How to fix “Webhostoid.com has expired. Renew now” error?

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Issue: How to fix “Webhostoid.com has expired. Renew now” error?

When I try to open Hotmail emails, I get a strange error window saying “Webhostoid.com has expired. Renew now.” The pop-up doesn’t allow me to read messages. A couple of days I got the same error when trying to open a random website. Could someone please help?

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“Webhostoid.com has expired. Renew now” is an error message that people may encounter when browsing on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, or any other legitimate web browser. Typically, it shows up in a form of a pop-up window generated by the d2e24t2jgcnor2.webhostoid.com URL.

“Webhostoid.com has expired. Renew now” error

The reason why people encounter this error is simple – adware[1] infection. Initially, thousands of Internet users were forced to visit Webhostoid.com domain after reckless installation of free applications. This website is classified as a Browser Hijacker and Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) due to the aggressive interception of web browser’s start page and search engine.

As a search engine, Webhostoid.com virus cannot be trusted under any circumstances as it has been developed for promoting shady third-party domains. Besides, it may collect personally non-identifiable information[2] (email address, browsing history).

While this rogue search engine has been actively spreading up-till-now, it seems that it’s not active anymore. Our research team has initiated a research on this domain and fund out that the domain’s registration has expired on 04 Sep 2017. Consequently, people, whose computers, are still infected by potentially unwanted program, now can receive an error “Webhostoid.com has expired. Renew now” error.

The Webhostoid.com is Hosted in Toronto, ON, but the vast majority of visitors is form India, US, Nigeria, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Not surprisingly, its server does not support HTTPS[3] and HTTP/2, meaning the owner of the website prefers insecure connection between web browsers and server. This way, data collection and distribution of unwanted programs is much easier.

In a nutshell, even if your web browser’s settings haven’t been changed to Webhostoid.com, but you received the “Webhostoid.com has expired. Renew now” pop-up while web browsing, you should remove malware from your PC immediately.

Fixing “Webhostoid.com has expired. Renew now” error

The “Webhostoid.com has expired” pop-up on your web browser indicates the fact that the system is infected by a PUP, be it adware or browser hijacker. According to 2-spyware experts, the Webhostoid.com virus is closely related to Genius Box adware, RocketTab hijacker, and BrowserSafeguard. Therefore, you should check the system for these programs and uninstall them.

However, beware that the list of PUPs associated with the “Webhostoid.com has expired. Renew now” finite, so check the list of programs on your PC attentively.

Besides, to remove “Webhostoid.com has expired” pop-up, it’s a must to reset web browser’s settings. If you don’t know how to do that, the following instructions will guide you:

Step 1. Remove PUPs

Automatic removal

The fastest and easiest way to remove potentially unwanted and malicious programs from the computer is to run a full system scan with a professional anti-malware. We recommend using Reimage. This software utility will kill two birds with one stone by removing malware and fully optimizing the system.

Manual removal

Restart your computer into Safe Mode and then eliminate all suspicious programs from Programs and Features list.

  1. Press Windows key + R to open Run prompt and then type msconfig into the provided Open: box. Press OK.
  2. Now, go into Boot tab and select Safe Boot option. Select Safe Boot option.
  3. Then press Apply and OK.
    Step 1
  4. You will get a prompt asking whether you want to reboot the computer now. Click Restart.
  5. When the system restarts, navigate to Control Panel and open Programs and Features section.
  6. Look for suspicious entries (e.g. Genius box). Right-click on them (one at a time) and select Uninstall.
  7. Then, to check if all related files have been successfully removed, open Windows Registry Editor. Click Windows and R keys simultaneusly, type regedit, and press Enter.
  8. Open Edit tab at the top left of the window and select Find.
  9. Enter the name of a program that you have uninstalled before and press Find Next.
    Step 2
  10. Remove all found entries.

Step 2. Reset web browser

  1. If you are currently seeing the “Webhostoid.com has expired. Renew now” pop-up, close the current tab reopen your web browser (The following instructions explain how to reset Google Chrome).
  2. Open Google Chrome's Menu.
  3. Select Settings and scroll down until you see Advacned. Click an arrow to see Advanced Settings.
  4. Now scroll down to the very buttom and click Reset. Confirm your selection by clicking Reset button.
    Step 3
  5. Finally, close your web browser and reboot the system.

If you are using other web browser, you can find the instructions on how to reset web browsers by clicking on the following links:

Google Chrome
Mozilla Firefox
Microsoft Edge
Internet Explorer

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