How to remove Hola Search (www.holasearch.com) from your browser

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What is Hola Search, by the way? We know the answer to this question. When this thing is present on your computer, this means that your browser instead of the common search (start) page will be redirecting all your search queries via www.holasearch.com. Thus, this thing is a browser redirecting application, or, so-to-speak, the browser add-on. It may be implanted into any browser, by the way, including Google Chrome, Opera, Mozilla Firefox and Intrenet Explorer, of course. Yet, is is worth saying that sometimes Hola Search add-on appears on computer because of user’s direct participation. In fact, this may occur when he/she download certain software (freeware of shareware) and installs it. In this case the installer of such application is generally bundled with the installer of Hola Search. As a result, user chooses the common (default) installation, refusing to uncheck the respective box that gives the option not to uninstall this add-on. As a result, Hola Search is on your system.

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Considering the above-said, we yet need to assert that in certain cases Hola Search may nest on the PC without user’s participation. If so, then users have all rights to speak of it as a potentially unwanted tool. Indeed, there have been some complaints by users who mentioned that Hola Search appeared on their browsers without their consent, out of the blue. The creators of Hola Search toolbar promise to really enhance user’s search experience. We actually can’t say anything positive or negative with regard to this very statement. What we know for sure is that Hola Search is installed by certain affiliates that get money for each successful installation of it. This is done in order to draw some traffic to the goods or services promoted in www.holasearch.com pages. Whether to keep or not to keep Hola Search on your computer – this is your decision.

If you want to get rid of Hola Search from your system you may uninstall this add-on by following the instructions that are suggested at the very site of Hola. Yet, if they don’t work for some reasons, you might follow some other recommended solutions on fixing browser redirection issues. These tips have been elaborated by our security labs. If you have any troubles deleting any malware from your system, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at any time of your convenience.


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Manual removal:

Guide to remove Hola Search from Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools and select Add-ons.
  2. Select Extensions. Uninstall the following extension: Hola to remove Hola Toolbar.
  3. Click the small magnifier icon at the right top corner. Select Manage Search Engines… from the list.
  4. Select Search the web (Hola) and click Remove button. Click OK to apply the changes.
  5. Go to Tools and select Options. Under the General tab reset the startup homepage.

Guide to remove Hola Search from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Chrome and click on the Google Chrome Menu icon (the three lines on the right hand side of the screen). Then click on Settings.
  2. Under On startup, choose the option Open a specific page or set of pages. Then click on Set Pages and delete Hola’s page from the list by clicking the small “x” icon beside it. Then click OK.
  3. Back on the settings screen under Search click on Manage search engines. If you see Hola Search as a default search, click on a different option and then click Make Default. Then click on Done.
  4. Once again back on the settings page, click on Extensions on the upper left side of the screen. Remove any Hola extension that you do not want from the list by clicking on the small trash can icon.

Guide to remove Hola Search from Internet Explorer:

  1. Select Control Panel from the Start Menu. From the control panel select Uninstall a Program. Find Hola toolbar on IE in the list, select it and click on the Uninstall button near the top of that window.
  2. Open Internet Explorer. Click on the Menu Icon (the small gear) and select Manage Add-ons.
  3. From Manage Add-ons menu, Select Toolbars and Extensions. Uninstall everything related to Hola from the list that you do not want by clicking on the program name and then clicking on the Disable button on the bottom right of the screen.
  4. Next, Select Search Providers from the left hand side of the Manage Ad-ons screen. First of all, choose a search engine and make it your default search provider (set as default). Then select Search the web (Hola) and click Remove button to uninstall it (lower right corner of the window). Finally, click Close.

Alternative browser redirection removal solution:

  • Check the Local Area Network (LAN) settings of your system
  • Check whether DNS settings have been changed by Redirect Virus
  • Check your Windows HOSTS file contents
  • Check Internet Explorer add-ons. Get rid of unknown or suspicious add-ons contained there
  • Use Kaspersky TDSSKiller (TDSS Killer) application to get rid of malware belonging to the clan of Rootkit.Win32.TDSS
  • Scan your system with decent anti-virus program and malware killer
  • Consider using CCleaner to delete unwanted system/temp files and browser cache
  • The last but not the least, reset your Router back to the factory default settings
  1. Check the Local Area Network (LAN) settings of your system
  2. a) Open Internet Explorer. In Internet Explorer go to: Tools->Internet Options.
    Windows XP Example:

    Windows Vista / Windows 7 Example:

    b) Click on “Connections” tab, then click “LAN settings” button.

    c) Uncheck (untick) the checkbox under “Proxy server” option and hit OK.

  3. Check whether DNS settings have been changed by Redirect Virus:
  4. a) Open Control Panel (Start->Control Panel).
    b) Double-click “Network Connections” icon to open it.
    c) Right-click on “Local Area Connection” icon and select “Properties”.

    d) Select “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)” and click “Properties” button.

    e) Choose “Obtain DNS server address automatically” and click OK.

  5. Check your Windows HOSTS file contents
  6. a) Go to: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc.
    b) Double-click “hosts” file to open it. Choose to open with Notepad.

    c) The “hosts” file should look the same as in the image below. There should be only one line: 127.0.0.1 localhost in Windows XP and 127.0.0.1 localhost ::1 in Windows Vista. If there are more, then remove them and save changes. Read more about Windows Hosts file here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/972034

    You may also reset your HOSTS file settings using the Tool of GridinSoft Trojan Killer application as shown at the picture below:

  7. Check Internet Explorer add-ons. Get rid of unknown or suspicious add-ons contained there
  8. a) Open Internet Explorer. In Internet Explorer go to: Tools->Manage Add-ons.

    b) Uninstall unknown or suspicious Toolbars or Search Providers.

  9. Use Kaspersky TDSSKiller (TDSS Killer) application to get rid of malware belonging to the clan of Rootkit.Win32.TDSS
  10. a) Download the file TDSSKiller.zip and extract it into a folder
    b) Execute the file TDSSKiller.exe.
    c) Wait for the scan and disinfection process to be over. Close all programs and press “Y” key to restart your computer.

    More detailed TDSSKiller tutorial: http://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/solutions?qid=208280684

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  11. Scan your system with decent anti-virus program and malware killer
  12. The last but not the least, reset your Router back to the factory default settings
  13. Keep in mind that this step is optional and should be completed only if you have followed all the above recommendations and you still have the redirect virus on your computer. First of all, please follow this guide: How to Reset a Router Back to the Factory Default Settings. Then you should flush DNS cache:
    a)Go to Start->Run (or WinKey+R) and type in “cmd” without quotation marks.

    b) In a new window please type “ipconfig /flushdns” without quotation marks and press Enter.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time if you require any help on our part of if you experience any difficulties. We hope that this information has been beneficial to you.

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2 thoughts on “How to remove Hola Search (www.holasearch.com) from your browser

  1. Hi,
    Hola search aims to give its users a fun and engaging way to explore the internet. But, if you want to remove Hola Search from your system just send us an email at support@holasearch.com and we will send you the removal instructions.
    Regards,
    Hola Search

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