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Danger level 7
Type: Adware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • Shows commercial adverts

Hophitnews.ru

Hophitnews.ru is a rather interesting adware server that also doubles as a search engine. It was created with the intention of subjecting you to rather shady-looking advertisements that generate revenue when clicked. It might redirect you to its subpage at Hophitnews.ru/energysm that features many links that can be malicious in nature. Removing it is highly recommended because some of the promoted links can be of malicious nature. Our research suggests that some of them can be scam websites that may want to extract personal information from you while others might get your PC infected with malware. In short, this adware server is bad news, but if you want to find out more, please read this whole article.

One look at Hophitnews.ru makes it clear that it was created by Russia-based developers for the Russian market because everything on this adware server is in the Russian language. Our research has shown that this adware server can show you ads only if your PC has been infected with adware. At present, we do not know the particular programs that show this server’s ads, but we have received unconfirmed reports that the adware is distributed through malicious software downloaders featured on unreliable Russian free software hosting sites. The downloaders are there to install additional software secretly, so you should be wary of websites that require you to download an application to download the software you originally wanted.

We have found that Hophitnews.ru is similar to Hrforlastnews.ru/news, bhnr1.ru/news, and gdslkeee1ru.ru/news. All of them come from the same developer, so we are positive that this developer has created all of these servers to generate advertising revenue. Depending on the browser extension, your PC can get affected by Hophitnews.ru if you use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Internet Explorer. However, we have found some particular details about this server that suggest that it works differently with Chrome. It automatically opens Chrome every 33 minutes because it creates a scheduled task in %WINDIR%\System32\Tasks. It contains a file named "hophitnews.ru/energysm" which redirects to Hophitnews.ru/energysm. Hence, the malware that features this adware server will constantly nag you with random browser launches and unasked-for advertisements. This subpage redirects to another promoted website each time you visit it. It promotes games, credit loans, surveys, and other shady content.

Hophitnews.ru features a search engine that redirects all search queries to Google.ua. However, it does not show modified search results with ads, so the search results should be safe. Nevertheless, the promoted websites featured on Hophitnews.ru’s main page are a cause for concern because some of them can be of malicious nature and redirect you to gambling, malware hosting, or scam sites. The things lurking for you when you use Hophitnews.ru should not be ignored. Therefore, we recommend that you remove it from your PC as soon as the opportunity arises.

So there you have it, that is all of the information about Hophitnews.ru that is currently available. Evidently, it is an adware server, and for this reason, you should not expect it to deliver you safe and reliable content. After taking a look at it, we suggest that you remove it because it can jeopardize your computer’s security. Please consult the instructions provided below this article.

Uninstall the malicious program (Internet Explorer)

Windows 8/8.1/10

  1. Right-click the Start screen/button and select Control Panel.
  2. Go to Uninstall a program.
  3. Find unwanted program and click Uninstall.

Windows 7/Vista

  1. Open Start menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Select Uninstall a program.
  3. Find the software and click Uninstall.

Windows XP

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Select Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find unwanted program and click Uninstall.

Remove the malicious browser extension

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open the browser and press Ctrl+Shift+A.
  2. Click Extensions.
  3. Locate the malicious extension and click Remove.

Google Chrome

  1. Open the browser and press Alt+F.
  2. Go to More tools.
  3. Click Extensions.
  4. Locate the malicious extension and click Remove.

Delete the scheduled task

  1. Press Windows+E keys.
  2. Enter %WINDIR%\System32\Tasks in the address box and hit Enter.
  3. Find and deletehophitnews.ru/energysm
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How to manually remove Hophitnews.ru

Files associated with Hophitnews.ru infection:

inspasio.exe
update.exe
lsdprn.exe
uninstall_Winservices.exe
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\BrowserProtect
wprotectmanager.exe
BDL.dll
Sixth.exe
VirusRemover.exe
plura_autorun.exe
BitGuard.exe
usetting.exe
Client.exe
wirtual.exe
yContentFilterService.exe
AutoUpdater.exe
PCProtect.exe
chrome-links.exe
UpdateService.exe
optimizer.exe
litefile.bin
NTS.exe
winclient32.exe
Bind.exe
dnkt.exe
toolserv.exe
stprss.exe
Autoload.exe
fiber.js
Downloader.dll
R003.exe
Assistant_x64.dll
ALiBaBar.dll
host.exe
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Anti-phishing Domain Advisor
browsemngr.exe
update1.dll
windhcpclient.exe
wabEventSupport16.dll
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Browser Manager
PlusMo.exe
compatibilitychecksvc.exe
%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
UpdateTask.exe
TorrentStat.exe
LiveUpdate.exe
clteyghuwphSystem.exe
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Anti-phishing Domain Advisor
VideoEklenti.exe
SafeUpdater.exe
PackerV2.exe
smp2.exe
contentagent.exe
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pgafcinpmmpklohkojmllohdhomoefph
AppHelper.exe
RGMUpdater.exe
ScreenCapture.exe
ProtectExtension.exe
WombatUpdater.exe
playsetup.exe
ProtectWindowsManager.exe
monitorsvc.exe
Win_Updater.exe
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\BrowserProtect
sv.exe
PCProtect.dll
DocUnzipUpdt.exe
openinstall.exe
20dollars2surf.exe
VideoUsage.exe
lmservice.exe
DFService.exe
NCdownloader.exe
%AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\????????????????
Seventh.exe
openinst.exe
IEError.exe
psupport.dll
flashEnhancer.dll
MAJTuto.exe
DeltaFix.dll
ContentHost.dll
Toast.exe
webmakerplus.exe
GoogleUpdate.exe
applications.exe
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Browser Manager
systerm32.exe
AdbFlashIA2.exe
bi_client.exe
safetynut.exe
BrowserProtect.exe
ieplug.dll
timetasks.exe
dlprotect.exe
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
ScriptHost.dll
SyncPulseManager.exe
ReminderFoxUpdater.exe
brfilterdrv.sys
mngr.exe
OptimizerMonitor.exe
TimeTasksSetup.exe
upr.exe
Updater.exe
%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\BrowserProtect
%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pgafcinpmmpklohkojmllohdhomoefph
regCheck.vbs
CompTmp.exe
MSLSService.exe
kometaup.exe
uninstaller.exe

Hophitnews.ru DLL's to remove:

DeltaFix.dll
psupport.dll
update1.dll
Assistant_x64.dll
ieplug.dll
ContentHost.dll
Downloader.dll
wabEventSupport16.dll
ScriptHost.dll
ALiBaBar.dll
PCProtect.dll
flashEnhancer.dll
BDL.dll

Hophitnews.ru processes to kill:

compatibilitychecksvc.exe
CompTmp.exe
inspasio.exe
DFService.exe
MSLSService.exe
AdbFlashIA2.exe
NCdownloader.exe
Toast.exe
clteyghuwphSystem.exe
webmakerplus.exe
update.exe
BitGuard.exe
GoogleUpdate.exe
AppHelper.exe
PlusMo.exe
BrowserProtect.exe
Sixth.exe
toolserv.exe
openinstall.exe
Updater.exe
kometaup.exe
Seventh.exe
PCProtect.exe
RGMUpdater.exe
WombatUpdater.exe
monitorsvc.exe
UpdateTask.exe
upr.exe
uninstall_Winservices.exe
uninstaller.exe
UpdateService.exe
IEError.exe
dlprotect.exe
yContentFilterService.exe
NTS.exe
VirusRemover.exe
openinst.exe
SyncPulseManager.exe
OptimizerMonitor.exe
browsemngr.exe
Win_Updater.exe
Autoload.exe
VideoUsage.exe
sv.exe
timetasks.exe
optimizer.exe
R003.exe
AutoUpdater.exe
VideoEklenti.exe
lmservice.exe
host.exe
mngr.exe
SafeUpdater.exe
winclient32.exe
20dollars2surf.exe
bi_client.exe
ProtectExtension.exe
usetting.exe
ProtectWindowsManager.exe
PackerV2.exe
ReminderFoxUpdater.exe
chrome-links.exe
wprotectmanager.exe
ScreenCapture.exe
Bind.exe
safetynut.exe
TimeTasksSetup.exe
systerm32.exe
DocUnzipUpdt.exe
applications.exe
wirtual.exe
dnkt.exe
Client.exe
contentagent.exe
MAJTuto.exe
plura_autorun.exe
TorrentStat.exe
LiveUpdate.exe
smp2.exe
stprss.exe
playsetup.exe
windhcpclient.exe
lsdprn.exe
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