Hynomanhete Virus

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Hynomanhete is a malware app that gets secretly introduced into the browser via underhanded techniques and that makes unwanted changes to the browser’s settings. Common Hynomanhete symptoms are sudden page-redirects, aggressive generation of suspicious ads, and changed default browser search engine or homepage.


Rogue software like Hynomanhete, Wave Browser, Poshukach are mainly referred to as browser hijackers – a type of unwanted apps and software components that are primarily used as marketing tools. Their typical goal is to artificially generate more views to different sites by aggressively promoting them within the users’ browsers, using a variety of techniques, including automatic page-redirects, misleading ads and banners, fake captchas, and modified search results. In spite of the security features available in popular browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Opera, or even Mac’s Safari, hijackers like Hynomanhete are still finding ways to enter those browsers, modify their settings, and attempt to trick more users into visiting the sites promoted by them.

Potential dangers

Although the potential for harm typically associated with browser hijackers is not high – those apps are almost never designed to actually damage the user’s data or computer in any way – the presence of Hynomanhete in your system is still not something to be taken lightly. Most hijackers are able to gain various permissions in the browser and in the operating system of the computer that allow them to make various changes, such as replacing the starting page of the browser and its default search engine, and even adding themselves to the list of startup apps of your computer. While, by themselves, such changes aren’t harmful, they could pave the way for more problematic and dangerous forms of malware, that could target and infect your computer. We are talking about threats such as Trojan Horses, Ransomware, Spyware, and more.

Another way you could get exposed to such threats is via the ads and redirects generated by the hijacker – the content promoted by apps like Hynomanhete is oftentimes not safe and could easily land you on phishing or malware-infested pages that can put your privacy and virtual security at serious risk.

For all those reasons, we strongly recommend heading down to our removal guide that we’ve provided in the second part of this article and following the steps shown there in case you currently have Hynomanhete on your computer.


Getting rid of Hynomanhete should be the first step towards ensuring your virtual safety and privacy, but the process doesn’t end there – you also need to make sure that you don’t get any more hijackers in the future. There are numerous ways apps like that get distributed, but so long as you maintain good virtual hygiene, you should be safe for the most part. What this entails is staying away from shady sites, never downloading software that’s not been verified as safe, and not interacting with suspicious-looking content on the Internet. In addition to this, we also strongly recommend always checking the Advanced/Custom setup menus of installation wizards – this is where you’d oftentimes find undesirable or outright harmful software components that have been bundled with the main program from the installer, and this is also where you can uncheck them so that they’d be left out of the installation process.


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Remove Hynomanhete Virus

To try and remove Hynomanhete 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 Hynomanhete extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Hynomanhete by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Hynomanhete and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Hynomanhete 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).



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:

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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. 


    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:

    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.

    • 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.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Hynomanhete 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 Hynomanhete from Firefox:

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

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Hynomanhete 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.


    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!


    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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