How to uninstall (remove) HPRewriter2

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What is HPRewriter2?

HPRewriter2 is a browser hijacker, which comes bundled with free software through web-downloaders. It hijacks popular browsers, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer, without your consent. After penetration on a computer, it changes the settings of your browser, which cannot be reset. Also, HPRewriter2 replaces your homepage on traffic-media.co, and changes your default search engine. HPRewriter2 creates some false shortcuts on the desktop and taskbar. This hijacker can collect your personal information, your browsing history, and more, and then transmit this information to third parties for further analysis. Also, don’t forget that HPRewriter2 can significantly reduce the speed of your browser and distribute their files all over your computer. If you found it on your PC, you must remove it right now!

HPRewriter2 hijacker

How HPRewriter2 gets on your PC?

Potentially unwanted programs, such as HPRewriter2, sneak into a computer bundled with other free software. It comes without the user’s consent. The user may not realize that their computer is infected. This can happen when the user downloads the free software or application, such as Archiver, converter, player and so on. Some sites create special download managers that hide malicious software. You must follow a few rules in order to avoid penetration by malicious software. Always read the user agreement in full. You should know what you are offering. Also, always choose advanced installation type and don’t agree with the proposals to install unfamiliar and unwanted program. Don’t click “Next” until you have verified that the program is safe. Follow the installation process and take your time. Be careful. If your computer is already infected, then use our instructions to remove HPRewriter2.

How to remove HPRewriter2 from your computer?

To uninstall HPRewriter2 remove it from Control Panel, then delete all files and regkeys.

In our view, there are 3 products that potentially have HPRewriter2 in their database. You can try to use them for removing HPRewriter2.

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You can try both of these products to remove HPRewriter2

Or uninstall HPRewriter2 manually.

Step 1: Remove HPRewriter2 from Control Panel

Windows XP:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Control Panel.
  3. Then click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find HPRewriter2.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Windows XP.

Windows 7/Windows Vista:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Then Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find HPRewriter2 and click Uninstall.

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Windows 7.

Windows 8/Windows 8.1:

  1. Open the Menu.
  2. Click Search.
  3. After that click Apps.
  4. Then Control Panel.
  5. Then as in Windows 7, click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find HPRewriter2, select it and click Uninstall.

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Windows 8 (8.1).

Windows 10:

  1. Click on the Start button (or press the Windows key) to open the Start menu, click on the Settings at the top.
  2. Click on App & features on the left menu.
  3. On the right side, locate HPRewriter2 and click it, then click on the Uninstall button.
  4. Click on Uninstall to confirm.

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Windows 10

Note: If you can’t find required program, sort programs by date in Control panel and search for last installed programs.

After that remove HPRewriter2 from your browser.

Step 2: Remove HPRewriter2 from browsers

Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Push Alt + F.
  3. Click Tools.
  4. Choose Extensions.
  5. Find HPRewriter2.
  6. Click the trash can icon to remove it.

Learn more about removing extensions from Chrome.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Push Shift + Ctrl + A.
  3. Choose HPRewriter2.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.

Learn more about removing extensions from Firefox.

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open IE.
  2. Push Alt + T.
  3. Click Manage Add-ons.
  4. Select Toolbars and Extensions.
  5. Click Disable HPRewriter2.
  6. Click More information link in the left-bottom corner.
  7. Click Remove button.
  8. If this button is grayed out – perform alternative steps.

Learn more about removing extensions from IE.

Step 3: Resetting your browser search and homepage settings

Reset browser setting in Google Chrome:
  1. Click the Chrome menu (3 bar button) in the top right corner.
  2. Choose Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings.
  4. Go to Reset browser settings section.
  5. Click Reset browser settings.
  6. In the dialog that appears, click Reset.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Google Chrome.

Reset browser setting in Mozilla Firefox:
  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Go to Help.
  3. Go to Troubleshooting information.
  4. Click Reset Firefox… button.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Mozilla Firefox.

Reset browser setting in Internet Explorer:
  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on the cogwheel in the right upper corner.
  3. Click Internet options.
  4. Go to Advanced tab.
  5. Click Reset button.
  6. Put a tick near Delete personal settings checkbox.
  7. Click Reset button.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Internet Explorer.

Step 4: Remove following files and folders of HPRewriter2:

Remove following regitry entries:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\HPRewriter2,
HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\HPWriter Service,
HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\HPRewriter2
HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\HPWriter

Remove following files:

C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\HPRewriter2\HPWriterSrv3.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [f92f26265c3efd390b81d1fb659f17e9],
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\HPRewriter2\RewRun3.exe,
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\HPRewriter2\uninstaller.exe,
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\HPRewriter2\Resources\Icons\Browsers\chrome.ico,
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\HPRewriter2\Resources\Icons\Browsers\firefox.ico,
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\HPRewriter2\Resources\Icons\Browsers\ie.ico,
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\HPRewriter2\Resources\Icons\Browsers\opera.ico,
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\HPRewriter2\Resources\Icons\Browsers\yandex.ico

Remove following folders

C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\HPRewriter2,
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\HPRewriter2\Resources,
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\HPRewriter2\Resources\Icons,
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\HPRewriter2\Resources\Icons\Browsers

Written by Rami Douafi

Author: Rami Douafi

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