I wrote this article to help you remove Hippig Virus. This Hippig Virus removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Hippig is a typical adware program. The covert tool supports third party content in exchange for a certain payment. This is how the people behind it make profit. Hippig is used to conduct advertising campaigns. The program generates pop-up windows which contain links to sponsored websites. To attract people to the supported platforms, the adware makes the content interesting. The ads focus on shopping offers. The presented deals will be unusually generous, considering the quality of the listed products. This is how Hippig gets users to acknowledge the ads and follow them to their source sites. While all this is going on, the shady program tracks the browsing activity and records the incoming information.
Hippig does not have an official website. The furtive program is spread through dark patterns. The predominant distribution technique is bundling. Freeware, shareware and pirated copies of licensed tools are used to host the executable of Hippig. The download client offers the packed program as a bonus. To avoid it getting installed, you have to find the option and deselect it. It is essential to read through the terms and conditions of the programs you install to your computer. Do not accept extra tools. If there are any, you should terminate the installation of the program in question and delete its setup file from your hard drive.
The other distribution vector is spam emails. The sender will merge the executable of Hippig with a document. The attached file will be presented as an important document. Spammers often write on behalf of reputable entities, like the national post, the local police department, government branches, institutions, banks, courier firms, social networks and others. To make the fake letter seem genuine, they copy and paste their official logos and contacts. To filter your in-box items, proof the accounts behind them. Consult the official websites of the represented organizations to check if they are legit.
The initial symptoms for the presence of Hippig include decreased performance speed, freezes and crashes. This results from the high consumption of CPU and RAM memory. The main activity of the adware is displaying advertisements. The ads are brought in different shapes and formats, including banners, coupon boxes, freebies, in-text links, transitional, contextual, inline, floating, comparison, interstitial and full-screen windows. The authors of the rogue program apply various tricks to make them more noticeable. They decorate them with bright color schemes, flash animations and cursive fonts. The emphasis is on the contained offers.
Hippig brings bargain deals for high quality items. The product palette encompasses technological devices, furniture, clothes, accessories, decorative elements, gardening equipment sports gear, toys, video games and many others. To acquire people’s interest, the adware lists exclusive deals for high quality goods. As enticing as the suggested offers may be, the bottom line is that their legitimacy is unaccounted for. The developers of Hippig conduct advertising campaigns per order. They receive payments by third party advertisers. Since the end users are not the customers in this instance, their security is not regarded as a priority. Be warned that the ads could redirect you to infected websites which harvest malware.
Apart from the threat of contacting malicious programs, the adware also involves a personal security risk. The creators of Hippig have included a tracking function which allows the sinister program to monitor people’s online sessions and record the information they disclose through their activity. The adware can obtain your browsing history, cookies, keystrokes, IP address, geographic location, area code, email account, telephone number, demographic details, user names, passwords and financial credentials. The owners of the adware can sell your private data on dark markets without asking for your permission or notifying you. Your personal input could fall into the hands of cyber criminals.
Hippig Virus Uninstall
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must perform to remove the hijacker from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Hippig Virus from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.