Yourhotfeed

Yourhotfeed

Yourhotfeed is a small component that gets added to Firefox, Chrome, and other browsers and begins to cause the generation of page-redirects and ads. Yourhotfeed can be described as a browser hijacker as it takes over the settings of the browser and changes them without asking the user for permission.

Yourhotfeed

The Yourhotfeed virus can easily take control of your monitor and interrupt your regular browsing

Stubborn ads which will continue popping up while you are surfing the Internet can be a quite annoying subject. Getting spammed all over the place in a variety of designs, colors and shapes, they can easily take control of your monitor and interrupt your regular browsing. It is, therefore, not difficult to see why you’d decide to remove all those pop-ups as soon as possible. Most often, what is causing this bothersome issue is a tool named the Yourhotfeed. Thankfully, in this post, we’re going to provide you with everything you need as a way to easily take care of this sort of invasive application.

Yourhotfeed, Browser Hijackers and Viruses

Whenever people see a Browser Hijacker, they usually mistakenly believe their computer has become a victim of a malicious infection. Computer viruses are destructive by design – they do not display advertising materials – they will gain access to the user’s data, spy or engage in various other harmful activities. Ransomware is a type of destructive type of computer viruses we could give you as a possible example. It will lock all personal files in a computer and blackmail its user for ransom money for their restoration. The point we are trying to make is that, as opposed to a PC virus, a Browser Hijacker is more of an irritation rather than anything hazardous and, through the application of the correct guide, it can be removed without any issues. We outlined the distinction between malicious programs and Browser Hijackers in order to calm you down but none of this should make you think that the Yourhotfeed and Captcha Filter shouldn’t be uninstalled. This is, naturally, a removal guide. One especially irritating and worrisome fact that we need to add is here is that the majority of Browser Hijacker programs are legal regardless of how tough they could be to eliminate or how nagging the Ads they create happen to be.

The Safety of your Computer is in your hands

You’ll often find Browser Hijacker applications bundled with other software – a distribution method known as software bundling. This technique for spreading Browser Hijackers is among the most efficient ones. Such bundles can be downloaded via torrents or some questionable download websites. Many people regard this as some kind of stealth installation. It is possible to, however, check if and what software has been combined with the installation files of any new software that you download by utilizing the custom installation alternative when trying to install a new application. What users normally do is, they neglect these settings and select the normal installation instead. Most often, there should be an EULA section in the installer where you’ll find all the details that you need to know about the installation.

Obviously, the best way to keep any unwanted software away from your machine is to avoid downloading and installing free software from questionable developers. For those who desperately need a particular computer program and you can’t find it in some popular and reliable internet site, then at least always choose the advanced setup option – there, you should be able to uncheck everything that could turn out to be unwanted software. This can seem like a simple rule but it’ll keep your Computer safe.

SUMMARY:

Name Yourhotfeed
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  You will notice the hijacker once it starts swarming your screen with ads and once it replaces your browser’s default search engine.
Distribution Method The methods that distribute these apps are the software bundling, the spam messages and the clickbait ads.
Detection Tool

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Remove Yourhotfeed Virus

To try and remove Yourhotfeed quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the Yourhotfeed extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Yourhotfeed by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Yourhotfeed and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Yourhotfeed removal guide below.

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).

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.

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    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.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Yourhotfeed 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 Yourhotfeed from Firefox:

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

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Yourhotfeed 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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    About the author

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    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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