Apr 14, 2014

HQTotalS Adware Removal Guide

Getting nasty HQTotalS pop ups in your computer? How do you distinguish adware from legit program? Have you googled about removal guides online but can’t find anything useful to remove it? Have you tried scanning and removing with McAfee and SPY BOT SEARCH&DESTROY but none of them can remove it? Is there any effective way that can truely get rid of it forever?

HQTotalS Adware Description :

HQTotalS Adware is a threat to your computer. It is often detected by the firewall on your computer. But this is a very nasty program that cannot be completely removed by current version of antivirus in your computer because it is not a typical PC virus we often fight against with. It is often categorized as a potentially harmful program that would be potentially harmful threat to victim computers. This is a newly created browser adware that comes with legit updating installation packages to get permission of getting installed on the target PC.it is bundled in some P2P sharing files or free media from unknown resources or some unknown updating alerts. People would rather not to have it. But unlike other types of malware which can be installed on the target computer once they entered target PC through the loopholes in the system, it makes use of installation settings. There is a permissible installation process in installation packages. You can choose custom settings or quick settings. Choosing the wrong settings would give adware right to get installed on the target computer.

Different from other legal software, adware is an annoying browser hijacker that can infect computer without any notice. When we want to make sure whether it is a legit program or not, we can focus on some features. It does not require licensing or certification. It only need to be installed on the target PC, then it can start changing browser settings, replacing original homepage and search engines, intruding malicious plug-ins, changing desktop background, and so forth. A pop-up ad is the most annoying feature that people would complain for adware. The network connection and the computer performance would also slow down. Although it can hardly be called as a virus, it is causing troubles in your computer. According to its high risky, please remove it as soon as possible.

The following instruction requires certain levels of computer skills. If you are not sure what to do and are afraid of making any critical mistake during the process, please live chat with YooCare Expert now.

Several Consequences of Adware Infection

The search engine such as Google or Yahoo will be redirected to its domain and your homepage will be modified to unknown resources. Your computer is responding slowly in every process and the responding process makes you feel like it stuck. You will be annoyed about the budges of pop-ups and adware that accompany with it. You have to wait for more time than usual while opening a new webpage on the infected browser because it takes more time to load process. You are always being redirected to some unsafe links or malicious websites.

Manual Removal Guides:

Manual removal is a complicated and risky process, so please back up all important data before making any changes on your computer. Here are some instructions to handle with the Trojan horse manually, and be cautious when going through the following steps.

1 Clear all the cookies of the affected browsers.

* Google Chrome: Click on the Tools menu → select Options → Click “Under the bonnet” tab → locate “Privacy” section → browsing data” button → “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.

* Internet Explorer: Click “Tools” → Click “safety” → “delete browsing history” → Tick “cookies” box and click delete

* Firefox:: Click “Tools” → Click “Options” → Click “Privacy” → Click “remove individual cookies”

2 Remove all the add-ons and extensions.

* Google Chrome:

(1). Click the Customize and Control menu button →Tools→ click Extensions


(2). Select the related Extension and click Disable.

* Internet Explorer:

(1). Click Settings → Click Manage Add-ons


(2). Click Programs tab → Click Manage Add-ons → Disable all the suspicious add-ons.


* Firefox:

(1). Click the Firefox menu and click Add-ons


(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-ons and click Disable.

3. Show Hidden Files

(1). Press Win+R to get run option


(2). Type in Control Panel and hit enter to get Control Panel


(3). Click on Appearance and Personalization link


(3). Click on Folder Options link

(4). Click on View tab in Folder Options window

(5). Tick Show hidden files, folders, and drives under Hidden files and folders tab


(6). Click Apply to effect, then click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window.

4 stop virus processes in the Windows Task Manager.

(1). Press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys together to get Windows Task Manager


(2). Click More details


5. Remove all the malicious files registry entries through Registry Edit.
*HQTotalS Adware is a high-risk browser hijacker which will change the homepage and browser settings, and redirect your web search results to random sites containing lots of illegal advertisements, even Trojan, rootkit or other malware virus. Sometimes the antivirus software cannot identify the computer threat accurately and timely or remove it permanently. Therefore, manual removal is the best choice to uninstall it completely from your computer. Users can follow the manual guide here to have this virus removed instantly.

(1). Using Registry Editor to delete all the related registry entries.

*Guides to open Registry Editor:

Press Win+R key together then Registry Editor will pop up.


(2). Find out and remove the associated files of HQTotalS Adware.

Video Shows You How to Safely Modify Windows Registry Editor:

From the above we know that HQTotalS Adware is a potential unwanted adware that is unnecessary to our computer. We can consider it as a threat to our computer. Its main task is to generate ads on the target computer for product promoting and virus invasion. In order to achieve its goals, it will do what it needs to do like visiting malicious websites, installing unknown recourses. From the time it got into your computer, it began to change the computer settings to meet its needs and change browser settings to collect sensitive data. If you want to avoid adware infection, you must remember, it is mainly spread via freeware, free media or sharing file. If you have downloaded this adware, you should immediately remove. Don’t forget to set your computer back to normal by changing the default settings to prevent further infection.

Friendly Reminder:

If you still find it hard to follow the removal guide above, please contact YooCare: PC experts 24/7 online will offer you the most effective tech support to remove infection completely.

Published by & last updated on April 14, 2014 12:00 pm

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