.phish.zi” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
- Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
- If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
- Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
- If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
- Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.
How to Uninstall Hoax.html.phish.zi
- Click on the home button
- Search for Startup Apps
- Look for Hoax.html.phish.zi in there
- Uninstall Hoax.html.phish.zi from Startup Apps by turning it off
- Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Hoax.html.phish.zi-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat.
- Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found.
- After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to Hoax.html.phish.zi in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random
What are the potential Trojan horse symptoms?
Since the malicious programs of the Trojan horse categories are quite versatile and can be used differently depending on the situation, their symptoms also tend to vary. In some situations, for example when the virus is tasked with secretly spying on you, there may be no red flags of its presence whatsoever. In those cases, it could be very difficult, if not impossible, to spot the threat on time. However, in other instances, the infection may cause your computer to become extremely sluggish, as well as trigger different errors, corrupt your data, cause sudden blue screen crashes, and other similar disruptions and irregularities in the system. However, it’s worth noting that most of the symptoms Hoax.html.phish.zi or Wup.exe could cause can also be brought on by other problems with the system or even with the hardware. Nevertheless, if you notice any of the aforementioned disturbances or any other concerning red flags, it’s best to cover all your bases and check your machine for any Trojans that may be hiding in it.
Is Hoax.html.phish.zi dangerous
Even though the Trojan horse family is likely the most versatile type of malware threats, there are still some possible uses of this type of viruses that seem to be way more common than others. Currently, the data available on this new Trojan known as Hoax.html.phish.zi doesn’t allow us to tell you what the specific end-goal of this virus is but we can still inform you about the most likely ways it could harm you.
As we already noted above, Trojans commonly employed for espionage tasks. They can gather sensitive data from the attacked machine and then use it against the user in different ways, including for blackmailing, banking theft, fraud, and more.
Other times, Trojans are tasked with taking over the computer and starting cryptocurrency or spam-distribution processes in the machine. Those are likely to use up most of your RAM and CPU, which makes noticing the infection symptoms more likely as there would be severe slowdowns and potentially even system crashes.
Thirdly, Trojan viruses are oftentimes paired up with Ransomware threats. The goal of the Trojan in those cases is simply to deliver the Ransomware payload which, in turn, does most of the actual work.
There are lots of other examples but those are currently the most common ways viruses like Hoax.html.phish.zi are utilized.