How to remove Hellosearch.fr ?
What is Hellosearch.fr?
Also Known As: Hellosearch.fr virus
Hellosearch.fr is a browser hijacker that promotes a dubious search engine. Hellosearch.fr will suddenly appear on your browser and make unwanted changes. It is not malicious as damaging your computer is not its intention. What it will try to do is redirect you to sponsored pages so that it can generate pay-per-click income. In general, Hellosearch.fr does not perform like a very reliable search engine, it might lack essential results and instead insert advertisements. When dealing with browser hijackers you need to be careful with the redirects it performs. You could be led to a dangerous site where malware is lurking. If this were to happen, you might end up with a malicious computer infection on your system. We suggest you delete Hellosearch.fr as soon as possible.
Hellosearch.fr, just like all browser hijackers, usually spreads using free software bundles. It was attached to free software you obtained from the Internet and when you installed the freeware, you allowed the hijacker to install as well. Next time you install something, use Advanced (Custom) settings during the installation. You will be able to view and deselect the added items, which will prevent them from installing. If you have Hellosearch.fr on your computer, you must have used Default settings, which do not inform you of any bundles. Had you chosen Advanced, you would not be stuck having to uninstall Hellosearch.fr right now.
This hijacker will take over your browser and make unwanted changes that you were not asked to permit. All of the leading browsers will be affected, so it does not matter if you use Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Hellosearch.fr will be set as your homepage and search engine. In addition, you will not be able to undo the changes unless you first delete Hellosearch.fr. If you use the search engine, you will not get many relevant results. Instead, you might encounter a lot sponsored websites that may have little to do with what you were actually searching for. You might even be led to infected sites where you could accidentally obtain malware. If you are not careful, you could end up with a severe infection, which is why we suggest you remove Hellosearch.fr.
STEP 1. Hellosearch.fr removal guide
In this step we will use a removal tool that can locate and remove all kinds of threats from infected computers. Either its malicious programs, registry key, browser add-ons and extension, GridinSoft Anti-Malware can effectivly detect and remove this badware:
Download GridinSoft Anti-Malware removal tool from the link below:
If you need help in removing Hellosearch.fr infection,
Open the installation file and click “Yes” in the User access control window to continue:
The installation is very simple, click “Install” button and GridinSoft Anti-Malware will install itself in a default folder. You can choose custom folder and check the creation of desktop icon:
Open GridinSoft Anti-malware from the icon on the desktop by double-clicking it or “Start” menu:
Scan computer for Hellosearch.fr related files
Go to the “Scan” tab and choose “Quick scan” or “Full scan“. It is advised to make full scan, but due to possible performance issues you can first run quick, to save some time. During the scan you will see what items GridinSoft Anti-malware located inside of your computer:
When the scan is over, GridinSoft Anti-Malware will show you the results with all detected items in the list. You can browse through it to choose what to do with particular item or choose the “Apply to all” function. Click the “Fix Now” button to apply action to detected items:
(OPTIONAL)To remove traces of some adware\malware\browser hijackers it is advised to Reset your browser settings. GridinSoft Anti-Malware allows you to do that with flexible options.
STEP 2. Using GridinSoft Anti-Malware to fix your browser
GridinSoft Anti-Malware has an effective utility called “Reset browser settings“. It is able to reset some of your browser option to its original state. Therefore, if some malicious program, adware or browser hijacker changes your browser settings, this tool can fix this in no time:
Open GridinSoft Anti-Malware – go to “Tools” tab – press “Reset browser settings“
Check the options that you need in the “Reset browser settings” window. In the first column you need to choose your infected browser. (Supports all popular browsers). As for “Process” column we advise you to choose Start Page, Shortcuts, Search engines, Cache, Cookies (look for screen below). These settings will be changed to default and save most of the information you need in your browser:
Some malware and adware program may be installed very deep in your browser. In this case, we advise choose more efficient set of options. Check the following options in the “Process” column: “Start Page“, “Shortcuts“, “Search engines“, “Cache“, “Cookies” + “Addons” and “Policies” (screen below):
STEP 3. Protect your computer from Hellosearch.fr reinfection
Removing viruses and malicious programs is one thing. The best practice in protection is to not get infected in the first place. To achieve that you must use reliable protection tool and follow simple rules or recommended advices to avoid infections completely. Here is the list of these tips:
Watch out for spam emails and attachments. A lot of cyber criminals and malware spreaders are using email spam messaging. Most of these messages have attachment files that can be dangerous to open. We advice to skip suspicious files, don’t even download them on your computer.
Adverts and redirect page. Some websites showing ads and pop-up on their pages. Along with this adware programs may generate various adverts on your computer. Clicking on them is very dangerous and leads to unexpected consequences.
Don’t open suspicious links and websites. Hackers and scammer are often creating websites of their own where they can do whatever they want. You can download only malware and unwanted programs from such pages.
Pay attention to what you install. If you have downloaded any program from suspicious website or anywhere else – always read all instruction and don’t click “Next” all the time.
Use protection tools. No matter how hard you try, some sneaky malware may break through all your defences. In this case you should always keep an anti-malware protection online on your computer. GridinSoft Anti-Malware has On-Run Protection feature. It is designed to keep this kind of malware from your computer. To activate this feature go to “Protect” tab and press “Start” button to the right. The label will show you “ON“, which means that On-Run protection is online.
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