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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:

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

Hophitnews.ru DLL's to remove:

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

Hophitnews.ru processes to kill:

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