HotChatDate Virus Removal

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This page aims to help you learn how to remove HotChatDate Virus. These HotChatDate Virus removal instructions work for Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer as well as every version of Windows.

As a typical member of the Browser Hijacker family HotChatDate Virus will fill the screen of your Chrome, Firefox or IE browser with Ads.

Security experts proclaim Browser Hijacker applications to be the least of all threats and they have their reasoning for this – Browser Hijacker, even ignored, is merely annoying and not likely to cause any damage to your data or install more dangerous viruses on your PC. Nevertheless this is not the case here – keeping this application on your computer might be very dangerous and our removal guide aims to provide you with the necessary instructions for the removal of this pest.


Name HotChatDate Virus
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level High. Although Browser Hijackers are considered a low priority, this is an exception. Be very careful.
Symptoms Infected computers experience huge increase in number of Ads displayed, slowdown and invasive new tabs opening whenever the user is browsing.
Distribution Method From infected executable files – very often those are program bundles, but can also be email attachments and online Ads.
Detection Tool

1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove HotChatDate Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove attachments to browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your Add/Remove Programs.
5: Permanently delete the threat from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Uninstall the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.

The Ads are annoying, but can also become dangerous if you fall for their trickery

Browser Hijacker applications create the Ads you see in order to create revenue out of them. These programs do not threaten your computer in any way and are legal. This allows them to have affiliate status with the sites they advertise for – meaning they will get money whenever you visit a site from one of the Ads and even more money if any purchase occurs. This is another reason to removeHotChatDate Virus.

There are two major problems with Browser Hijacker that differentiate them from ordinary Ads:

  1. Browser Hijacker is incredibly invasive. The Ads cannot be turned off and they will follow you whenever you go. They will also slow down your computer and can lead to embarrassment. Sound and animated porn Ads appearing on your computer at work can be a really nasty surprise. Many Browser Hijacker apps are also very hard to remove – the normal uninstall option either doesn’t always work.
  2. Programs advertised in this manner are often ineffective bloatware applications, especially in the PC optimization and security business. There are hundreds of programs that create exaggerated scan reports, which can make you believe your PC is in a big trouble, but in reality everything is fine. Their only goal is to scare you into buying the program.

Some commonly used tricks to install programs like HotChatDate Virus on unsuspecting victims

By far and wide the most commonly used trick is called a software bundle. Basically this is an installer for some program downloaded from the internet, which is capable of installing more then one program when run. There is little or no indication for that behavior and when you select the Default/Quick installation option it will also install all the extra programs hidden inside of it. These extra programs are commonly either bloatware or Browser Hijacker like HotChatDate Virus. To avoid becoming infected in this way please use the Advance installation option whenever possible. Before installing it will bring a detailed list of the number of programs installed and you can remove anything you don’t want from this list.

Other tricks include dangerous Ads linked to torrent and online storage sites, email attachments sent in cleverly disguised spam emails and many more. What is characteristic between all is that the virus will need to be loaded via an executable file (file ending in .exe). Please keep an anti-malware program active on your computer at all times, so it can scan search files and insure they are not infected. And of course it is time to begin with the removal of HotChatDate Virus.

HotChatDate Virus Removal


Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

This is just the first preparation.


To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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The first mandatory thing is to Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders. Read here more how to do it. Each version of Windows does this slightly differently.

  • I repeat – it’s extremely important you do this. HotChatDate Virus may have hidden some of its files and you need to see them to delete them.

Also, repeat Step 2 for ALL browsers you have installed – the virus probably infected them all.

ie9-10_512x512 Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, then click IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the malware. Remove it by pressing Disable.

If your Home Page is different from the usual, click IE GEAR —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply. Also, Reset Your IE Settings

firefox-512 Remove HotChatDate Virus from Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.

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The problem should be lurking somewhere around here – Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.

chrome-logo-transparent-background Remove HotChatDate Virus from Chrome:

Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select chrome-trash-icon.

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Click chrome menu icon again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Delete everything but the search engines you normally use. After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.


Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.


Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, delete EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.


Hold the Start Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Uninstall any suspicious programs. Also, viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:


Hold the Start Key and R againthen copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A .txt file will open – don’t type or change it. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.


Right click on the Taskbar and choose “Start Task Manager.”


Then click the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.


The final part of the guide involving the deletion of remain process and files of the virus. Please be careful when you delete files – if you make a mistake you can damage your system significantly. If this worries you we advise you to download a professional removal tool. Additionally, accounts connected to your credit cards, or important information, may be exposed to viruses installed by/alongside HotChatDate Virus. Use the scan tool to ensure your PC is now threat-free.


Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.


Take a look at the following things:

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a Pop Up window.


Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete/uninstall the registries manually:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious, but bear in mind they are always different.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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