This guide was created to remove the Hohosearch “Virus”. The Hohosearch “Virus” removal steps below were tailored for Chrome, Firefox and IE. Although we are calling it a Hohosearch “Virus” it is important to note that it is in fact a browser hijacker – it does not display the necessary qualities associated with a PC virus. A browser hijacker is more closely tied to marketing; it simply opens new tabs in your browser and forces you to go on these websites. It is not inherently malicious.
If you are on this page, you must have realized that you have Hohosearch “Virus” and are seeking solutions as to how to uninstall it. If that is the case, you are on the right page! Even though removing this browser hijacker could be a complicated process, our step-by-step guide will help to ease your way through it. Before you go about uninstalling, it is also important to know about Hohosearch “Virus” and what does it do so as to be able to better avoid it in the future. It’s always easier to block these from installing than it is to get rid of them afterwards.
What is Hohosearch?
According to security experts, it is being classified as an browser hijacker and not a virus. What is the difference? Well, an browser hijacker is a non-malicious piece of programming code which causes no direct harm to the user other than to load numerous advertisements on the infected computer. On the other hand, a virus is malicious and cause both direct and/or indirect harm to the user.
It might seem that Hohosearch is pretty harmless then, however, depending on the day and your mood, the effects of this can alter your state of mind greatly: Some days, the advertisements may be as harmless and inconsequential as a fly on the wall where you do not even register its presence; On other days, it can cause extreme irritation and frustration especially when you are being prevented from accessing the pages that you want due to the numerous pop-up ads.
The advertisements that you will experience may appear in the form of banners, pop-up boxes and ads or even as a separate window. These advertisements are not generic; instead, it is generated by Hohosearch specially based on your interests. This is done by tracking your browsing patterns, history, favourites and bookmarks in Chrome, Firefox and other browsers you may be using. Therefore, the advertisements usually features products or items that you have recently been browsing through. This is also one of the tell-tale signs that you have this threat in your computer.
Always bear in mind that most of the advertisements are fake!
The deals and coupons that are featured in the advertisements that it generates are all fictitious regardless of how believable and tempting it might seem. The greatest deals have their price inflated beforehand so they appear more lucrative. In reality you may even be buying an item for more money than its market value.
If and when you click on these advertisements, you will be directed to another webpage. These pages can be dangerous in the following ways:
- It is a portal where other browser hijacker can access and be loaded onto your computer.
- It promotes the “latest” programs that are instead, full of security loopholes that allows viruses and malwares to access your computer in the future.
- It is one of the many pay-per-click sites that helps the creators to earn money.
For Hohosearch, removing the application itself is only the first step. More importantly it is to learn what you can do to prevent the installation of other such programs in the future.
How do I avoid installing programs like this and remove Hohosearch from my PC?
To enable the spread of this browser hijacker, its creators usually bundle it up with other software and programs that are freely available online. Therefore, after downloading such programs, especially the illegal ones, go for the “Custom Installation” instead of “Automatic Installation” option. This is where you are able to view all the files that are bundled together in the program download.
At this stage, look through the names of all the files carefully and uncheck any one that seems unfamiliar to you. If during the custom installation process you are not being provided with a list of files that will be installed onto your computer, select the “Advanced Setting” option as there are cases whereby Hohosearch is hidden within such settings to better avoid detection.
|Danger Level||Medium (More annoying than dangerous, this is still something you want removed from your PC)|
|Symptoms||Browser redirects, search result replacements and pop-up signs are all characteristic for this program.|
|Distribution Method||Very often installed alongside other applications downloaded from various platforms such as P2P networks.
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
- Do not skip this – Hohosearch may have hidden some of its files.
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.
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.
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 Hohosearch from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malware —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Hohosearch from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the browser hijacker/malware —> Remove.
Remove Hohosearch 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.
- At this point the malware is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
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 they don’t show 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
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!