What is EasyHotSpot?
EasyHotSpot (also searched for as EasyHotSpot virus) is adware that promotes itself as a free tool that can be used to configure Microsoft Windows in order to share a wireless internet connection with other users nearby. Once EasyHotSpot is installed it will replace your existing internet browser settings and it will display commercial search results and pop-up advertisements inside internet browser windows.
EasyHotSpot adware essentially injects the webpages you visit in your browser with deceptive advertisements that usually say Ads By EasyHotSpot on them. The advertisements can be displayed across multiple internet browsers that are installed on your computer, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Internet Explorer and Edge. This also means that EasyHotSpot advertisements can appear on mobile devices and inside third-party programs that contain a feature which allows you to browse the web.
How is it distributed?
EasyHotSpot is like most adware when it comes to the way it is distributed. The adware typically bundles with other programs that have been downloaded by the user with or without consent. This usually happens if the user downloads a program or file from a questionable source or on false pretenses. Downloading items like freeware and torrent files can potentially result in unwanted programs infecting the user’s computer system. Even if a program is well known and trustworthy, if you download it from a questionable website it can lead to a computer infection.
If the computer user has previously downloaded a malicious program, EasyHotSpot adware could have also automatically downloaded in the background without permission or notice. The user might also be tricked into accepting the download under the guise of another program. Malicious publishers sometimes hide the download, effectively tricking users into becoming infected with adware. In some instances EasyHotSpot may be advertised as an extension to improve the user’s browsing experience, java update, flash player update, or something else in order to encourage a direct download. Regardless of how the system was infected, EasyHotSpot removal remains relatively unchanged.
How to remove EasyHotSpot (Virus Removal Guide)
- Scan your computer with Malwarebytes
- Scan your computer with HitmanPro
- Uninstall EasyHotSpot and unwanted programs
- Remove unwanted add-ons and extensions
- Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner
1. Scan your computer with Malwarebytes
2. Open Malwarebytes and click the Scan Now button – or go to the Scan tab and click the Start Scan button.
3. Once the Malwarebytes scan is complete click the Remove Selected button.
4. To finish the Malwarebytes scan and remove detected threats click the Finish button and restart your computer if promoted to do so.
2. Scan your computer with HitmanPro
2. Open HitmanPro and click Next to start scanning your computer. *If you are using the free version you may chose to create a copy or perform a one-time scan.
3. Once the HitmanPro scan is complete click the Next button.
4. To activate the free version of HitmanPro: enter your email address twice and click the Activate button.
5. Click the Reboot button.
3. Uninstall EasyHotSpot and unwanted programs
1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.
2. In the Programs section click Uninstall a program. In earlier versions of Windows this is listed as “Add and remove programs.”
3. Search for EasyHotSpot Supporting Application in the list and double click it.
4. Once you have uninstalled EasyHotSpot, search for other unwanted programs that may be installed on your computer and uninstall them as well.
4. Remove unwanted add-ons and extension
1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon and go to More tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the unwanted extension in the list and click the trashcan icon.
1. Open the Menu and click Add-ons.
2. Search for the unwanted add-on and click Remove.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Go to Tools (Alt+X) and click Manage add-ons.
2. Search for the unwanted add-on in the list, select it with your mouse, and click Remove.
1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions.
2. Search for the unwanted extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.
5. Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner
2. Open CCleaner and go to the main Cleaner screen. Click the Analyze button. When the process is complete, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Go to Tools > Startup and search for suspicious entries in each tab starting from Windows all the way to Content Menu. If you find anything suspicious click it and click the Delete button to remove it.
4. Go to the Registry window and click the Scan for Issues button. When the scan is complete click the Fix selected issues… button and click Fix All Selected Issues.