How to Remove HostSecure Plugin

HostSecure is a typical adware-type program that is used for affiliate marketing. It is promoted as a program that can display coupons and the best prices for merchandise or services you are searching...
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How to Remove HostSecure Plugin

by News Editor on November 14th, 2014 in Security Tips.

HostSecure is a typical adware-type program that is used for affiliate marketing. It is promoted as a program that can display coupons and the best prices for merchandise or services you are searching online.

HostSecure Toolbar displays pop-up ads and notifications on the web pages that you visit. These advertisements will be shown as boxes containing various coupons, underlined keywords, pop-up ads, fake warnings or advertising banners. You may also realize that each of your web browsers started initiating annoying redirects to unknown websites. This adware is similar to other PUPs, which install without users' consent together with free software downloaded from the Internet.

Be aware that HostSecure Plugin has ability to track user's browsing activities and may even collect some of the personally-identifiable data, which may further be used for various proposes. Please, do not agree with such activities because such data may be sent to untrustworthy third parties that may try to use it for their own needs.

HostSecure Plugin appears on your web browser when you accept to install it. You may do so willingly if you download this extension from its official site. However, much more frequently people accept to install it inadvertently when installing another free program. The majority of PUPs can be installed in a bundle with some freeware or shareware you want. But you don't realize that you're getting Potentially Unwanted Program in addition with it too. Typically, users are not aware they installed these browser extensions while downloading free software. That is why it is always recommended to choose Custom Installation. Be attentive and never install software that you don’t know or trust.

If it wasn't your intention to download HostSecure Plugin we recommend removing it from the computer.

HotSecure Plugin Manual Removal Instructions*

*Manual removal may cause unexpected system behavior and should be performed at your own risk.

1.    Terminate malicious process(es) (How to End a Process With the Task Manager):

%original file name%.exe:880

2.     Uninstall unwanted application from your Control Panel.

Click 'Start' ->'Control Panel' or 'Uninstall a Program' -> Double-click 'Add/Remove Programs' or 'Programs and Features'. Find HostSecure Toolbar and similar entries and select 'Uninstall' or 'Remove'.

3.    Make sure you don’t have any leftovers of the adware on your PC:
%Program Files%\HostSecurePlugin\manifest.json (616 bytes)
%Program Files%\HostSecurePlugin\forge\disable-frames.js (28 bytes)
%Program Files%\HostSecurePlugin\forge\app_config.js (2 bytes)
%Program Files%\HostSecurePlugin\frame32.dll (16944 bytes)
%Program Files%\HostSecurePlugin\forge\all.js (4992 bytes)
%Program Files%\HostSecurePlugin\forge.ico (3616 bytes)
%Program Files%\HostSecurePlugin\defaults (6 bytes)
%Program Files%\HostSecurePlugin\forge32.exe (15168 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\Local\Temp\nsoA314.tmp\System.dll (808 bytes)
%Program Files%\HostSecurePlugin\forge\all-priv.js (4992 bytes)
%Program Files%\HostSecurePlugin\src\js\main.js (1 bytes)
%Program Files%\HostSecurePlugin\src\index.html (2 bytes)
%Program Files%\HostSecurePlugin\src\css\bootstrap.css (4992 bytes)
%Program Files%\HostSecurePlugin\forge.html (3 bytes)
%Program Files%\HostSecurePlugin\Uninstall.exe (641 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\Local\Temp\nsoA314.tmp\UserInfo.dll (14 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\Local\Temp\nsoA313.tmp (65377 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\Local\Temp\Tar342C.tmp (2712 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\HostSecurePlugin.lnk (2 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\Local\Temp\Tar4A1E.tmp (2784 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\Local\Temp\Cab342B.tmp (54 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\Local\Temp\Cab4A1D.tmp (56 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\LocalLow\Microsoft\CryptnetUrlCache\Content\94308059B57B3142E455B38A6EB92015 (56 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\LocalLow\Microsoft\CryptnetUrlCache\MetaData\94308059B57B3142E455B38A6EB92015 (1760 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\Local\Temp\Tar33AE.tmp (2712 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\LocalLow\Microsoft\CryptnetUrlCache\MetaData\9F08575E2099C04869F34A6342C1C728_9206C32C767BCB4093798BBE3B58B8AA (1744 bytes)
%Program Files%\Host Secure\Args.ini (1 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\Local\Temp\Cab33AD.tmp (54 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\LocalLow\Microsoft\CryptnetUrlCache\Content\9F08575E2099C04869F34A6342C1C728_9206C32C767BCB4093798BBE3B58B8AA (1 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\LocalLow\Microsoft\CryptnetUrlCache\Content\37570AF16029C559A6224EE4AF54691D (458 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\LocalLow\Microsoft\CryptnetUrlCache\MetaData\37570AF16029C559A6224EE4AF54691D (656 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\Roaming\Extensions\HostSecurePlugin\crxkey.pem (1 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\Roaming\Extensions\HostSecurePlugin\src\js\main.js (1 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\Roaming\Extensions\HostSecurePlugin\forge\all-priv.js (2712 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\Roaming\Extensions\HostSecurePlugin\src\index.html (2 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\Roaming\Extensions\HostSecurePlugin\manifest.json (514 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\Roaming\Extensions\HostSecurePlugin\src\css\bootstrap.css (2712 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\Roaming\Extensions\HostSecurePlugin\forge\app_config.js (2 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\Roaming\Extensions\HostSecurePlugin\forge\disable-frames.js (28 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\Roaming\Extensions\HostSecurePlugin\forge\all.js (2712 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\Roaming\Extensions\HostSecurePlugin\forge.html (132 bytes)
%Program Files%\Host Secure\7za.exe (20416 bytes)
%Program Files%\Host Secure\HostSecure.exe (816 bytes)
%Program Files%\Host Secure\HostSecure.exe.config (2 bytes)
%Program Files%\Host Secure\RegAsm.exe (1856 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\Local\Temp\nsi3064.tmp\AccessControl.dll (20 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\Local\Temp\nsn2DC4.tmp (102022 bytes)
%Program Files%\Host Secure\ofertas\HostSecurePlugin.crx (3616 bytes)
%Program Files%\Host Secure\TaskScheduler.dll (1552 bytes)
%Program Files%\Host Secure\ofertas\HostSecurePlugin-5.31.6-x64.exe (42222 bytes)
%Program Files%\Host Secure\ofertas\HostSecurePlugin.xpi (8560 bytes)
%Program Files%\Host Secure\Interop.IWshRuntimeLibrary.dll (1552 bytes)
%Program Files%\Host Secure\ofertas\HostSecurePlugin-5.31.6-x86.exe (30344 bytes)
%Program Files%\HostSecurePlugin\forge64.dll (1 bytes)
%Program Files%\HostSecurePlugin\bho32.dll (835 bytes)
%Program Files%\HostSecurePlugin\bho64.dll (1 bytes)
%Program Files%\HostSecurePlugin\forge32.dll (835 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\Local\Temp\nso9C12.tmp\UserInfo.dll (14 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\Local\Temp\nso9C12.tmp\System.dll (808 bytes)
%Program Files%\HostSecurePlugin\frame64.dll (22192 bytes)
C:\Users\"%CurrentUserName%"\AppData\Local\Temp\nso9C11.tmp (130691 bytes)
%Program Files%\HostSecurePlugin\forge64.exe (19096 bytes)

4.    Delete the following value(s) in the auto run key (How to Work with System Registry):

"HostSecurePlugin3" = "%Program Files%\Host Secure\HostSecure.exe"

"HostSecurePlugin" = "%Program Files%\Host Secure\HostSecure.exe"

5.    Remove HostSecure Toolbar from all your browsers:

Mozilla Firefox:

•    Open Mozilla Firefox, go ‘Tools’ -> ‘Add-ons’ -> ‘Extensions’.
•    Find HostSecure Toolbar and similar entries, and click ‘Remove’ or 'Disable'.
•    Once you do that, go to Tools -> Options -> General -> Startup. Now select 'Show a blank page' when Firefox Starts or set a certain website, like Google or similar.

Internet Explorer:

•    Open Internet Explorer, go ‘Tools‘->”Manage Add-ons’ -> ‘Toolbars and Extensions’.
•    Here, look for HostSecure Toolbar, and similar entries, and click 'Disable'.
•    Now open IE -> Tools -> Internet Option -> General tab. Enter Google or other address to make it the default start page.

Google Chrome:

•    Click the Chrome menu button on the Google Chrome browser, select Tools -> Extensions.
•    Here, look for HostSecure Toolbar and similar unknown extensions and get rid of them by clicking on the Recycle Bin.
•    Additionally, click on wench icon, go to settings and choose 'Manage search engines'. Change search engine to google or other.
•    Then Go to section “On start” and make sure you get blank page while creating new tab.

6.    Now please install Ad-Aware to make sure you do not have any infections:

•    Click here and follow the installation instructions from Ad-Aware User Guide (‘Installation and Uninstallation’ -> ‘Ad-Aware Install’ section).
•    Perform a full scan of your PC with Ad-Aware (following Ad-Aware User guide: ‘Scanning System’ -> ‘Running a scan’ section).

Finally, it is recommended to always keep your antivirus up-to-date and perform weekly full scans. Also, we advise you to do a custom AV scan of any application downloaded from the internet before you proceed with its installation.

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