I wrote this article to help you remove Hjl.lightningusable.com. This Hjl.lightningusable.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Browser hijackers are a nasty, pesky cyber infection, which you don’t want to have on your PC. They completely mess up your system without seeking your permission. They will make your browsing experience impossible to enjoy and if you don’t take measures they won`t stop there. Hijackers slither in your machine undetected but, once there, they have ways to reveal themselves to you. This is the case with the Hjl.lightningusable.com hijacker. Hjl.lightningusable.com is a website. A malicious one, to be exact because it hides a hijacker inside. If the page is constantly thrown your way and you see it all the time that’s the pest way of informing you of its presence. However, this is also a warning you should not ignore. The page and the hijacker go together and you can`t have one without the other. The minute you spot the website accept that you have been infected and starts taking measures to red rid of the parasite. If you procrastinate things will get much worse.
For starters, the Hjl.lightningusable.com will replace both your homepage and favorite search engine. It will haunt you all the time. Each attempt to open your browser will be interrupted by the appearance of the site. You will be redirected back to it whenever you try visiting other pages. But that is not the end of the issues you will be facing. Don’t forget the ads as there will be a ton of them. Countless irritating non-stopping ads will cover your screen any time you load a page. As a result, the performance of the computer will worsen significantly and the system will start crashing frequently. You should know that the advertisements are not only going to drive you mad but they are also dangerous. Actually, everything the hijacker generates is. Do not click on any of it. Not unless you want to infect your PC even more. The ads hide other malware threats, probably more dangerous ones. And they are just waiting for you to click on them so they can infect you. Your click very equals consent. Your consent to other parasites to get in and wreck your machine. Moreover, you will get a malware with each click and you won`t even realize it. And by the time you do, your PC will be full of all kinds of threats and will probably be beyond repair.
I hardly think I should continue convincing you that the pest has to go but the worst part hasn’t even come yet. The security risk you are exposed to is the worst part of all. Even if you can put up with all the other issues you cannot ignore this one. The hijacker puts your private life in danger. How? By spying on you and your every online move, keeping that information and when it has gathered enough, sending it to its developers. Then you share your privacy with people who are not only complete strangers but also cybercriminals, whose intentions are not famous for being good. This is your financial data they have. Your personal information as well. Тhis won’t end up good for you. Financial fraud and identity theft are things that come to mind. Act before it`s too late and make sure your private life stay private. Remove the nasty hijacker as soon as possible. Our removal guide below will help you clean your PC of this plague. Please, follow the instructions and soon enough your computer will be hijacker free.
Removing it is the single most important task you need to worry about right not but making sure you never let it infect you again has the second place. You probably don’t know how or when it got into your system. This is not surprising given the fact how sneaky hijackers are. They are masters when it some to deceiving people as well as in disguising themselves. The use tricks to enter without being flagged. However, the tricks do most of the work but they are not enough. The other thing the parasite needs and without which it can`t enter is your permission. That’s right. They need your consent and they indeed ask for it but in a way which you, if you are not extra careful, don’t notice. They rely on spam emails attachments and freeware. Also, corrupted links/pages. Fake updates as well. These tactics distract you and when they ask for permission you give them green light without thinking. Be more thorough and vigilant. Always double check before agreeing with/accepting something because it may turn out to be malware. Be more careful and increase your chances of spotting an intruder in the process of attempting to enter. You will save a lot of troubles.
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 Hjl.lightningusable.com 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 Hjl.lightningusable.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.