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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:

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

Hophitnews.ru DLL's to remove:

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

Hophitnews.ru processes to kill:

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