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Remove HotShoppy ads (Removal Instructions) - Dec 2016 update

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Adware

Why do I need to be careful with HotShoppy ads?

HotShoppy ads are sponsored notifications that people, having no experience on the web, can find interesting. However, we do not recommend taking these ads seriously as they are generated by adware [1]. The most of such ads have been actively used to redirect PC users to third party websites that are filled with malware. We should also add that the amount of these special offers, reminders about sales and targeted ads that are typically caused by HotShoppy virus is quite big, so you can find it hard when you try to browse the web [2] with them on your desktop. Finally, just like thousands of other programs, it can track your activity on the Internet [3] and then use this information for showing you tempting ads. No matter how harmless such activity seems, keep in mind that you can’t know what people are capable of reaching this data and using it for their own needs! The safest way to act is to remove HotShoppy from the system. Beware that it can equally attach Windows OS and Mac OS X. This adware is compatible with Safari and Google Chrome web browsers but its developers have already promised Windows and mobile versions for their users.

If you are a passionate online shopper, you can easily fall for this application. However, even if you are not willing to install this adware on your computer, you can still notice HotShoppy ads during your searches. That’s because it has been actively spread using other software as optional component. The Internet is full of similar applications that are sneaky enough to get into the system with the help of bundling, e.g. BestWeb, EasyShopperLiveShoppers. Some of them are useful, and some – not. However, instead of being useful, they fill browsers with commercial content which is placed on target sites using the virtual layer. Therefore, you can not get rid of these sponsored notifications and the only way to do that is to perform HotShoppy removal. For that, you can either use a guide given below or Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego which is recommended for this procedure.

The example of HotShoppy ads

Questions about HotShoppy ads

If ads by HotShoppy have been bothering you for a while, you must have already noticed that they tend to cover the necessary content. Also, some of them do not even have X button, or after being clicked, redirect you to promotional websites. It’s easy to enter a malicious website when dealing with HotShoppy redirect problem because these sites are hardly monitored by adware’s developers. So, you need only one click to end up on a suspicious website created for spreading malware [4]. Even the Terms & Conditions of this program note that the developers of this program do not take any responsibility for the security and credibility of third party domains. Therefore, you should take care of yourself and remove this adware from the computer. 

Methods of distribution

This adware has an official website from which users can download the application. However, it’s not the main distribution technique. Usually, this potentially unwanted program gets inside the computer with the assistance of other programs that users download from the Internet. The developers use one of deceptive marketing techniques called “bundling” [5] to add their program as an optional to the regular software package. Users, who want to avoid HotShoppy hijack and other PUPs, should “unpack” the program by selecting “Advanced” or “Custom” installation mode. This setup allows seeing the checkbox with additional programs that are offered to install. In order to avoid various computer-related issues, you should unmark all pre-selected applications and continue the installation. Keep in mind that “Quick” or “Standard” installation setup do not offer this function and installs optional programs by default.

How to get rid of HotShoppy virus?

If HotShoppy ads keep bothering you, you should not waste your time or try to get used to intrusive advertisements. The longer you delay adware elimination, the bigger chances are that you click on a malicious ad and encounter a serious cyber threat. You can easily get rid of this annoying computer infection by employ a reputable anti-malware program. To remove HotShoppy ads from the computer, you have to install or update security program and run a full system scan. After a couple of minutes, the adware with all its components will be gone for good. Additionally, you can remove it manually. At the end of the article, you will find detailed manual HotShoppy removal instructions.

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To remove HotShoppy ads, follow these steps:

Delete HotShoppy from Windows systems

To remove HotShoppy from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to HotShoppy (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Uninstall HotShoppy from Mac OS X system

Hot Shoppy virus may be hard to remove manually because you have to detect and eliminate adware, the program which brought it inside your computer and other additional programs that may have been installed without your consent. Make sure you remove all adware-related components. If these ads keep popping up on your screen, opt for automatic removal.

  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 HotShoppy 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'

Erase HotShoppy 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 HotShoppy 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 HotShoppy removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate HotShoppy ads 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 HotShoppy-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

Remove HotShoppy from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to HotShoppy and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case HotShoppy did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete HotShoppy removal.Reset Firefox 2

Get rid of HotShoppy from Google Chrome

Check the list of extensions and look for questionable entries that may have been installed on Google Chrome. Look for suspicious extensions, add-ons or toolbars that might be related to HotShoppy virus and uninstall them as shown below.

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to HotShoppy by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the HotShoppy-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete HotShoppy removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete HotShoppy from Safari

To remove HotShoppy ads completely, you have to find and remove all questionable and suspicious browser extensions or toolbars. The adware may have installed various entries that you should remove without hesitation.

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to HotShoppy and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

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 various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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