Hugoclose.com Malware

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Hugoclose.com

Hugoclose.com represents the infamous software category of browser hijackers. Hugoclose.com integrates with most popular web browsers and causes them to behave in a predetermined way.

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The Hugoclose.com Virus will redirect your browser searches.

Namely, software of this kind will typically install ad-generating components in the affected Chrome, Firefox, Edge or whatever other browser you’re using. As a result, a direct consequence of having a program like Hugoclose.com in your system will be the systematic (if not constant) exposure to numerous online advertising materials. In other words, you can expect to see a dramatic increase in the amounts of popups, box messages, in-text links and banners that you come across during browsing sessions.

Furthermore, Hugoclose.com may also be responsible for the sudden page redirects you begin to experience. And as if that weren’t enough, browser hijackers have a strong tendency to change other browser settings like those having to do with the homepage and/or default search engine. What’s more, if you were to try and change those settings back to what they used to be before Hugoclose.com, you will find that it can’t be done.

And, unfortunately, as long as Hugoclose.com is present in your system, this is how it will continue to be. Browser hijackers are notoriously ‘sticky’ and stubborn. This can be derived from the unwanted browser changes, as well as from the fact that removing them from the infected system can be fairly tricky as well. The developers of this type of software aren’t exactly eager to have users uninstalling it. Therefore, they try and make it difficult and if you try to go about this on your own, you will likely keep missing some residual components that keep getting left behind.

So, in order to save you the trouble of having to figure things out for yourself, we compiled a removal guide for Hugoclose.com just below this post.

The Hugoclose.com Malware

Browser hijackers such as the Hugoclose.com malware exist for the sole purpose of generating profit for their creators. And usually this is done through PPC and PPV (or similar) remuneration systems. Hence, the more ads you click on, the more revenue is earned by the developers of this browser hijacker.

And there’s nothing wrong with this practice as it is. However, the means by which these ad-generating programs enforce it are often very aggressive and intrusive. And this has contributed to browser hijackers like Hugoclose.com typically being seen as potentially unwanted programs or PUPs.

Another reason for this is the type of content that software like Hugoclose.com advertises and promotes. Suffice to say that the developers are rarely if ever concerned with how safe the pages that they redirect you to are or where the sponsored ads lead. Therefore, there is always the risk of running into a compromised web location, an infected ad or some other dangerous piece of content that could hide viruses and malware. With that said, if you’d rather not have your device infected by ransomware, Trojan horse viruses or other malicious code, we would recommend not interacting with any of the advertising materials displayed by Hugoclose.com.

 

SUMMARY:

Name Hugoclose.com
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Page redirects to various seemingly random web locations, numerous online ads visible during browsing sessions, changes to the browser’s appearance, etc. 
Distribution Method As a rule with the help of program bundles that can typically be downloaded from various file-sharing platforms.
Detection Tool

Remove Hugoclose.com Malware

To try and remove Hugoclose.com quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the Hugoclose.com extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Hugoclose.com by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Hugoclose.com and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Hugoclose.com 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


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

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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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

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.

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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 Hugoclose.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 Hugoclose.com from Firefox:

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

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

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

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!


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