HotStar Registry Cleaner Unwanted Application

Also Known As: HotStar Registry Cleaner potentially unwanted program
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

HotStar Registry Cleaner removal instructions

What is HotStar Registry Cleaner?

HotStar Registry Cleaner is a fake anti-malware suite that supposedly protects systems from high-risk infections. Initially, HotStar Registry Cleaner may seem legitimate and useful, however, be aware that this app can infiltrate systems without users' permission. Furthermore, it collects various data and displays fake system errors. Therefore, HotStar Registry Cleaner is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP).

HotStar Registry Cleaner unwanted application

HotStar Registry Cleaner scan computers and displays many high-risk malware infections. To remove these viruses, victims must buy a full version of HotStar Registry Cleaner. Be aware, however, that the virus list is false - none of the displayed viruses exist. All claims are merely attempts to trick users into paying for a full version, which would simply imitate the cleaning process of nonexistent viruses. Furthermore, HotStar Registry Cleaner might collect personally identifiable information. This behavior is very common to rogue potentially unwanted programs. The developers sell the collected information to third parties (possibly, cyber criminals) who misuse private information to generate revenue. Thus, the presence of a data-tracking app on your system can lead to serious privacy issues. For these reasons, we strongly advise you to eliminate HotStar Registry Cleaner PUP immediately.

The Internet is full of potentially unwanted programs giving fake promises to provide 'valuable features'. Examples include FixIt, Sports Score, TechAgent, and many others. Claims to provide useful functionality often trick users into believing that apps such as HotStar Registry Cleaner are legitimate. In fact, most are useless for regular users. The real purpose of PUPs/browser hijackers/adware is to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than enabling the functions promised, rogue applications collect personal data, cause unwanted browser redirects, display intrusive online advertisements, and possibly distribute other viruses.

How did HotStar Registry Cleaner install on my computer?

HotStar Registry Cleaner has an official download website, however, research shows that developers are also proliferate this app using trojans. Most users do not express enough caution during the download/installation processes. They often download their applications from unconfirmed third party sources. Furthermore, developers often hide bogus programs within the "Custom/Advanced" settings of download/installation set-ups. By rushing and skipping this section, users expose their systems to risk of various infections.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent this situation, be cautious during the download/installation processes. Use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, carefully analyze each step, and decline all offers to download or install additional programs. Furthermore, we strongly advise you to use a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite. The key to computer safety is caution.

Screenshot of HotStar Registry Cleaner application:

Fake anti-malware HotStar Registry Cleaner

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Quick menu:

HotStar Registry Cleaner adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

HotStar Registry Cleaner adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "HotStar", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes HotStar Registry Cleaner ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove HotStar Registry Cleaner adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, HotStar Registry Cleaner did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing HotStar Registry Cleaner ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing HotStar Registry Cleaner ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the hotstar registry cleaner potentially unwanted program, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing HotStar Registry Cleaner  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing HotStar Registry Cleaner ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the hotstar registry cleaner potentially unwanted program, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing HotStar Registry Cleaner ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing HotStar Registry Cleaner ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with hotstar registry cleaner potentially unwanted program removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

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