Ourhotstories Virus


Ourhotstories

Ourhotstories is a browser-hijacker application that is known for the unwelcome changes it can impose on popular web browsers. Ourhotstories can modify the default homepage, install a new search engine and trigger automatic redirects to sponsored websites.

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The Ourhotstories virus continuously cover the screen with promotional banners and pop-up notifications

In the event that you get infected with a browser hijacker called Ourhotstories, the chances are you would want to figure out how to remove it from your Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, or whichever the affected browser is. The good news is that, on this page, you will find what you need. The signs of having such a piece of software on your machine are very obvious and typically include occasional page redirects to unfamiliar websites and a change in the browser’s homepage or in its default search engine. Other hard to ignore symptoms may include the generation of numerous ads, banners, and pop-ups that appear on top of every web page you visit and won’t go away no matter what you do.

If you’ve been getting disturbed by these activities, in the next lines, we will give you a removal guide with all the instructions you need to uninstall Ourhotstories and remove its changes. Don’t worry if you are not a very experienced user since this software is not a virus, a Ransomware or a Trojan Horse and, if you carefully follow the steps, you will be able to deal with it all on your own.

Programs such as Ourhotstories are designed to serve the online marketing industry

Browser hijackers, such as Ourhotstories and Captcha Decode, are tools that are used to deliver different advertisements to the web browser’s screen or to redirect the users’ web searches to predetermined websites that are full of sponsored content. This method of online advertising involves a lot of money and serves the interests of sellers, online marketers, and software developers. The people who need advertising services typically pay the software developers of hijacker programs like Ourhotstories to load them with specific adverts and redirect prompts. The commission for the hijackers’ creators is based on how many user clicks on the displayed ads receive. Therefore, the developers are implementing different strategies to increase their Pay-Per-Click revenue by increasing the chances that the users would click on the paid ads and links. Most commonly, they set programs such as Ourhotstories to continuously cover the screen with promotional banners, pop-up notifications, and redirect requests. However, they also tend to install sponsored search engines or homepage URLs that are specifically configured to guide the users to the revenue-generating sites and ads.

From a legal point of view, such methods aren’t outlawed since they are only used to promote advertising content and not to cause harm. At the same time, clicking on random pop-up messages and landing on unfamiliar sites may potentially expose the system to external security risks. The reason is there are many misleading and malicious web ads and illegal websites nowadays that can easily deliver a virus such as a Ransomware or a Trojan Horse into your system if you land on them.

This alone is enough for many experts to place browser hijackers such as Ourhotstories in the category of potentially unwanted programs even though they don’t have the destructive capabilities of real malware. If a browser hijacker is causing you disturbance or are preventing you from using your browser normally, this could be yet another good reason to uninstall it.

SUMMARY:

Name Ourhotstories
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms A change in the browser’s homepage or the main search engine are typical symptoms of a browser hijacker infection.
Distribution Method Software bundles, free installers, torrents, spam email messages, ads, freeware and shareware sites.
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Remove Ourhotstories

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

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Ourhotstories 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!

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

    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.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Ourhotstories 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 Ourhotstories from Firefox:

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

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Ourhotstories 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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    About the author

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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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