Read this post in order to learn how to remove the hi.fo “virus” from your computer which causes web browser redirects and other unwanted activities on it.
A new browser hijacking software has appeared in the wild, associated with the hi.fo domain. The suspicious software aims to change the settings on your computer and in addition to this, it may also display browser redirects, pop-up advertisements, slow down your computer and even lead you to scamming web pages. If you are looking for a method to remove the Hi.fo browser hijacker from your computer, we advise you to read this article.
As a browser hijacker, Bing.vc Redirect enters your system uninvited. Once installed, it alters your browser home page and settings without permission.
Although the search engine claims to be legitimate, malware experts classify it as rogue because it may sometimes display irrelevant search results in order to generate traffic to sponsoring websites. That makes Hi.fo unreliable.
Sometimes the search results Hi.fo displays may be malicious too. Thus, by clicking any of them, you risk exposing your system to serious threats which the search engine is not responsible for.
In addition, Hi.fo is capable of generating multiple pop-up ads that could disturb your normal browsing activities. You will not be able to close these ads, but clicking them may also put your system at risk, as you may be redirected to unwanted and potentially corrupted websites.
Browser hijackers such as Hi.fo may also have spyware capabilities meaning your browsing habits may be monitored and collected along with your personal data and then shared with third parties.
Hi.fo DistributionHi.fo could sneak into your system via free programs you download from the Web. Experts say that Hi.fo may also enter your system via junk emails and malicious websites you open.
When you are downloading free programs from the Web, keep in mind that they are often bundled with various PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) and malicious programs. They will enter your system if you don’t uncheck the bundling option during the installation process. Make sure you also disable all settings and features you are not familiar with.
How Did Hi.fo Enter Your Computer?Hi.fo infiltrates your system like most browser redirects do – via freeware. Freeware includes all programs, tools, add-ons out there that are available for a free download.
Since the creators of the free programs need to get paid after all, they insert various software components that enter your system while you think you are downloading only the free program. Such unwanted components then are capable of generating revenue for third parties via the Pay-Per-Click method. To avoid letting unwanted programs enter you computer, be extra cautious during the installation process of the freeware. Uncheck all previously selected boxes such as “recommended settings”, for example. Choose only the “custom” option and that is how you’ll not end up with various unwanted pieces of software, some of which may be malicious too.
Is Hi.fo Dangerous?Hi.fo redirect is not particularly malicious. However, it may act intrusive at times:
- It is capable of changing your browser home page without permission and it’s compatible with most browsers – Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox, Internet Explorer.
- It may start displaying multiple pop-up advertisements that you cannot close as they keep showing up.
In addition, Hi.fo is of no value to your browsing needs as it does not even have its own database. If you try to search something via that browser hijacker, it will redirect you to Google. Why would you ever need it then?
What’s worse, however, is that Hi.fo is not HTTPs encrypted while all trustworthy search engines are. A non-encrypted connection is vulnerable against attacks and malicious components can easily gain access to your system via such search engine.
As a result, hackers and advertisers can watch your online behavior, collect your data, steal your sensitive information, hack your system, etc.
How to Remove Hi.fo Redirect Scam from Your Computer
Removing a program that is of no use to you is a must. As explained above, it does not only not bring value to you, but it also makes your computer vulnerable to cyber threats and on top – it acts intrusive and may annoy you with unwanted redirects and constant pop-ups.
Removing Hi.fo redirect manually from your system is possible to do, but if you are not certain how to do it, it’s best to use a reliable anti-malware tool for that purpose. Problem is, if you don’t manage to remove it completely, it may continue displaying unwanted pop-ups. Such programs are quite resistant and hard to remove by those who are not tech-savvy, while the anti-malware tool will scan your whole system, detect all malicious components and remove them instantly and completely.
Booting in Safe Mode
1) Hold Windows Key and R
2) A run Window will appear, in it type “msconfig” and hit Enter
3) After the Window appears go to the Boot tab and select Safe Boot
Cut out Hi.fo in Task Manager
1) Press CTRL+ESC+SHIFT at the same time.
2) Locate the “Processes” tab.
3) Locate the malicious process of Hi.fo, and end it’s task by right-clicking on it and clicking on “End Process”
Eliminate Hi.fo‘s Malicious Registries
For most Windows variants:
1) Hold Windows Button and R.
2) In the “Run” box type “Regedit” and hit “Enter”.
3) Hold CTRL+F keys and type Hi.fo or the file name of the malicious executable of the virus which is usually located in %AppData%, %Temp%, %Local%, %Roaming% or %SystemDrive%.
4) After having located malicious registry objects, some of which are usually in the Run and RunOnce subkeys delete them ermanently and restart your computer. Here is how to find and delete keys for different versions.
For Windows 7: Open the Start Menu and in the search type and type regedit > Open it. > Hold CTRL + F buttons > Type Hi.fo Virus in the search field.
Win 8/10 users: Start Button > Choose Run > type regedit > Hit Enter -> Press CTRL + F buttons. Type Hi.fo in the search field.