HDWallpaper Adware

Also Known As: Ads by HDWallpaper
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

HDWallpaper removal instructions

What is HDWallpaper?

HDWallpaper is a deceptive application that supposedly provides users with access to a large collection of desktop wallpapers. Initially, this functionality may appear legitimate and useful, however, HDWallpaper usually infiltrates systems without users' permission. Furthermore, it tracks Internet browsing activity and displays intrusive online advertisements. For these reasons, HDWallpaper is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.

HDWallpaper adware

Following successful infiltration, HDWallpaper monitors Internet browsing activity by gathering various information that might be personally identifiable including IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries. The recorded data is shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse private data to generate revenue. This can lead to serious privacy issues. Furthermore, HDWallpaper employs a 'virtual layer' to generate various intrusive online advertisements. This enables placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, displayed ads often conceal underlying content of users' visited websites, thereby significantly diminishing the web browsing experience. In addition, these ads can redirect to malicious websites - even accidental clicks can result in high-risk adware or malware infections. For these reasons, we strongly advise you to uninstall HDWallpaper adware immediately.

The Internet is full of adware-type applications similar to HDWallpaper including PDFDEFAULT, ProxyGate, and Windows Range Manager - these just some examples from a long list. Note that adware-type apps offer 'valuable functions', however, these applications provide no significant value for regular users. The purpose of adware is only to generate revenue for the developers. These apps merely generate intrusive online advertisements, collect personal data, and often cause unwanted browser redirects.

How did HDWallpaper install on my computer?

This adware has an official download website, however, developers also distribute HDWallpaper using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - stealth installation of potentially unwanted programs with regular software/apps. Developers know that many users do not express enough caution during the download/installation processes. Aware of this, developers intentionally hide potentially unwanted programs such as HDWallpaper within the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Skipping this section often leads to inadvertent installation of bogus programs, exposing the system to risk of various infections and compromising their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

There are two simple steps you should take to prevent this situation. Firstly, closely analyze each step of the download/installation processes using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Furthermore, decline offers to download/install additional apps and cancel those already included.

Deceptive free software installers distributing HDWallpaper adware:

hdwallpaper adware installer sample 2 Deceptive free software installer used to distribute HDWallpaper

HDWallpaper installation setup:

Official HDWallpaper adware installer setup

Screenshot of HDWallpaper application:

Potentially unwanted program HDWallpaper

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Quick menu:

HDWallpaper 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.

HDWallpaper adware uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Remove HDWallpaper adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, HDWallpaper 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 HDWallpaper 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 HDWallpaper ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by hdwallpaper, 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 HDWallpaper  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 "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing HDWallpaper ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by hdwallpaper, 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 HDWallpaper 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 HDWallpaper ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by hdwallpaper 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by hdwallpaper, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the 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.

Removal assistance:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by hdwallpaper from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

QR Code
Ads by HDWallpaper QR code
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