HD Total virus (HD-Total)
The HD Total virus (also found as HDTotal, HD-Total-1.1, etc) is a term used to identify a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) and/or potential malware found in the adware, browser hijacker, and spyware categories of computer infections. HD-Total installs to a Microsoft Windows Operating System and attaches to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer as an ad-supported browser add-on, browser helper object (BHO), and extension with or without user consent in order to collect user information and display targeted advertisements, which may cause privacy relating issues for users.
HD-Total is promoted as freeware that is used to automatically play YouTube and other videos online in HD. Once potential HD Total malware is installed, it will begin to replace existing internet browser settings, collect user information, and display pop-up advertisements.
HD Total adware displays a wide variety of advertisements similar to Scorpion Saver, including generic banner ads, in-text ads, pop-under ads, and more. Some HD Total pop-ups can be identified by text that says something alike “ads by Hd-Total or Hd-Total-1.1 Deals.”
Spyware applications often submit collected user information to third-party marketing and mailing lists without direct user consent. Some users have reported unwanted email spam, junk mail, and have even complained of unwanted telephone calls from telemarketers concerning their recent browser activity and history.
How does HD Total adware get onto a computer?
HD Total aggressively bundles with third-party freeware and shareware from websites such as download.com and Softonic and is accidentally installed by the user during the setup process of “wanted” freeware.
In some cases users are given the opportunity to accept or decline an offer to install HD-Total adware and other items; However, the request to decline the offer is often ignored or presented in a very confusing manner.
HD Total adware can also be manually and voluntarily downloaded from a variety of sources including the company website.
How to remove the HD Total virus
- Automatically remove HD-Total – Scan for and automatically remove HD Total and third-party malware
- Manually remove HD-Total – Remove/Uninstall HD Total software and third-party malware (if necessary)
1. Automatic HD Total removal
Use the instructions below to automatically remove HD Total adware and third-party malware, as well as automatically remove unwanted search engines from your installed internet browsers.
1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, make sure to do so.
3. On the first tab labeled “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect malware infecting the computer system. *If you are using Malwarebytes’ Premium the interface will appear differently.
4. Once the malware scan is complete, Malwarebytes may prompt a notice stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer (the image below shows a file that is NOT selected) or click the Delete button to remove quarantined files.
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings startup up settings, and uninstall HD-Total adware and associated third-party software.
1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.
2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.
4. To automatically uninstall HD Total (HD-Total-1.1) and other unwanted programs, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for HD Total, etc. in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.
2. Manual HD Total removal
Use the instructions below to manually uninstall HD Total adware and third-party software using Microsoft Windows removal procedures.
How to uninstall HD-Total by HD Total
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.
3. In the list of installed programs search for HD-Total (HD-Total-1.1) and other potentially unwanted software. Once the program(s) is located, double click the unwanted program(s) or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button.
How to remove HD Total add-ons and extensions
Use the instructions to remove HD Total add-ons, extensions, plug-ins, and toolbars. Please note, it may be necessary to remove multiple third-party browser attachments.
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the HD-Total extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the HD-Total add-on and remove it.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the HD-Total add-on and remove it if located.