A suspicious browser add-on known as Hoopla Search has been reported by malware researchers and affected users all over the web to have a rogue behavior and heavily advertise third-party content. The web browsers that can be reportedly affected by Hoopla Search are Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera. Whichever the browser may be, Hoopla Search browser add-on is believed to set the web page nt(.)hooplasearch(.)com as a home page of the browser it is installed on. The consequences of having this PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) may vary from boosting a third-party site’s traffic via redirects to getting infected by malware. This is why the removal of Hoopla Search add-on and the restoration of the web browser are highly recommended, tutorial for which you can find after this article.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The suspicious software changes the browser settings and dislays advertisements in your browser.|
|Symptoms||You see adverts in your browsers – pop-ups, pop-unders or others. You can be redirected. Slow computer even crashes.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Hoopla Search.|
Hoopla Search Ads – Distribution
Hoopla can be directly added to the browser of the user by automatically visiting a web link that is also posed as a hotlink in the website of the add-on as well. However, this does not exclude the possibility that Hoopla Search may be found bundled (included) with other free program installers downloaded by unsuspecting users from shady websites, for example:
How Does Hoopla Search Ads Work
Initially, upon being added as a browser, extension, the software requests various out of the ordinary permissions from the user. Some of those permissions are to detect the physical location of the user and communicate with other websites.
After accepting, Hoopla Search hijacks your web browser and modifies its settings so that its custom search engine is set as your home page as well as a new tab web page.
Furthermore, the search engine does not provide HTTPs encrypted connection and has several different cookies which are set on the affected computer. These are all indicators of a hoax search engine:
Another symptom of Hoopla’s shady character is the redirect to Yahoo search results, indicating that it does not have its owns search database and may display adverts via custom Yahoo search results:
Not only this, but the company behind the shady software does not even hide the fact that they may obtain personally identifiable information and even share it with third-party websites:
In addition to that, Hoopla Search has also created several files and objects in the affected computer, which can be removed by scanning the computer with an advanced anti-malware program.
The bottom line for this software is that it is most likely created to generate hoax traffic and display various advertisements by literally anyone. This is done to drive profit to its creators, and it may conceal several risks from you:
- Redirect you to scamming websites.
- Malvertise dangerous URLs to you which can infect your computer, with malware, like Locky Ransomware, for example.
Remove Hoopla Search Ads and Refresh Your Computer
Since ads displayed by Hoopla Search may be of a dangerous character and may slow down your PC and cause it to crash, this software is considered by researchers to be unhealthy. This is why we advise removing it using the removal instructions posted after this article. For maximum effectiveness and complete detection of all Hoopla Search associated files, we strongly advise you to download and install a particular anti-malware software which will not only detect and remove the threat but protect you from threats in the future as well.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Hoopla Search from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Hoopla Search from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Hoopla Search from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Hoopla Search from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Hoopla Search from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Hoopla Search from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Hoopla Search from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Hoopla Search from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Hoopla Search
Step 2: Uninstall Hoopla Search 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 Hoopla Search 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 Hoopla Search there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Hoopla Search from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Hoopla Search 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 Hoopla Search 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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Hoopla Search 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 Hoopla Search 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 Hoopla Search 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 Hoopla Search 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 Hoopla Search will be removed.
Eliminate Hoopla Search 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.