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Remove HDS-Total-1.8 adware

removal by Lucia Danes - -   Also known as HDS-Total-1.8 virus, HDS-Total-1.8 ads | Type: Adware

What is HDS-Total-1.8?

HDS-Total-1.8 is a misleading browser add-on that is capable of implementing various unwanted activities on target computer. First of all, it may flood web browser with commercial advertisements and in this way disrupt users web browsing sessions. Furthermore, it may cause continuous redirects to unknown websites, slow down web browsers and increase vulnerabilities of the machine. By the way, it may install tracking cookies and monitor user's web browsing activities. The most important thing you have to remember is that HDS-Total-1.8 does not ask for users' permission to perform these operations. It's developers rely on a misleading distribution technique that is called 'bundling' and integrate this plug-in into the most popular software. Consequently, it gets inside random computers unnoticed and this way earns the money for its developers. As soon as security experts have found out that, they categorized it as an adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). No matter that HDS-Total-1.8 does not even remind a virus, it should not be kept on a computer because it may try to redirect people to sponsored websites, some of which may be unsafe. No one knows if it seeks to promote reliable websites or if it seeks to help cyber criminals harm people's computers by making them visit unsafe websites and installing malicious programs. In addition to that, do not underestimate the fact that tracking cookies are installed alongside HDS-Total-1.8 adware. Software that is directly connected with questionable remote control servers always poses a risk of losing personally identifiable information. To sum up, if you have noticed 'Ads by HDS-Total-1.8' on your web browser, check your machine with Reimage Reimage Cleaner and make sure that you get rid of this adware for good.

How can HDS-Total-1.8 hijack my computer?

HDS-Total-1.8 ads can appear on your computer as if out of nowhere. If you have already noticed them, we recommend checking your task manager and make sure if this application is working in the background of the system. If so, probably you have recently installed a freeware and has been tricked into installing the whole bundle of programs instead of one. Do not worry, you are not the only one tricked in this way. To tell the truth, thousands of people download 'bundled installers' each day and suffer from various inconveniences that later on potentially unwanted programs cause. To avoid this happening, pay more attention to the installation process of every freeware and never rely on Quick or Basic installation mode. The biggest mistake that people make while installing freewares is that they accept everything without reading notifications about the terms that they agree. That's why you should always select Advanced or Custom installation option and monitor the entire process carefully. Read every notification and deselect check boxes claiming that you accept various additional components, such as add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars or extensions. DO NOT accept any 'recommended' applications alongside your selected freeware because they usually appear to be potentially unwanted programs.

How to remove HDS-Total-1.8 virus?

It's very easy to end up with HDS-Total-1.8 virus on your computer. However, sometimes it may not be that easy to remove it because such and similar adwares tend to install registries and stay active after removing the main installer. That's why we recommend removing all unwanted programs automatically.

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HDS-Total-1.8 adware snapshot
HDS-Total-1.8 adware snapshot

To remove HDS-Total-1.8 adware, follow these steps:

Uninstall HDS-Total-1.8 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 HDS-Total-1.8 and related programs
    Here, look for HDS-Total-1.8 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'

Remove HDS-Total-1.8 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 HDS-Total-1.8 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'

Get rid of HDS-Total-1.8 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 HDS-Total-1.8 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 HDS-Total-1.8 removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase HDS-Total-1.8 adware 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, HDS-Total-1.8 should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate HDS-Total-1.8 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 HDS-Total-1.8 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 HDS-Total-1.8 removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete HDS-Total-1.8 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 HDS-Total-1.8 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 HDS-Total-1.8 removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall HDS-Total-1.8 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 HDS-Total-1.8 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 HDS-Total-1.8 removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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