Remove Hola Search (Removal Guide)

Hola Search is a browser hijacker, which is promoted via other free downloads, and once installed it will add the Hola Toolbar, and change your browser search engine and homepage to holasearch.com.
Hola Search will display advertisements and sponsored links in your search results, and may collect search terms from your search queries.
[Image: HolaSearch.com redirect]
Hola Search got on your computer after you have installed a freeware software (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that had bundled into their installation this browser hijacker.
For example, when you install VPlay, you will also agree to install Hola Toolbar, and change your default browser home page to holasearch.com. However, when you uninstall VPlay from your computer, your web browser’s default settings will not be restored. This means that you’ll have to remove holasearch.com from your favorite web browser manually.

You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this Hola Homepage. Be very careful what you agree to install.
Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

Hola Search – Virus Removal Instructions

STEP 1 : Uninstall Hola Search programs from your computer

Hola Search is installed on users computer with other free programs like video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators, and in order to protect itself from being removed, it will also install a program (BrowserProtect)  to stop you from resetting your browser to its default settings.

  1. To uninstall Hola programs from your computer, click the Start button, then select Control Panel, and click on Uninstall a program. If you are a Windows 8 user, you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there, then select Uninstall a program.
    [Image: Uninstall a program]
  2. Search and uninstall HolaSearch Toolbar and BrowserProtect.
    [Image: Uninstall Hola Search]

Because Hola Search is installed with other additional programs, we recommend that you search and uninstall any other unwanted or unknown programs from your computer.


STEP 2 : Remove the Hola Search residual damage from your browser

Hola Search has installed two browser extensions (BrowserProtect and Hola Toolbar), and has changed your search engine and homepage to holasearch.com.

Remove Hola Search from Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the gear icon [Image: icongear.jpg] (Tools for Windows XP users) at the top (far right), then click again on Internet Options.
    Internet Options in IE
  2. In the Internet Options dialog box, click on the Advanced tab, then click on the Reset button.
    Reset Internet Explorer to remove Hola Search
  3. In the Reset Internet Explorer settings section, check the Delete personal settings box, then click on Reset.
    Internet Explorer back to its default settings
  4. When Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click Close in the confirmation dialogue box and then click OK.
  5. Close and open Internet Explorer.

Remove Hola Search from Mozilla Firefox

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button, go over to the Help sub-menu (on Windows XP, click the Help menu at the top of the Firefox window), and select Troubleshooting Information.
    Firefox Troubleshooting Information
  2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
    Reset Firefox default settings to remove Hola Search
  3. To continue, click Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
  4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish

Remove Hola Search from Google Chrome

  1. Remove Hola Search extensions from Google Chrome.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button on the browser toolbar, select Tools and then click on Extensions.
    Google Chrome Extensions
    In the Extensions tab, remove Hola Toolbar and BrowserProtect extensions by clicking Recycle Bin icon at the end of the row.
    [Image: Hola Search Chrome extension]
    NOTE: Hola Search may have added additional extensions which you will need to remove. We recommend that you remove any unwanted or unknown extensions from Google Chrome.
  2. Set Google Chrome default search engine from Hola Search to Google.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button, then select Settings and click on Manage search engines in the Search section.
    In the Search Engines dialog that appears, select Google and click the Make Default button that appears in the row.
    [Image: Hola Search Chrome redirect]
    Search for Hola Search in the Search Engines list, and click the X button that appears at the end of the row.
    [Image: Hola Search Chrome redirect removal]
  3. Change Google Chrome homepage from htt://www.holasearch.com to its default.
    Hola Search has modified your Google settings to open their webpage whenever you start your browser, so we will need to revert this change.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button, then select Settings and click on One the New Tab page in the On Startup section.
    [Image: Change Google Chrome homepage to its default]

STEP 3: Remove Hola Search registry keys with AdwCleaner.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK
     (This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer)
  2. Before starting this utility, close all open programs and internet browsers.
  3. Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  4. Click on Delete, then confirm each time with Ok.
    Adwcleaner utility
  5. Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
  6. NEXT, double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  7. Click on Uninstall, then confirm with yes to remove this utility from your computer.

STEP 4: Run a computer scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

  1. You can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free from the below link, then double click on it to install this program.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a download page in a new window from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)
  2. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the setup process. DO NOT make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, make sure you leave both the Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware checked, then click on the Finish button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware final installation screen]
  3. On the Scanner tab, select Perform quick scan and then click on the Scan button to start scanning your computer.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan]
  4. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer as shown below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scanning for Hola Search virus]
  5. When the Malwarebytes scan will be completed, click on Show Result.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan results]
  6. You will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware has detected.Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image. Make sure that everything is Checked (ticked) and click on the Remove Selected button.
    [Image:Malwarebytes removing malware]

STEP 5: Run a computer scan with HitmanPro

  1. Download HitmanPro from the below link, then double click on it to start this program.
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download HitmanPro)
  2. HitmanPro will start and you’ll need to follow the prompts (by clicking on the Next button) to start a system scan with this program.
    HitmanPro installation
  3. HitmanPro will start scanning your computer for malware, as seen in the image below.
    HitmanPro scans for Hola Search virus
  4. Once the scan is complete,you’ll see a screen which will display all the infected files that this utility has detected, and you’ll need to click on Next to remove these malicious files.
    HitmanPro scan results
  5. Click Activate free license to start the free 30 days trial and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    HitmanPro 30 days activation button

If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove Hola Search from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malwar

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  • Tissa

    Oh my gosh, I am so glad I found this… I have been trying to get rid of that stupid Hola thing and could not find it!
    Thank you for posting this!

  • Mo

    After two days of trying to get rid of this horrible hola search engine and failing time and time again, your article and links have finally rid me of my hola problem. Thank you so much, I am ever so grateful.

  • Mirjam

    Thank you so much! This is the best understandable way to remove horrible things like Hola search from your computer! Believe me i tried other was but This 5 steps is THE only thing That work!

  • xXEmanjiXx

    Omg THANK YOU! This helped me so much, I’m so glad this stupid virus is finally gone! :D

  • Jingle

    You know what the problem is, people don’t have adblock or similar. And they think if they see a ad on the lect or right on a website saying CLICK HERE to speed up your pc blablabla, people believe this and click on it and thats how they end up having all kinds of Adware and Malware on their pcs.. All those ad are fake.. It is that simple. Thanks for pointing out this, i didn’t knew what it was.

  • Sol

    Thank you, I couldn’t work out how to get rid of it for ages. Again Thank you.

  • Tor

    thanks bro that hola thing really was a pain do you think i should uninstall cheat engine 6.2 aswell or is that clean?

    • Jingle

      CE is clean. Just leave it on if you woul like to.