This page aims to help you remove Internet_ExplorerPatch.hta. These Internet_ExplorerPatch.hta removal instructions work for every version of Windows. µTorrent (utorrent) was detected to be connected to the issue.
If you are seeing a dramatic increase in the amount of Ads displayed and these Ads persist as you change pages then you’ve probably correctly assumed that Internet_ExplorerPatch.hta is the reason behind them. This Adware application claims to help people, but in reality it exist only to promote its affiliated sites. It targets your internet browser specifically and it can attach itself as an add-on to all popular browsers – Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer. Its uninstall method can be a bit tricky and it is the reason we wrote this article for you.
|Name||Internet_ExplorerPatch.hta (this is a well-known scare tactic that aims to have you install Adware)|
|Danger Level||Medium (Unwanted Ads will try to sell you fraudulent goods or install other Adware)|
|Symptoms||New Ads-full tabs opening, changes of search results, general slowdown of PC|
|Distribution Method||Infected executables obtained from torrents, email spam bombs or via software bundles.|
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Internet_ExplorerPatch.hta from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove attachments to browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your Add/Remove Programs.
5: Permanently delete the threat from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Uninstall the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
How was Internet_ExplorerPatch.hta installed on your PC
The web is a huge place, but remember that as most other malware Internet_ExplorerPatch.hta is installed via an executable file, which are usually used for the installation of different programs. Internet_ExplorerPatch.hta might have been installed either directly on indirectly.
A direct installation is when you run the exe file and it installs only the Adware without any additional programs. This is usually the case when you install the Adware yourself believing to be installing a useful program or when the executable is labeled as something else entirely. These renamed executables usually come as email attachments or from torrent or online storage sites.
- Torrents, blogs, forums and general online storage sites often have infected executables uploaded to them. The level of security over these sites is usually minimal or non-existent and and file you download from them is a potential Pandora’s Box. Always download software from the official developer’s site when possible. A simple Google search by the name of the program is enough to take you to that site.
- Ads (including these created by Internet_ExplorerPatch.hta) will often go to great lengths to persuade you that you have a problem with your computer and you need this specific PC fixing or optimization software installed immediately. Always be skeptical of these offers – unknown software of this type exaggerates the severity of problems or creates fake ones where they are non. Benign old registry files may be blamed for your PC’s slowness when in reality the lag is created by the Adware itself as it sucks system resources for its own processes.
An indirect installation occurs when you are installing what we like to call a software bundle. This is basically an installer for a program that has a couple of other programs bundled inside of it. When you use the Default/Quick installation option all those extra programs hidden inside are also installed on your PC – usually without even giving you any indication of the fact! This method was originally conceived in order to help developers advertise their other products or the products of their partners. Unfortunately at the mo moment this trick is used to load nasty Adware or even malware inside – programs in the likes of Internet_ExplorerPatch.hta. To avoid having your PC infected in this way make a habit out of using only the Advanced installation option. Read through its menus inside – one of them will contain a list of all programs that are about to be installed. Remove any bonus programs from that list.
Don’t trust the Ads – Internet_ExplorerPatch.hta is not your friend
Internet_ExplorerPatch.hta is an Ad-based malware and as such you may be seeing some really good offers. Keep in mind that those are often fake or lead to 3rd world online stores that you would never have been able to find your own. Quality is questionable, chance to even receive what you purchase is fairly low, not to mention warranties. Software is probably useless bloatware that does nothing and pornographic sites are click-baits that will steal your credit card number if you try to pay them anything. The best course of action (until you remove Internet_ExplorerPatch.hta) is to stay as far away from the Ads is possible. Limit yourselves to just closing the windows they spawn and you should be OK.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is just the first preparation.
The first mandatory thing is to Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders. Read here more how to do it. Each version of Windows does this slightly differently.
- I repeat – it’s extremely important you do this. Internet_ExplorerPatch.hta may have hidden some of its files and you need to see them to delete them.
Also, repeat Step 2 for ALL browsers you have installed – the virus probably infected them all.
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malware. Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply. Also, Reset Your IE Settings
Remove Internet_ExplorerPatch.hta from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
The problem should be lurking somewhere around here – Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.
Remove Internet_ExplorerPatch.hta from Chrome:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Delete everything but the search engines you normally use. After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, delete EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Hold the Start Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Uninstall any suspicious programs. Also, viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Start Key and R again – then copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t type or change it. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Right click on the Taskbar and choose “Start Task Manager.”
Then click the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
The final step is also the most important one, as it will delete any remaining processes and files associated with Internet_ExplorerPatch.hta. Please be careful – if you make a mistake and delete the wrong files you can damage your system significantly. Follow the instruction closely and you should be fine, but if you are still worried we advise you to download a professional remover to take care of this for you.
Getting the software might be a good idea even if you tackle Internet_ExplorerPatch.hta on your own, because the search function is free and you can use it to ensure there are no other threats hidden in a background process.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a Pop Up window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete/uninstall the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious, but bear in mind they are always different.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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