Remove HideMeFast browser hijacker (Adware)

By | June 29, 2020

HideMeFast is a browser hijacker that hijacks the new tab, search engine, and homepage in Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chromium Edge, or Microsoft Edge browser.

After hijacking the web browser configurations, the start page and search engine will be replaced with HideMeFast Search

Users’ web searches, browser history, and other sensitive information are collected by the HideMeFast browser hijacker.

HideMeFast is usually installed without the knowledge of the user. HideMeFast is installed through rogue – malicious software installations that you can download for free from all over the internet.

Adware is a common alias for malware-type applications that infect the computer without the knowledge of the PC user and hijacks the browser settings. HideMeFast adware causes unwanted changes in the web browser settings that are usually hard to find for the majority of users.

The most common signs of adware on your computer are unwanted pop-ups and redirects in your browser to suspicious webpages.

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Adware developers usually claim that the HideMeFast redirect offers a number of advantages over legitimate search engines.

In reality, HideMeFast is designed for in-content advertisements to generate income through pay per click ads within the search results.

The HideMeFast search engine does not provide any advantage over legitimate search engines such as Google, Bing, or Yahoo.

HideMeFast is only built for revenue generation purposes and is dangerous for your online privacy.

How to remove HideMeFast?

Use this menu to get rid of HideMeFast.


 

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The instructions below apply to Microsoft Windows devices only. Mac OS users should use CleanMyMac or Malwarebytes for Mac to remove HideMeFast. Read more in this Mac adware removal instruction.

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Remove HideMeFast extension from Google Chrome

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In this first step for Google Chrome, you need to identify and remove the browser extension responsible for the HideMeFast search engine.

Some browser extensions are ad-supported, e.g., adware and might change the homepage or search settings to HideMeFast.

If you didn’t install any browser extension at all, remove all browser extensions from Chrome.

  • Click on the Google Chrome menu button.
  • Click on “More tools” and then “Extensions.”

Uninstall the HideMeFast extension and click the “Remove” button to remove the extension.
If you are unsure if the extension is malicious, click the slider and disable the extension first.

Is the extension managed by your organization? Scan with Malwarebytes free, at the end of this article.

Continue to the next step.

Remove HideMeFast homepage from Google Chrome

  • Click on the Google Chrome menu button.
  • Click on “Settings.”
  • In the On startup section, find the HideMeFast extension and click “Disable.”
  • Click the “Open a specific page or set of pages” and check for the HideMeFast homepage.
  • If present, select the three vertical dots and click the “Remove” button.

Remove HideMeFast search engine from Google Chrome

  • Click on the Google Chrome menu button.
  • Click on “Settings.”
  • In the “Search engine” section find the “manage search engines” button.
  • In the list of search engines, locate the HideMeFast search engine.
  • On the right next to the URL, click the three vertical dots button and select “Remove from list.”
  • Click the three vertical dots next to Google, Yahoo, or Bing and select “Make default.”

Reset your Google Chrome synced profile

Google Chrome synchronizes the browsers user-profile with the Google Cloud services.

If the Google Chrome browser is infected with adware, this adware, usually browser extensions, the homepage, and HideMeFast search engine settings are synced with Google’s servers.

It is important to clean this synchronized cache.

If the user doesn’t clear the synchronized settings, the HideMeFast extension and Chrome settings keep coming back on any devices the Chrome user profile is synchronized with.

Remove HideMeFast adware with Malwarebytes

Get rid of HideMeFast with Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes is free to use, detect and remove the HideMeFast redirect from the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge web browser.

HideMeFast is a browser hijacker which is a type of malware, Malwarebytes will remove the HideMeFast malware from the web browser for free.

 

Run the Malwarebytes program installation file. Click here for Malwarebytes installation instructions.
Click Scan Now to start searching for the adware responsible for the HideMeFast search engine in the web browser.

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Malwarebytes will start scanning for malware. Please wait for Malwarebytes to finish the malware scan.
Malwarebytes usually takes between 2 to 5 minutes to complete.

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Once the malware scan is completed, Malwarebytes will present the results of the HideMeFast malware scan.
Remove the malware found by Malwarebytes using the Quarantine Selected button.

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Wait for Malwarebytes to move all malware to quarantine.

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Malwarebytes needs to perform a system reboot to finish the HideMeFast redirect removal process.
Save and close any working documents or open web pages and click Yes to reboot your PC.

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After the system reboot, your web browser is free from the HideMeFast browser hijacker.

Max
Author: Max

Hi, I am Max. I am a computer security researcher. In order to help people, I research adware and blog about the web browser. Share the knowledge.

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