This page aims to help you remove HotShoppy. These HotShoppy removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Every time you open your browser, a series of ads and popping messages appear on your screen and you don’t know how to stop them? If this is the problem you are facing here we may help you solve it in no time. The source of your disturbance is an adware program called HotShoppy and in the next lines, you are going to learn how this program sneaked in your system and why is it so aggressive in displaying ads on your screen. In case you are irritated by the ads invasion, at the end of the article, you are going to find a removal guide with detailed description on how to safely uninstall the ads generating software. This way, you will be able to save yourself from the ads permanently. But before that, it is a good idea to spend a few minutes and learn more about the specifics of adware applications in order to prevent close interactions with them in future.
Here is more about HotShoppy:
HotShoppy is a piece of software that has been developed to display different types of advertising messages. The developers of this application have included a special advertising code that displays the ads, which can come as pop-ups, boxes, new tabs on your browser, or through a sidebar that appears on the screen. In general, this type of software is mostly known as adware. Adware is considered as a legitimate way of displaying advertising messages on the users’ screen while they browse the web. It is related to the online marketing industry and is mainly created to serve its needs.
Adware applications are the preferred method of many developers to earn some money through clicks on the ads displayed. It helps them to lower their software distribution and advertising costs. Not only that, but adware is a great way to collect some valuable marketing information for their targets and many enterprises include it in their free software packages.
How is HotShoppy installed on your system?
Adware applications could usually be found in installation packages along with other software. Many ad-supported plugins, games or programs are distributed as adware and there is a growing number of software developers who often distribute their products as “sponsored” through adware until users pay for a registration. HotShoppy is one such application. That’s why, when you download a software that is distributed for free, there is a great chance that it has an adware program coming along with it. If you install the desired software through the “quick” or “normal” installation option, you may not notice the adware, because it is found in the “advanced” options of the installation wizard. This is how you may end up with a bunch of undesired applications without your notice.
What may adware do?
The main activity of adware is to display pop-ups, ads, banners, links, boxes and pages that contain advertising content. It can integrate with any browser you may use – be it Chrome, Firefox, IE or others. HotShoppy tries to target the ads with your last browsing searches or interests. Therefore, it may collect some browsing-related data, history of your searches and pages you have visited. Some people may consider this as disturbing activity that violates their online privacy. Moreover, adware can easily turn into a serious browsing related interruption, especially when it starts to aggressively flood the screen with dozens of ads. Sometimes, as a side effect of that activity, your system may perform sluggishly and cause your screen to freeze while the adware uses some of your processing power. Therefore, users would rather uninstall it to avoid these undesired activities.
Is adware malicious?
You may have heard that adware has been criticized and referred to as a virus. Now, we agree that dealing with the ads could be quite the unpleasant experience, however, we should point out that HotShoppy represents nothing malicious. This means that, unlike viruses or malware threats like Ransomware and Trojan horses, adware cannot infect other computers, spread within networks, corrupt system files, steal information or encrypt your data. All in all, nothing harmful could happen to your PC if you find adware on it. Still, the browsing related disturbance it may cause is a source of great irritation for many and they may actively seek for ways to remove it.
How to safely uninstall HotShoppy from your system?
In case you don’t want to have a close encounter with adware applications, the best prevention is to stay away from the places they are commonly found in. Mostly, these are the free software bundles and ad-supported plug-ins. If you really need to use such things, it is a good idea to always check what you are getting in the bundle. To prevent adware from getting installed, always check the advanced options in the installation wizard and simply deselect the things you don’t want. Now, since you’ve already ended up with HotShoppy on your machine, below is a detailed removal guide that will help you manually delete it. Please, follow the instructions closely, and let us know in case you need some help.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||A series of ads and popping messages appear on your screen.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundles, ad-supported plugins, ads “sponsored” applications|
WARNING! If you are a Mac OS X User, please refer to this guide instead: How to remove ads on Mac
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
- Do not skip this – HotShoppy may have hidden some of its files.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
- Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove HotShoppy from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove HotShoppy from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove HotShoppy from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!