What is Hophitnews.ru?
Users who see Hophitnews.ru on their browsers should keep in mind that this website is not a decent Russian news website even though it seems to be one. More likely, it is a platform for displaying the commercial content, e.g. advertisements. According to specialists working at anti-spyware-101.com, it should be given this name because it is full of advertisements and various promotional links. All these commercials are not dangerous by nature; however, they might become quite harmful if users click fearlessly on all the ads they see. Do not forget that it is possible to click on the commercial content accidentally too. Users who wish to avoid all these ads should go to get rid of Hophitnews.ru. It is the only way to make sure that all these commercials and promotional links are gone. On top of that, the full deletion of malicious software whose part Hophitnews.ru is needs to be implemented to stop automatic redirections to third-party websites too. You will find it explained in a more detailed way why such an innocent-looking website as Hophitnews.ru cannot be trusted and how to remove it once and for all.
What does Hophitnews.ru do?
Even though Hophitnews.ru has an appearance of a Russian news website, it cannot be trusted, specialists say. According to them, this page has been developed just to disseminate advertisements. Because of this finding, researchers call it an adware helper. Advertisements can appear in a form of news articles or they might be placed on the search results page (these ads will only be visible if the search box of Hophitnews.ru is used to search the web). On top of that, automatic redirections to third-party websites might happen too. Some users also claim that they see their browsers to open with advertisements even though they do not click on any links. Actually, it is very likely that those users are not lying. Recent research carried out by our experienced malware analysts has shown that this adware helper creates a scheduled task so that it could open browsers with surveys/ads every 33 minutes. Yes, you might see your browser launching automatically even though you do not even surf the web. On top of that, redirections from Hophitnews.ru to another third-party website might happen periodically too. It is very likely that the author of this threat gets money for driving the traffic to third-party websites. Most probably, Hophitnews.ru has only been developed to generate the pay-per-click revenue. Since seeing Hophitnews.ru every day and dealing with the commercial content it provides users with might result in a number of problems, especially those associated with the security of the computer, security specialists suggest getting rid of this page ASAP.
Where does Hophitnews.ru come from?
The undesirable software that promotes Hophitnews.ru, most probably, comes bundled with Russian applications in software bundles because it is not likely at all that users willingly set Hophitnews.ru on their browsers. Undesirable applications usually travel with popular free programs, for example, video players, PC optimization tools, file converters, and others. Actually, a number of suspicious programs use this method to end up on users’ computers, so being careful with free applications is highly recommended. Since all additional offers can be seen only if users select the Advanced installation option, it would be smart to select it when it is possible to see what programs are going to be installed and decline the installation of undesirable software. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to prevent undesirable software from entering the system so easily. Therefore, users should go to install software for protecting their computers from harm too. The sooner such a tool is installed and enabled, the smaller is the possibility to encounter much more dangerous computer infections.
How do I delete Hophitnews.ru?
To fully remove Hophitnews.ru and stop those annoying redirections to third-party websites, users need to delete the scheduled task created by this undesirable software. On top of that, all browsers have to be reset to their default settings. If it happens that you find the manual method too complicated, use an automatic malware remover (e.g. SpyHunter). You will not need to do anything except to launch the scanner and perform the full system scan.
Remove Hophitnews.ru manually
Delete the scheduled task
- Open the Windows Explorer.
- Type %WINDIR%\System32\Tasks in the URL bar and press Enter.
- Locate the scheduled task having hophitnews.ru/energysm or a similar name and delete it.
- Go to reset your browsers to their default settings.
- Open Internet Explorer and go straight to the Tools menu (click Tools at the top or press Alt+T).
- Open Internet Options.
- Click on the Advanced tab to open it.
- Click Reset.
- Put a tick in the Delete personal settings box.
- Click Reset.
- Launch the Mozilla Firefox browser.
- Press Alt+H to access the Help menu.
- Find Troubleshooting information in this menu.
- Select it.
- Click on the Refresh Firefox button at the upper part of the page.
- In the confirmation window, click Refresh Firefox one more time.
- Open the web browser and click on the button in the top-right corner immediately.
- Select Settings from the menu.
- Click Show advanced settings.
- Click the Reset settings button.
- Click Reset.
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