The appearance of undesired History Open in the list of Google Chrome extensions means that your PC system is infected with an adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software). It makes changes to the system settings and configures itself so as to start automatically each time the browser is turned on. Immediately after startup, the “History Open” extension begins to monitor the user’s actions and insert ads directly into the open windows of the Google Chrome. So, if you notice that your browser has become display lots of unwanted advertisements, then you do not need to wait , you need to perform the steps below and remove History Open as quickly as possible.
The History Open is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, modifies browser settings and blocks them from changing. Also the History Open can inject advertisements within the Google Chrome’s screen. Moreover, the extension may install browser hijacker that once started, will alter the web-browser’s homepage and search engine. And finally, the History Open extension can collect a wide variety of personal information such as what sites you are opening, what you are looking for the Net and so on. This information, in the future, may be transferred to third parties.
Most often, the History Open extension affects the most common browsers such as the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer. But such the malicious software as well may infect another internet browsers by changing its shortcuts (adding an argument such as ‘http://site.address’ into Target field of a internet browser’s shortcut).
We recommend you to remove History Open virus and clean your system from any unwanted advertisements ASAP, until the presence of the virus has not led to even worse consequences. You need to follow the few simple steps below that will help you to completely remove History Open Chrome extension, using only the built-in Microsoft Windows features and a few of specialized free malicious software removal tools.
Remove History Open
The following tutorial will help you to delete History Open from the Google Chrome and other web-browsers. Moreover, the few simple steps below will help you to delete malicious software, browser hijackers, PUPs and toolbars that your PC system may be infected. Please do the guidance step by step. If you need assist or have any questions, then ask for our assistance or type a comment below. Some of the steps will require you to restart your personal computer or close the web-site. So, read this instructions carefully, then bookmark or print it for later reference.
Get rid of History Open virus without any tools
The step by step instructions will help you get rid of History Open virus. These History Open removal steps work for the Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows XP, as well as every version of Google Chrome browser.
Uninstalling the History Open, check the list of installed software first
First method for manual extension removal is to go into the Windows “Control Panel”, then “Uninstall a program” console. Take a look at the list of applications on your personal computer and see if there are any suspicious and unknown applications. If you see any, you need to delete them. Of course, before doing so, you can do an Net search to find details on the application. If it is a potentially unwanted program, plugin or malicious software, you will likely find information that says so.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
First, click Windows button , then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as shown on the screen below.
When the ‘Control Panel’ opens, press the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as shown in the figure below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as shown below.
Very carefully look around the entire list of applications installed on your PC. Most likely, one or more of them are responsible for the appearance of pop-up ads and browser redirect to unwanted pages. If you have many programs installed, you can help simplify the search of malicious applications by sort the list by date of installation. Once you have found a suspicious, unwanted or unused application, right click to it, after that click ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
First, click ‘Start’ button and select ‘Control Panel’ at right panel as displayed in the following example.
When the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to click ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as shown in the figure below.
You will see a list of applications installed on your personal computer. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the programs that were installed last. Most likely they responsibility for the appearance of pop-ups and browser redirect. If you are in doubt, you can always check the program by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. Once the program which you need to uninstall is found, simply click on its name, and then click ‘Uninstall’ as shown below.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the adware can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you open your PC, it will show an unwanted web page. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all malicious tasks which have been created by adware.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard together. This shows a prompt that titled with Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as on the image below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Please choose the first task, its properties will be open just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your personal computer. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then remove this malicious task. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it’s a component of the unwanted applications, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to delete, then click on it with the right mouse button and choose Delete as shown on the image below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks which have been created by malicious program. Once is complete, close the Task Scheduler window.
Remove History Open from Chrome
If your Google Chrome internet browser is rerouted to unwanted web pages, it may be necessary to completely reset your internet browser application to its default settings and remove History Open malicious extension.
First launch the Google Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display the main menu. Further, click the option named “Settings”. Another way to show the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the browser adress bar and press Enter.
The web-browser will open the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, as on the image below and click the “Reset settings” button.
The Chrome will open the confirmation dialog box. You need to confirm your action, press the “Reset” button. The browser will start the process of cleaning. After it is complete, the internet browser’s settings including start page, newtab and default search provider back to the values that have been when the Google Chrome was first installed on your computer.
History Open removal tools
The virus may hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and remove completely. This can lead to the fact that after some time, the History Open extension again infect your computer and reroute your internet browser to unwanted web sites. Moreover, We want to note that it’s not always safe to get rid of harmful add-on manually, if you don’t have much experience in setting up and configuring the MS Windows operating system. The best solution to scan for and get rid of plugin is to use free malicious software removal applications.
Use Zemana Anti-malware to remove History Open
Zemana Anti-malware highly recommended, because it can scan for security threats such ‘ad supported’ software and extensions which most ‘classic’ antivirus programs fail to pick up on. Moreover, if you have any History Open malicious add-on removal problems which cannot be fixed by this tool automatically, then Zemana Anti-malware provides 24X7 online assistance from the highly experienced support staff.
Download Zemana by clicking on the following link. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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When the downloading process is complete, close all software and windows on your system. Double-click the set up file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Zemana on your computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is done successfully, Zemana will automatically start and you can see its main screen as on the image below.
Now click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the History Open addon that causes lots of intrusive popup ads. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your personal computer.
When Zemana completes the scan, Zemana will display a list of all items found by the scan. Make sure all items have ‘checkmark’ and click “Next” button. The Zemana Anti-Malware will start to delete History Open addon which redirects your web browser to intrusive ad web-sites. After disinfection is complete, you may be prompted to restart the personal computer.
Delete History Open virus with Malwarebytes
Manual History Open extension removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the harmful extension may be not completely removed. We advise that run the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your personal computer of plugin. Moreover, the free application will allow you to remove malware, PUPs, hijackers and toolbars that your computer can be infected too.
- Please download MalwareBytes AntiMalware from the following link and save it to your Desktop.
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Update: April 15, 2020
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your web-browser will display the “Save as” prompt. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- When the download is finished, please close all software and open windows on your computer. Double-click on the icon that’s called mb3-setup.
- This will open the “Setup wizard” of MalwareBytes AntiMalware onto your PC. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) will launch and show the main window.
- Further, press the “Scan Now” button for scanning your system for the History Open virus that causes annoying popup ads. A scan may take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your PC system and the speed of your personal computer. When a threat is detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
- Once the system scan is done, MalwareBytes will display you the results.
- In order to remove all threats, simply click the “Quarantine Selected” button. After finished, you may be prompted to restart the system.
- Close the AntiMalware and continue with the next step.
Video instruction, which reveals in detail the steps above.
Scan and clean your PC system of malicious plugin with AdwCleaner
The AdwCleaner utility is free and easy to use. It can check and delete malware, PUPs and adware in Chrome, Internet Explorer, FF and Microsoft Edge internet browsers and thereby remove all intrusive History Open popup ads. AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and get rid of harmful registry entries and files that are hidden on the PC system.
Download AdwCleaner tool from the link below and save it to your Desktop.
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Update: March 22, 2021
When the download is done, open the folder in which you saved it and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will start the AdwCleaner utility and you will see a screen like below. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to run the program, press Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Scan” for scanning your system for the History Open virus that causes browsers to show intrusive pop-up ads. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.
After the scanning is complete, you can check all items detected on your computer as on the image below.
Review the results once the utility has complete the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Clean” button. It will display a prompt. Click “OK” button. The AdwCleaner will delete History Open plugin that causes web browsers to open annoying advertisements and add items to the Quarantine. After finished, the utility may ask you to reboot your computer. After reboot, the AdwCleaner will display the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
How to stay safe online
Use adblocker program like AdGuard in order to stop ads, malvertisements, pop-ups and online trackers, avoid having to install harmful and adware browser plug-ins and add-ons which affect your system performance and impact your personal computer security. Surf the World Wide Web anonymously and stay safe online!
Download AdGuard application on your machine by clicking on the link below.
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Update: November 15, 2018
Once downloading is finished, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as displayed below.
Follow the prompts. When the installation is done, you will see a window as shown below.
You can click “Skip” to close the install program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop pop-up ads, as well as other malicious or misleading web sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that can be found on your desktop.
How does your PC get infected with History Open extension
Most of unwanted extensions such as History Open come with web browser toolbars, PUPs, BHOs (browser helper objects) and additional programs. Most commonly, these items claim itself as programs which improve your experience on the Web by providing a fast and interactive homepage or a search engine that does not track you. Remember, how to avoid the unwanted software. Be cautious, start only reputable software which download from reputable sources. NEVER install any unknown and suspicious programs.
Once you have complete the tutorial shown above, your Google Chrome browser should be clean from History Open virus that causes multiple intrusive ads and pop-ups. The Google Chrome and other internet browsers will no longer redirect you to various intrusive web pages. Unfortunately, if the step by step instructions does not help you, then you have caught a new malicious addon, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.