Happy-u.vip Ads Removal. How to stop pop-up?

Written by Valdis Koks

Happy-u.vip search hijacker is a sort of virus that injects into your computer system, and afterwards changes the search engine configurations in your internet browser to one which it is paid for. It likewise makes some unwanted changes that can result in private information leaks, as well as to other malware delivery. In this article, you will see the guideline of Happy-u.vip hijacker elimination in various techniques, and also the technique of making your web browser just as good as new.

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Happy-u.vip Info

Name Happy-u.vip extension
Type Browser hijacker1
Short Description The unwanted software that amends important browser settings without the user’s permission.
Symptoms The Happy-u.vip hijacker replaces the browser parameters set by the users and replaces these settings with its own values.
Distribution Method Bundling with Freeware or Shareware, misleading pop-up ads produced by adware.
Detection Tool Inspect If Your System Has Been Affected by the Happy-u.vip hijacker.

The methods of injection of Happy-u.vip search hijackers are numerous. Many of them belong to the malware spreading through the malvertising or evil-minded links of various sites. In some cases, your personal computer might be infected with this virus with the trojan-downloader, which is used to distribute numerous other malware. There is a single kind of this unwanted program – web browser plugin that can build into any web browser which supports the add-on installation2.

You will not likely install this plugin by yourself, because their names are pretty dubious, and the usefulness is extremely debatable. The “creators” of Happy-u.vip hijacker usually state that it can save the .doc/.docx documents from the sites already to .pdf format, or to download the whole website on your disk. It is really difficult to picture if someone can be needed in such operations in 2022, when the Web access is not time-limited as well as every PC has the ability to start the needed .docx files at Google Docs.

Nevertheless, besides their uselessness, they can effortlessly be located in the Chrome Web Store. Naturally, virus analysts sound the alarm concerning such spam into the legitimate source of web browser extensions, requiring the Google reaction – eliminating these extensions from their site. However, they are still not hurrying to deal with that security issue.

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Is the Happy-u.vip virus?

At the first blush, you may assume that these redirects are just frustrating, but not hazardous. As a result of this reason a number of people are simply playing for time instead of eliminating this malware, obtaining increasingly more chances of being infected with various other infections, which are much more serious than Happy-u.vip is.

Besides the altered search engine or search engine result, you can also see different promotions even on those sites that do not have any kind of promotions on it by default. And you may unintentionally misclick while shutting off the advertisement, and begin the downloading of an unknown file, which may be a virus, or a potentially undesirable application, or perhaps ransomware – whatever the maintainers of this hijacker want.

If your browser is damaged because of the Azorult trojan task, the system can start malfunctioning soon – this symptome is among the most usual in case of trojan injection.

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How to remove Happy-u.vip?

First, let me say several words about prevention the Happy-u.vip virus infiltration. It is really easy to discuss the tactics of protecting your computer from such irritating things as browser hijackers, but it is really simple to be caught on this lure even being a qualified user. As it was stated above, this virus can hide after the eye-catching (at the first sight) advertisement, or in packs with various other adware you can get in dozens of ways. However, regardless of the typical difficulty of the penetration approaches, it is very easy to prevent the Happy-u.vip hijacker appearing in your system:

  • Do not follow the dubious links;
  • Restrict the usage of pseudo-free software (one which is offered as free, but has an additional unwanted programs in its pack);
  • Leave the habit of clicking advertisements on the web. If you need to buy something, it is better to google it;
  • Avoid downloading the files from dubious sources, like forums or file sharing websites.

Preparation before removing Happy-u.vip.

Before starting the actual uninstall procedure, we recommend that you do the following introductory milestones.

  • Ensure you have this hands-on tutorial always ready to utilize.
  • Perform a backup of every one of your information, consisting of the stored logins, passwords and also other qualifications. You need to back up your info with a cloud back-up service and make certain your data are protected from any kind of loss, also from the most serious infections.
  • Wait until the resilient back-up procedure is over.

Step 1: Uninstall Happy-u.vip and related software from Windows

Here is a method in couple of simple stages that should have the ability to uninstall most applications. Either you use Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, these milestones will work well. Moving the app or its folder to the Trash can be a very wrong idea. In case you do that, remnants of the app may remain, and that can cause the unstable performance of your system, malfunctions with the file type associations and other unpleasant behavior. The effective solution to get an app off your device is to remove it manually. To do that:

1. Keep holding the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will soon arrive.

Windows keyboard R

2. In the field that appeared, type in “appwiz.cpl” -1  and choose OK – 2.

Run appwiz.cpl


3. This will open a window with all the apps available on the device. Choose the app that you want to get rid of, then choose “Uninstall

Follow the steps above and you will successfully get rid of most unwanted apps.

Step 2: Get rid of Happy-u.vip from all your available browsers.

Mozilla FirefoxGoogle ChromeInternet ExplorerMicrosoft Edge

1. Launch Mozilla Firefox. Go to its menu window

2. Choose the “Add-ons” icon in the menu.

3. Find the unwanted extension and select “Remove

Mozilla Firefox Add-ons Remove

4. Upon deleting the extension, reload Mozilla Firefox, closing it with the help of a red “X” button in the upper right corner and start it again.

1. Launch Google Chrome and go to its drop menu

Google Chrome drop menu click

2. Click on “Tools” and then in the extended menu select “Extensions

Google Chrome Tools select Extensions

3. In the “Extensions” menu find the unwanted extension and apply the “Remove” button related to it.

Google Chrome Extensions Remove

4. As soon as the extension is deleted, reload Google Chrome by closing it by means of the red “X” button at the top right corner and launch it again.

1. Launch Internet Explorer

2. Click on the gear icon marked ‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and choose ‘Manage Add-ons’


3. In the “Manage Add-ons” window, locate the extension you want to delete and then click “Remove”. A pop-up window will come up to inform you that you are about to delete the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and choose “Remove”.

Internet Explorer extension removal

4. Once the unwanted extension is deleted, reload Internet Explorer by shutting it down from the red “X” button located at the top right corner and launch it again.

1. Launch Edge

2. Access the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.

3. From the drop menu choose “Extensions”.

Microsoft Edge menu Extensions

4. Locate the suspected dangerous extension you want to delete and then click on the Remove button.

Microsoft Edge Extensions Remove

Step 3: Clean any registries that could be added by Happy-u.vip on your device.

The usually attacked registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by going to the Windows registry editor and getting rid of any values added by Happy-u.vip. Follow the steps below:

  1. Start the Run Window command once again, type “regedit” and click OK.Window command regedit
  2. As soon as you open it, you can freely go to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are displayed above.Window command Run and RunOnce keys
  3. You can delete the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and deleting it.Window command regedit delete the value virus

Tip: To locate a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and select “Modify” to find which file it is set to run. If this is the malware file location, delete the value.

Step 4: Scan for Happy-u.vip with Loaris Trojan Remover

1. Click on the “Download” button to proceed to Loaris Trojan Remover download.

It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by Trojan Remover. Click on the corresponding links to check License AgreementPrivacy Policy.

2. Click “Install” to start.

Loaris Trojan Remover Install

There were 4 scan types suggested:

  • Standard Scan.
  • Full Scan.
  • Custom Scan.
  • Removable Scan.


3. After the installed has finished, click on the ‘Scan’ tab. Click on ‘Full Scan’.

Loaris Trojan Remover Full Scan

4. Once the scanning is started, Loaris will initiate the thorough analysis of your device and may soon identify specific threats currently slowing down the performance of your system. Make sure to wait until the scanning is completed to let the software fully evaluate the safety of your workstation.

Loaris Trojan Remover - scan in process

5. After Loaris Trojan Remover has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the ‘Apply’ button. There were options to move the files to quarantine, ignore or delete them.

Loaris Trojan Remover - show viruses

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


  1. About browser hijackers on Wikipedia
  2. Possible danger of free browser extensions

About the author

Valdis Koks

Security engineer, reverse engineering and memory forensics

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