How to Remove BuyHatke Virus (Chrome/Edge/Firefox)

I wrote this article to help you remove BuyHatke Virus. This BuyHatke Virus removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

BuyHatke is a malicious program that has no place on your machine. It is an adware virus. Luckily, adware pests are not as dangerous as ransomware or Trojan horses and they are relatively easy to tackle. That is, however, IF you act promptly. If you procrastinate, things will worsen really fast. No cyber infection should be underestimated. The adware you are stuck with included. If you let it stay on board, the least it will do is ruin your browsing experience.

The problems BuyHatke brings along escalate in time. Because of that infection, you are always one click away from more malware. But the absolute worst thing is the security risk you are taking. This adware virus spies on your and monitors your every online move. It has access to your IPs, email addresses, usernames, accounts, browser-related data, etc. It may even try stealing your personally identifiable and financial credentials. This is why you must take immediate actions against it. The sooner you remove it from your machine, the better.

As we said, BuyHatke completely demolishes your online activities. How? The pest constantly bombards you with ads. Like, all the time. Your whole screen is covered with commercials in all shapes and forms. Banners, coupons, deals, offers, pop-ups, pop-unders, video ads, etc.

Have you noticed that all of the ads you are buried in are related to your likes and preferences? You find them appealing and they answer your needs. Isn`t this strange? Well, no. Do you remember when we said that the adware is spying on you? It also uses your browser data to select ads that you will find interesting. The purpose, of course, is to make you click on them because this is how crooks make money. They use these advertisements to boost web traffic to particular pages and gain profit via the pay-per-click mechanism.

Remove BuyHatke Virus
The BuyHatke Virus

Every time you click on something, you are helping crooks expand their business AND you are risking infecting your computer even more. Most of these commercials are sponsored and dangerous. A single click on the wrong one and you automatically invite more pests on board. There may be some perfectly safe links as well but there is no way of telling which is which without clicking. And as we established, clicking is too much of a risk. You may compromise your already compromised machine even further in no time.

Stay away from everything the adware generates. You have an infection to worry about and it is enough. BuyHatke causes your computer to underperform. Your machine`s speed slows down to a crawl. It starts to crash and reboot more often. Your browsers freeze as well due to the never stopping ad bombardment. You may even experience some Internet connection issues. And let`s not forget the part where your private life is no longer private as the adware threatens to expose it to crooks. It is up to you to stop it and you should do it now. Use our removal guide below and get rid of the BuyHatke infection for good.

Finally, how to protect yourself in the future? We assume it is safe to say that you didn’t download BuyHatke on purpose and yet, it still managed to slither in. Do you know how? One of hackers` favorite malware distribution tricks is called bundling. Basically, crooks attach their infection to another program and when you download and install said program, you get the pest as a “bonus”.

In order to protect yourself, you have to be more cautious. When installing a program, always opt for the Custom/Advanced settings in the Setup Wizard instead of the Basic ones. This way you are able to see each additional program in the bundle and deselect it. Also, never skip the Term and Conditions as they can also hide some misleading clauses that you don’t agree with. If you want to be safe, be more vigilant. Your haste, distraction, and carelessness are what all infection need the most. Don’t grant it. They lead to infections. Be more careful and keep your machine infection-free.

BuyHatke Virus Uninstall

STEP-1 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.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
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.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
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).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

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.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove BuyHatke Virus from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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