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How to Remove Hotspot Shield Toolbar? (Browser Hijacker Removal Guide)

 

If you are puzzled by the strange homepage Http://www.conduit/ appearing whenever you open your browser IE, Firefox or Google Chrome? And you discover that your original search engine has been changed into Hotspot Shield Customized Web Search? All these alters you see prove that your Browser has been hijacked by Hotspot Shield Toolbar. Please read this article carefully and patiently, it will provide you a correct removal guide to help you to get rid of this Toolbar.

 

About Hotspot Shield Toolbar

 

Hotspot Shield Toolbar can be categories as a browser hijacker. Typically, this toolbar is bundled with Hotspot Shield program claiming that it allows you to secure your connection while surfing WiFi hotspots and to access sites not normally available outside of the USA, like Hulu and Pandora to install on your PC without your consent. However, it also hides in the installation package of other free software, including VPlay to infiltrate your computer. Once infected by this toolbar, it will redirect your homepage to http://www.conduit.com/ and search engine to Hotspot Shield Customized Web Search. What’s more, it will secretly install associated extensions such as Hotspot Shield toolbar and Hotspot Shield API Server to your browsers. Expect hijacking browsers, it will display ads and sponsored links in the results of what you are searching for. Its purpose is to receive the financial gains in advertizements.

 

When Hotspot Shield Toolbar hijacks Internet Explorer browser:

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How to Avoid Being Infected by Hotspot Shield Toolbar

 

Considering that you may be prompted to download different kind of free software stating it is useful for you from the internet, especially these websites: download.com, softonic.com, soft32.com, and Brothersoft, you’d better be cautious and attentive when download free software.

Always Remember that installing free software from unknown websits may be equal to installing some browser hijackers, toolbars or other type of malware. Mostly, you don’t know that there is a malicious program installing on your PC and modifying some settings of your PC system and browsers as this installation runs when you keep the option—Recommended installation the free software gives you when install this free software. Therefore, please always remember to select Customize installation and refuse any unknown programs’ installation.

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How to Remove Hotspot Shield Toolbar

 

Step 1: Remove Hotspot Shield Toolbar from your PC

Option 1: Remove Hotspot Shield Toolbar via Control Panel
Option 2: Remove Remove Hotspot Shield Toolbar via Anvi Uninstaller

Step 2: Remove residual malware via Anvi Smart Defender

Step 3: Remove Hotspot Shield redirects and add-ons from your browsers (IE/FF/Google Chrome)

Option 1: Remove Hotspot Shield redirects and add-ons form IE, FF & Google Chrome via Anvi Slim ToolBar
Option 2: Remove Hotspot Shield redirects and add-ons form IE, FF & Google Chrome manually

Step 4: Perform Cloud System Booster to get rid of residual junk files, invalid registry entries and other leftovers in your computer system
 

Step 1: Remove Hotspot Shield Toolbar from your PC.

 

Option 1: Remove Hotspot Shield Toolbar via Control Panel

 

For Windows XP:

Click “Start“>”Control Panel“>”Add or Remove Programs“>”Programs and Features“>Look for the programs related to Hotspot Shield Toolbar and other unknown programs, select them and click Remove.

 

For Windows 7/Vista:

Click “Start” (“Windows Logo”)>”Control Panel“>”Uninstall a program“(under Program)>Look for Hotspot Shield Toolbar and other unknown programs, select them and click Uninstall/Change.

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For Windows 8:

Right-click on the screen’s bottom-left corner> “Control Panel” >”Uninstall a program“(under Program)> Look for the programs related to Hotspot Shield Toolbar and other unknown programs, select them and click Uninstall/Change.

 

Option 2: Remove Hotspot Shield Toolbar via Anvi Uninstaller.

 

1. Download and install the paid or free version of Cloud System Booster
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Free download link: http://dotfab.com/download_csb.html

Purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php

 

2. After you install the program, please open it, and switch to Expert tab. Then click on Toolbox in the left list.

 

3. Click on Download button behind Anvi Uninstaller. After it is downloaded, click on Run.

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4. Choose the programs related to Hotspot Shield Toolbar and any other potentially unwanted applications in the list, and then click on Uninstall. During this process, the below box will pop up, and then when the box of uninstalling Netmahal program appears, please click on uninstall. Then click on OK to finish the operation. (At last, don’t forget to click on Cancel to close the following box)

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Step 2: Remove residual malware via Anvi Smart Defender

 

1: Install Anvi Smart Defender

 

Download and install the paid or free version of Anvi Smart Defender Anti-malware software.

Free download link: http://dotfab.com/download_asd.html

Purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/asdupgrade.php

 

2: Click quick or full scan

 

After you install the program, please open it, and switch to Scan tab, perform quick or full scan to eliminate any possible unwanted programs.

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3. Remove malicious files form your computer

 

Once the scan is over, Anvi Smart Defender will display the scan results. (Click Detail to see detailed results similar as shown in below). Click on Remove button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer.

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Step 3: Remove Hotspot Shield redirects and add-ons from your browsers.(IE/FF/Google Chrome)

 

Option 1:Remove Hotspot Shield redirects and add-ons form IE, FF & Google Chrome via Anvi Slim ToolBar.

 

1: Download and install Anvi Slim ToolBar.

 

Download link: http://www.dotfab.com/downloads_ast.html

Purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/astupgrade.php

 

2. Remove toolbars from browsers

 

After installing Anvi Slim ToolBar, please open it(if you use trial version, click wwwat the right bottom of box; if you use pro version, input your license key in the blank box), and click on Manage to detect malicious toolbars in your browsers. When result is displayed, select Hotspot Shield and any other toolbar to want to remove and then click on Remove.

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3. Repair hijacked homepage and modified search engine.

 

In Anvi Slim ToolBar box, please click on Browser Repair. IE, FF and Google Chrome are listed in the left; you can select any of them to change its homepage and search engine. When you choose customize homepage or customize search engine, please input the one you prefer.

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Then click on Repair button to repair hijacked homepage and modified search engine and click on OK.

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Option 2: Remove Hotspot Shield redirects and add-ons form IE, FF & Google Chrome manually.

 

For Internet Explorer

 

1. Go to Tools> Internet Options> General, change the malicious domain to the original one and hit OK.
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2. Go to Tools> Manage Add-ons> Search Providers, right click on the original one as your default provider and select Set As Default to make it your search engine, and then remove malicious one in the same way.
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3. Go to Tools> Internet Options> General, find the Tabs area, click on Settings, click on the button under “When a new tab is opened, open:”, select A blank page and hit OK to complete the operation.
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4. Click on Tools( For Windows XP )/gear icon B4JW7WO`5C[EBT{1(CYUCLR( For Windows 7 ) at the upper-right corner of the Window, and the click on Manage add-ons. Then come to Toolbars and Extensions tab. Right click on extensions related to Hotsopt Shield and other unknown extensions and then click on Disable.

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For Firefox

 

1. Go to Firefox KQ)0~}BED~G9HGB2Q_AL`BU, click on Options and switch to the General Tab. Then click on Restore to Default, hit OK to recovery your default homepage.

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2. Click the down arrow next to the search engine icon and select Manage Search Engines…, select malicious search engine and other unknown search engines and click Remove. ( a similar picture is shown below)

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3. Go to Firefox KQ)0~}BED~G9HGB2Q_AL`BU, click on Add-ons and switch to the Extensions Tab. Click Disable or Remove to get rid of Playtopus extension and other malicious extensions.

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For Google Chrome

 

1. Go to wrench or three bar icon 0$5ZM`7WU4VNDP6(@_WU)I5, click on Settings, and then come to On startup tab and click Set pages. When Startup pages pops up, remove the malicious website by clicking X behind it. Next, switch to the Appearance tab, click Show Home button and click Change, and then change malicious domain into http:www.Google.com or any one you prefer.

 

2. When the operation above is finished, come to Search tab, make sure that the content of the first bar is Google and then click Manage Search engines. Then remove malicious search engines by clicking X behind them and click Make default behind Google to set it as your default engine.

 

3. Go to wrench or 3 bar icon 0$5ZM`7WU4VNDP6(@_WU)I5(next to the address bar), click on Tools and then click on Extensions. Locate Hotspot Shield extensions and other unknown extensions and then remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.

 

Step 4: Perform Cloud System Booster to get rid of residual junk files, invalid registry entries and other leftovers in your computer system.

 

1. Open it and click on the BOOST button on the main screen to run a quick and full scan.

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2. Once the scan completes, there will come out a result screen, please click on Clean button there to remove these junk files, malicious registry entries, etc, to make sure the computer system is clean.

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