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Search.hnotepadpro.co. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Search.hnotepadpro.co – a fake search engine that spreads as an advanced version of Notepad

Search.hnotepadpro.co search engine

Notepad Pro works as a browser hijacker, but it looks like the advanced version of Windows Notepad.[1] The application is promoted on suspicious websites and spreads in freeware bundles. Once it gets into the system, it modifies browsers’ settings and sets startup page to Search.hnotepadpro.co.

Summary
Name Search.hnotepadpro.co
Developers Polarity Technologies
Type Browser hijacker
Danger level Medium. Modifies browser's settings and might display potentially dangerous content
Symptoms Changed browser's homepage and built-in search box, an increased amount of ads, redirects to sponsored sites, sluggish computer's performance
Distribution Software bundling
To uninstall Search.hnotepadpro.co, install Reimage and run a full system scan

Notepad Pro virus infects web browsers ( Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox) and assigns search.hnotepadpro.co as new tab URL and default search engine, homepage. The problem is that hijacker reassigns these options over and over again if a user tries to set his or her preferred startup page or built-in search engine.

Search.hnotepadpro.co virus is created in a way that users are unable to revert their default browser’s settings back. Therefore, this potentially unwanted program (PUP) does everything to remain on the computer as long as possible.

As a result of these changes to the browser, the whole performance of the device becomes sluggish. Constant appearing increased number of sponsored advertisements affects experience online as well. However, the biggest issue here is Search.hnotepadpro.co redirect problems.

The browser hijacker might redirect to third-party websites that are potentially dangerous. For instance, some sites might promote bogus software; others suggest great shopping deals and trick into revealing personal details. Therefore, trusting the content provided by Search.hnotepadpro.co is not recommended.

The primary purpose of the search engine is delivery of relevant search results and helping people to find needed information. Despite the fact it redirects to Yahoo results page, the hijacker might redirect to other sites once you click on the desired link. This makes getting normal and needed results an impossible task.

Browsing-related problems are the main reason why you should remove Search.hnotepadpro.co. However, the research team from Viruset.no[2] also points out another negative aspect – data tracking capabilities.

The privacy policy of the program tells that it has access to search related information like most viewed pages, search queries, and other browsing activity. Additionally, it also can see your IP address, geo-location and these are useful for locating sponsored advertisements.

As we have mentioned before, commercial content displayed by the PUP is considered as potentially dangerous. Therefore, Search.hnotepadpro.co removal helps to avoid possible dangers and protects your information from being used for advertising purposes.

It is possible to remove Notepad Pro manually. However, we suggest relying on Reimage or another anti-malware[3] program. It’s the easier way to get rid of all suspicious components that may have been installed together with PUP or by a hijacker itself.

Browser hijacker developers use bundling technique for PUP distribution

Developers of numerous browser hijackers know how to spread and where to hide them. Even though, some hijacker programs have official download websites the most common way of infiltrating is installation without permission – with the help of deceptive software marketing technique called bundling.

When you are downloading and installing something form high-risk websites or P2P networks, you might be unknowingly installing software package. PUPs are often attached to freeware or shareware, and if you use Default/Quick installation, you are installing the whole bundle, not only the primary program.

However, you can always avoid these unwanted programs from installing. By choosing Advanced/ Custom option for installing new software the bundled of programs can unpack and you have an opportunity to de-select them and download only the software you need.

Also, any advertisement that suggests updates to your software or any questionable products can be fake and infected with these hijackers. Be careful on the internet and pay extra attention when selecting any boxes during installation processes.

Search.hnotepadpro.co removal is important for your pleasant browsing experience

For a proper Notepad Pro removal you need to get rid of suspicious extensions, add-ons, and other plug-ins from your browser’s settings manually. Additionally, you should look up for other programs that may have been installed on your PC too.

If you are considering manual Search.hnotepadpro.co removal, you should have a look at our prepared instructions below. They will explain how to find and eliminate all components related to the browser hijacker.

If the situation doesn’t change and your browser is still acting up, you should try to remove Search.hnotepadpro.co automatically with the help of anti-malware programs. Software should be downloaded only from official sources and using direct links, not questionable ads.

You can remove Search.hnotepadpro.co automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareWebroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus, Malwarebytes Anti Malware. 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 Search.hnotepadpro.co, follow these steps:

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Uninstall Search.hnotepadpro.co from Windows systems

Follow these steps to remove programs related to the hijacker:

  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 Search.hnotepadpro.co and related programs
    Here, look for Search.hnotepadpro.co 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 Search.hnotepadpro.co 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.

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Eliminate Search.hnotepadpro.co 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 Search.hnotepadpro.co 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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Get rid of Search.hnotepadpro.co 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 Search.hnotepadpro.co 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 Search.hnotepadpro.co 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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Remove Search.hnotepadpro.co 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, Search.hnotepadpro.co should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Erase Search.hnotepadpro.co from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Reset Mozilla Firefox to get rid of the hijacker entirely:

  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 Search.hnotepadpro.co 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 Search.hnotepadpro.co removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Delete Search.hnotepadpro.co from Google Chrome

Uninstall suspicious extensions created by Polarity Technologies or other developers and reset the browser to remove Search.hnotepadpro.co for good:

  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 Search.hnotepadpro.co 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 Search.hnotepadpro.co removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Uninstall Search.hnotepadpro.co 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 Search.hnotepadpro.co 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 Search.hnotepadpro.co, 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 Search.hnotepadpro.co removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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