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Hit The Lights adware. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Lucia Danes - -   Also known as Hit The Lights ads, ads by Hit The Lights | Type: Adware

What is Hit The Lights?

Hit The Lights is an adware-type program, which is actively used for affiliate marketing. No matter how peaceful and harmless it looks, keep in mind that it may also be used for such suspicious activities as affiliate marketing. If you want to avoid unknown and sometimes very suspicious websites, you should try to ignore its ads. In addition, you should know that this program may start showing you its ads as soon as you start your browsing. They may show up on each of your web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc. In order to avoid them, you will have to remove Hit The Lights virus from your computer. If these ads have started interrupting you while browsing on the web, it means that this application has infiltrated your computer in a bundle with other apps. In fact, it's quite popular these days. This distribution method is called bundling and in most of the cases it is related to freeware and shareware. Which program was involved to Hit The Lights distribution you can know only after selecting Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware, which helps to see 'optional' components. Please, do NOT leave such programs on your computer, especially if they have infiltrated it without your permission asked. In this case, we highly recommend running a full system scan with Reimage and eliminating all malicious files that may be hiding in your computer.

How can Hit The Lights hijack my computer?

If you want to avoid Hit The Lights virus, you should start monitoring installation of the freeware because freeware is the main medium, which is used for transmitting adwares to target PC systems. That's why you should always dedicate some time for reading End User's License Agreement, Privacy Policy and similar information. After dedicating some time for that, you should also select Custom or Advanced installation, which has already been mentioned in previous paragraph. Of course, we must add that after doing so you should also follow every installation step and don't forget to opt out of 'optional components' that look suspicious to you. For that you should uncheck related check mark. If this hasn't worked for you and now you are suffering from Hit The Lights adware, you should follow a guide below and fix your computer. Otherwise, this program may start tracking your browsing and collect such information as your mostly visited websites, time that you spend there, data that you enter, etc. In addition, it may also know what your email address or PC's location is. If you don't want to let third parties monitor such information, you should avoid Hit The Lights virus and similar adware-type applications. For eliminating this program from the system, please follow a guide below.

How to remove Hit The Lights virus?

If Hit The Lights has already hijacked your computer and now is bothering you with its ads, you should follow these guidelines and fix your machine. For that you can use either Automatic removal method or manual removal.

You can remove Hit The Lights automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they can easily delete potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Hit The Lights adware, follow these steps:

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Remove Hit The Lights 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 Hit The Lights and related programs
    Here, look for Hit The Lights 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 Hit The Lights 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 Hit The Lights 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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Eliminate Hit The Lights 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 Hit The Lights 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 Hit The Lights 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 Hit The Lights 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, Hit The Lights should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Delete Hit The Lights 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 Hit The Lights 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 Hit The Lights removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Get rid of Hit The Lights 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 Hit The Lights 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 Hit The Lights removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Remove Hit The Lights 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 Hit The Lights 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 Hit The Lights removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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