Hotchatdate.com Pop-up Removal

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This page aims to help you remove Hotchatdate.com Pop-up. These Hotchatdate.com Pop-up removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

A recently popular browser hijacker named Hotchatdate.com has been disturbing the online browsing of some users lately. If you came to this page, the chance is that you have also had a close encounter with it and the changes that it has probably imposed on your Chrome or Firefox homepage and search engine may not be something you would like to tolerate. If this is the case, then you may probably be looking for a solution on how to remove Hotchatdate.com Pop-up and in the next lines, we are going to show you the exact steps to do so. The annoying page redirects and the unstoppable flow of ads, pop-ups, new tabs and sponsored notifications will all disappear once you permanently uninstall the browser hijacker components from your machine. To do that, however, you may need some assistance. That’s why the removal guide below contains very detailed screen shots and instructions on how to locate and delete them. Just make sure you read all the information closely so you won’t miss anything important and learn how to protect your PC in the future.

Hotchatdate.com – what this program is all about

To begin with, let’s first tell you what kind of a program exactly you are dealing with. A browser hijacker is a piece of software, mainly developed to generate an enormous amount of sponsored advertisements to the user’s screen every time they are browsing the web. This software is widely distributed on the web via spam emails, torrents, freeware sites, etc., but it can usually be found in software bundles, packed along with some attractive software or free application that users willingly download and install from the web. Basically, the online marketing industry is using such tools to promote its products and services directly on the user’s screen and Hotchatdate.com is programmed to do that quite aggressively. For example, it may replace your homepage with some specific sponsored page, which will get traffic every time you open your browser, or it may replace your default search engine with another one just to make sure that you get exposed to dozens of different ads, pop-ups, banners, links, promotional websites and all sorts of online advertising notifications. The purpose of all that annoying ad-generating activity is money. Usually, browser hijackers are pieces of software, used in the popular Pay-Per-Click scheme, which generates income for the hijacker owners every time the users click on some of the aggressively popping ads. That is the reason why these programs get so annoying and so intrusive in their attempt to display as many ads as possible.

Suspecting a virus infection? Here is what you need to know.

Despite been annoying, browser hijackers are legal programs and so is Hotchatdate.com. This means that they definitely differentiate from any other illegal software, such as viruses, Trojans, Ransomware and other malware. That’s why, if you are concerned that your computer has been attacked by some kind of nasty virus, breathe – Hotchatdate.com is not a virus and it does not attempt to do any harm to your PC. Unlike the typical online threats that have been created to compromise your machine, steal credentials, destroy your system or encrypt your data (the Ransomware–Trojan combo can do that), a browser hijacker  is considered relatively harmless. Still, it could be the source of a browsing related annoyance, that’s why some users may refer to it as potentially unwanted software and may wish to remove it.

This is not surprising, because a program like Hotchatdate.com may heavily disturb your normal browsing habits if you keep it on your PC. Not only may your screen get all covered with useless and aggressively popping advertisements, but you may not be able to reach the desired web pages due to the constant page redirects and new tabs that keep coming up. As a result, your browser may become so slow, that you may have to wait for ages until it loads the sites you desire. Not only that, but your browsing history, your latest searches and online activities may be monitored by the browser hijacker and then used to form a profile about your preferences. This information may later be used by the hijacker owners to redirect you to more of their sponsored advertisements or it may be sold as a valuable marketing data to some third parties. If all this sounds like a violation of your privacy, then you have all the rights to uninstall this program, so do not hesitate to do so if your online experience has been heavily disturbed.

SUMMARY:

Name Hotchatdate.com
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  This program may replace your homepage and search engine and expose you to dozens of ads.
Distribution Method It could be found on various web locations, but usually gets distributed through software bundles, spam emails, torrents, download managers, freeware platforms. 
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Hotchatdate.com Pop-up Removal


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

This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove Hotchatdate.com successfully!

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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Hotchatdate.com 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 Hotchatdate.com from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Hotchatdate.com 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

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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

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