How To DIY browser hijacker removal instructions
What is How To DIY?
How To DIY is an app which supposed to provide users with links to pages that contain information on how to learn almost anything. Unfortunately, How To DIY is a browser hijacker. Apps of this type change browser settings and are designed to information tracking tools. Most people download and install browser hijackers unintentionally, for this reason they are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Usually browser hijackers can be installed on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers. How To DIY is designed to promote a fake search engine, this app promotes it by changing browser settings such as default search engine, homepage and new tab URL to search.hhowtodiy.com. Most apps of this type do not allow their users to change (undo) any of these settings unless they uninstall them. In this case it means that How To DIY users are forced to visit search.hhowtodiy.com when they open a browser (or new tab) or enter search queries into URL bar. Search.hhowtodiy.com, if used, redirects users to search.yahoo.com, it provides search results generated by Yahoo. Since search.hhowtodiy.com does not generate any unique results, there is no point in using it. In other words, this search engine is useless. Besides, search.hhowtodiy.com and How To DIY gather IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of opened websites, entered search queries and other information relating to user's Internet browsing activities. It is very likely that How To DIY developers shares all collected information with other parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. These are the main reasons why it is not recommended to use neither apps that are categorized as browser hijackers or search engines that are fake.
|Name||How To DIY|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), DrWeb (Adware.Spigot.145), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.WebSearch.gen), Full List (VirusTotal)|
|Browser Extension(s)||How To DIY, HowTo|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposed to provide users with links to pages that contain information about how to learn various things (do them by yourself).|
|Serving IP Address (search.hhowtodiy.com)||188.8.131.52|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser(s) settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). User's are forced to visit hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites.|
To eliminate search.hhowtodiy.com redirect our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
There are many other examples of apps that are known as browser hijackers, such as World Time News, Directions and Maps Plus and Maps Directions Home. Typically, developers advertise them as useful, legitimate and so on. However, instead of operating as they supposed to, these PUAs only perform actions (promote questionable addresses and gather data) that help their developers to generate revenue. Besides, people who use apps of this type risk to become victims of identity theft or experience problems with privacy, browsing safety and so on.
How did How To DIY install on my computer?
In some cases potentially unwanted apps can be downloaded from supposedly official websites. Nevertheless, more often people download and/or install them unwillingly (accidentally). Through intrusive ads that, once clicked execute scripts that are designed to download and/or install PUAs or when software developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". This method is used to trick people into downloads or installations of PUAs though setups of other software. Developers hide information about unwanted apps in "Custom", "Advanced" (and other similar settings) of various download or installation setups. Most users cause inadvertent installations (or downloads) when they leave all available settings unchanged or even unchecked, or when they click deceptive ads.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Download software from official sources (websites) and use direct download links. Third party downloaders (and installers), Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule and so on), questionable (unofficial) pages and other similar sources/tools should not be trusted. Typically, download or installation setups contain settings like Custom", "Advanced" and so on. It is strongly recommended to check them and dismiss offers to download or install unwanted software. Furthermore, ads that are displayed on pages associated with adult dating, gambling, pornography (or other untrustworthy) websites should not be clicked. They often open other untrustworthy or even malicious websites. If unwanted redirects happen often or a browser displays various ads, then it is possible that some PUA is installed on it (or a computer). Remove all unknown extensions, add-ons, or plug-ins that are installed on a browser and programs that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with How To DIY, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Screenshot of How To DIY browser hijacker's installer setup:
Website promoting How To DIY browser hijacker:
How To DIY download page asks for a permission to send notifications:
IMPORTANT NOTE! This site asks to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
- Select "Internet options"
- Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
- Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
- Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
- Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
- Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
- Click the switch under each suspicious website
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
Instant automatic removal of search.hhowtodiy.com redirect:
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- What is How To DIY?
- STEP 1. Uninstall How To DIY application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.hhowtodiy.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove How To DIY browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.hhowtodiy.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.hhowtodiy.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
How To DIY browser hijacker removal:
Windows 7 users:
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:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
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:
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.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "How To DIY"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the search.hhowtodiy.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
How To DIY browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://search.hhowtodiy.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.
Change your default search engine:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "How To DIY".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.hhowtodiy.com redirect, 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "How To DIY" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "How To DIY", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.hhowtodiy.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "search.hhowtodiy.com" when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.hhowtodiy.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "How To DIY" (or simply "HowTo"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "How To DIY" (or simply "HowTo") remove hxxp://search.hhowtodiy.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "moz-extension"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with search.hhowtodiy.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots 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".
Change your homepage:
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.
Change your default search engine:
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove search.hhowtodiy.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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