Hitnews[.]biz redirect removal instructions
What is hitnews[.]biz?
Sharing countless similarities with balanceformoon.com, mediazone.mobi, turbonews.biz and many others, hitnews[.]biz is a rogue site. It operates by causing redirects to other untrustworthy and malicious webpages, it also presents visitors with unreliable content. Few users enter hitnews[.]biz willingly, most get redirected by intrusive advertisements or by PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications), already installed onto the system. Following successful infiltration, unwanted apps generate redirects, deliver intrusive ad campaigns and spy on users' browsing activity.
Firstly, hitnews[.]biz checks visitors' IP (Internet Protocol) addresses in order to infer their geolocations. This information is crucial to determining the website's further course of action. According to their geolocations, users either get redirected elsewhere and/or are presented with questionable material. Additionally, hitnews[.]biz uses browser notifications, the consent option to which is hidden with clickbait ("I am not a robot / Click on Allow to confirm that you are not a robot"). Should the notifications be enabled, hitnews[.]biz will begin running intrusive advert campaigns. These ads are more than just a nuisance, though they seriously diminish browsing quality (by limiting browsing speed and overlaying webpages). They are also deemed to be a threat to device/user safety, due to the harmful sites they redirect to and for their ability to stealthily download/install content. One prime example of content infiltrated in such a manner - are PUAs. As mentioned, unwanted applications can run intrusive advertisement campaigns as well. They can also force-open untrustworthy/rogue, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious websites. Most PUAs have data tracking abilities, which they employ to monitor users' browsing habits (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and to collect their personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and real-life personal details). This private data can then be shared with third parties (not unlikely, cyber criminals), intent on generating revenue by misusing it. To summarize, PUAs can cause a variety of browser and system infiltrations/infections, lead to severe privacy issues, financial losses and even identity theft. To protect device integrity and user safety, it is recommended to eliminate all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||22.214.171.124|
|Observed Domains||0.hitnews[.]biz; 10.hitnews[.]biz; 5.hitnews[.]biz; 3.hitnews[.]biz; 6.hitnews[.]biz; 9.hitnews[.]biz|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications (adware)|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
To eliminate hitnews.biz pop-up our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
PUAs tend to appear legitimate and tempt users into downloading/installing them with offers of "useful" features. Rarely do these functions work as advertised, if they are operational at all. The only purpose of all unwanted content is to create profit for its developers; to users it has no real value. Instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs cause redirects to untrustworthy/malicious sites, deliver intrusive adverts and track sensitive data.
How did adware install on my computer?
PUAs can be downloaded/installed together with other programs. "Bundling" is the term used to describe this deceptive marketing tactic of pre-packing regular products with unwanted or malicious software. Rushed download and installation processes (e.g. ignored terms, skipped steps and sections, used pre-set options, etc.) - increases the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content onto devices. Select PUAs have "official" download webpages. When clicked on, intrusive advertisements can execute scripts, designed to download/install PUAs without user permission.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is important to research content, prior to downloading/installing it. Only official and verified download sources should be used. It is ill-advised to use P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), free file-hosting websites and other third party downloaders - as they are considered to be untrustworthy. Download and installation processes should be treated with care. Therefore, users should read terms, explore all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and decline downloading/installing additional apps, tools, functions and so on. Intrusive adverts usually look ordinary and innocuous, however they cause redirects to highly dubious pages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating and others). Should user experience such ads/redirects, they are strongly advised to inspect the device and remove all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins without delay. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of hitnews[.]biz website (GIF):
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
- Select "Internet options"
- Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
- Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
- Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
- Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
- Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
- Click the switch under each suspicious website
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
Instant automatic removal of hitnews.biz pop-up:
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- What is hitnews[.]biz?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for any potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes hitnews[.]biz redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the hitnews.biz pop-up, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the hitnews.biz pop-up, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with hitnews.biz pop-up removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove hitnews.biz pop-up from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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