What is the hisqueost[.]xyz website?
Akin to theresults.net, more*.biz, liffsandupa.xyz, goodsurvey.site, and countless others, hisqueost[.]xyz is a rogue site. This page is designed to load questionable material and/or redirect visitors to different (likely unreliable or malicious) websites.
Most users enter such webpages through redirects caused by untrustworthy sites, intrusive ads, or PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications) already installed onto their devices.
Hisqueost[.]xyz in detail
The behavior of hisqueost[.]xyz is dictated by its visitors' IP addresses/ geolocations. In other words, this information determines whether users are presented with dubious content and/or redirected elsewhere.
Additionally, hisqueost[.]xyz uses fake CAPTCHA verification to trick visitors into allowing its browser notifications. Should they be lured into completing the verification, users will allow the notifications and inadvertently enable the website to run intrusive advert campaigns.
The ads delivered by hisqueost[.]xyz can be misleading, deceptive, and even dangerous. When clicked on, intrusive advertisements redirect to untrustworthy/malicious pages, and some can download/install software (e.g., PUAs) without user consent.
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||ESET (Malware), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Observed Domains||yih91.hisqueost[.]xyz; csbtm.hisqueost[.]xyz; yvvzv.hisqueost[.]xyz; kjyav.hisqueost[.]xyz; iksrs.hisqueost[.]xyz; biphc.hisqueost[.]xyz; riwkl.hisqueost[.]xyz; hotes.hisqueostveabps.hisqueost[.]xyz; vtlcl.hisqueost[.]xyz; vvwmk.hisqueost[.]xyz; klzll.hisqueost[.]xyz; etc.|
|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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Potentially unwanted application overview
PUAs appear harmless, yet they usually have harmful abilities. Instead of delivering on any advertising promises, this software can force-open webpages, run intrusive ad campaigns, hijack browsers, and gather private information. To summarize, the presence of PUAs on devices can result in system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft.
How did adware install on my computer?
PUAs are distributed using the "bundling" marketing method - packing ordinary programs with various supplements. Hence, by rushing through downloads/installations, users risk allowing bundled content into their devices. Intrusive advertisements proliferate PUAs as well. Upon being clicked, the adverts can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user permission. PUAs may also have "official" download sites.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is strongly recommended to research software and download it from official/verified channels. Untrustworthy sources, e.g., Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (Torrent clients, eMule, etc.), unofficial and freeware websites, and other third-party downloaders - often offer bundled content.
When downloading/installing, it is advised to read terms, explore available options, and use the "Custom/Advanced" settings to opt-out from all additions. Intrusive ads appear legitimate, yet they redirect to unreliable and questionable sites (e.g., gambling, adult-dating, pornography, etc.).
Should users encounter advertisements and/or redirects of this kind, they must inspect their devices and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Screenshots of adverts delivered by the hisqueost[.]xyz website:
Appearance of the hisqueost[.]xyz 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 and select "Settings"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and select "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 tap "Settings"
- Scroll down, tap on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and tap on them one-by-one
- Once the pop-up shows up, select either "Block" or "Remove" (if you tap "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings" 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 and block them using the drop-down menu or either remove them by clicking "Remove Website" at the bottom of the window (if you click "Remove Website" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window and select "Settings"
- Click on "Cookies and site permissions" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen and select "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL under "Allow" section and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
- 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 using the drop-down menu or either remove them by clicking "Remove" at the bottom of the window (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is hisqueost[.]xyz?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 hisqueost[.]xyz 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 eliminate ads delivered by hisqueost[.]xyz using Combo Cleaner:
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 hisqueost.xyz 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 hisqueost.xyz 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 extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the hisqueost.xyz pop-up, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the 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 hisqueost.xyz pop-up from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Why am I seeing ads (browser notifications) delivered by hisqueost[.]xyz in the right lower corner of my desktop?
Websites deliver browser notifications when users allow them. Hence, it is likely that you have visited hisqueost[.]xyz and permitted it to display its notifications. It is noteworthy that rogue sites are typically entered unintentionally, and they use deceptive content (e.g., clickbait, fake CAPTCHA verification, etc.) to trick visitors into enabling the notifications.
I have clicked on notification ads, is my computer infected?
Clicking on a browser notification will not trigger any infection processes. However, the websites and apps promoted through these advertisements - can be malicious and cause malware infections.
Is hisqueost[.]xyz a virus?
Hisqueost[.]xyz is not considered to be a virus, yet it can be employed as a tool to endorse virulent content. Websites of this kind often promote various scams and unwanted/malicious apps and sites.
Will Combo Cleaner remove hisqueost[.]xyz ads automatically or manual steps are still required?
No manual steps will be necessary, as Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and remove the permissions granted for hisqueost[.]xyz. Additionally, Combo Cleaner will block all further access to this website.