How to remove Horoscope Buddy pop-ups & extension?

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Horoscope Buddy is an unwanted extension for Google Chrome browser. Typically it is widely spread in the web today through Horoscope Buddy.com pop-up windows. However, these particular pop-ups do not appear without any reason in your browser. Normally they will come up after your computer is already contaminated with adware. It may hijack your browser and thus your Google Chrome will be permanently giving you thousands if not millions of unexpected alerts, including the notifications to install Horoscope Buddy extension. However, doing so is s strongly not advised since your system may become even more exposed to cyber threats and deeply infected by other potentially unwanted applications. Use this guide below to fix your system and clean it from all sorts of unwanted utilities that make your computer operate as a snail.


Horoscope Buddy
Horoscope Buddy

Horoscope Buddy browser hijacker will produce an extremely negative impact on performance of your computer. It will make your system function extremely slow due to presence of many other potentially unwanted programs which are interconnected with the hijacker. Their purpose is to prevent you from deleting the hijacker from your browser in a simple manual way. Altogether, these programs and the very hijacker will cause high CPU usage and eventually may result in utter failure of your system to operate, even if you have the computer that was just recently purchased.

Horoscope Buddy automatic removal guide

If something went wrong or you just want to see the fast result, please use the help of professional malware eliminator – GridinSoft Anti-Malwre. Moreover, even you have managed to remove Horoscope Buddy from your computer and browser, we recommend you to download this tool and use it as a free antimalware scanner to see whether any other malicious program has penetrated into your system. Please note, that GridinSoft Anti-Malwre is a shareware program with a 15-days trial period with limitation of the threats number. If it find more than two infected items in your system, they can be removed only when you upgrade the program to the full registred version.

Download free antimalware scanner:

After downloading is completed, please install it and run the full scan. Yeah, it will take a time, but security experts always recommend to choose a full scan as your first scan, especially if you suspect that your PC could be infected. Take a look at the screenshots below: it will help you understand what’s going on.

Step 1. Run a full scan of your system

Free antimalware scanner
GridinSoft Anti-Malwre allows you to choose the type of scan

…and go drink coffee until the end of it! 🙂

Eliminate Malware In Minutes
Here you see the list of the detected items, which can be harmful

At the end of the scan, the program will offer you to move all malicious items to the quarantine. Just do it clicking on the “Fix Now” button and set your system free from the Horoscope Buddy infection!

Step 2. Reset your browser settings using an appropriate tool:

Reset Browser Settings
Find “Reset browser settings” button on the GridinSoft Anti-MalwreE tools tab

Check all browser boxes, which might be infected with the Horoscope Buddy, on a settings tab:
Delete Adware from the browser
On this tab you can specify what exactly you need to reset

Then just press the “Reset” button. Voila! It is a good idea to restart your computer after all this manipulation and check if these annoying Horoscope Buddy pop-up ads leave you in peace:


Horoscope Buddy manual removal steps:

Step 1. Delete Horoscope Buddy from the system.

To delete Horoscope Buddy extension from your PC, you should use “Uninstall the program” tool depending on your operation system.

Windows XP: Start —> Control Panel ––> Add/Remove Programs. Choose the Horoscope Buddy extension in the list of installed programs by a right-click and press “Remove”.

Windows 7: Start ––> Control Panel ––> Uninstall a program. Just the same actions: right-click on the Horoscope Buddy extension in a software list and press “Uninstall”.

Windows 8/8.1: Right-click on Start ––> Quick Access Menu ––> Control Panel ––> Uninstall a program. Choose a Horoscope Buddy extension among a listed here programs, right-click on it and then press “Uninstall”.

Step 2. Reset your browser settings.

It is necessary to reset browser settings after the deletion of the program from the list of software installed on your PC. For this, use the following tips depending on what browser are you currently using:

  • Google Chrome Browser: Settings —> Show advanced settings. Click on “Reset settings” in the bottom of the page.
  • Mozilla Firefox: press “Refresh Firefox” button in the right top corner.
  • Opera: delete “Operapref.ini file” in folder “C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Roaming\Opera\Opera\” on your computer.
  • Internet Explorer: Tools —> Internet options —> click on the “Advanced” button and then press “Reset”.

Step 3. Celebrate your victory!

Either you choose the manual or the automatic removal solution, congratulations! You won this battle with unfair malware developers. Your computer is clean now, so you should be proud and do something nice for yourself as a gift. Foam bath or tickets for the game? It’s up to you! 😉

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