Remove Hot-Finder.com virus (Removal Guide)




Hot-Finder.com is the homepage hijacker which is installed by browser extensions or addons and replaces your default search engine with Hot-Finder.com. This homepage hijacker is bundled with freeware to promote Hot-Finder.com Search and to make money using advertisements within the search results.

Once this Hot-Finder.com browser hijacker is installed on your computer, the default search engine and homepage for Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is replaced with Hot-Finder.com. This Hot-Finder.com homepage is not malicious process itself and may not be called a virus, but it does change security settings within your favorite browser and is distributed by freeware. Hot-Finder.com also hijacks the shortcut of your favorite browser and adds a extra Hot-Finder.com argument behind the executable. By doing this hijacking the Hot-Finder.com website always opens when you open the browser, even as you replaced your default homepage with a website of your choice. It’s a very nifty and nasty method of forcing to drive web-traffic to their website.

Please be aware what you install on your computer. The Hot-Finder.com browser hijacker is most likely installed by the computer user itself because it’s offered during the installation process by malicious or free software.

It is advised to always read the Terms and Agreements before installing software on your computer. Do never click too fast through the installation process [Next] button of software as you will agree to software you might not want to install. If the installer offers a Advanced or Custom option button, click it to find out if there is any other malicious software offered and installed during the installation process.




Remove Hot-Finder.com homepage

hot-finder.com virus

Please note that all the software we offer to remove Hot-Finder.com is free, our instruction is tested and works to remove this threat from your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser.

Step 1 – Uninstall Hot Finder software

Step 2 – Remove Hot-Finder.com Shortcut Hijack

Step 3 – Reset your Browser

Step 4 – Remove Hot-Finder.com registry items and extensions using AdwCleaner

Step 5 – Remove Hot-Finder.com infected files using MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

computer_icon_32Uninstall Hot-Finder.com software from your computer

Windows XP or Windows 7

Goto Start – Control Panel – Programs – Uninstall a program

Remove Hot-Finder.com

Search for Hot Finder and select Uninstall/Change then follow the uninstallation process
Search for IePluginService and select Uninstall/Change then follow the uninstallation process
Search for SupTab and select Uninstall/Change then follow the uninstallation process
Search for Wsys Control 10.2.1.2652 and select Uninstall/Change then follow the uninstallation process

windows 7 - uninstall button

* software might have a different name, look carefully and follow all steps as described in our instruction if you cant find malicious software.

Windows 8

Open Charms goto Search type Control Panel (or goto Apps – Windows System – Control Panel)

Remove Hot-Finder.com

Goto ProgramsUninstall a program

Search for Hot Finder and select Uninstall/Change then follow the uninstallation process
Search for IePluginService and select Uninstall/Change then follow the uninstallation process
Search for SupTab and select Uninstall/Change then follow the uninstallation process
Search for Wsys Control 10.2.1.2652 and select Uninstall/Change then follow the uninstallation process

windows 8 - uninstall button

* software might have a different name, look carefully and follow all steps as described in our instruction if you cant find malicious software.

ShortCut CleanerRemove Hot-Finder.com Shortcut Hijack

This is a important step!! Follow it, otherwise Hot-Finder.com comes back every time you start your browser.

The Hot-Finder.com adware replaces all the shortcut’s from your favorite browser, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox with a extra argument behind the executable. By doing this the Hot-Finder.com homepage is ALWAYS your default homepage, you need to remove the extra argument in order to restore your favorite browser to default settings and to use it again as you want it. We think this is a very nasty way of forcing users to your website and should not be allowed. Please follow this easy instruction to remove the Hot-Finder.com browser hijack from your favorite browser(s).

Tip: it’s easier to remove all shortcut’s you have from your browser and create them again.
It’s your choice, edit or remove and create them again.

If you want to edit them, follow this instruction below; otherwise remove the shortcut(s) and create them again.

Internet Explorer

  • Open your Internet Explorer shortcut, in taskbar, on desktop. Wherever you have a shortcut edit it.
  • Right click on Internet Explorer shortcut
  • Select Properties
  • Goto Tab Shortcut
  • Remove Hot-Finder.com behind executable “iexplore.exe” in Target http://www.Hot-Finder.com (remove text in blue)

hot finder ie

 

Google Chrome

  • Open your Google Chrome shortcut, in taskbar, on desktop. Wherever you have a shortcut edit it.
  • Right click on Google Chrome shortcut
  • Select Properties
  • Goto Tab Shortcut
  • Remove Hot-Finder.com behind executable “chrome.exe” in Target http://www.Hot-Finder.com (remove text in blue)

hot finder chrome

 

Mozilla Firefox

  • Open your Mozilla firefox shortcut, in taskbar, on desktop. Wherever you have a shortcut edit it.
  • Right click on Mozilla firefox shortcut
  • Select Properties
  • Goto Tab Shortcut
  • Remove Hot-Finder.com behind executable “firefox.exe” in Target http://www.Hot-Finder.com (remove in blue)

hot finder firefox

Reset Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to default settings

For Hot Finder it is advised to restore your browser to default settings, as this threat is installed by many different applications. Restoring is the easiest and fastest way to get rid of this threat. Please know when you restore to default settings all your personal settings will be lost. If you do agree to continue to reset your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser to default settings see our instructions.

Reset Internet Explorer to default settings

  • Open Internet Explorer
  • goto “wrench” icon in top right corner
  • Select Internet Options

internet explorer reset

  • Goto tab Advanced
  • Select Reset button

internet explorer reset

  • Enable Delete personal Settings
  • Click Reset button

internet explorer reset

  • Restart Internet Explorer

Reset Google Chrome to default settings

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Goto the three stripes in the right top corner (menu)
  • Select Settings

google chrome - reset

  • Scroll down to the end of the page, search for + Show advanced settings

google chrome - reset

  • Scroll down once again to the end of the page and click Reset browser settings button

google chrome - reset

  • Click Reset once more

google chrome - reset

Reset Mozilla Firefox to default settings

  • Open Mozilla Firefox
  • Goto the three stripes in the top right corner
  • Select the Question Mark

reset firefox step 1

  • Select Troubleshooting Information in the menu.

reset firefox step 2

  • Click the Reset Firefox button and confirm Reset Firefox again the pop-up.

reset firefox step 3

Notice: Old data from Firefox will be placed on your Windows Desktop in a folder called “Old Firefox data”.
As restoring to default settings for Firefox didn’t work out as expected you can restore this folder, otherwise delete this folder from your desktop.

Remove Hot-Finder.comRemove Hot-Finder.com using AdwCleaner

AdwCleaner will scan your computer for malicious Services, Folder, Files, Shortcuts, Registry items and Products. As AdwCleaner tries to delete these malicious content it will also clean the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browser. We strongly recommend using AdwCleaner several times a month to keep your computer clean from adware, popups, browser hijackers or toolbars.

Download AdwCleaner (Download opens in a New Window)

Select AdwCleaner.exe with right mouse click and Run as Administrator

Remove Hot-Finder.com - AdwCleaner

If User Account Control asks you to allow AdwCleaner.exe to make changes to your computer, press Yes to continue.

Remove Hot-Finder.com

Start scanning your computer for any malicious threats by selecting the Scan button, please wait.

Remove Hot-Finder.com

AdwCleaner will now start scanning your computer. If AdwCleaner is done, it will display a list of malicious items detected, please uncheck the items you do not want to remove that might be detected as malicious.
If you have nothing to uncheck, continue to the removal process and select the Clean button.

Remove Hot-Finder.com

AdwCleaner will display the following informational alerts and starts rebooting the computer.

All programs will be closed in order to proceed correctly to the removal of the infections. Please save any work in progress and the click [OK]

If you have been brought to use AdwCleaner, it’s probably because your PC contained potentially unwanted programs or adware.
Potentially unwanted programs are often proposed during the installation of software. They may be present form of toolbars that sometimes change the homepage of the browser and slow internet browsing.
To avoid the installation of these programs polluting the computer, it is essential to follow these tips:

– Always download a program from the official link, or a trusted site
– When installing a program, do not click too fast [Next] without paying attention to Terms of Use and third-party programs available.
– If third-party programs are available (toolbars, etc) uncheck them.
– Enable detection of PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) in your Antivirus.

AdwCleaner must restart the computer to complete the removal process. The report will be opened on the next reboot.

After the reboot a logfile will open. The logfile in Windows XP and Windows 7 will open once the desktop is started. To open the logfile in Windows 8 you need to switch to the Desktop modus by selecting windows key + d on your keyboard.
If you want to check the AdwCleaner log, you can find the report log in your system drive, Adwcleaner folder (for example: C:\adwcleaner)

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware free Remove Hot-Finder.com virus with using MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

Download MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

  • Install MalwareBytes Anti-Malware
  • Perform a Quick Scan
  • when scan is done, right click in the results and select “Check all items
  • Click “Remove Selected” button

Remove malware with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Free

  • Reboot your computer
  • Enjoy a malware free computer.

Leave a Reply