Installing random programs and apps of questionable quality that originate from obscure sources is bound to sooner or later land you something unwanted. It could be an adware app, a browser hijacker or even some actual malware threat like a Trojan or maybe a file-encrypting Ransomware. In the present article, we will be focusing on a software piece known as Hatsurewhim.info which is yet another potentially unwanted application that you may get installed if you aren’t careful with the software that you download and the sources you use to download it. This is a browser hijacker application and one of its abilities is to swarm your browser with invasive advertising messages and page-redirects. Another thing this app can do is impose its custom search engine on your browser and maybe even add a new homepage address. Normally, this could be seen in Firefox and Chrome but other browsers like IE, Edge and Safari are also not immune against the effects of a browser hijacker. This is also why it would be an ineffective solution if you try and switch to a new browser as it will most likely also get infected by Hatsurewhim.info.
How Dangerous is Hatsurewhim.info ?
Though we use the word “infected” when talking about this hijacker, it should be noted that this app isn’t really a virus. There are many differences between Ransomware infections, virus programs and other nasty forms of malware such as Rootkits and Trojans on the one hand and browser hijackers on the other. While there is no doubt that the invasive ads and the unwelcome alteration sin the browser can be highly frustrating and may sometimes even increase the chances of a real malware infection, the actual purpose of Hatsurewhim.info and other similar app has little to do with harming your computer. Instead, the things that the creators of such software are after is marketing revenue. The ads displayed by the hijackers are basically tools of revenue generation. The clicks that users make on these ads are what earns money for the hijacker’s creators on the basis of the Pay Per Click remuneration model. Another similar model is the Pay Per View – in this case, money is gained based on how many visits a certain site gets which is exactly the reason apps like Hatsurewhim.info, www1.ecleneue.com, Txtnews.online may also try to directly redirect you to the sites that they seek to promote without you having clicked on anything.
Obviously, it is not particularly pleasant to have a hijacker in the midst of your system due to the intrusiveness of the ads. However, a more important reason to uninstall Hatsurewhim.info is the fact that it may be risky to have its ads shown in your browser. Most computer users know that Ransomware threats as well as Trojans, Spyware and other viruses oftentimes get linked to within different misleading web ads. And, since you don’t normally get to have any control over the advertising content that a hijacker shows you, you really cannot be too trusting of the ads it generates, which is why uninstalling this app is the safer option.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Mostly, a hijacker would add its own search engine to your browser and maybe impose a new homepage address.|
|Distribution Method||Such apps typically get included in installation bundles, which is their main distribution method.|
Remove Hatsurewhim.info “Virus”
The following guide is only for windows users, it will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Hatsurewhim.info software. Follow the instructions and complete each step for best results. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them using our comment section down below.
Preparation: Entering Safe Mode and Revealing Hidden Files and Folders
Before you proceed with the actual removal instructions, you will need to take two extra steps in order to ensure that the guide has maximum effect.
For best results, we advise our readers to boot into Safe Mode prior to attempting to remove Hatsurewhim.info. If you do not know how to do that, here is a separate How to Enter Safe Mode guide.
Also, in order to be able to see any potentially undesirable files, you should reveal any hidden files and folders on your PC – here is how to do that.
Removing Hatsurewhim.info From Windows
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Before we start deleting files related to Hatsurewhim.info we want to make sure that all services related to the viruses are killed before we proceed.
Open your Task Manager by using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys and go to the Processes tab. Look for any suspicious processes. For example, any unfamiliar process that uses high amounts of RAM and/or CPU. If you aren’t sure if a certain process comes from malware, tell us in the comments.
Right-click on any process that you consider shady and select Open File Location. Delete anything from the file location of the process.
Step 2: Disabling Startup programs
Use the Winkey + R keyboard combination to open the Run search bar and type msconfig. Hit Enter and in the newly opened window, go to the Startup tab. There, look for suspicious entries with unknown manufacturer or ones that have the name Hatsurewhim.info on them. Right-click on those, and select disable.
Step 3: Uninstalling unwanted programs
Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program. Click on Installed On to sort the entries by date from most recent to oldest and look through the programs that come at the top of the list. Right-click on any entries that appear shady and unwanted and then select Uninstall to remove them from your PC. If you see the name Hatsurewhim.info in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation.
Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s
Open your Start Menu and copy-paste notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts in the search bar. In the notepad file, look below Localhost and see if there are any IP addresses there. If there are some, send them to us in the comments and we will tell you if you should take any action. [add_forth_banner]
Step 5: Cleaning-up the browsers
You will also have to uninstall any undesirable browser extensions from your browser programs. Here’s how to do that for some of the more popular browsers:
Getting rid of Hatsurewhim.info from Chrome
Open Chrome and open its main menu. Go to More Tools > Extensions. Look through the list of extensions and uninstall any that you think could be suspicious. To remove them – click on the trash can icon next to each extension.
You can also use a specialized Chrome CleanUp tool if you cannot manually remove a certain extension. Here is an article where you can learn more about the CleanUp tool.
Removing Hatsurewhim.info From Firefox
Open Firefox and go to its Menu. Select the Add-ons button.From the left panel, select Extensions and take a look at the different entries. Remove any of the that might be unwanted.
Removing Hatsurewhim.info From Windows Internet Explorer
Once you open your IE browser, click on the Tools button at the top-right corner of the program and from the drop-down menu select Manage Add-ons. Check each one of the four different groups of add-ons and search for anything that seems undesirable. If you find anything, click on it and them select Remove.
Removing Hatsurewhim.info From Windows Edge
Open the main menu of Microsoft Edge and go to Extensions. Find the extensions that you believe could be unwanted and right-click on them. Then, select Uninstall.
Step 6: Checking the Registry Editor
Open the Run search bar again and type regedit in it. Hit Enter and once the Registry Editor opens press Ctrl + F. In the search field type Hatsurewhim.info and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Hatsurewhim.info in your PC’s Registry.
Step 7: Deleting recent entries
For this step, you will have to open your Start Menu and copy-paste the following lines, one by one:
Hit Enter after each one to open a file directory. In the directories, delete the most recent entries that you find there. In the Temp folder, delete all files.
Step 8: System Restore
In order to be fully sure that the unwanted software has been removed from your machine, you can also try using a Restore Point to roll back your system its last stable configuration. However, in order to do that, you would have to previously had had a restore point created. On most systems, such points get created automatically but this isn’t always the case.
- If you want to learn how to configure System Restore and how to manually create Restore Points, follow this link.
- Open your Start Menu and type System Restore.
- Click on the first result – a setup wizard should open.
- Read the brief description of the process and select Next.
- Now, choose a restore from the presented list. You can also check the Show more restore points option in order to reveal any other restore points that might be saved on your PC.
- Click on Scan for affected programs to see what programs will get deleted or restored after you use the Restore Point. (optional)
- Click on next and take and then select Finish.
- A warning window will appear telling you that once the process starts, it shouldn’t be interrupted. Select Yes and be patient as this might take some time. Do not do anything on your PC throughout the duration of the process.
Step 9: Windows Refresh/Reset
Use this method only if nothing else has worked so far as it is a last resort option. If you do not know how to do it, this separate guide will give you the information that you need.