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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.

Questions about HotShoppy ads

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

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

  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 HotShoppy and related programs
    Here, look for HotShoppy 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'

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)

  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 HotShoppy 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 HotShoppy removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate HotShoppy 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, HotShoppy should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove HotShoppy 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 HotShoppy 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 HotShoppy removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

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.

  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 HotShoppy 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 HotShoppy removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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.

  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 HotShoppy 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 HotShoppy removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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  1. Megan says:
    November 15th, 2016 at 8:56 am

    OMG how annoying these popups are!!

  2. shopaholic says:
    November 15th, 2016 at 8:58 am

    You have just disappointed and saved me. I was thinking about install this app..

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