Hola Browser Virus

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Hola Browser Virus

Hola Browser Virus is a potentially unwanted program that can make unauthorized changes inside the system’s main web browser and can redirect user searches to unknown web pages. Essentially, Hola Browser Virus is a browser hijacker that is not malicious, but if not removed it can lead to significant browsing disturbance.

Hola Browser Virus

Applications such as the Hola Browser Virus virus, Fast Captcha VirusiStart Search Bar are more common than Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware, and Worms and users can find them incorporated in popular web browsers like Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, and others. These programs are not malicious and are typically categorized as browser hijackers that are used for online advertising purposes. Most apps of the browser hijacker class can make changes inside users’ web browsers in order to facilitate the promotion of various goods and services on the computer’s screen.

Typically these changes involve the installation of a new search engine that generates sponsored search results every time the user starts a new browsing session. A modification may also be detected in the homepage address which may by default load the URL of the browser hijacker’s website or another sponsored domain. Various pop-up messages, banner advertisements, and links to ad-supported sites may also appear on every page that you visit. They may be placed very oddly, covering the page navigation buttons or the main text and may not want to be removed no matter how hard you try to close them. This alone can be a good reason to decide to uninstall the browser hijacker as a permanent solution to its ad-generating and page-redirecting activities.

Another justification to uninstall this software is that it may not only irritate you with intrusive pop-up and unwanted browser changes but also make the hijacked browser slower and unresponsive to your searches. You may start to experience sudden crashes and freezing caused by the excessive amount of promotional content that is trying to make its way to your screen. This may not be such a big issue initially but can definitely be unbearable in the long term because it can greatly affect the way you access and surf the Internet. Besides, many people may not even consider the risk of landing on dubious web locations in which security hazards can lurk and this may happen in one single click on a misleading link or a fake web add.


NameHola Browser Virus
TypeBrowser Hijacker
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Please follow all the steps below in order to remove Hola Browser Virus!

How to remove Hola Browser Virus

  1. First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
  2. Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Hola Browser Virus in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select Hola Browser Virus from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. 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 Hola Browser Virus.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Hola Browser Virus.
  • 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 Hola Browser Virus from Chrome

  1. Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
  2. Go to more tools
  3. Now select extensions
  4. Remove the Hola Browser Virus 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 Hola Browser Virus 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 Hola Browser Virus on FF/Edge/etc.

  1. Open the browser and select the menu icon.
  2. From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
  3. Look for the Hola Browser Virus extension
  4. Get rid of Hola Browser Virus 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 “Hola Browser Virus” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete Hola Browser Virus

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the Hola Browser Virus process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete Hola Browser Virus
  • 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 “Hola Browser Virus” 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.
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    • 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 Hola Browser Virus

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for Hola Browser Virus in there
    4. Uninstall Hola Browser Virus from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Hola Browser Virus-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 Hola Browser Virus in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory. 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random
    How can Hola Browser virus be distributed?

    Browser hijackers aren’t malicious pieces of software and they can be avoided very easily if users know how they spread and how to locate them. Most commonly, these programs are marketed as free or bonus components in torrent and shareware platforms or get distributed in a bundle with other attractive free software. Normally, they will get activated and will become part of the system when the user runs the main software installation kit without carefully customizing its settings. Sadly, many viruses and malicious programs like Ransomware and Trojans are using similar installation strategies and can be downloaded and installed in the system along with other software. That is why we advise our readers to keep an eye on the installation settings of each new setup package and be selective with their download sources.


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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