If you landed on this page, it is very likely that your browsing has been disturbed by a number of nagging pop-ups, ads, banners and various blinking messages. These messages are generated by a particular adware program called Hbpix “Virus” and in the next lines, we are going to tell you exactly how to remove them. Fortunately, you don’t need any special computer skills because this program is not a dangerous virus or some sort of a tricky Ransomware based infection. So, all you need to do to effectively clean your Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, or any other browser that has been affected by Hbpix “Virus”, is to carefully read the information that follows and to repeat the steps in the removal guide below.
The irritating behavior of Hbpix “Virus”
Hbpix “Virus” is an adware program, which may come on your computer thanks to a software bundle that you install on your system. The program is generally designed to advertise certain products, offers, and websites and usually serves the needs of online advertisers, marketers, and vendors. As you probably know, increasing profits and sales is the main motivation of every online business and ad-generating programs are some of the perfect tools for that. By using some rather irritating and invasive advertising practices, the adware programs give the ability of the marketers to identify the potential users, and their interests and to customize the ad content in order to increase the overall probability of purchase. Adware is usually related to the so-called sponsored ads positioning, the pay-per-click ads generation and the possible redirection to various promotional websites.
Getting into an infected domain and catching a virus from a compromised ad is also a possible scenario. So, if you are not careful, you may eventually end up with a Trojan horse or a Ransomware infection just by clicking on a harmless looking pop-up. Needless to say, these activities of the adware could become very annoying to any user who has to constantly endure them. That’s why, if your browsing has also been disturbed by Hbpix “Virus”, the above-described typical behavioral traits should encourage you to uninstall it. You can use the instructions in the guide below to speed up the elimination and to permanently remove all of the nagging ads from your screen.
How did Hbpix “Virus” get into my computer?
Users usually install the adware program themselves either from the official site or by downloading a software package that contains it. Due to the fact that this type of software belongs to potentially unwanted programs, you may often see it being promoted through some other free applications, torrents, ads, spam email messages and free installers. Unfortunately, users usually do not notice the adware, which is normally bundled in the Advanced/Custom Setup settings and simply proceed with the basic installation steps. Choosing this method is a common mistake. To prevent adware (or any other potentially unwanted program) in the future, change your habits when installing new applications. Instead of the recommended installation settings, use the detailed ones. Carefully review each step and uncheck all unnecessary additional programs.
How to efficiently remove Hbpix “Virus”?
Adware programs can be very irritating. However, the good news is that they can be uninstalled relatively easily. There are two options for removing adware:
- Remove manually
- Uninstall Automatically
The guide below contains all the necessary manual removal instructions, but keep in mind that this method takes more time and requires more attention. Using the suggested removal tool can speed up the process of removing Hbpix “Virus”. You can automatically get rid of it by scanning your computer. We recommend this tool because it can easily delete potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all the files and registers associated with them.
Hbpix “Virus” File Removal
Before you begin completing the steps from the following guide, we advise you to place a bookmark on this page or have it opened on a separate device since some of the following steps will require you to close your browser.
Enter Safe Mode. If you don’t know how to do it, use this guide.
Open the Task Manger by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Go to the processes/details Tab and take a look at the resulting list. If you see a process with the name of the unwanted program or looks shady, right-click on it and select Open File Location. If you believe it is part of the infection, delete the files.
Use the Winkey+R key combination to open the Run window and in the search field type appwiz.cpl. Hit Enter and in the resulting list, look for recently installed programs that look potentially unwanted. If you find anything – uninstall it.
Re-open Run and this tie type msconfig. Hit Enter again and in the resulting window, go to the Startup tab. See if there are any shady programs there and if anything looks suspicious uncheck it and then select OK.
In the Start Menu search field, copy-paste the following line: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts . Open the first result and look at the bottom of the file where it says “Localhost”. If there are any IP addresses below that, tell us what they are in the comments since they might be coming from the unwanted software.
Type Network Connections in the Windows search field and click on the first result. Right-click on the adapter that you are using at the moment and go to Properties > Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP) > Properties.
If the DNS line is not set to Obtain DNS server automatically, make sure to check that option.
Now go to Advanced > DNS tab and remove everything in DNS server addresses, in order of use.
Right-click on your browser’s icon and select Properties. Delete everything in Target that is after .exe”.
For Chrome users
Close Chrome and go to this folder: C:/Users/*Your username*/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. Change the name of the Default folder to Backup Default. Re-open Chrome.
For Firefox users
Open Firefox and click on the Main Menu > Add-ons > Extensions. If you see anything suspicious there, remove it.
For IE users
When you open the browser, go to Tools > Manage Ad-ons and remove the unwanted software if you see it there. Next, go to Tools > Internet options and change the homepage URL to whatever you are normally using.
Open Run (Winkey+R), type Regedit and click on OK. Next, press Ctrl+F and type the malware name. Hit Enter and delete everything that gets found.
If there are no results from the search, manually visit those folders in the Registry Editor.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main
If you find there any suspicious keys that have names with a lot of random letters and numbers, delete them or if you are not sure, tell us in the comments what you saw.