You’ve recently noticed some changes in your web browser? If the Hwcdn.net website constantly appears on your screen, you should be on high alert. It looks like your browser has been infiltrated by malicious software from the browser hijacker category. As soon as it invades, this parasite takes over your browsers and starts generating multiple intrusive advertisements in the form of pop-ups, in-text, banners and blinking alert messages.
Most commonly, such ads will promote exclusive deals, special offers, personalized discounts and coupons, etc. The promoted content will be specifically targeted to be as attractive as possible to the user. How? By monitoring your online activity and collecting your browsing history and searches. This information will surely raise the chances of the ads getting clicked on. The main goal is to create PPC (Pay-Per-Click) revenue.
Browser hijackers are known to lurk behind spam emails, fake updates, shady ads, infected links, software bundling and torrent files. You need to know that this type of malware cannot hack your computer. It is not as advanced. The only way for it to get access to your computer is if you grant it to it. In most cases, users allow malicious software to enter their devices without even realizing it.
For example, if you opt for a Quick install, instead of a Custom one, you can be sure that any hidden program or application will get automatically installed on your computer without your knowledge or consent. To make sure this does not happen, you need to follow our advice and select Custom or Advanced mode in the Setup Wizard. By doing so, you’ll be able to see if there are any hidden optional installations. If any are present, you need to deselect them, so they do not get installed on your computer. More often than not, such bonus content is actually malware in disguise, so you need to be very cautious not to let it sneak on your cyber machine unnoticed like that.
Aside from flooding your screen with numerous annoying ads, hijackers can alter your browser settings. Your homepage, new tab pages, as well as the preferred search engine will be replaced with the Hwcdn.net site. Furthermore, this parasite can install other dubious apps, extensions and toolbars on your browser, without needing your authorization. Browser hijackers put your online privacy and security in jeopardy. The only way for you to be able to protect your personal and financial information and not let hackers to get their hands on it is to remove this nasty hijacker from your PC as soon as you detect its presence. The longer you wait, the worse your situation will get.
You don’t want to stick around and see the effect this hijacker will have on your browser. With time, the application will get so heavily loaded with ads, that it will not work properly. At some point, it will crash completely. Leaving you with no way to access the internet. But if you act now and get rid of this annoying browser hijacker, you can return to a normal, secure and ad-free browsing experience.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you know how to do this, 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.
Please, follow the steps precisely to remove XXXXXXXX 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 to the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still cannot remove Hwcdn.net from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.