What is Search.hloginnow.net? And how does it work?
Search.hloginnow.net is a browser extension that’s also known as the “Login Now” extension. It supposedly works as a search engine and offers quick links to several popular websites like Amazon, Sport News, Gmail, Yahoo, YouTube, macys, Walmart, and many more. When you first open this website, you will see a pop-up notification with a message saying:
“Click “Allow Notifications” to enable breaking news, informative notification and sponsored offers.”
Even though Search.hloginnow.net might seem like a legitimate search engine, don’t let this dubious browser extension fool you for it’s actually a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted program. It hijacks your browser’s default settings if installed – one of the reasons why it’s categorized as a browser hijacker and PUP. Upon installation, you will see tons of sponsored content from the affiliated sites of Search.hloginnow.net. This only goes to show that this browser hijacker gains profit in displaying ads. However, not all ads it displays can be trusted for some can redirect you to suspicious sites that contain contents that could potentially harm your computer.
Moreover, Search.hloginnow.net can also monitor all your activities online in order to gather browsing-related data like websites you visit often, search queries, browser type, OS version, IP address, and many more. So if you want to keep your sensitive information safe, it’s best that you erase this browser hijacker from your browser and computer as soon as you can.
How is Search.hloginnow.net distributed over the web?
Search.hloginnow.net is distributed over the web using software bundles that are disseminated on free sharing sites. This browser hijacker, along with other unknown and suspicious programs, are added as a part of optional components in software bundles and for you to avoid installing them, you need to use the Advanced or Custom setup rather than the standard one.
Erase Search.hloginnow.net from your browser and your computer by using the instructions given below as a reference.
Step 1: The first thing you have to do is flush the DNS. To do so, right click on the Start button and click on Command Prompt (administrator). From there, type the “ipconfig /flushdns” command and hit Enter to flush the DNS.
Step 2: After that, restart your computer and then open all the browsers infected by Search.hloginnow.net. Reset all the affected browsers to default to their default state.
- Open Google Chrome, then tap the Alt + F keys.
- After that, click on Settings.
- Next, scroll down until you see the Advanced option, once you see it, click on it.
- After clicking the Advanced option, go to the “Restore and clean up option and click on the “Restore settings to their original defaults” option to reset Google Chrome.
- Now restart Google Chrome.
- Open Mozilla Firefox and tap Ctrl + Shift + A to access the Add-ons Manager.
- In the Extensions menu Remove the unwanted extension.
- Restart the browser and tap keys Alt + T.
- Select Options and then move to the General menu.
- Overwrite the URL in the Home Page section and then restart the browser.
- Launch Internet Explorer.
- Next, click the wrench icon for Settings.
- Then click Internet Options.
- After that, go to the Advanced tab.
- From there, click the Reset button. This will reset Internet Explorer’s settings to their default condition.
- Now click OK to save the changes made.
- Restart your computer.
Step 3: Next, tap the Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box and type “appwiz.cpl” in the field and press Enter to open the Programs and Features in Control Panel.
Step 4: From the list of programs installed, look for Search.hloginnow.net or any unfamiliar program that could be related to it under the list of installed programs and once you’ve found it, uninstall it.
Step 5: Edit your Hosts File.
- Tap the Win + R keys to open then type in %WinDir% and then click OK.
- Go to System32/drivers/etc.
- Open the hosts file using Notepad.
- Delete all the entries that contain Search.hloginnow.net.
- After that, save the changes you’ve made and close the file.
Step 6: Hold down Windows + E keys simultaneously to open File Explorer.
Step 7: Navigate to the following directories and look for suspicious files associated to the browser hijacker such as the software bundle it came with and delete it/them.
Step 8: Close the File Explorer.
Step 9: Empty the contents of Recycle Bin.
Refer to the advanced instructions given below to ensure the removal of this browser hijacker from your computer as well as all the file residues it left behind.
Perform a full system scan using [product-code]. To do so, follow these steps:
- Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot it.
- After that, the BIOS screen will be displayed, but if Windows pops up instead, reboot your computer and try again. Once you’re on the BIOS screen, repeat pressing F8, by doing so the Advanced Option shows up.
- To navigate the Advanced Option use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
- Windows will now load the Safe Mode with Networking.
- Press and hold both R key and Windows key.
- If done correctly, the Windows Run Box will show up.
- Type in the URL address, [product-url] in the Run dialog box and then tap Enter or click OK.
- After that, it will download the program. Wait for the download to finish and then open the launcher to install the program.
- Once the installation process is completed, run [product-code] to perform a full system scan.
- After the scan is completed click the “Fix, Clean & Optimize Now” button.