I wrote this article to help you remove Minehp.com. This Minehp.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Minehp.com is a search engine and entertainment portal. The platform has a lot of features. It gives quick access to a selection of websites. The “hot sites” section is for the default choices, while the “favorites” tab is for your custom picks. Minehp.com lists useful information on a few topics. The website provides a news feed. The listed information is divided into the following categories: news, game, music, movie and TV show. Each section has additional filters. There are embedded ads in the website. This hints that Minehp.com is involved in advertising. While this is not unusual, the activity extends to unregulated advertising campaigns. Security researchers have found that the platform is exploited by a browser hijacker.
How does the activity of the hijacker behind Minehp.com pose a threat to my security?
The Minehp.com hijacker prioritizes on raising proceeds. The clandestine program uses a monetizing technique called the pay-per-click system to make revenue. The owners of the shady tool get paid in commissions for redirecting users to supported websites. The Minehp.com hijacker uses a couple of methods to forward people. The first technique is partially seamless. The furtive program resets the homepage and default search engine to Minehp.com. This platform returns sponsored results to the entered queries. They are inserted amid the regular search results.
The other way to direct users to supported content is via advertisements. The Minehp.com hijacker generates a lot of ads on a continuous basis. They are brought in different formats, like pop-ups and pop-unders, banners, coupon boxes, freebies, interstitial, floating, comparison, inline, transitional, contextual, in-text and full-page ads. The windows contain redirect links to undisclosed web pages. Following the advertisements is risky. There is no guarantee about the reliability of the domains they lead to. Any given link could redirect you to a malicious website and get you infected with malware.
The Minehp.com hijacker is also a keylogger. The rogue program monitors users’ online sessions and collects all the information they enter. The input the hijacker can extract from your browser includes your history, keystrokes, tracking cookies, IP address, geographic location, email, telephone number, area code, user names, passwords and the details you have entered into your personal accounts. The owners of the Minehp.com hijacker will sell your private data without asking for permission. The people who buy it may be cyber criminals. They can use it to break into your personal accounts and steal from them.
How did my computer get infected with the hijacker behind Minehp.com?
The Minehp.com hijacker uses a couple of underhanded methods to gain entry into computers. The preferred technique is bundling. The insidious program hitches a ride with another piece of software, usually a pirated application or a freeware tool. The option for a bonus program allows the hijacker to get installed to the targeted computer. Of course, you can prevent this from happening. Just locate the option in the terms and conditions and change your preference. We urge you to do your research on unfamiliar programs before proceeding to install them to your system.
The other propagation vector the Minehp.com hijacker can use to penetrate your computer is spam email campaigns. The rogue program will be secluded with an attachment, listed as a document. The sender behind the bogus letter will tell you that the message is from a reputable entity, like the postal services, a courier firm, a financial institution, a government branch, a shopping platform or the local police department. To proof the reliability of a letter from your in-box, check the available contacts.
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 Minehp.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.