Hohobnd “Virus” File Removal (Uninstall Guide)

This page aims to help you remove Hohobnd. These Hohobnd uninstall instructions work for every version of Windows.

Hohobnd “Virus” File – what it is and what to do if it’s present in your PC

Hohobnd is considered a PUP program. Or in a full sentence – a Potentially Unwanted Program. Once inside your computer it will start generating various intrusive ads every time when you open your browser or load a new page. These can be anything – from box messages and banners to pop-ups and page redirects. If you have Hohobnd on in your system the annoying ads may be displayed along every browser you may attempt to use. It doesn’t matter if you are using Chrome, IE or Mozilla – they are going to be everywhere.

Generally, Hohobnd and other PUP programs are not dangerous and can be easily dealt with. Often people mistake them for viruses, but they are far from that – they are simply unwanted, not malicious. Let’s emphasize on this – Hohobnd is not a “virus”. Usually, the main reason why they are considered unwanted is due to the obstructive ads that can heavily affect your browsing experience. While for the most part the ads are pretty much harmless, you should know that by clicking on some of them, there’s a chance that you may get redirected to a malicious, virus-infested site. Needless to say that can pose a serious threat to your virtual security. Most of the times, this does not happen – fake and/or malicious ads that can lead to virus infections are a rarity. However, even those of them that are legitimate will not gain you anything useful, should you attempt to click on them. All in all, there’s no need to expose your PC to potential threats. What you should do instead is avoid interacting with any of the intrusive pop-ups whatsoever. If you, by any chance, get redirected to another page that Hohobnd opened for you, close it as quickly as possible. Don’t click on anything that’s in the page!

Next thing on the list is removing the PUP, but we will get to that later. Before that, we will give you some more information on how Hohobnd works and how to protect your PC from PUP programs for the future.


So far, we’ve mentioned what’s the main symptom of Hohobnd’s presence in your system – the intrusive ads. Albeit, there may be several other symptoms that go along the main one, and also, intrusive ads in your browser do not always mean that you have an unwanted program installed on you PC.

Often you will get to a webpage, that has annoying pop-ups and banners left, right and center. However, this doesn’t mean that you’ve landed a PUP program. You see, some sites actually have integrated obstructive, shady-looking or outright fake adverts. Usually, you should keep away from such sites. Anyway, if you somehow end up browsing such a site and you start seeing ads invading your screen, close it, go to a normal page, that you trust, and see if the ads keep on popping-up. If they don’t, then it’s all fin. Just don’t go to the ad-infested site, nothing to do there. In fact, webpages like that may actually serve as a gateway for PUP programs – one way to land Hohobnd.

Apart from the rage-inducing ads, other symptoms may be PC slow-down, a change of the starting page to one or all of your browsers that you did not administer. Apart from these, your browser might stop responding or close all its tabs without a warning.

How do you get it?

Ways of distribution may vary. There’s the torrent and file-sharing sites and there’s the spam e-mails. The effectiveness of these methods is not consistent. However, there’s that one method, which works almost always, especially with users that pay little to no attention to what they are installing. We are referring to Hohobnd being bundled with other free software that you can download from the internet. Once the free program is installed, along with it, the intrusive PUP gets in your system as well. However, this is not illegal at all. In fact, the reason why the unwanted application gets installed along the main thing, is because people hardly ever look at the installation settings. Therefore, next time when you download a program and attempt to install it, carefully look at the menu and see if there’s any added content. You may need to opt for the custom settings in order to see the added installs. Once you see if there’s anything added, uncheck the add-ons, which look suspicious or useless.

And there you have it – a neat and easy way to prevent such intrusive programs from entering your system. If you still looking for a way to remove Hohobnd, head to our guide below on how to uninstall and remove the annoying program.


Name Hohobnd
Type PUP
Danger Level  Low (Intrusive ads all over your browser that may potentially redirect you to an unwanted webpage).
Symptoms Pop-ups, banners, box messages and other similar obstructive ads begin to rain down upon your screen once you open any of your browsers.
Distribution Method In most cases Hohobnd is bundled with free programs that users download from the Internet. Other possible methods are spam e-mails and illegal torrent sites.
Detection Tool Hohobnd may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

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.

Remove Hohobnd

To try and remove Hohobnd quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the Hohobnd extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Hohobnd by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Hohobnd and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Hohobnd 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

Hohobnd “Virus” File Removal (Uninstall 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).

Hohobnd “Virus” File Removal (Uninstall Guide)


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. 

Hohobnd “Virus” File Removal (Uninstall Guide)

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. 

    Hohobnd “Virus” File Removal (Uninstall Guide)

    Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

    Hohobnd “Virus” File Removal (Uninstall Guide)

    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:

    Hohobnd “Virus” File Removal (Uninstall Guide)

    Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

    Hohobnd “Virus” File Removal (Uninstall Guide)

    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:

    Hohobnd “Virus” File Removal (Uninstall Guide)

    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.

    Hohobnd “Virus” File Removal (Uninstall Guide)

    Hohobnd “Virus” File Removal (Uninstall Guide)

    • 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).

    Hohobnd “Virus” File Removal (Uninstall Guide)

    Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

    Hohobnd “Virus” File Removal (Uninstall Guide)

    Hohobnd “Virus” File Removal (Uninstall Guide)  Remove Hohobnd from Internet Explorer:

    Open IE, click  Hohobnd “Virus” File Removal (Uninstall Guide) —–> Manage Add-ons.

    Hohobnd “Virus” File Removal (Uninstall Guide)

    Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Hohobnd “Virus” File Removal (Uninstall Guide) —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

    Hohobnd “Virus” File Removal (Uninstall Guide) Remove Hohobnd from Firefox:

    Open Firefoxclick  Hohobnd “Virus” File Removal (Uninstall Guide)  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

    Hohobnd “Virus” File Removal (Uninstall Guide)

    Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
    Hohobnd “Virus” File Removal (Uninstall Guide)Remove Hohobnd from Chrome:

    Close Chrome. Navigate to:

     C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

    Hohobnd “Virus” File Removal (Uninstall Guide)

    Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

    Hohobnd “Virus” File Removal (Uninstall Guide)

    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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    Bert L. Jackson

    Bert L. Jackson has more then 13 years in the Cyber Security Industry consulting and collaborating. Distinguished for an entrepreneurial mindset, creative problem solving, cross-functional teams and a bottom-line orientation.

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