Remove Hohosearch “Virus” from Chrome/Firefox

Welcome to our instrunctions on how to remove Hohosearch. This article intends to help you remove Hohosearch from your system and is designed to work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer and all Windows versions.

If you suspect that your computer has Hohosearch.com and you are looking for ways to go about uninstalling it, you have certainly found the place that will help you! Here, we provide you with the basic information about this program – so as to help you better identify it – as well as a step-by-step guide that will ensure its removal.

Hohosearch.com
Hohosearch “Virus”

What is Hohosearch “Virus” and why is it harmful?

Some people might think that Hohosearch is a virus, however, according to security experts, it is classified as an Browser Hijacker and not a virus. An Browser Hijacker is harmless and does not (typically) pose as any form of threat to its host computer whereas a virus can malicious and dangerous to many aspects of your PC.

Hohosearch, as an Browser Hijacker, seeks to provide advertisements, such as deals and coupons. However, a downside of this is that as a program in itself, it will be running in the background, thus slowing down the functioning of your computer. Another ill-effect of this Browser Hijacker is that, over time, it can cause excessive irritation and frustration to the user due to the copious amount of advertisements that it will generate.

These advertisements usually appear in the form of banners, pop-up boxes and ads and even as a separate window. Hohosearch, by tracking your browsing patterns, favourites, bookmarks and history in your Firefox or Chrome browser, is able to create tempting and believable advertisements that are catered to your taste. This is so to further tempt you and increase the chances of clicking on the ads – which you should avoid doing at all cost.

Though the ads might seem harmless, clicking on the ads can expose you to greater security risks. The websites that you are directed to after clicking on the ads may, at best, be a pay-per-click sites that allows the creators to earn some money, or, allow other Browser Hijacker to be loaded onto your computer. Sometimes, the websites may even promote certain programs that are, in fact, ridden with numerous security loopholes that can be used by hackers to invade your computer in the future.

How did you get Hohosearch?

Like most Browser Hijackers, Hohosearch could have entered your computer when you clicked on one of the many spam emails that you’ve probably received. You can avoid this in the future by configuring the settings of your mailbox to filter out such emails and direct them to the spam folder. Also, please keep in mind that not all spam emails look like the junk they are – some may use sophisticated language and offer business deals. Always be wary of any links to click on and any files to download.

Another way that this Browser Hijacker could have gained access to your computer would be during when you were downloading programs and software online that are free and/or illegal. This, however, does not mean that you will have to stop downloading free programs off the internet. Instead, simply practice due diligence when you install these programs and you should be fine. This is easily done by spending a bit more time doing custom/advanced installation instead of automatic installation. At this stage then, you should go through carefully the names of all the files and folders that will be installed onto your computer and deselect any files which names seems foreign and unfamiliar to you. This is to prevent it from being installed onto your computer as sometimes, it is being bundled up together with the software in question.

Alternatively, if you have recent experiences of having being asked by programs to download the program updates or being asked to download a video codec prior to watching it, this might be how you could have gotten this Browser Hijacker as well. In this case then, the best way to avoid downloading any such files altogether.

Threat Hohosearch
Classification Browser Hijacker
Security Alert
Medium
Negative Effects Involuntary changes are being made to your web browser, unwanted ads, browser redirects.

Remove Hohosearch from Chrome/Firefox

Step 1

Reveal Hidden Files. If you don’t know how to do this, ask us in the comments.

Step 2

Press Start Button => Control Panel => Uninstall a program.

Uninstall in Control Panel

Locate the Browser Hijacker and any other suspicious looking programs and uninstall them.

Sort the programs by Installed On.

Installed On

Delete recent suspicious entries.

In the search field type => msconfig => hit Enter.

Type msconfig

Go to Startup and disable all entries with Unknown as Manufacturer.

Disable Unknown Manufacturer

Step 3

Start Button => Search=> Copy/Paste “notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts” => Enter.

Hosts File

If you notice other IPs different from the localhost IPs – you might be in danger!

Localhost IPs

Ask for additional help in the comments.

Step 4

Remove Hohosearch from Chrome Browser Chrome

Click Chrome => More Tools => Extensions.

Extensions in Chrome

Locate the Browser Hijacker and remove it.

Remove Hohosearch from Firefox Browser Firefox

Click Bars in Firefox => Add-ons=> Extensions.

Extensions in Firefox

Locate the Browser Hijacker and delete it.

Malware Removal from Internet Explorer Internet Explorer

Press on IE Gear => Manage Add-ons =>

Extensions in IE

Find the Browser Hijacker and remove it.

Step 5

Right click on the Taskbar => Start Task Manager.

Start Windows Task Manager

Navigate to Processes.

Processes in Task Manager

Locate any suspicious processes associated with Hohosearch. Right click on the process = > Open File Location => End Process = > Delete the directories with the suspicious files.

Step 6

Start Button => Search => Type:

  • %AppData%
  • %LocalAppData%
  • %ProgramData%
  • %WinDir%
  • %Temp%

Type in Search

Hit Enter after each new search. Check each Folder and delete recent entries.

If you run into any trouble – ask us for help in the comments section!