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Humisnee

Humisnee is an unwanted app programmed to become part of the computer’s main browser as soon as it gets installed. The job of Humisnee is to make changes in your browser that would allow for the generation of paid ads and page redirects.

Humisnee

The Humisnee will redirect your main browser.

The whole purpose of applications like Humisnee is advertising-oriented. These apps are called browser hijackers and they change the browser in order to spam it with different forms of paid advertisements. Those advertisements earn money based on the infamous remuneration model known as Pay-Per-Click. In addition, the hijacker would also start to fill the browser with sudden page redirects and open new tabs without requesting your permission. Those page redirects also earn money on the basis of another similar model called Pay-Per-View.

Usually, a hijacker would be compatible with all the most popular browsers, including Firefox, Chrome, and Edge. Changes to the homepage, the search engine, the toolbar, and the new-tab page are commonplace with hijackers like Humisnee. To some users, these browser modifications introduced by the hijacker may initially seem like helpful additions to the browser that are supposed to improve the user’s browsing experience. After all, many normal add-ons for browsers introduce changes to the browser in order to provide the user with some new function or tool that would benefit them in a certain way. However, any changes that the hijacker makes are almost guaranteed to be focused on further exposing you to more advertisements and page redirects without really benefiting you in any actual way. That is one of the reasons apps like Humisnee are seen as undesirable and why it’s advisable to have Humisnee uninstalled in case it is currently part of your browser.

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A hijacker app like Humisnee.com is not a virus program that is supposed to damage the computer where it is installed. The worst hijackers like Humisnee.com could do is cause slow-downs in your PC due to their excessive use of system resources, needed for the constant generation of advertisements, and obstruct your browsing experience with their aggressive ads and site redirects.

However, even though this app is not some malicious Ransomware virus or a Trojan horse infection, its unwanted actions on your computer could, albeit indirectly, potentially put your system’s safety in jeopardy. The main problem here stems from the nature of the advertisements and their possible origins. The creators of most hijacker apps do not concern themselves with the reputation of the sites they advertise in the users’ browsers. As long as the advertised site’s owners pay their commission, the site in question will be advertised by the hijacker. However, what if that site is illegal, unsafe, and what if it contains malware such as Spyware, Ransomware, or Trojan horse viruses? In that case, you stand to get your computer infected if you accidentally land on such a site. In this case, the best solution would be to uninstall the hijacker and, with the help of our removal guide, we believe that you’d be able to do that from your home, without the need to have your computer checked by a specialist.

SUMMARY:

Name Humisnee
Type Browser Hijacker
Detection Tool

 

Humisnee Virus Removal

Many users may successfully remove Humisnee from their computer by simply uninstalling the extension/s that the hijacker has installed in their browsers. That’s why our suggestion is that you first give a try to the following instructions to see if they can help:

  1. Launch the browser that has been hijacked.
  2. Head to its main menu icon and click it.
  3. Select the More Tools/Add-ons option.
  4. After that, search for the Extensions option/sub-menu and select it to view all the extensions that are currently installed in the browser.
  5. If you find an extension/add-on that is clearly related to Humisnee and could be responsible for hijacking your results, select it and click on its Remove/Trash Bin button. This will remove it from the browser.
  6. Once you are sure there are no more questionable extensions/add-ons that need to be removed, restart the browser and use it for a while to see if the hijacker problem has been resolved. 

Ideally, Humisnee should be gone after you complete the six instructions above. If this is not the case, and you keep seeing nagging pop-up ads, redirects, and other signs of browser hijacking activity, then use the more elaborate instructions below to deal with the unwanted program effectively.


Step1

Preparation! You will be required to do a system restart in Safe Mode in order to complete all the removal steps from the guide. For this reason, it is strongly advisable that you use the Bookmark option of your browser to save the page with these instructions before restarting the computer. In this way, you can quickly get back to the removal guide and complete the removal process of Humisnee that you have started. 

A detailed guide on how to Reboot in Safe Mode can be found in the active link. Please, complete it and then come back to this page when the computer reboots.

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

The actual removal of Humisnee starts with searching the system for dangerous Humisnee-related processes that the browser hijacker operates in the background.

The place where all these processes could be seen is the Windows Task Manager that you can access by using the CTRL + SHIFT + ESC keyboard key combination.

Once in the Task Manager, visit the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10), and in the active processes list, look for processes that have odd names (it is not necessary that they have the Humisnee name) or consume a lot of system resources without any particular reason. 

Right-click on each process that grabs your attention and select Open File Location

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Next, check all files stored in that location for malicious code by running them through professional malware scanning software. Our free online virus scanner below can be used for that if you don’t have a trusted scanning software at hand:

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    The results from the scan will help you decide if you have to end the process related to the scanned files or not.

    To end a process that you have found dangerous, select it from the Task Manager, right-click on it and select End Process Tree. Also, don’t forget to delete its related files and their folders from their file location.

    Note: Please do an online research and a proper malware scan before stopping processes in the Task Manager or deleting their files. Stopping legitimate processes unrelated to the threat may seriously affect the stability and the performance of your system and your other apps.

    Step3

    If you believe that some bogus software has introduced Humisnee in the system, you need to find that software and uninstall it in order to prevent the browser hijacker from reinstalling its components.

    An easy way to do that is to press the Windows logo key and the R key from the keyboard together and type appwiz.cpl in the Run window that will open:

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    Click OK to execute the command that you have typed and this will open a window showing all applications that are presently installed on your computer. In that list, search for potentially unwanted apps that could have a link to the browser hijacker and uninstall them. Pay special attention to third-party apps that you have recently installed that led to the appearance of Humisnee on your computer, research them online and uninstall them if you decide that they are the source.

    Next, you need to disable any startup entries that the browser hijacker may have added. For that, open System Configurations (type msconfig in the Windows search field and hit enter) and select the Startup tab to review the list of Startup Items.

    Remove the checkmark for any items that seem to be related to Humisnee and click OK to save your changes. Again, be very careful here as disabling legitimate startup entries may destabilize the operation of your OS and its apps.

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    Step4

    The Hosts file of your computer is another place where Humisnee might have made some changes. To check it,  press the Windows and R keys together and copy-paste the line below in the Run window that will open:

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

    Next, press Enter and scroll the text in the Hosts file until you find Localhost. Check if some strange IPs have been added there just as in the example image below and if you see anything suspicious,  copy the questionable addresses and paste them in the comments section below this post. A member of our team will take a look at the IPs and will tell you if they are dangerous and need to be removed. 

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    After you are done with the Hosts file, you need to check for any DNS changes that Humisnee might have made without your knowledge and remove them. This can be done by going to Network Connections (type it in the windows search field and open the result) and completing the steps below:

    1. Select the Network Adapter that is currently in use and right-click it.
    2. From the pop-up menu choose Properties.
    3. After that, scroll and find Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP) from the list and select it.
    4. Then, click on the Properties button that becomes active at the bottom of the window.
    5. Make sure the Obtain DNS server automatically is selected and once it is, click on the Advanced button (bottom right).
    6. You will find yourself in the Advanced TCP/IP Settings.
    7. Click on DNS tab and delete everything that has been added in the DNS server addresses field by clicking on the Remove button.
    8. Confirm the deletions you have made by clicking on the OK button.

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    Step5

    If you are using one or more browsers on your computer, the instructions in this step will help you reset any changes in their settings that the browser hijacker may have imposed without your approval. 

    Important! Please apply the instructions below for all browsers that are presently installed on your system. This will ensure that Humisnee will not reinstall itself and bother you again after you reboot the computer. 

    • Select the shortcut icon of the hijacked browser and right-click it. 
    • Next, select Properties 

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    • Go to the Shortcut tab
    • In Target and remove everything that has been added after .exe just as shown on the image below
    • In the end, click on the OK button to apply your changes. 

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Humisnee from Internet Explorer:

    • In Internet Explorer, go to   IE GEAR and click it.
    • Select Manage Add-ons

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    • Disable any add-ons that look potentially unwanted or could be linked to Humisnee. 
    • Go to IE GEAR once again and select Internet Options.
    • If the URL of the homepage has been replaced, change it to a homepage address of your choice and Apply the changes.

    firefox-512 Remove Humisnee from Firefox:

    • Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu (top right) and go to Add-ons>>>Extensions.
    • Remove any extensions that you don’t use or look suspicious.  If needed, first disable them.

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Humisnee from Chrome:

    • Close Google Chrome and go here C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. 
    • Search for a Folder called “Default”
    • Once you find it, select it and right-click on it.

    Rename the Folder to Backup Default

    • Rename the folder’s name to Backup Default and save it that way.
    • Restart the browser after that. 

    Step6

    Finally, you need to search the Registry for entries that Humisnee might have added without your knowledge. Here is how to do that:

    • Type Regedit in the windows search field, press Enter and open the result.
    • The Registry Editor window will open.
    • Press CTRL and F together to open a Find window.
    • Type the Name of the browser hijacker in the Find window and click on Find Next.
    • Delete any entries that are found.
    • Repeat the search until no more results are found.

    After that go manually to the directories below: 

    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—Software—Random Directory 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—Software—Microsoft—Windows—CurrentVersion—Run—Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—Main—Random

    In each of them, delete/uninstall anything that you find suspicious. 

    Attention! Deleting Registry entries hides risks for the stability and the normal operation of your OS. To avoid involuntary system corruption, please carefully research the items that you want to delete, or use a professional removal tool that can clean the dangerous entries without a risk. Also, feel free to ask us any questions that you may have in the comments section below this post.

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    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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