If you want to obtain more information regarding a newly released Browser Hijacker program called Hippig “Virus”, you can do so by reading the following lines. This is a program/browser extension that is capable of partially taking control over the user’s Chrome, Firefox, Edge or other browser and making undesirable changes to it. Most users complain that the intrusive piece of software has replaced the regular homepage or the default search engine of the browser. Sudden page redirects caused by the Hijacker are also possible in some instances. Here, we will tell you all that you need to know about what Hippig “Virus” is, what it’s purpose is, how dangerous it could be and what needs to be done in order to ensure that it doesn’t get inside your PC. Also, since a lot of this article’s readers have probably already had their PC infiltrated by the pesky program, we have also prepared a guide manual with instructions on how to uninstall the Hijacker and get rid of everything that it might have left on your PC. If you too are one of the many customers who are currently struggling with this unpleasant piece of software, be sure to visit the guide and make use of it in order to remove it from your system.
What’s the goal of this program?
At first, many users believe that a program like Hippig “Virus” would actually make their browsing experience safer or more pleasant, since many Hijackers are said to do exactly that. However, in the majority of instances, the reality is the exact opposite of what the software is said to do. Most Hijackers are created with little to no concern about how useful they’d actually be for the regular customer. The primary purpose of most applications like Hippig “Virus” is to generate money by exploiting a variety of Internet marketing methods. Oftentimes, the use of those methods actually makes the user’s online experience worse, instead of improving it in any way. Furthermore, in some instances, the computer’s security might get compromised by the processes executed by the Hijacker which is one more reason why it is advisable to remove any such programs from your PC as soon as you find out that they have made their way in it.
Could a Hijacker harm your PC?
Most programs like Hippig “Virus” aren’t capable of damaging your computer or messing with your personal files, which is why they cannot be referred to as viruses. That being said, as was already mentioned above, some of the things that a typical Hijacker might do could potentially expose your machine and make it more vulnerable. Even though Hippig “Virus” isn’t some sort of Ransomware or Trojan horse virus, you still ought to be careful around it if you wish to keep your PC safe. One of the things to keep in mind is that you mustn’t click on anything that has been generated by the Hijacker. For example, if your browser gets suddenly redirected to some sketchy and obscure webpage, quickly close that without interacting with its contents. If Hippig “Virus” starts spamming your screen with intrusive and obstructive ads, banners and pop-ups, ignore them – the only sure way to prevent them from showing up again is eliminating the software that generates them.
How to avoid Hijackers
The developers of programs of this type have come up with a lot of different ways and methods for making sure that their products reach more and more customers, which effectively increases the overall profit earned by the irritating software. Most lot of the said methods prey on the users’ carelessness and lack of attention. Generally, as long as you are being cautious when browsing the Internet and you use your common sense, no Hijacker should be able to get installed on your machine.
Some of the things to be on the lookout for are spam e-mails, shady websites with a lot of pesky ads and banners, misleading browser offers and file bundles. In order to stay safe from the methods that we mentioned, it is imperative that you keep away from any unreliable web addresses that might not be safe or legal. Also, try not to open e-mails or any other type of online messages if you think that they could be potential spam. Here, it is important to note that you might receive a spam message even from a person that you know if, for example, their PC has been hacked. The last important thing to remember is to always check the installation wizards of programs that you are about to install for any added applications bundled with the main piece of software. Anything that’s been added and appears suspicious and potentially unwanted must be removed before launching the installation of the actual program.
Hippig “Virus” 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.