In this article we are going to try and help you remove InterHop “Virus”. Our instructions cover all Windows versions as well as most browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer etc.
If you are wondering what is causing the constant flow of pop-ups and other ads, no matter whether you open your Firefox, Chrome or other browser, the answer is InterHop. InterHop “Virus” is an ad-generating program, a part of the Adware group. Such programs are set to affect only your browsers and to make them produce unbelievable numbers of online advertisements. More about this program’s characteristics is available below.
What is InterHop?
Adware is the common name of the family of all programs, specialized in producing big numbers of online ads in the form of banners, tabs, boxes, pop-ups and others. This software has emerged in order to serve the needs of the marketing industry online. We have already got used to the TV and radio ads. However, nowadays most of the human population has access to the web and of course, there are advertisements as well. There is nothing illegal about all the ad-broadcasting programs you may come across on the Internet. They are simply the results of the mutual efforts of manufacturers and programmers to ensure the efficient promotion of goods and services.
However, is InterHop a “Virus”? Do other versions of Adware fall into the malware category?
Fortunately, InterHop is not a virus and you are not facing any malicious activity if you have been infected with it. Malware-based programs have a completely different manner of functioning from the Adware-based ones. You don’t really need to worry about viruses in this case. To be completely precise, there are no records of any harmful consequences coming as results of any Adware-like program. We really need to make sure that you will not mistake InterHop for any kind of virus program. It is easy just to state that Adware is not malicious and to leave things this way, but we are going to prove that with examples. We will compare InterHop with a version of Ransomware and a version of Trojan, so that you get a clear idea of how harmless this program is in comparison with the actual malware types.
Is there anything suspicious about the activities of Adware on your PC? This type of programs is rather harmless, however, some users might find some of its features a little confusing and that’s why this software has been classified as potentially unwanted. The programs from the Adware family might show the ability to review your browsers history records and focus on producing only similar ads to your current searches. There is nothing dangerous about that, it could even be useful if the ads show the greatest deals. However, there are concerns that some ads might redirect you to pages with harmful content.
What do real viruses do? Any basic version of Ransomware, on the other hand, doesn’t have just rumored malicious effects, they are real. Once inside your PC, it encrypts all the commonly used/opened files and you then have to pay the hackers to give them back to you. This is threatening and harassing. The other example – let’s see what a basic type of Trojan could do. Trojans might be responsible for important data theft, bank account draining and espionage.
Then, how could such a program reach and infect your PC?
Most commonly, Adware-based programs might be found as parts of torrents, infected web pages and bundles. The program bundles are thought to be the biggest known source of programs like InterHop. If you don’t know what a bundle is, it is a mixture of software distributed for free. They might consist of games, apps, other new or interesting programs. Users could easily be tempted to download such a combo. Nevertheless, nothing happens just with the download. The infection only occurs due to an improper installation process. This is probably the most efficient prevention tip against Adware and browser hijackers – install all that you download from the Internet in the right way and your system will be safe. In order to achieve that you should only go with the following installation wizard options:
- Advanced (also known as Custom) – by choosing this option, no matter what exactly it is called you ensure that you will personally select what to install on your computer.
Forget about all tricky and tempting features of the wizards such as:
- Automatic or Default (also seen as Quick, Easy or Typical). They don’t give you the opportunity to select and deselect what you need and don’t need to be installed.
As for removing this program, we have just the tool for you – below you will see that we have prepared a Removal Guide. If all the instructions are implemented in the order below, you should be able to deal with InterHop once and for all.
InterHop “Virus” Removal
Many types of malware will restrict your access to their core files. It is highly recommended that you reboot your PC in safe mode before attempting to use this guide.
- To enable Safe Mode reboot you PC, then hit F8 repeatedly. When the corresponding menu opens please select Safe Mode with Networking.
WARNING! If you are using Windows 8,0 or later and/or your operating system is installed on a fast SSD drive this may fail to work. In this case click here to see how to start your PC in Safe Mode.
#1: Uninstall the malicious program from your control panel
Enter control panel to look for any suspicious programs, which may have installed on your PC. To do that:
- Navigate to your Desktop
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type appwiz.cpl
- Go through the list of programs and find InterHop or anything else that may seem suspicious. Right-click on it and choose the uninstallation option
WARNING! Carefully read any confirmation messages that may be created in the process. Sometimes you may get offers to download more Adware applications and this can be linked to either the Yes or the No answer depending on the wording!
Go through the list of programs again and check online for any potentially unwanted programs. We have an article that covers this awesome free software that makes sure that your computer is free from bloatware and programs that you don’t need.
#2: Remove InterHop From Chrome
Now we’ll remove the extensions that the malware has attached to your browser.
- Open your Google Chrome browser.
- Type chrome://extensions/ in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on “Developer Mode” on the top right and look for the extension installed by InterHop and anything that might be related to it. Copy their IDs (the string of letters), then remove them by clicking on the trash bin icon.
- Type Regedit in the Windows Start Menu and press Enter. Go in : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions and delete the entries corresponding to the suspicious IDs you recorded.
#3: Remove InterHop From Firefox
- Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
- Type “about:support” in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on the “Refresh Firefox” button on the right and confirm.
#4 Remove InterHop From Internet Explorer
- Open your Internet Explorer internet browser.
- Click on the Gear icon on the up right, then on manage add-ons.
- Go through the list disable any suspicious extensions.
#5 Remove any leftover parasitic processes
From the task manager:
- Use Ctrl + Shift + Esc and open the Task manager, then click on the Processes
- Go through the list of processes and look for unknown or otherwise suspicious entries.
- If you see anything suspicious right click on the process and shoes Open File Location, then terminate the process and delete any files you find in the directory.
WARNING! If the directory you open from this menu has no files inside of it it’s probably because the malware has hidden them. You need to reveal hidden files and folders in order to be able to see them. Click here if you don’t know how to do that.
From the start menu:
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type msconfig
- Click on the Startup tab.
This menu controls which programs are loaded when windows starts after a reboot. Disable anything that seems suspicious. Optionally you can also disable any program that you don’t need and also has a high impact on your startup time.
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