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Hitcpm.com. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Adware

Hitcpm.com is a redirect virus caused by adware

Hitcpm.com redirect

Hitcpm.com is a suspicious domain that redirects users to unknown websites. Typically, these redirects are caused by ad-supported software (adware[1]). The primary goal of adware is to distribute various advertisements in forms of pop-ups, deals, banners, coupons, etc. The sponsored content is shown to users in order to gain monetary benefit for adware creators.

SUMMARY
Name Hitcpm.com
Redirects to www.hitcpm.com/watch?key=
Type Adware
Main dangers Can lead to serious malware infections or/and personal data leak
Browsers affected Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, etc.
Symtoms Continual advertisements bringing to adult gaming, phishing, tech support scam websites
Distribution Bundling, suspicious websites
Elimination To make sure all components of the virus are eliminated, download and install Reimage

So-called Hitcpm.com virus spreads in software bundles and can enter the system unnoticed. This potentially unwanted program (PUP) can affect all major web browser, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and many others.

Nevertheless, Hitcpm.com hijack is usually unnoticed; users can quickly recognize odd browser’s behavior and diminished browsing experience. The PUP might cause these problems on the affected machine:

  • Browser redirects to www.hitcpm.com/watch?key= which reroute to numerous other promotional, phishing, adult, gaming, tech support scam or even infected websites;
  • Delivery of pop-ups, ads, banners, in-text and other types of online ads on each website you visit;
  • Installation of suspicious browser add-ons or extensions without your knowledge;
  • Additional toolbar or browser extension[2] installation without permission;
  • Tracking user’s activities on the web.

Adware programs are not dangerous itself. However, Hitcpm.com redirect problems might be serious. The PUP can force you to visit a website that is created to spread malicious programs.[3] Therefore, with the help of unwanted application, you might get your files encrypted or personal information stolen.

Hitcpm.com adware

It goes without saying that you have to remove Hitcpm.com immediately. Unwanted activities on the browser should motivate you to hurry up with this task because aggressive pop-ups asking to install fake updates or security tools prevent you from normal browsing sessions.

Furthermore, Hitcpm virus might also track information on your recently visited websites, search queries, clicked ads, IP address, and similar information that will help to learn more about you. These details help advertisers to display targeted ads which you might be more willing to click; and your clicks help developers of adware get revenue.

However, you cannot be sure what other tracking technologies can be used to collect information about you too. Unfortunately, there’s a risk that Hitcpm.com adware or third-parties might be trying to steal personally identifiable details too.

To protect your privacy and security, you should speed up with Hitcpm.com removal. We suggest automatic elimination method which allows scanning the system with reputable anti-malware software. Reimage or a similar program can clean adware and all its damage within a couple of minutes.

Learn to correctly install free software and avoid adware infections

The ad-supported application typically spreads in freeware or shareware bundles as an optional component. According to researchers from NoVirus.uk, [4]developers of adware and other PUPs are aware of users’ bad habit to rely on Standard/Recommended installers which do not openly disclose about third-party applications attached to the primary program.

Therefore, additional components, such as adware, can get into the system unnoticed. We want to remind that all free programs can be software bundles. That’s why you need to install them carefully. You have to use Advanced/Custom settings and remove the ticks from all pre-selected optional programs (add-ons, toolbars, search engines, media players, file converters, etc.)

hitcpm.com/watch?key= redirects

Hitcpm redirects can be stopped immediately

Some users might not be aware that they can get rid of annoying ads and redirects. However, what they also don't know is that keeping PUPs on the PC might cause not only system damage but also personal information theft. Therefore, please do not ignore this problem as the consequences can be severe.

If you want to remove Hitcpm.com adware manually, you can follow the guidelines given at the end of the article. However, you have to be attentive and make sure that all adware-related programs, files or browser extensions are eliminated.

If you are afraid of failure or want to save your time, you can opt for automatic Hitcpm.com removal. This method requires scanning the affected machine with anti-malware software and reset affected web browsers.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Hitcpm.com, follow these steps:

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Delete Hitcpm.com from Windows systems

Eliminate Hitcpm adware from the Windows computer by following these steps:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Hitcpm.com and related programs
    Here, look for Hitcpm.com or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
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Erase Hitcpm.com from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Hitcpm.com or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'
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Eliminate Hitcpm.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Hitcpm.com and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Hitcpm.com removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Get rid of Hitcpm.com from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Hitcpm.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Remove Hitcpm.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To stop Firefox redirects to Hitcpm.com, follow this guide:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Hitcpm.com and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Hitcpm.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Uninstall Hitcpm.com from Google Chrome

To get rid of ads and stop redirects to questionable sites, follow these instructions:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Hitcpm.com and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Hitcpm.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Delete Hitcpm.com from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Hitcpm.com or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Hitcpm.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Gabriel E. Hall
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