Holasearch.com virus is an old browser hijacker. Security researchers have been warning users of this infection ever since 2013, and the hijacker still remains relevant in 2018. Currently, this malware parasite is very active in Japan, Spain, France, South Africa and Italy. This browser hijacker belongs to Babylon LTD. This Israel-based company has produced one of the most successful parasites like iSearch.babylon.com.
The trustworthiness of this very low, and people have wrote comments like “This is the bloodiest website! A virus leads you onto this site!”. Also, the child safety is also rated rather low. Specialists explain that browser hijacker will commence misleading and unethical activities like tracking your online activity, showing rogue advertisements and etc (9 warning signs your PC is infected with malware).
Holasearch.com virus will take control over your settings and show objectionable ads
Holasearch.com is also related with a number of different browser hijackers like Buenosearch.com and Dalesearch.com. Although these engines seem reliable, they will not introduce you to reliable results to search queries. It might include deceptive ads that lead to completely different websites than advertised. You should never grant unknown search engines to take positions of home pages, default search providers and new tab pages. If you notice that your browsers’ settings have been unexpectedly modified, please take immediate action.
Malvertising is a very serious issue and Holasearch.com virus will only expose you to affiliated websites and sponsored content. For instance, you could notice technical support scams like “Windows 10 License Has Been Corrupted”. Such fake security notifications will urge you to download or purchase redundant software. In addition to that, these cyber criminals can also require payments for the technical support assistance (How to Spot a Tech Support Scam). You could also be exposed to fake lotteries and other deceptive material.
In addition to this, the unsafe Holasearch.com malware parasite will also constantly monitor your online activities. The connection to this search engine is not secure. By entering information to this rogue search engine, you will expose this information to cyber criminals. This data-gathering will help advertisers to display personalized content (Online advertising is the new digital cancer). Furthermore, we tried to use this Holasearch.com search engine.
The search results were filled with unknown third-party services that might be unreliable. By purchasing items from such websites, you might reveal your banking account information to suspicious people. In addition to that, these services might simply be of a low-quality and the goods you buy will have a lot of defects or might not arrive at all. These ads take place on the websites you are rendered with, after you have performed a search with Hola engine. Additionally, the small number of non-affiliate web pages, you are presented with, will stand side by side to sponsored 3rd party advertising domains. And you can never know, if you click on the link that is truly relevant to your search query or that is promoted.
Go to Start -> Control Panel, click on “Uninstall Program” on Programs area. Look for anything related to Hola Search or Hola Hola toolbar on a list of programs and click of Uninstall/Change button next to it.
Depending on what browser you are using, follow the instructions below:
- Open IE and go to ‘Tools‘ → ”Manage Add-ons’.
- Choose ‘Toolbars and Extensions’ and uninstall everything related to Hola Search from the list.
- Choose ‘Search Providers’ → choose the search engine you used before and make it your default search provider. Additionally, select ‘Web Search’, click ‘Disable suggestions’ to disable it.
- Go ‘Tools’ → ‘Internet Options’ and select ‘General’ tab. Click ‘Use default’ or enter your own website name, google.com or other. Finally, click ‘OK’ to save the changes.
For Mozilla Firefox:
- Open Mozilla Firefox, go ‘Tools’ → ‘Add-ons’.
- Choose ‘Extensions’ → Hola Search and click ‘Uninstall’.
- Go ‘Tools’ → ‘Options’. Finally, reset the startup homepage or change it to google.com.
For Google Chrome:
- Click on the icon ‘Customize and control Google Chrome’, select ‘Options’.
- Choose ‘Basic’ Options and change Google Chrome homepage to google.com or any other browser and then click the ‘Manage search engines…’ button.
- Choose ‘Google’ and make it your default search engine.
Finally, run a full system scan using a reputable antispyware program, for example, Spyhunter. Don’t forget upgrading it to its latest version before performing system scan.
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