Hotcleaner is the name of malware that infects primarily Macs but can affect all of the users that have Chrome web browser as well on other operating systems. It can cause all types of advertisements on your computer that may be dangeorous in different forms, such as lead to scam or malicious sites. This is why, we recommend that you read this article to learn how you can safely and effectively remove Hotcleaner from your Mac.
|Type||PUA for Mac OS|
|Short Description||Hotcleaner may change the settings on your web browser and begin to redirect you to different third-party sites to generate income ot its vendors.|
|Symptoms||Changed new tab and home pages, different types of ads may begin to show up.|
|Distribution Method||Via software bundling or by being downloaded from a site.|
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Virus – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?
The main idea of Hotcleaner is to begin changing the settings of your browser and then start changing your home and new tab page to its custom one. Usually such hoax search pages are not HTTPs secured and contain tracking cookies, pixels, tags and geo-locators used to obtain different information from your online activity. Such data can be what you search online, what sites you visit, which ads you click on.
Usually the symptoms of infection with the so-called Hotcleaner vary, based on the type of method that has been used with your Mac. Here is a list of the types of distribution methods usually targeting Macs:
- Malicious e-mail attachments.
- Malicious documents, containing Macros.
- Malicious files, disguised as portable programs, installers, key generators or any other software uploaded on websites with low reputation.
- Infection as a result of another infected device on the network (worms).
When the Hotcleaner is installed on your Mac, it could appear as if it is some sort of a photo editor application. In reality, however, this app may be more than just that. Its main purpose could be to take over your web browser and begin to change its settings. This can change your new tab page, home page and even search results. The end idea is for the following types of ads to be shown on your Mac:
- Highlighted text hover ads.
- Ad-supported search results.
- Push notifications pop-ups.
On top of that, the Hotcleaner may request certain permissions from your browser that will allow it to display advertisements. Such ads can often turn to be:
- Highlighted text hover ads.
- Ad-supported search results.
- Push notifications pop-ups.
Whatever the case may be, once the Hotcleaner has been added to your computer, your best course of action is to focus on removing it. The main reason for that is that it could lead to various different dangerous sites. Such sites can turn out to be virus websites or even sites that may be scam.
Remove Hotcleaner from Your Mac
The removal of the Hotcleaner could be done either manually or automatically. You can remove Structured Service App by yourself if you follow the steps below. The most reccomended method for automatic removal is to use an advanced cleanup software for Mac. Such program is designed to detect and remove each file of this unwanted program so that it stops appearing in the future as well.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Hotcleaner Virus from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Hotcleaner Virus on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Hotcleaner Virus in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Hotcleaner Virus from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Hotcleaner Virus from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Hotcleaner Virus from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Hotcleaner Virus from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Hotcleaner Virus Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Hotcleaner Virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Hotcleaner Virus
Step 2: Uninstall Hotcleaner Virus and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Hotcleaner Virus on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Hotcleaner Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Hotcleaner Virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Hotcleaner Virus and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Hotcleaner Virus via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Hotcleaner Virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Hotcleaner Virus, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Hotcleaner Virus from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Hotcleaner Virus from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Hotcleaner Virus from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Hotcleaner Virus from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Hotcleaner Virus will be removed.
Eliminate Hotcleaner Virus from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Hotcleaner Virus from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".