If your computer has been infected by a program called Myhugewords, then you have landed yourself what experts commonly refer to as a browser hijacker. Myhugewords embeds itself in popular web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Opera.
The reason why this type of software has been dubbed browser hijackers is because of the liberties they start taking once integrated with the main browsing program. Specifically, programs like Myhugewords or Best Faust Captcha will as a rule start imposing their own browser configurations and make changes to the browser’s interface. Like, for instance, you may notice new elements like toolbars and buttons in your browser. In addition, there may be a new homepage there now to greet you every time you open a new tab or window. And your online searches will most likely now be facilitated by a new default search engine.
By such means the browser hijacker usually ensures a boost in traffic for the websites that it has worked into the browser’s settings. But another way that it can achieve this is by causing page redirects to said websites, which is something very commonly reported by victims of software like Myhugewords.
Other very common symptoms of similar infections include the dramatic increase in the amount of online ads you see during your browsing sessions. For example, you may find yourself having to close tons of popups or navigate past screen-wide banners that obstruct your view of any given site or page. These ads are typically generated from within your own browser, so if you have anything like popup or other ad blockers installed on your machine, they will be powerless against these online advertisements.
The only chance you stand at overcoming all the annoying and downright infuriating changes imposed on you by Myhugewords is if you remove it from your system. But as this is often not the easiest task to manage, we have put together a detailed removal guide below that should walk you through all the necessary steps.
Is Myhugewords dangerous?
Browser hijackers generally serve the purpose of generating income for their developers through the display of sponsored messages and paid ads. That’s all. They are not equipped to steal sensitive data, corrupt your system or in any other way cause damage the way that computer viruses can.
However, due to their underhanded installation methods (e.g. program bundles), as well as all the aggressive changes they make to your browsing experience, most experts classify these types of programs as potentially unwanted. And another reason for this is actually the fact that they may even expose your system to various external threats, even highly dangerous ones like Trojans, ransomware viruses and rootkits.
This may happen as a result of being redirected to a web location that happens to have been compromised by hackers, for example. Fake or infected ads are also very common malware distributors, so we would recommend trying to keep your interactions with any types of online advertising content to a minimum. And instead of having to worry about every popup or box messages that comes your way, it’s easier to simply have Myhugewords removed from your computer altogether.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Page redirects to various sponsored pages that take place without warning, obvious changes to the browser’s settings, unusually large quantities of ads on every site.|
|Distribution Method||Usually bundled with various free programs such as system optimization tools, file converters, low-quality games, etc.|
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
Remove Myhugewords Virus
To try and remove Myhugewords 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 Myhugewords extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Myhugewords by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Myhugewords and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Myhugewords 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 Myhugewords 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 Myhugewords from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Remove Myhugewords 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!