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Remove HDSportSearchs (Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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HDSportSearchs is a browser hijacker that might infiltrate your browser without permission

HDSportSearchsHDSportSearchs is a browser hijacker that is designed to deliver you sponsored links and ads

HDSportSearchs is a minor computer infection that can hijack Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, MS Edge, or another web browser. While it typically comes in as a browser extension, it can also be a part of a standalone application installed on your Windows or Mac operating system. One of the main reasons why the app is considered to be a potentially unwanted program is due to its deceptive distribution tactics, such as software bundling or deceptive advertisements. This is why users reported that they found HDSportSearchs hijack on their browser unexpectedly.

Once installed, the application changes the homepage and the new tab URL of the browser to portal.hdsportsearchs.com or feed.hdsportsearchs.com and append a customized search engine. While using it, users' searchers would always be redirected to Yahoo or another provider. Nonetheless, these results are not genuine, as they are injected with sponsored links and ads. Additionally, HDSportSearchs also collects information about users' web browsing activities to increase its ad revenue via targeted ads.

Name HDSportSearchs
Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program
Distribution Users download browser hijackers unintentionally, as they are often distributed via deceptive methods, such as software bundle packages, deceptive ads or fake update prompts
Symptoms  HDSportSearchs browser extension or an unknown application installed on the system; homepage and new tab address is set to portal.hdsportsearchs.com or feed.hdsportsearchs.com; all searchers are redirected to search.yahoo.com; search results are filled with sponsored links
Risks Installation of other potentially unwanted programs, privacy risks due to information gathering practices, financial losses
Removal You can uninstall potentially unwanted applications by following the manual guide below. To delete an extension, either access the settings of your web browser or reset it fully
Optional steps If you found suspicious programs on your system, you should perform a full system scan with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes. If malware was found, take your time to attempt to fix virus damage with the help of repair software such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

The so-called HDSportSearchs virus belongs to a larger group of browser hijacking app families, including such titles as MovieSearches, AllConvertersSearches, FunSearchToday, and many others. The names of these apps most commonly include the “search” keyword, which implies that an easier way of finding a particular topic.

However, HDSportSearchs will not help your find sports videos easier or even provide links to them. This hijacker, just as its predecessors, includes a few seemingly useful features instead, including:

  • PDF Converter
  • Currency Converter
  • Crypto Converter
  • Calculator

Aside from these features, the app possesses a very basic search functionality and does not provide search results that define its title. However, unlike a legitimate Yahoo search engine, HDSportSearchs also provides additional links at the top of search results – a very common practice used by browser hijackers. These ads advertise various promotions and sponsored content, clicks on, which help the developers to monetize. In other words, the top results become not organic, but rather those that third parties paid for.

Thus, you are essentially installing an app that injects ads into your searches in exchange for a few converters – this functionality can be found all over the internet without having your browser hijacked. Thus, security experts[1] recommend HDSportSearchs removal, along with other applications of similar functionality.

HDSportSearchs hijackHDSportSearchs is a potentially unwanted application that tracks your searches and other data

If alternative search results and browser changes are not a disturbance for you, you should think about your privacy. Like many other browser hijackers that are not considered a major security threat, HDSportSearchs gathers various information about users' online behavior. This practice is common since it allows targeted advertising, increasing the probability of users buying the products, and installing applications that are offered.

If you look at the privacy policy of the app, it is claimed that various non-personally identifiable data is gathered about users:[2]

The Non-Personal Information which is being collected may include technical information automatically transmitted by the user's device (for example, type of browser, the type of the user's device and technical information pertaining to the user's device, language preferences, time stamps, clicks and visited pages, search logs, the operating system, utilized internet service provider and other similar information.

Besides, the policy also discloses that it also collects some of the personal data, such as IP address or unique device identifiers. This information might later be shared with partners, third-parties, service providers, and others.

If you want to remove HDSportSearchs, you should look for an extension on your web browser. If you are unable to find it, it might be that the hijack is related to another app that is installed on your system. In such a case, you can eliminate it manually by following our instructions below or by scanning your device with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner anti-malware.

Finally, if you spotted that your machine does not work the same after malware elimination, you can attempt to fix virus damage with the help of a repair tool Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

You can easily avoid potentially unwanted programs

In most cases, users do not download adware, browser hijackers, scareware, or other potentially unwanted applications on purpose – as mentioned above, this is one of the reasons why these programs are called that way. The deception starts with PUP distribution methods, as there are plenty of users who would decline the installation of apps that potentially put their privacy at risk, insert ads into their searches, or redirect to suspicious websites.

To ensure that more people install these unwanted applications, the developers and freeware distributors employ a common distribution technique known as software bundling. While it can work well for the developer and the end-user if applied correctly, many parties choose to mislead users for the increased profits due to the pay-per-install[3] scheme.

However, you do not need to be a security expert in preventing the unintentional installation of potentially dangerous software. Here are a few tips that would help you with that:

  • If possible, download software from official websites only;
  • Before installing an app, you have never heard of, check reviews online;
  • During the installation, always opt for Advanced/Custom settings instead of Recommended/Quick;
  • Decline all the deals or offers on the way;
  • Remove ticks from pre-checked checkboxes;
  • Watch out of misleading button placements;
  • Employ powerful anti-malware that would warn you about the incoming PUPs.

HDSportSearchs virusHDSportSearchs inserts sponsored links into searchers and shows the results based on Yahoo engine

HDSportSearchs removal instructions

The so-called HDSportSearchs virus is not actually a virus, but a browser hijacker. These minor computer infections typically do not pose serious security risks, although their value is questionable at best. In fact, they are there to feed you with ads – in one way or another – and track your online activities that might later be shared with unknown parties. Therefore, there is no need to keep them installed, and HDSportSearchs removal should be one of your priorities.

Since the hijacker typically comes as an extension, you should first check your web browser's extension section (for example, on Google Chrome, you should go to Menu > More Tools > Extensions). In case the app sets the “Managed by your organization” setting, you should reset the web browser as explained below.

If you are dealing with an unknown program, you can either try to remove HDSportSearchs manually as per instructions below or scan the device with powerful anti-malware software to eliminate all the unwanted programs and the invisible malware.

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To remove HDSportSearchs, follow these steps:

Erase HDSportSearchs from Windows systems

If your browser settings are changed due to an unknown program installed on your Windows machine, proceed with the following steps:

  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 HDSportSearchs and related programs
    Here, look for HDSportSearchs 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'
  5. Remove HDSportSearchs from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Remove HDSportSearchs from Mac OS X system

macOS users should perform the following actions to delete applications:

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove HDSportSearchs from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for HDSportSearchs-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove HDSportSearchs, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to HDSportSearchs and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the HDSportSearchs-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete HDSportSearchs from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for HDSportSearchs and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete HDSportSearchs removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of HDSportSearchs from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the HDSportSearchs-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Uninstall HDSportSearchs 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 HDSportSearchs 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. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete HDSportSearchs removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate HDSportSearchs from Google Chrome

If you are unable to delete HDSportSearchs browser hijacker manually, reset 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 HDSportSearchs 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. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete HDSportSearchs removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase HDSportSearchs 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 HDSportSearchs or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by HDSportSearchs, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 HDSportSearchs removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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