Hognaivee Virus

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Hognaivee

Hognaivee is a new representative of the browser hijacker software group. In the guide that follows, you can find help for the removal and uninstallation of Hognaivee in case this hijacker has already found its way into your system.

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The Hognaivee virus swarm the user’s screen with nagging promotional materials such as invasive ads and redirects

Most computer users know that they must keep their machines safe from viruses like Trojans, spyware, ransomware and other similar threats. However, not all undesirable types of software are malicious and not all of them are supposed to harm your computer. Browser hijackers are a good example of software apps that won’t typically harm anything inside your system but are still regarded as unwanted. The reason for that is their tendency to swarm the user’s screen with nagging promotional materials such as invasive ads, redirects to pages that try to sell you something, obstructive banners, pop-ups and pop-unders as well as other similar commercial content.

In most cases, the hijacker apps need to attach themselves to browsers like Chrome or Firefox in order to operate. It’s also likely that the homepage, the toolbar, the search engine or other similar browser components may get modifi

ed and altered by the hijacker without the user having agreed to that. And while usually none of the activities or the effects that an app of this category may bring to your browser would directly threaten the safety of your computer, you are still advised to get rid of the invasive application. Remember that in the majority of cases the only surefire method of putting an end to the invasion of ads and bringing your browser back to normal is to eliminate the unwanted software.

There are thousands of hijackers out there but on this page our focus will mainly be on Hognaivee.

Safety tips to keep your computer protected

The intrusiveness and irritation coming from the ads displayed by Hognaivee isn’t the only reason why it’s advisable to remove this software from your computer.

Another problem related to this type of software that many users tend to forget about is the questionable quality of the advertisements that it may show you. Not all web ads are safe and many of them are actually not what they seem, meaning that you may click on some advertisement thinking that it will redirect you to an actual offer only to land on some obscure and shady site. Oftentimes, anonymous hackers try to distribute threats like ransomware, Trojans and spyware through the use of such web adverts so it is really important that you stay careful around Hognaivee and that you make sure to eliminate the invasive app as soon as possible.

As we already mentioned, the guide on this page contains all the instructions you may need in order to take care of the invasive software which is why we once again urge you to give it a try in case Hognaivee is currently tinkering with your browser and causing disturbances.

SUMMARY:

NameHognaivee
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Annoying ads, changes to the browser, page redirects, etc.
Distribution MethodSpam, misleading web commercials, software bundles and others.
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Remove Hognaivee Virus

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


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!

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.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Hognaivee 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 Hognaivee from Firefox:

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

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Hognaivee 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

    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!

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    About the author

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    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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