If you’re reading this post, it means that you are seeing the hptop.ru unknown web site and your browser began opening a large amount of advertisements. All of these problems with your machine caused by adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software), which is often installs on the computer with the free applications. You probably want to know how to remove this adware as well as delete hptop.ru pop-ups. In the step-by-step guide below we will tell you about how to solve your problems.
The ‘ad-supported’ software can change the settings of the Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Edge, but often that a dangerous software such as this can also infect all types of web browsers by changing their desktop shortcuts. Thus forcing the user each time start the web-browser to see hptop.ru unwanted ads.
What is more, the ‘ad-supported’ software may display ads depend on a web page that you are visiting. That is, it is clear that this ad-supported software, without your permission, steals your private information such as: your ip address, what is a web page you are viewing now, what you are looking for on the Internet, which links you are clicking, and much, much more. The ad supported software may monetize its functionality by collecting data from your browsing sessions and selling it to third party companies. This puts your personal information at a security risk.
Instructions, which is shown below, will allow you to clean your personal computer from the ‘ad-supported’ software as well as get rid of hptop.ru unwanted pop-up ads from the FF, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and MS Edge and other browsers.
How does hptop.ru advertisements get installed onto machine
How to manually remove hptop.ru pop-ups
Without a doubt, the ad supported software is harmful to your machine. So you need to quickly and completely get rid of this dangerous software. To remove this ad supported software, you can use the manual removal which are given below, or use an anti-malware tool for removing dangerous applications, such as Malwarebytes Anti-malware and AdwCleaner (both are free). I note that we recommend that you use automatic removal, which will allow you to delete hptop.ru advertisements easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you are well versed in system or in the case where ad supported software is not removed automatically.
- Remove suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove hptop.ru redirect
- Remove hptop.ru pop-up ads from Chrome
- Remove hptop.ru pop-up ads from Firefox
- Remove hptop.ru pop-up ads from IE
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Remove suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
First, you should try to identify and delete the application that causes the appearance of annoying ads and internet browser redirect to unwanted web-sites, using the ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located in the ‘Control panel’.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Windows XP, Vista, 7
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove hptop.ru redirect
When installed, the ad-supported software may add an argument similar “http://site.address” into the Target property of the desktop shortcut for the FF, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Edge. Due to this, every time you open the browser, it will open the hptop.ru unwanted web-page.
Right click on the web-browser’s shortcut, click Properties option. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text which starts with “http://”. Remove it or everything after .exe. An example, for Google Chrome you should remove everything after chrome.exe.
Next, click OK to save changes. You need to clean all browser’s shortcuts. So, repeat this step for the Google Chrome, FF, MS Edge and Internet Explorer.
Remove hptop.ru pop-up ads from Chrome
Reset Chrome settings is a easy way to remove the malware and adware, as well as to restore the web-browser’s settings that have been modified by ad supported software.
- Now run the Chrome and press Menu button (small button in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will open the Chrome main menu. Select “Settings” option.
- You will see the Google Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and click “Show advanced settings” link.
- Scroll down again and click the “Reset settings” button.
- The Google Chrome will show the reset profile settings page as shown on the screen above.
- Next, press the “Reset” button.
- Once this task is done, your browser’s settings will be restored to their original defaults. This will reset your homepage, new tab and default search engine.
- To learn more, read the article How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Remove hptop.ru pop-up ads from Firefox
If the FF settings have been replaced by the adware, then resetting it to the default state can help you to delete the redirect onto hptop.ru page.
First, start the Firefox and click button. It will open the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web browser. Next, click the Help button () as shown in the figure below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the internet browser address bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, press the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will open the confirmation prompt, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Mozilla Firefox will start a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the ‘ad-supported’ software. When it is finished, click the “Finish” button
Remove hptop.ru pop-up ads from IE
First, start the Internet Explorer, then click button. Next, click “Internet Options” as shown on the screen below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, press the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer” settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and press Reset button.
You will now need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect. It will restore the Microsoft Internet Explorer’s settings such as homepage, new tab page and search engine by default to default state, disable ad-supported web-browser’s extensions and thereby remove the reroute to hptop.ru annoying web-site.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the annoying hptop.ru page opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and delete all the tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ application.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard at the same time. This displays a dialog box that titled as Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown in the figure below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be show just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your computer. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then you need get rid of it. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it’s a component of the ‘ad-supported’ program, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to get rid of, then press on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as on the image below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by malicious software. Once is done, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to delete hptop.ru ads automatically
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install this utility to detect hptop.ru threat and remove it, from the link below. When installed and updated, the free malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the computer.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 9, 2017
Once installed, the Malwarebytes will try to update itself and when this task is complete, click “Scan Now” button . This will start scanning the whole computer to find out ad-supported software and malware. During the scan it will detect all threats present on your computer. In order to delete all threats, simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes is a free application that you can use to get rid of all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about the Malwarebytes, we recommend you to read and follow the step-by-step guide or the video guide below.
Block hptop.ru advertisements and other annoying web-sites
To increase your security and protect your system against new annoying advertisements and malicious sites, you need to use program that blocks access to malicious ads and web-sites. Moreover, the program can block the display of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of web sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program using the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
Once downloading is finished, start the file named adguardInstaller. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown below.
Follow the prompts. Once the install is done, you will see a window as shown on the image below.
You can press “Skip” to close the install program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you run your personal computer, AdGuard will run automatically and block ads, sites like hptop.ru, as well as other dangerous or misleading web pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your Windows desktop.
If the problem with hptop.ru advertisements is still remained
If MalwareBytes cannot remove hptop.ru redirect, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for adware, browser hijackers, PUPs, toolbars.
- Download AdwCleaner from the link below. AdwCleaner download
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: February 8, 2018
- Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once the tool is started the main screen will appear as shown on the image above.
- Now, click the “Scan” button to start checking your PC for the adware which generates hptop.ru ads.
- Once the scan is finished, AdwCleaner will display a scan report. Review the report and then press “Clean” button. It will display a prompt, click “OK” button.
The following video explains the guide above on how to remove ad-supported software with AdwCleaner.
Now your computer should be clean of the hptop.ru . Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted popup ads and unwanted dangerous web sites) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your personal computer for new malware and ad-supported software). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove hptop.ru pop-ups from your computer, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.