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Ads by 4HD. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Linas Kiguolis - -   Also known as 4HD ads, 4HD virus, 4HD adware, 4HD | Type: Adware

What is 4HD?

'Ads by 4HD' may appear on each of your web browser and totally ruin your browsing experience. This app is promoted as a tool that is capable of improving users' experience while viewing online videos by enhancing their quality and dimming screen lights when necessary. Unfortunately, if you have noticed that no matter whether you use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer your screen is flooded with 4HD ads, you should check your computer, preferably with a reputable anti-spyware, and try to find and remove the app that causes those messages. It has been categorized as an adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that is known for implementing suspicious activities on infected computers and due to them it's not recommended using. To start with, you should known that this poor-rated web browser add-on mainly spreads around using 'bundling' and seeks to get inside random computers without being noticed. Even though it does ask for user's permission to be installed, it does so in a misleading manner, usually infiltrates computers and starts implementing unwanted activities behind computer owner's back. If it has already infected your computer, don't worry because it can barely pose you any threat. However, it should be eliminated because it may try to redirect you to suspicious websites. That's because it is mainly used for promoting third-party websites and driving visitors' traffic to them. However, there is a possibility that 4HD redirects can may you visit websites filled with questionable content. By the way, it may try to collect some personally and non-personally identifiable information about you and your browsing habits and transmit it to unknown third parties. It's not only unpleasant but also poses a risk of being tricked in the future. That's why security experts do not recommend keeping 4HD virus even though it's not malicious. Run a full system scan with Reimage and get rid of all inconveniences that this adware may cause.

How can 4HD hijack my computer?

Typically 4HD hijacks web browsers and start showing its advertisements right after installation of freeware that has been carrying it as an 'additional component'. Such distribution method is called 'bundling' and requires people's carefulness if they want to avoid installing freewares free of additional programs, such as unwanted add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars or extensions. Research has shown that free software is the main cause of adware, browser hijacker, and similar infections. So, you have to be very careful when installing free software no matter if you are familiar with it or not. That's because freewares and sharewares and constantly complemented with 'optional downloads' and often updated. That's why you can never know if your selected freeware is bundled or not without checking it. If you want to check if 4HD virus or other unwanted programs are not traveling along with your selected freeware, opt for Advanced or Custom installation option and carefully read every notification on the installation wizard. In most of the cases, check boxes, that promote additional installers, stand out from the context and can easily be noticed if you really seek to do so.

How to remove 4HD virus?

If 4HD has already hijacked your web browser, you should not wait until it causes suspicious redirects. You should follow removal guidelines that are given down below and get rid of it as soon as possible.

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To remove 4HD ads, follow these steps:

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Get rid of 4HD from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall 4HD and related programs
    Here, look for 4HD or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
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Erase 4HD from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for 4HD or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'
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Remove 4HD from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for 4HD and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete 4HD removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Uninstall 4HD ads from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, 4HD should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Eliminate 4HD from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select 4HD and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete 4HD removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Delete 4HD from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select 4HD and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete 4HD removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Get rid of 4HD from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for 4HD or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete 4HD removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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