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

Hophitnews.ru DLL's to remove:

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

Hophitnews.ru processes to kill:

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