What is Hoist Search?
Hoist Search is classified as a browser hijacker. It aims to replace your current search engine and to display various advertisements on your screen. The hijacker modifies your browser settings and generates ads in order to increase web traffic of certain websites. It is distributed via bundled downloads and can also be downloaded from its official page hoistsearch.com. The program is compatible with all popular web browsers. It may be promoted as an application that will help you improve your search tools, but that is not its main concern. There is no point in keeping it on your PC. We recommend you delete Hoist Search from your system.
How does Hoist Search work?
Although Hoist Search is not a virus, it does have quite a few negative features. First of all, the program changes your browser settings such as default search engine, home page and new tab page. Every time you open your browser you will see hoistsearch.com. If you start using the provided search engine you will notice sponsored links in your search results. Moreover, Hoist Search will display ads, pop-ups and banners in your browsers. These ads may redirect you to unsafe pages which is why we strongly advise you stay away from them. You could unwittingly install malware or spyware onto your PC that is often presented as a legitimate program in fake adverts. Terminate Hoist Search before you cause any damage to your computer.
If you did not download Hoist Search from its official page, it must have come bundled with freeware or shareware. Browser hijackers often travel with free software and if you do not pay attention to its installation process, it is very likely that you will end up with more than just one potentially unwanted application. You could also have infected your computer by clicking on a malicious link or a fake ad. Keep in mind that it is best to download or update software by visiting its official website and deselecting all additional offers during its installation process.
How to remove Hoist Search?
It may be tricky to manually eliminate Hoist Search from your PC. If it came bundled with other software you should delete that as well. Go to Control Panel -> Add or remove programs/Uninstall a program and terminate Hoist Search related application. You should also reset your browser settings. Instructions on how to do that are presented below. If, however, you want to remove Hoist Search automatically, you can download a malware removal tool that will scan your computer, detect all threats and delete Hoist Search along with them. It will also protect your PC in the future by shielding it from various cyber threats.
Manual Hoist Search removal
Reset Internet Explorer
Alt+T → Internet Options → Advanced tab → Reset → Delete personal settings → Reset → Close
Reset Mozilla Firefox
Alt+H → Troubleshooting Information → Reset Firefox → Reset Firefox → Finish
Reset Google Chrome
Alt+F → Settings → Show Advanced Settings → Reset browser settings → Reset
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