Remove Read This Hot Stuff Today “Virus” (April 2019 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove Read This Hot Stuff Today “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

A browser hijacker such as Read This Hot Stuff Today “Virus” is a type of an ad-generating and page-redirecting software which is normally harmless but could be extremely irritating because it could cause some issues with your main browser and the way it operates. Simply put, this software may replace your homepage or the default search engine and then install some new buttons, toolbars and shortcuts which may constantly redirect you to sponsored websites full of ads, banners, pop-ups and other commercial content. As a result of that, you may not be able to use your browser normally and may be forced to deal with some potentially unwanted changes inside your Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or whatever your browser of choice currently is.

This is all usually done with the idea to turn the hijacked browser into an advertising platform where different sponsored banners, ads, pop-ups, pop-unders, new-tabs, page-redirect links and other intrusive commercial messages could get promoted. Of course, these ads and redirects are aimed at landing you on specific pages that can generate money for the creators of the browser hijacker, typically on the basis of Pay Per Click and Pay Per View remuneration models. Fortunately, none of these ad-generating or page-redirecting activities will mess with your system in a  harmful way. Applications such as Read This Hot Stuff Today aren’t some nasty viruses or representatives of malware categories like Ransomware, Trojans or Spyware and, therefore, your files, your online accounts and your OS are unlikely to get damaged in any way.

It’s still important to be on your guard around hijackers

Despite lacking any actual harmful abilities, however, keeping a hijacker like this one on your computer can still be very annoying. The main reason is, the web disturbance and the constant ad interruptions coming from such software can be quite intolerable for some people and may actually contribute to the exposure to insecure web locations. For instance, if an ad or a link generated by an application like Read This Hot Stuff Today “Virus” turns out to be misleading, you may land on sites that may hide security hazards such as viruses, Trojans or Ransomware. And even if you don’t get infected, you may still get tricked into purchasing some low-quality products or into downloading some potentially unwanted components on your system, which may further slow it down, create system issues, cause unresponsiveness and general instability. For this reason, most users who get a hijacker inside their browsers prefer to uninstall the invasive app and remove all of its additional components and any changes that it has enforced. 

Read This Hot Stuff Today “Virus”

How to deal with Read This Hot Stuff Today safely and effectively?

The representatives of the browser hijacker category are typically “hidden” inside different free installers, application bundles, torrents and automatic updates. That’s’ why, in many instances, the web users may not know about their presence inside a given application setup and may install them in the system by default when they go through the main installer and agree to the Automatic installation settings. However, if you select the Custom/Advanced setup menu instead of the Automatic one, you will be able to remove any potentially unwanted component that might have been bundled before it gets installed in your system. In case you skip these options, you will need to uninstall the potentially unwanted browser hijacker with the help of the instructions in the removal guide below or with the help of a reliable security app, such as the one that we have added to the guide.

SUMMARY:

Name Read This Hot Stuff Today
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  You may constantly get redirected to different sponsored sites full of ads, banners and annoying pop-ups.
Distribution Method Software bundling, torrents, ads, spam, free downloads, shareware sites, freeware platforms.
Detection Tool

Remove Read This Hot Stuff Today “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


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).

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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.

DNS

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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Read This Hot Stuff Today  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 Read This Hot Stuff Today  from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Read This Hot Stuff Today  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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