Wholehugewords is a browser hijacker that can infect most popular web browsing applications. Once installed in the system, Wholehugewords generally starts making changes to the browser’s settings.
The reason you are reading this is probably because your Chrome, Firefox or Explorer has greeted you with a strange new homepage or a search engine, while dozens of advertisements, banners and redirect links have started to pop up every time you attempt to search for something on the internet. If that’s the case that got you here, you’ve come to the right place. In this removal guide, we will show you how to identify and manually remove the real source that is causing you the current disturbance. The program that is probably generating the advertisements in your browser falls into the browser hijacker category and is called Wholehugewords. In the next lines, we will describe its specifics and will explain you how to uninstall it and stop such software from sneaking back into your system. We will also inform you about the possible risks of keeping a browser hijacker like Wholehugewords, Poshukach, 46e.eu on your computer and explain why it is a good idea to uninstall it as soon as possible.
Browser hijackers and their usual behavior
Browser hijackers are software tools commonly used by advertisers and developers to show huge amounts of advertisements, banners, pop-up messages, sponsored links and promotional websites on the user’s screen during their web browsing. Wholehugewords is a typical representative and its idea is to generate as many of them as possible. This ad-generating activity is actually a legal one, and despite being referred to as annoying by a lot of web users, it is commonly used by many software developers as a technique for gaining enormous earnings from the displayed ad clicks.
Every click is converted into revenue through a business model called Pay-Per-Click, and the people who own the browser hijacker take advantage of that. They usually use such software to sponsor the free distribution of their software and cover the costs for that. This technique is called software bundling, and programs like Wholehugewords are generally distributed this way. They are placed inside the setup wizard of another free program. Users often download and install the free program on their machine, without specifically noticing the presence of the bundled browser hijacker, which is why such software is generally installed by default, without direct user approval.
Is Wholehugewords a virus?
The constant flow of ads, pop-ups and banner messages that cannot be removed, as well as the new tabs and the automatic redirects to different pages can make you feel like you have lost control over your computer and some malicious virus has taken over it. Indeed, this aggressive activity can easily be mistaken for a virus such as a Trojan horse or even Ransomware, that’s why a lot of web users may wrongly refer to Wholehugewords as a virus initially. However, a browser hijacker cannot be regarded as a direct threat and the primary reason is that, unlike Ransomware or Trojans, this type of software does not contain malicious scripts.
Still, some users may get really annoyed by its unwanted ad-generating and page-redirecting activities and prefer to have the browser hijacker uninstalled. In fact, deleting this software is a good idea because it can also decrease the risk of clicking on random or misleading ads that might potentially infect you with some virus or land you on some shady web location. So, if you decide to get rid of Wholehugewords, the removal guide below will certainly help you. Just make sure you carefully follow the instructions or just use the professional removal tool for best results.
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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 Wholehugewords 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 Wholehugewords from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Remove Wholehugewords 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!