How to remove apps that open hastopnet.com and similar websites

Also Known As: hastopnet.com pop-up
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove unwanted apps that open addresses of web pages such as hastopnet.com from Mac computers

What is hastopnet.com?

hastopnet[.]com is a deceptive website designed to promote potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Like many other web pages of this kind, hastopnet[.]com claims that the visitor's device is infected with viruses and encourages them to remove the issue with a PUA (which it offers to download and install). Another variant of hastopnet[.]com claims that, by installing a PUA, the visitor is able to continue watching a video. Note that applications should never be downloaded via hastopnet[.]com or similar web pages.

hastopnet.com scam

One hastopnet[.]com variant claims that the visitor's iPhone is infected with two viruses that were installed through a recently visited adult website. Unless the visitor removes the viruses with the promoted application soon, they will supposedly damage the SIM card, corrupt contacts, apps, photos and other data. Another hastopnet[.]com variant claims that the visitor cannot continue watching a video without a VPN application. At the time of research, hastopnet[.]com promoted an application called ProtectIO VPN. It is not safe to trust websites such as hastopnet[.]com, since they can be used to distribute malicious applications. Even if apps promoted on such pages are legitimate, they should be downloaded directly from official web pages or other trusted channels such as App Store. Note that people do not often visit addresses such as hastopnet[.]com intentionally - in most cases, they are opened through clicked dubious ads, other untrusted pages, or installed PUAs.

Most PUAs are designed to open web pages such as hastopnet[.]com, but also to collect data and serve advertisements. Generally, they target browsing-related data such as IP addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, and other details of this kind. The might also record personal, sensitive data. The information is sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. PUAs also feed users with coupons, pop-ups, surveys, banners and other forms of ads. When clicked, these can open dubious, potentially malicious pages or even execute scripts designed to download and install PUAs. These apps can cause problems relating to privacy and browsing safety, and are used to steal users' identities. Therefore, PUAs should never be downloaded or installed.

Threat Summary:
Name hastopnet.com pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Fake Claim This page claims that the visitor's device is infected with viruses, or a video cannot be played without a certain application.
Serving IP Address 165.227.26.65
Promoted Unwanted Application ProtectIO VPN
Symptoms Your Mac becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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There are many deceptive pages like hastopnet[.]com online. Some examples are pushsix[.]xyz, apple-online-guard[.]com and goingapp[.]xyz. In most cases, these pages try to trick unsuspecting visitors into believing that their device is infected with viruses and installing a potentially unwanted app. None of these web pages can be trusted, even if they promote legitimate software. If these pages are opened by the browser often, this might be due to an installed PUA.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

PUAs are often distributed through the download and installation set-ups of other programs. This distribution method is known as "bundling". Developers include PUAs into set-ups as 'additional offers' and hope that users will not decline them. Generally, offers to download or install additionally-included apps can be found in "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar settings of set-ups, however, many users fail to check and change these settings. By leaving default settings unchanged, they agree with offers to download and install additionally-included apps. In some cases, unwanted downloads and installations are caused by clicking advertisements that execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Do not download or install software through third party downloaders, installers, torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), unofficial websites or other channels of this kind. Commonly, these channels/tools are used to distribute unwanted, malicious apps. Software and files should be downloaded from official websites and through direct links. Check "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings of all download/installation setups and decline offers to download or install additionally-included, potentially unwanted apps before completing the process. Do not trust or click intrusive ads appearing on dubious websites, since they can open untrusted websites or cause download/installation of unwanted software. Remove any suspicious, unwanted extensions, add-ons and plug-ins installed on the browser immediately. Also remove software of this kind that is installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Text in the pop-up:

hastopnet.com

Your system is heavily damaged by
Two viruses!


We detect that your Apple iPhone is
28.1% DAMAGED because of Two
harmful viruses from recent adult
sites. Soon it will damage your
phone's SIM card and will corrupt
your contacts, photos , etc.


If you do not remove the virus now , it
will cause severe damage to your
phone . Here's what you NEED to do
(step by step) :

Step 1: Tap the button and install App
for free!

Step 2: Open the App to speed up
and fix your browser now!


WARNING !

This Apple iPhone is infected with
viruses and your browser is seriously
damaged. You need to remove
viruses and make corrections
immediately.

It is necessary to remove and fix now.

Don't close this window.

** If you leave , you will be at risk **


OK

Another hastopnet.com variant:

hastopnet.com scam another variant

Text in this variant:

VPN Update


Please download the free VPN app

from the Apple Store to continue

watching

 

Install & Register Now

App ("ProtectIO VPN") promoted by this variant:

application promoted by another hastopnet.com variant

To enable pop-up blocking, fraudulent website warnings, and remove web browsing data in mobile Apple devices, follow these steps:

First, go to "Settings", and then scroll down to find and tap "Safari".

remove pop-ups and clear cache step 1

Check if the "Block Pop-ups" and "Fraudulent Website Warning" toggles are enabled. If not, enable them immediately. Then, scroll down and tap "Advanced".

disable pop-ups and clear cache step 2

Tap "Website Data" and then "Remove All Website Data".

disable pop-ups and clear cache step 3

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

Potentially unwanted applications removal:

Remove potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac browser hijacker removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select "Applications". In the applications folder, look for "MPlayerX", "NicePlayer", or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.

Remove hastopnet.com pop-up related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from launch agents folder step 2
In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step2Check for adware generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/Application Support

removing adware from application support folder step 2
In the “Application Support” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, “MplayerX” or “NicePlayer”, and move these folders to the Trash.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 2

In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 2
In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”, "com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, etc., and move them to the Trash.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure your system is not infected run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file double click combocleaner.dmg installer, in the opened window drag and drop Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-1

Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays "no threats found" - this means that you can continue with the removal guide, otherwise it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-2

After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

hastopnet.com pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove hastopnet.com pop-up related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

Open Safari browser, from the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

safari extensions window

In the preferences window, select "Extensions" and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the "Uninstall" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove hastopnet.com pop-up related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove hastopnet.com pop-up related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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