Hourtenwalk is a potentially unwanted browser hijacking application that can display hundreds of pop-up notifications, click-bait ads, banners and other online commercials in your personal computer. In general, Hourtenwalk is associated with aggressive online advertising and page-redirects, thus, the term used to describe it is Browser Hijacker.
The main problem with programs like Hourtenwalk and Fastcaptchasolver is that it isn’t always clear whether they are indeed representatives of the browser hijacker category or some malicious programs that seek to do harm to your machine. This is because most browser hijackers tend to take over the computer with hundreds of unwanted pop-up ads and make some unauthorized changes to the main web browser (e.g. Chrome, Firefox, etc.). For instance, Hourtenwalk may install a search engine of its own, replace the homepage domain with a different one or introduce some new toolbars and redirect buttons that link to specific web locations. These changes can often be very confusing, especially since they typically take place without the users’ approval and a lot of people are quick to conclude that they must have been infected with a virus or malware, such as a Trojan horse, spyware or some sort of ransomware since they can’t recall confirming any of the modifications.
Fortunately, there is a way to determine if the program you are dealing with is a browser hijacker or a virus. In the first case, your web browser will be the only program that will be affected and it will constantly be busy displaying sponsored ads and redirect prompts to promotional pages. In you are infected with a real virus or malware, however, you may detect much more serious issues in your system which may not be limited to your web browser only. For instance, your digital files may be encrypted by ransomware while the system may start to experience frequent errors and crashes if a Trojan has hit it.
Regardless of the absence of malicious features, however, browser hijacker apps can, without a doubt, be considered potentially unwanted. That’s why below we will provide you with instructions on how to remove Hourtenwalk and how to safely uninstall the changes (homepage, search engine and toolbars, etc.) that it has imposed to any of your browsers.
Before you scroll, however, we must tell you that dealing with such apps may not be that easy and you may need the assistance of a professional removal tool to get rid of them completely. In most instances, it is much easier to avoid contamination than to get rid of the unwanted program. This is because most browser hijackers typically don’t have an uninstall option and, to locate and remove them, you may need to navigate through a lot of system locations. If you want to prevent them, however, you only have to pay close attention to a few things. Since a lot of developers bundle browser hijackers and similar ad-generating apps inside free software installers, the most important thing is to always read the EULA when you download and install free apps and select the most detailed option for setup. This is usually the so-called “advanced/custom” option which gives you full control over the setup package and allows you to manually disable any additional or potentially unwanted programs that may be bundled in it.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||A Browser Hijacker will normally make changes to the browser’s homepage and the default search engine.|
|Distribution Method||Free file bundles, torrents, spam messages, click-bait ads and automatic software installers are commonly used to distribute Browser Hijackers.|
Remove Hourtenwalk Virus
To try and remove Hourtenwalk quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Hourtenwalk extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Hourtenwalk by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Hourtenwalk and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Hourtenwalk removal guide below.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide
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).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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.
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.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- 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.
- 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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Hourtenwalk 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 Hourtenwalk from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Hourtenwalk 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.
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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!