How to remove (uninstall) xHelper

This material is devoted to an undesired program called xHelper and ways to uninstall it. If you see lots of pop-ups on every site, and the speed of your PC has recently decreased - this article will help you find out what advertising tools are, understand the primary issue and clean the system of undesired software.

xHelper

Adware includes a fairly long list of miscellaneous kinds, but the most popular of them are redirects, adware and browser toolbars. These programs weren't helpful from the very beginning, so their purpose is to get money by tricking users. Most of customers believe that suchlike utilities are reliable, being deluded by massive rosters of their functions, but all these advantages either do not work, or just cannot exist. To make it easier for you, we will describe the basic features of each adware type.

  • Browser hijackers do not place ads on well-known web-sites. Instead of advertising they make their victims to view the suspicious web-pages. These tools help the dishonest website owners to generate traffic and lowers the protection level of user's laptop.
  • Usual adware is known because of countless spam with different pop-ups, banners and ads. Scammers try to make adware look good, so it might be disguised as one of dozens of reliable tools for web-browsing, text redacting, data archiving, etc. Offers which are displayed by adware aren't secure and you better not click on them.
  • Toolbars are less irritating than browser hijackers and adware, but except showing ads they also gather the data about user's system and about his actions in the Web. Suchlike info might be used against its owner or sold to third parties for a solid price.

Every of these three sorts of adware uses special methods to infect the system and to work in it. They have one thing in common - they all call issues for the victim and prevent the victim from using the Internet. Besides the apparent nuisance, such as the flood of advertising and pop-ups, xHelper has another hazardous property and it is the critical decrease of PC's security.

 

So, you see what purposes are pursued by advertising programs and, you should understand how to detect it. The first and the most annoying sign of adware is the extremely high percentage of ads. Symptom #2 is the emergence of additional programs in the system that you haven’t installed. This happens when user passes every link that adware displays, visiting the strange sites and installing viruses from them. Undesired programs act imperceptibly so you cannot understand that you actually downloaded them.

The mark number 2 is a heavy lag of the machine, and an increase in the loading time of the system. We should say that suchlike problems frequently arise for other roots, not related to adware. PC retards because all advertising software is working endlessly and never turns off. It means that the program is launching at system boot and shutting down only with the whole computer. When there are too many adware on the computer, their synchronous functioning starts to overwhelm the system, and needs so much resources that reliable tools simply can't operate. This can call trouble shutdowns, critical errors of basic programs and retardation. If you witness any of these attributes - you should check the computer via good antivirus or remove all perilous programs in manual manner.

Methods to remove xHelper

If you are MAC user, follow this guide How to remove virus from MAC

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove xHelper manually

Step 1. Uninstall xHelper from the operation system

Step 2. Remove xHelper from the browser (Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari/Edge)

 

If you are tired of seeing ads on the Internet and nuisance from countless symptoms of adware infection, you need to eliminate xHelper immediately. In your situation it all comes down not only to deleting xHelper but also to massive cleaning of hard drive. The elimination can be executed manually, however this method will require considerable time and may not have the result. The thing is that different malicious programs prefer different techniques to protect themselves from elimination. Adware stores backup copies everywhere on hard drive, leave pending installation tasks after uninstalling, hide their root folders etc. If user is not experienced enough in such matters, the chance of fault and subsequent complications is extremely high. The plainest and the very effective technique to get rid of adware is to use Spyhunter Antivirus. This soft can fast and clean remove xHelper from your system, but also protect it from viruses in after years. Spyhunter can boast of many qualities, including compatibility with other antiviral programs, day and night technical support, daily updating of the viral database, high quality of scanning and deletion and reasonable price. If you want to download Spyhunter, or get the trial version - click on the link under this paragraph.

Instructions for manual deletion

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Инструкция

Instructions for manual deletion

Step 1. Uninstall software from the system

Windows 7

1. Uninstall xHelper from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select xHelper and press Uninstall

2. Delete elements that stayed after uninstalling from Control Panel

  • C:\Program Files\xHelper
  • C:\ProgramData\xHelper
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\xHelper

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Search for "xHelper" and delete these elements

 

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Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select xHelper and press Uninstall

 

Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by:, select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Delete xHelper from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select xHelper and press Uninstall

7. Remove elements like on Win7.

 

Step 2. Remove xHelper from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove xHelper

Step 2.Change homepage:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Home page
  • Put “about:blank”

Step 3. Change new tab page:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Tabs

 

Google Chrome

Step 1. Remove add-on:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • More Tools
  • Extensions
  • Remove xHelper

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • Open a specific page or set of pages
  • Delete all specific pages

 

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1. Delete add-on:

  • Open menu
  • Add-ons
  • Extensions
  • Remove xHelper

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open menu
  • Options
  • General
  • Put “about:blank” into Home page field

 

Opera browser

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Open Opera;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Extensions;
  • Choose xHelper and press button "Remove from Opera"

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • On Startup;
  • Open a specific page or set of pages;
  • Press button "Set pages" and change Homepage to your favorite one.

 

Safari

Step 1. Start Safari browser

Step 2. Display a menu of General Safari Settings

Step 3. Reset Safari...

Step 4. Press "Reset"

 

Microsoft Edge

Step 1. Delete the suspicious extensions.

  • Menu
  • Extensions
  • Choose unfamiliar extension
  • Press Uninstall

Step 2. Change homepage.

  • Go to the website of the search engine you want
  • Select More actions
  • Settings
  • View advanced settings
  • Change search engine
  • Select search engine you want and Set as default

 

Video how to reset browser and remove all extensions

 

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