In this article we are going to try and help you remove Heazycrome “Malware”. Our instructions cover all Windows versions as well as most browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer etc.
Do you know that you don’t really need to tolerate the constant flow of ads, page redirects and strange changes in your homepage and search engine, if your Chrome or Firefox browser has recently been invaded by Heazycrome? On this page you will find a quick and effective solution on how to remove this program and the changes it has brought with it. This is a browser hijacker and as such, it may be the most probable reason for your recent browsing disturbance. The good news is, that here we have prepared a removal guide, which will help you find and delete all the Heazycrome related files. This will completely uninstall the program from your system and as a result, the annoying ads, banners, pop-ups, and promotional pages will disappear from your screen permanently. In addition, we will explain a few of the typical traits and some of the risks related to the browser hijackers as well as the ways they get installed on your computer. It may turn to be useful if you read this information now because you will know how to prevent close interaction with such programs in the future.
Browser hijackers’ typical traits.
Generally, browser hijackers are specific programs, which are developed to display dozens of sponsored advertisements and promotional web pages. The idea is to generate income for its owners and drag traffic and clicks to the advertised websites. This is exactly what Heazycrome is doing. In fact, such programs are widely used by different businesses and software developers. And there is a good reason for that – they earn from the paid clicks that the ads receive through a well-known method called Pay-Per-Click. This is legitimate ad-displaying activity, but it may also be referred to as potentially unwanted or even annoying, mostly because of the huge amount of intrusive advertisements and undesired browser changes it imposes on users. That’s why many people may prefer to uninstall the browser hijacker from their system, which may turn out to be a bit of a tricky task. But let’s first explain how this program can get installed on your computer.
Pay attention when installing new software.
You have probably heard this advice many times, but it is especially valid if you want to prevent browser hijackers (or even malware) from getting installed on your system unnoticed. If you have the habit of installing software through the standard/quick option, you should better forget about it. Especially if you download software from torrents, file sharing sites, installation managers, direct downloads from some websites, freeware platforms or spam emails. This is where browser hijackers like Heazycrome can usually be found, because they are widely distributed inside program bundles and installation wizards. However, there is a chance you won’t notice them if you don’t read the EULA or don’t check the advanced/custom option during the installation process of the bundle you are installing. This is a common mistake that users usually make, which results in the installation of a bunch of undesired programs and sometimes, even malware like a Trojan or a cryptovirus like Ransomware. That’s why we strongly advise our readers to pay close attention during the installation process and make it a habit to go with the advanced/custom settings in the setup. This is a simple option that gives you the ability to manually deselect and prevent such additional software from sneaking inside your system unnoticed.
Heazycrome “malware” is not really malware
Browser hijackers often get mistaken for viruses, but this is not the case. These programs may appear like a virus infection to someone who is facing the ad-generating activity for the first time and this is mostly because of the aggressive way the ads, pop-ups, and promotional pages appear on their screen. Indeed, it may be really hard to close the new tabs that pop up every time you open your browser, but this is just an annoying result of Heazycrome’s activity, rather than a real malware infection. Technically speaking, a browser hijacker does not represent anything malicious and security experts don’t consider it a threat to your system. Moreover, it does not contain any harmful scripts that could corrupt your system, unlike actual malware like Ransomware for example.
Software like the one you are dealing with now is just specialized in displaying aggressive advertisements, and this way creating an enormous disturbance to some online users. If you are one such disturbed user, you may wish to uninstall Heazycrome from your computer and save yourself from its intrusive behavior. In fact, this could be a good idea if you want to minimize the chance of clicking on some fake ads or compromised web pages, which may eventually redirect you to some malicious websites. The removal guide below will help you eliminate this risk by deleting all Heazycrome files from your system. The only thing you need to do is closely follow the instructions.
Heazycrome “Malware” Removal (Chrome/Firefox)
Many types of malware will restrict your access to their core files. It is highly recommended that you reboot your PC in safe mode before attempting to use this guide.
- To enable Safe Mode reboot you PC, then hit F8 repeatedly. When the corresponding menu opens please select Safe Mode with Networking.
WARNING! If you are using Windows 8,0 or later and/or your operating system is installed on a fast SSD drive this may fail to work. In this case click here to see how to start your PC in Safe Mode.
#1: Uninstall the malicious program from your control panel
Enter control panel to look for any suspicious programs, which may have installed on your PC. To do that:
- Navigate to your Desktop
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type appwiz.cpl
- Go through the list of programs and find Heazycrome or anything else that may seem suspicious. Right-click on it and choose the uninstallation option
WARNING! Carefully read any confirmation messages that may be created in the process. Sometimes you may get offers to download more Adware applications and this can be linked to either the Yes or the No answer depending on the wording!
Go through the list of programs again and check online for any potentially unwanted programs. We have an article that covers this awesome free software that makes sure that your computer is free from bloatware and programs that you don’t need.
#2: Remove Heazycrome From Chrome
Now we’ll remove the extensions that the malware has attached to your browser.
- Open your Google Chrome browser.
- Type chrome://extensions/ in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on “Developer Mode” on the top right and look for the extension installed by Heazycrome and anything that might be related to it. Copy their IDs (the string of letters), then remove them by clicking on the trash bin icon.
- Type Regedit in the Windows Start Menu and press Enter. Go in : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions and delete the entries corresponding to the suspicious IDs you recorded.
#3: Remove Heazycrome From Firefox
- Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
- Type “about:support” in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on the “Refresh Firefox” button on the right and confirm.
#4 Remove Heazycrome From Internet Explorer
- Open your Internet Explorer internet browser.
- Click on the Gear icon on the up right, then on manage add-ons.
- Go through the list disable any suspicious extensions.
#5 Remove any leftover parasitic processes
From the task manager:
- Use Ctrl + Shift + Esc and open the Task manager, then click on the Processes
- Go through the list of processes and look for unknown or otherwise suspicious entries.
- If you see anything suspicious right click on the process and shoes Open File Location, then terminate the process and delete any files you find in the directory.
WARNING! If the directory you open from this menu has no files inside of it it’s probably because the malware has hidden them. You need to reveal hidden files and folders in order to be able to see them. Click here if you don’t know how to do that.
From the start menu:
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type msconfig
- Click on the Startup tab.
This menu controls which programs are loaded when windows starts after a reboot. Disable anything that seems suspicious. Optionally you can also disable any program that you don’t need and also has a high impact on your startup time.
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