This article was designed to help users remove “Powered by HD4Ever” from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
“Powered by HD4Ever” is a program suspiciously acting like a malicious software known as Adware. The name deriving from the words “Advertisements” and “Malware”. True to its name this virus will bombard you with pop-up Ads any time you decide to use your browser. This is a real pain in the behind, especially if the infected computer in question is a work one. It certainly would be embarrassing to get a pop-up ad for a porn site during a work presentation for example, to say the least. Of course “Powered by HD4Ever” is just as much annoying if it has invaded your PC. You should always remember with Adware – do not click on the ads and do not install anything suggested by the virus. The former because you will more than likely be redirected to numerous shady and fraudulent websites. The latter because this type of malware is notoriously going to try every trick in the book in order to deceive you into installing similar threats to your system. More on that in our free removal guide.
How did I get infected with “Powered by HD4Ever”?
While there are indeed different ways for an unsuspecting internet user to get infected with this virus, more likely than not this has happened though a bundle with another software. The usual suspects are freeware programs and games that you may have installed recently. Many times creators of free software are looking for ways to monetize at least partially on their work. So they allow additional software to be bundled together with their creation. Many times this additional software will be completely harmless but in some cases you are getting “Powered by HD4Ever” or something similar. The way to avoid this is to be really careful what exactly is being installed onto your hard drive.
Sometimes oversights happen, do not lose your composure, we are here to help you. Just follow our instructions on how to immediately remove the threat.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove “Powered by HD4Ever” from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove “Powered by HD4Ever” from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
Remove “Powered by HD4Ever”
Before we begin please take a moment to read through this paragraph. Our removal guide has been created so it may help you to remove “Powered by HD4Ever” from your system. That one is fairly obvious. What you might not now is the creators of this malware are constantly checking for universal solutions like our guide so they alter their creations fairly often. What this means it there might be different alterations of the virus floating around.
So some of the steps might be completely redundant or you might need to adjust a little bit. In any case keep calm and read carefully each step, if need be skip the ones that seem unfamiliar to you. Of course you can contact us with questions and recommendations in the comments section and on our Google+ page.
Our first step here is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:
Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 10 Users:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
Continue with Step 2.
Dear reader, please make a note to yourself that “Powered by HD4Ever” has infected all of your browsers by now. Meaning you will need to apply every single step for each browser present on your computer, even the ones you might not use regularly. Otherwise you may not get rid of the virus completely.
Also please make sure to take a moment and read how you might have been duped by this malware into installing more of its kind. If you believe this has happened, they do your best to try and recount what was installed so you can remove it afterwards.
- A pop-up urging you to install a missing update for Windows.
- A message signaling you have missing codecs or software updates for programs like Java, Adobe products, Winamp etc.
- A pop-up windows informing you that your system is infected and providing a link to software that will make your problem go away.
- Strange toolbars might appear in your browser.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find “Powered by HD4Ever” . 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.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
“Powered by HD4Ever” should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Go to STEP 3.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the virus and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
Go to STEP 3.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Go to STEP 3.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Continue with STEP 4.
(Works for XP, 7, 8, 8.1)
Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for “Powered by HD4Ever” and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. 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 Windows Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. 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.
Go to STEP 5.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose 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.
A BIG WARNING HERE! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
The moment of truth! The next Steps are pivotal to successfully removing the virus from your device. Unfortunately you are in danger of severely and irreversibly damaging your system if you make a mistake. We strongly advice extreme caution and only continue with the next step if you are completely sure what you are doing. If you are not or do not want to risk it all, downloading a pro “Powered by HD4Ever” remover might be the better option for you. In either case you do not want to risk letting this Adware stay on your PC a moment longer!
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.
Move on to STEP 6.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “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 the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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STEP 7 – Optimization
We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.