Hi there. My internet homepage changes by itself and I don’t know what to do. Whenever I open IE, it sends me to Hohosearch.com automatically. I try to fix the issue in internet options but when i turn off my computer and turn it back on it changes again, what’s wrong? Is that a virus? Help me please.
Hohosearch.com is considered as an insecure web search-providing website that links to browser hijacker, adware or potentially unwanted program and it can take over your Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari browser against your will. This program is usually downloaded bundled with some freeware, shareware or ad-supported programs from unsafe website. Its installation is usually unnoticeable until users find something weird on the web browser. Once inside, it modifies configuration settings on your default Internet browser. Your start up page will get changed and new tab starts with Hohosearch.com web page will open automatically, which is actually an unwanted search engine. At first glance, this site looks like harmless, but actually it concentrates on promoting sponsored websites and it won’t really help users get information they want. It just displays plenty of ads and sponsored links among your search results and offers useless information that doesn’t match with your search query.
Hohosearch.com can be set as your browser’s homepage without your permission and it is very annoying. It helps install unwanted programs including malicious browser add-ons, extensions, plugins, toolbars to your PC, therefore your browsing experience will be interrupted. Some can be uninstalled from Windows Control Panel, but some will give you difficulty during the removal process. The program may also reduce the performance of your web browsers, and it might also cause PC slowdowns, browser freezing issue. It will redirect your browser to malicious websites and it monitors all your browsing activities, including your frequently visited websites, your search queries and your other Internet activities, thus creating a considerable danger for your personal data. If you want to protect your PC and prevent your data from sharing with third parties, you had better remove Hohosearch.com hijacker as soon as possible.
Browser hijacker infection like Hohosearch.com may enter your system as an add-on for your browser or bundled-up with some free software. Most of time, it can be downloaded from a website you visited, something you clicked on, or a pop-up that you did not request to view. You may not even know when and how you download this browser hijacker which compromises your internet security until you find your computer is fully messed up. A hijack virus is a type of computer virus known for its ability to disrupt your Internet browsing. It can redirect your Internet searches to random sites, disallow you from visiting certain Web sites, and change your Internet home page. In addition, it is able to slow your computer, decrease your available memory, and flood your computer with popup advertisements. When you detect the presence of such malicious hijacker, a complete removal is needed without any hesitation.
Hohosearch.com hijacks your browser to redirect your web search results and changes the homepage and browser settings. To completely uninstall it from an infected system, manual removal is the first choice because sometimes antivirus software cannot pick up the exact computer threat timely or remove it permanently. Now most browser hijackers are quite similar to spyware and adware threats and therefore cannot be removed with the help of popular antivirus products. Users can follow the manual guide here to get rid of this browser hijacker completely.
1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.
Click on the “Tools” menu and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”
Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies” button
2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.
Once Hohosearch.com hijacker is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent. At any time Windows always has many running processes. A process is an individual task that the computer runs. In general, the more processes, the more work the computer has to do and the slower it will run. If your system’s CPU spike is constant and remain at a constant 90-95%, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying the system resources and then end it immediately.
(The name of the virus process can be random.)
Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to quickly bring up Task Manager Window：
3. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
4. Remove all the malicious files related to Hohosearch.com hijacker manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
Hohosearch.com is associated with browser hijacker that replaces the home page without asking for user’s approval. For this action, it was tagged as malicious program. It is also a misleading search engine that is unlikely to provide accurate search results. The program uses unfair way to get into target PC and once inside you will see certain changes on the browser. It changes your homepage to its own site and forces you to visit its page again and again in order to increase traffic. But this bogus search site seems to be used by various advertisers who seek to promote their websites, services, items or software. It won’t really offer you reliable search results. It will be very hard for you to reverse to your default homepage if your browser has been hijacked. You are suggested to get rid of Hohosearch.com hijacker manually.
Published by & last updated on March 18, 2016 3:29 am