- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Hotwebfree.com is an ordinary-looking search engine page that tries to make you believe that you are actually on a Google page. This trick is used by a lot of malware infections, namely browser hijackers. Our tests show that this hijacker may mostly show up in your Internet Explorer and Google Chrome browsers as your home page; no wonder why it has been categorized as a browser hijacker. In fact, this malware infection does not seem to be one of a kind. We have found that there are other identical hijackers on the same server, including Topwebclub.com and Freewebtrending.com. The main deception of this malware infection is that it makes you think that you are using a trustworthy Google search engine. However, unfortunately, you may be surprised to find out that the search results you are presented with could be of unreliable nature. If you do not mean to let more malware threats onto your system or end up scammed by cyber crooks, we suggest that you remove Hotwebfree.com from your browsers as soon as possible. We also recommend that you make sure that no other malware infections remain on board if you want to be able to feel secure anytime you go online.
We have found that this browser hijacker is mainly popular in the United States. But this will not stop it from spreading anywhere else on the planet. It is possible that you click on a random third-party ad or a search result coming from a browser hijacker like this one. In order for you to encounter unreliable ads, you either need to visit suspicious websites filled with ads or your computer needs to be infected with ad-supported programs or even potentially unwanted programs. You may think that you would never view suspicious pages, but it is possible to do so even without your intention. Let us say, you are running a web search when you want to download a certain free program or just simply looking for an application you want to have, and you end up with a results page.
If you are not an experienced user, you may not realize that you are introduced to potentially malicious links since even reputable search engines, such as Google and Yahoo may show you unreliable links if you are using keywords that would trigger websites run by schemers. Cyber criminals know exactly what most unsuspecting computer users would look for and they are ready to provide you just that and a little surprise as well. Obviously, you may get scammed into believing that you are downloading your desired software but, instead, you will drop a bundle of potential threats onto your system. It is important for you to understand that if you let such a bundle on board, you will have multiple system security-issues to face. For this reason, we suggest that you use a trustworthy online malware scanner to find all possible risky programs after you delete Hotwebfree.com from your system.
This hijacker can show up as your home page in the affected browsers. The title of this page says "Easy Access to Internet Services" referring to the thumbnail quick-links below the main search box. Although these links seem to be authentic and take you to the promised popular sites, including Facebook, Gmail, and YouTube. It is possible that this infection is capable of injecting unreliable third-party ads into the content of these otherwise reputable and reliable sites. But the most problematic part is not this; it is quite likely that this browser hijacker can collect information about you and your online activities, which can be used as a base for providing you with customized and targeted web content. This is, of course, used to promote third parties and their websites. So whenever you run a web search through this questionable search engine, even if you end up on a Google search results page, there is a chance that it will contain a number of unreliable ads and links. Clicking on these could infect your machine with further malware threats but you may also get redirected to malicious websites where you could be scammed to reveal your banking and personal details. This is why we believe that you should remove Hotwebfree.com before it causes more problems to you and to your operating system.
Our tests indicate that it is enough for you to reset your browsers to eliminate this threat. If you have never done this before, you can use the guide we have prepared below this report. Even if you are not an IT expert, you can easily accomplish this if you decide to put an end to this manually. This whole process should not take more than a few minutes. Nevertheless, you need to keep in mind that you may have other intruders on your system that require your immediate attention and action. If you do not think that you can handle more or further threats, we suggest that you download and install a decent anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter or any other security tool you may find trustworthy and suitable for you. As you can see now, it is very important to prevent such malicious attacks no matter how innocent they may appear.
How to remove Hotwebfree.com from browsers