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Hotcleaner is an extension for the Google Chrome browser which claims to be a data cleaner. Hotcleaner redirects your browser and displays pop-up ads which could cause even more serious problems.

The Hotcleaner Virus will display pop up ads and messages.

Hotcleaner is a website, which a number of users have reported as a source of some potentially unwanted and irritating ads, banners, pop-ups, and redirects. This app is a browser hijacker and as such, it may impose some modifications on your Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or on any other browsing program that you might use on your PC. For instance, it may change your default homepage, install a new search engine or a toolbar and start generating an unstoppable flow of ads on your screen with every browsing session. Users who face this browser hijacker may experience frustrating redirection to pages they didn’t really want to visit occuring every time they try to go to a certain site. On this page, we are going to talk about the possible methods of safely removing the unwanted changes and uninstalling the Hotcleaner Virus without risk for your system as well as what the main characteristics of this and other hijacker applications are.

Browser hijackers are a commonly encountered form of software, which can be found all over the Internet. These pieces of software are not malicious and you may find them in different free download websites, freeware or shareware platforms, ads, links, and email attachments. Some hijackers have their official websites, where they could be downloaded and where they are often presented as helpful free tools which are designed to enhance your browsing experience. However, the most common way of distributing this software are the so-called software bundles. The bundles are installation packages of one main program and one or more added (bundled) applications – additional or recommended optional software components which is also where a hijacker might be added.

Fortunately, unlike real computer threats (such as Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware and other viruses) which can sneak inside your system automatically, software like Hotcleaner Virus cannot infect you on its own. In most cases, some form of user agreement (though mostly uninformed) is required for the hijacker to get inside the system.

The Hotcleaner Popup

Hotcleaner is categorized as a malicious browser extension by security experts. Hotcleaner is known to cause browser redirects and different pop-up advertisements in addition to security vulnerabilities.

Hotcleaner Popup
A Pop up shown by the Hotcleaner Virus

Many web users make a mistake when they deal with software bundles and other sources of browser hijackers and this is how they usually end up with such software on their computers. They typically don’t pay much attention to the EULA or the detailed installation options. In most of the cases, people simply click on the Automatic/Quick/Standard setup option which normally has the hijacker’s installation enabled by default. By skipping the customization, the users effectively allow the entire bundle to get installed, including the added bundled components. This could be easily avoided if instead of the Automatic installation settings, the users select the Advanced/Custom/Manual installation, carefully check for any pre-selected components and simply disable them.

Hotcleaner is on Chrome

Hotcleaner is known to display pop-up ads which can be annoying. Numerous complaints about Hotcleaner include webpage redirects, unwanted advertisements and unapproved changes to the user’s browser.

Hotcleaner is on Chrome
The Hotcleaner Virus will redirect your browser searches.

As we said above, applications like Hotcleaner Virus are not seen as computer threats. So far, most software that belongs to the hijacker category has been verified as relatively safe and harmless. Most users simply complain from the browsing irritation caused by the page redirects and the intrusive ad-generation but such activity is seen as marketing-oriented rather than as malicious. The purpose of the hijackers is to promote websites, homepages, search engines, and/or different services/products on your screen. Unlike threats such as Ransomware or Trojans, a piece of software like Hotcleaner Malware shouldn’t be able to damage anything on your computer or crash your system.

Still, if your browsing is significantly disturbed, you have all the right to uninstall the hijacker and remove its imposed browser changes. In fact, if you are using your browser on a daily basis for work or leisure, the amount of ads, pop-ups, and redirects you may be forced to deal with may really become unbearable and the elimination of the hijacker may be necessary for your normal and undisturbed web experience.  After all, why would you let a piece of software which does not bring you any actual benefit stay on your computer and exploit its resources for nothing other than annoying ad-generation?

To remove Hotcleaner effectively, we suggest you follow the instructions in the Removal Guide below or simply scan your PC with the professional removal tool, which is available on this page.

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Hotcleaner Malware Removal

You are dealing with a malware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to clean up and reset your browser to its original settings without the malware returning. You can find the removal guide here.

For mobile devices refer to these guides instead: Android, iPhone



About the author


Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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