Best Guide to Remove/ Uninstall Hotspot Shield Toolbar Redirect Virus

Posted by Britt Duncan - September 12, 2013

Is your web browser added Hotspot Shield Toolbar automatically? Do endless ads pop up on the screen? Are your visits redirected to some unknown sites? Hotspot Shield Toolbar redirect is a malicious program. Please read this post and get the best way to completely get rid of it.

Is Hotspot Shield Toolbar a dangerous virus?

Hotspot Shield Toolbar is identified as a harmful browser hijacker which causes a lot of damage to the affected computer. It always intrudes your machine stealthily and silently.Web criminals spread this nasty redirect virus through suspicious links, junk e-mails, unknown downloads and so on. Hotspot Shield Toolbar virus has the capability to attack all your web browsers including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

Once it finishes the invasion to your workstation, Hotspot Shield Toolbar hijacker will takes actions to perform malicious activities. It first injects new files to the Windows registry to make sure its auto activation. After then, Hotspot Shield Toolbar redirect modifies the default browser settings without seeking for any permission. It can take the places of your original start page and search engine after then. Besides, it provides you with lots of commercial links in the search results and redirects new sites or tabs to certain unknown and suspicious web pages. Hotspot Shield Toolbar malware even traces what sites you visit and what search queries you type to generate related various ads. But any click on those pop-ups could be a danger for your desktop to be caught by additional viruses.

What’s worse, Hotspot Shield Toolbar redirect collects your private information for its designers for more illicit purposes. On the other hand, it slows up your PC performance greatly. The system even freezes up sometimes. All in all, Hotspot Shield Toolbar will mess up your system and violate your privacy. You are advised to remove it as long as you find it.

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Hotspot Shield Toolbar virus Screeshot :

Disadvantages and risks of Hotspot Shield Toolbar Virus:

1. It could change your system registry settings and activate itself on Windows start-up
2. It would modify the default browser settings and attacks IE, Google Chrome, and Firefox
3. It replaces start page and search engine and messes up the whole system
4. It causes frequent web redirects to wrong websites and displays lots of malicious ads
5. It records online activities and gather important information for illegal purposes
6. It may introduce many other computer threats like Trojans, spyware, and malware
7. It makes the browser run slowly and even makes the Windows crash

Manually Get Rid of Hotspot Shield Toolbar Virus

According to our research, we found that Hotspot Shield Toolbar redirect is caused by search.us.com toolbar that often gets installed together with other free toolbar or programs. And search.us.com toolbar has made many changes to your computer system and web browsers. So, you should keep very patient and careful when you are following our removal steps and manually removing Hotspot Shield Toolbar virus.

1. Please close all your web browsers before deleting Hotspot Shield Toolbar malware.

2. Click Start button and then Control Panel

3. Click Add or Remove Programs

4. Locate and remove Hotspot Shield Toolbar toolbar and other unknown software or toolbars

5. Run your Internet Explorer

6. Click Tools and then click Manage Add-ons option

7. Click Toolbars and Extensions to disable Hotspot Shield Toolbar toolbar or other suspicious add-ons and then click Search Providers tab to remove unwanted search engine.

After uninstalling Hotspot Shield Toolbar toolbar and reverting its changes to your browser, you need to go throught the following steps if you want to completely get rid of Hotspot Shield Toolbar virus.

1. Search and delete the following registry entries of Hotspot Shield Toolbar virus

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system “DisableTaskMgr” = ’1′

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce\[RANDOM CHARACTERS] %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe

2. Search and remove the following malicious files of Hotspot Shield Toolbar malware

%AppData%Local[random].exe

C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\*.*

C:\WINDOWS\assembly\GAC\random letters

You should know that manually editing registry needs some computer know-how and is rather risky for computer newbie. Another fact is that Hotspot Shield Toolbar virus is able to update its version frequently and change its file locations. So the manual removal can not gurantee a thorough removal of Hotspot Shield Toolbar virus.

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