Ourhypewords is a program created to earn ad revenue. To achieve this, Ourhypewords integrates with the user’s browser, and makes modifications in it.
The things that typically get changed inside the browser are its homepage, and its new-tab address. They get replaced by some website which is supposed to gain more traffic that way. Typically, the site is filled with ads and page-redirects, or it tries to get its visitors to buy some specific service or product. In addition to the changed homepage/new-tab page, this app may also enforce a new search engine that your browser would use by default whenever you try to look something up. This type of software behavior is typical for a representative of the browser hijacker category, and, indeed, a number of security researchers have reported that Ourhypewords is, indeed, a hijacker that targets browsers like Edge, Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and others.
If you are visiting this page with hopes of finding a solution to this inconvenience, we are glad to inform you that once you read this article, and then explore the removal guide that comes right after it, you will have all the information you need in order to successfully take care of the hijacker.
A comparison between hijackers and malware programs
Most people do not draw a clear distinction between these two groups of software, and regard the hijackers as yet another form of dangerous computer malware. While there’s certainly basis for that, it is nevertheless inaccurate to refer to a hijacker like Ourhypewords, Digital captcha, iStart Search Bar as a virus. Unlike threatening programs created with the intent to carry out cyber crimes (Ransomware, Trojans, Worms, Spyware, to name a few), a hijacker would mostly be focused on generating advertising revenue. To achieve this, of course, apps like these are likely to do things in your system and browser that you would probably disapprove of. However, the activities of a typical hijacker wouldn’t typically harm the computer you are using, or do anything bad to the files that are in its hard-drives. Because of this, the word “virus” is not totally accurate when you are referring to a browser hijacker.
You should still remove the browser hijacker
Though we said that such an app would typically not pose any direct threat to your system, you must understand that, indirectly, a hijacker may lead to some problems with your system’s security. Every change made to your browser without your informed approval can be regarded as a potential security weakness, especially considering the fact that the newly-imposed elements in your browser may trigger the generation of obscure ads of questionable origins. One of the biggest problems with that is you can never know if a given ad, banner, or pop-up isn’t linked to some phishing page, or to one that contains malware. After all, Trojans, Spyware, Ransomware, and other threats of this caliber oftentimes get distributed through the help of ads that are designed to mislead the user and trick them into downloading the malicious program hidden behind them.
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Remove Ourhypewords Virus
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 Ourhypewords 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 Ourhypewords from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Remove Ourhypewords 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!