How to remove Breaking News Plus

Breaking News Plus is a browser hijacker made for the main purpose of forcefully modifying internet browser settings to favor its illicit activities. Technically, this potentially unwanted program (PUP) changes the homepage and search address to Hp.hbreakingnewsplus.com. If user happens to perform an online search on the infected browser application, it also resolves to unwanted web URL at Hp.hbreakingnewsplus.com. During the presence of Breaking News Plus, web users will continue to experience browser redirects and pop-ups that exhibit unusual promotional contents and drive the browser to irrelevant web pages such as online gambling, adult oriented sites, phishing, and fraudulent websites.

Majority of browser hijackers including Breaking News Plus are frequently installed on the computer together with the freeware that was obtained from distrustful websites and online servers. For some cases of Breaking News Plus adware infection, users may have acquired it via codes that are embedded to visited websites, pop-up advertisements, and official website that cleverly persuades visitors into downloading the app claiming that it enhances online browsing experience. Aside from providing links to online news portal, it also promises to improve online searching by giving fast and accurate search results.

Sometimes, the payload of Breaking News Plus is not limited to targeting internet browser application only. The browser redirects it fulfills meant to drive the browser pages to sites that host malware and one wrong move by web user can lead to contamination of the entire operating system. Therefore, it is not right to tolerate the existence of Breaking News Plus on the browser just because web users do not see drastic effects or virus-like activities. Most of the time, Breaking News Plus aims on accomplishing illicit actions that are beyond computer user’s sight. For one thing, it is able to collect sensitive information from the infected internet software while web user is surfing the web. It can record data including search keywords, visited websites, username, password, and IP address.

Breaking News Plus

Clearly, Breaking News Plus is a threat not only to the computer but user’s online privacy is also in danger from this unwanted browser extension. Therefore, immediate removal is suggested to prevent any further damage and risks.

Breaking News Plus Removal Procedure

Below is a systematic instruction that is very useful in getting rid of the potentially unwanted program (PUP) from compromised Windows computer. Aside from removing the malicious browser extension, this guide is also helpful in deleting Hbreakingnewsplus.com hijacker and pop-ups.

In order to totally eliminate the threat, it is vital to follow the process in exact manner.

Step 1 : Delete Breaking News Plus Browser Extension

Most adware and unwanted programs are using a program called browser extension to be able to take over the settings of internet applications. Therefore, we highly recommend to check and remove the extension that is closely related to Breaking News Plus.

Remove Breaking News Plus Extension from Google Chrome

1. Open Google Chrome browser.

2. Type chrome://extensions/ in the address bar and press Enter on keyboard.

Chrome URL

3. Find Breaking News Plus or relevant entry like Hbreakingnewsplus.com and remove it from Google Chrome browser.

Breaking News Plus Chrome Extension

Uninstall Breaking News Plus Extension from Mozilla Firefox

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.

2. Type about:addons in the address bar and press Enter on keyboard.

Firefox URL

3. Choose Extensions on sidebar menu.

4. Look for object that is pertaining to Breaking News Plus and remove it from the browser.

After deleting the malicious browser extension, it is expected that Hbreakingnewsplus.com is also gone from the homepage.

Remove Breaking News Plus Add-ons from Internet Explorer and Edge Browser

1. Open Internet Explorer program.

2. Go to top Menu and click Tools. Then, select Manage Add-ons from the drop-down list.

Internet Explorer Add-ons

3. Look for and Remove or Disable entries of Breaking News Plus from Toolbars and Extension. Additionally, delete Hbreakingnewsplus.com from Search Providers section.

4. Close the window and restart Internet Explorer.

If Breaking News Plus is still present on the IE browser and there are still homepage and pop-ups originating from Hbreakingnewsplus.com, another option is to remove the adware from Windows Control Panel.

5. Press Windows Key + R and then, type appwiz.cpl command.

6. Program and Features window will open. Arrange the list in chronological manner with recently installed applications on top. To do this, click on 'Installed On' column.

Add-Remove Malware

7. Select Breaking News Plus or recently installed unwanted entry. Then, click on Uninstall to remove it from Windows system.

Step 2 : Scan the computer with Malware Removal Tool

To remove Breaking News Plus automatically, checking the computer with this powerful malware scanner recommended. This security application does not just uncover known threats like viruses or malware, it is also effective in discovering browser hijacker that assigns Hbreakingnewsplus.com as the homepage URL.

1. Download Sophos Virus Removal Tool from the link below. Save the file on your computer where you can easily access it.

2. Once the download completes, browse the location of the file. Double-click to run the program and begin the install process.

Screnshot of Sophos Installer

3. On first windows of installation wizard, click Next to continue. Then, it will display the program’s License Agreement. You need to Accept the terms in order to proceed. If Windows prompts for User Account Control, please click Yes to proceed.

Screenshot of Sophos EULA Page

4. On succeeding windows, click Next or Continue to carry on with the installation. After completing the installation process, Launch Sophos Virus Removal Tool.

5. Internet connection is required when running this scanner in order to download important updates. Make sure that everything is up-to-date to effectively remove malicious program like Breaking News Plus.

6. Click the  button to  carry out the Scan. This will check the system for presence of malicious objects, malware, and viruses. The tool reveals items that were found linked to Breaking News Plus and other suspicious entities. Be sure to remove all identified threats.

Screenshot of Sophos Virus Scan

The above procedures should have totally eliminated the Breaking News Plus browser hijacker. However, if you found that there are still remnants of the threat and Hbreakingnewsplus.com still exists on internet application, please proceed to manual removal of associated objects as outlined below.

Step 3 : Scan and Delete Adware with AdwCleaner

In addition to the procedure, we suggest scanning the computer with AdwCleaner tool. Possibly, there are some traces of Breaking News Plus on the browser that was not deleted during the preceding steps. This tool will scan the computer and check for presence of malicious applications as well as invalid browser entries that produces Hbreakingnewsplus.com pop-ups.

1. Follow the link below to download the tool called AdwCleaner.

2. When the download has completed, please close all running programs on the computer especially browsers affected by Breaking News Plus.

3. Browse the location of the downloaded file and double-click on adwcleaner_Ver.exe to start running the tool. Then, click on Scan button.

AdwCleaner

4. AdwCleaner searches the computer for malicious programs, extensions, plug-ins, adware, and any items that may be associated to Breaking News Plus. It will also check for suspicious entries on browser settings that is associated with Hbreakingnewsplus.com.

5. Clean or Remove all suspicious and harmful items identified after the thorough scan.

6. After the cleanup procedure, rebooting the computer is required to finalize the removal of detected threats.

Check if your internet browser application is no longer being bothered by Hbreakingnewsplus.com. If the browser hijacker still persists, please continue with the steps below to reset internet programs to default settings.

Optional : Reset Internet Browser Program

Cleaning your internet browser from clutter and unwanted add-on/extension is a must when dealing with Breaking News Plus. The procedure below discuss on resetting various browsers to its default state.

Restore Google Chrome to Default Settings

Resetting Google Chrome to default settings is helpful in deleting hard-to-remove extension such as from Breaking News Plus. This method is highly advisable to perform if you have difficulty in removing unwanted extension.

1. Open Google Chrome Internet browser.
2. On the address bar, type chrome://settings/reset and press Enter key.
3. Under Reset and clean up section, choose Restore settings to their original defaults.
4. Click Reset settings button to clear all entries of Breaking News Plus.
5. Close the existing tab and restart Google Chrome. That should have removed Breaking News Plus extension and associated objects.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

This section describes how to remove unwanted extension from Firefox that may be related to Breaking News Plus. This process can fix many browser issues by restoring Firefox to factory settings without affecting your essential information (bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and Internet cookies) on the browser. If you desire to remove only specific extension, please see manual removal of add-on from Firefox.

1. Input the string about:support on Firefox web address and press Enter on keyboard.
2. You will now see the Troubleshooting Information page of Mozilla Firefox.
3. You will notice a section on upper-right corner of the screen stating Give Firefox a tune up. Click the Refresh Firefox button.
4. If confirmation window appears, click Refresh Firefox to continue.
5. Firefox browser will close and start the resetting process. When done, it will display a list of restored data. Breaking News Plus should be gone by now. Click Finish to open a fresh version of Firefox.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

1. Open Internet Explorer and navigate to top menu. Click Tools, and then Internet Options.
2. Select Advanced tab on Internet Options window.
3. On lower part of the window, under Reset Internet Explorer Settings area, click the Reset button. Please see image for reference. Your data like favorites, bookmark, and history will remain in the browser. However, this process may delete add-ons by Breaking News Plus and other unknown objects. If you prefer to carry out the procedure manually, please add-on removal from Internet Explorer.

Clear the Safari Internet Browser (Mac)

1. Open your Safari browser application.
2. In the Safari menu, click on Preferences from the drop-down list.
3. On Preferences window, please select the Privacy tab.
4. Click on Manage Website Data button.
5. Select unwanted entry like Breaking News Plus and click the Remove button. If you choose to Remove All, you may be logout from most visited websites and online services. Therefore, we advise to remove suspicious item one at a time to prevent changing behavior towards your favorite websites.
6. If it prompts, please confirm your actions.

7. Next, we will need to clear the Cache. Back at the Safari Preferences window, choose Advanced tab.
8. Navigate to the bottom and activate Show Develop menu in menu bar.
9. Go to Safari menu, choose on Develop from the drop down list and click on on Empty Caches.
10. Next thing to do is to restore the Homepage to your preference and remove the one from Breaking News Plus.
11. Back at the Safari Preferences window, click on General tab.
12. Under Homepage section, type your desired URL to be the default start-up page.
13. Lastly, make sure to have the right Search Engine.
14. Go back to Safari Preferences window and click on Search tab.
15. Select your desired Search tool under the Search engine section.
16. You may not restart Safari browser.

How to remove Hbreakingnewsplus.com Pop-ups (Notification)

Most of the time, browser hijackers are combined with intrusive pop-up ads originating from the source website Hbreakingnewsplus.com. It is taking advantage of push notification feature of popular internet programs like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Edge. These pop-up ads from Hbreakingnewsplus.com are extra ordinary as it exceeds the normal display volume and they are certainly annoying.

Normally, Hbreakingnewsplus.com pop-ups will start to bombard internet browser screen with pop-ups if web user was deceived to click “Allow” button that triggers the said website to send push notification. To stop Hbreakingnewsplus.com from showing the pop-ups, please execute the procedures below. Remember, these steps may only be successful after the removal of the main component or dubious browser extension.

Google Chrome

1. On Google Chrome browser, input the following in the address bar and press Enter:

chrome://settings/content/notifications

2. Navigate to the list under "Allow" section and look for Hbreakingnewsplus.com.

3. Click the ellipses (3 dots) beside Hbreakingnewsplus.com list to reveal the options.

Chrome Push Notification

4. Click on Block or Remove to stop Hbreakingnewsplus.com from displaying pop-up ads on Google Chrome browser.

6. Please restart Google Chrome browser.

Mozilla Firefox

1. On Mozilla Firefox browser, type the following in the address bar and press Enter key:

about:preferences#privacy

2. Navigate below to Permission area and look for Notifications.

Firefox Notification Settings

3. Click the Settings button aligned with the Notifications.

4. Look for Hbreakingnewsplus.com entry and change the Status to Block.

Block Notification from Firefox

5. Click on Save Changes and restart Mozilla Firefox and check if Hbreakingnewsplus.com pop-up is gone.

Safari (Mac)

1. On top menu, click on Safari and then, select Preferences from the drop-down list.

2. Click on Websites tab to open its settings.

3. Select Notifications from the left sidebar.

Safari Push Notification

4. On right panel, it will display a list of websites with "Allow" attribute.

5. Find and click on Hbreakingnewsplus.com.

6. You may choose to Deny or Remove it from the notification list.

7. You may now restart Safari browser and see if Hbreakingnewsplus.com pop-up is gone.

Microsoft Edge

1. Assuming that Edge browser is open, click on the ellipses (3 dots) on upper right corner to open the Settings. Alternatively, you can press Alt + X on the keyboard.

2. Select Settings from the drop-down list.

3. Click on Advanced.

4. Under Website Permissions area, click on Manage Permissions button.

Edge Push Notification

4. Find and select Hbreakingnewsplus.com from the list. Click on X button to stop it from showing pop-up ads or notifications.

Edge Notification Removal

5. You may now restart Edge browser.

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