Adware.HPDefender

Short bio

Adware.HPDefender is Malwarebytes' generic detection name for a family of adwaretargeting Windows systems.

Type and source of infection

Adware.HPDefender is spread by bundlers. Its main focus is browser hijacking, using many different methods, including manipulating your browser(s) to change your startpage or searchscopes so that the affected browser visits their site or one of their choice.Adware.HPDefender replaces many browser shortcuts and shows advertisements.

Protection

block Adware.HPDefender

Malwarebytes blocks Adware.HPDefender

Remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove Adware.HPDefender without further user interaction.

  1. Please download Malwarebytesto your desktop.
  2. Double-click MBSetup.exeand follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. When your Malwarebytes for Windowsinstallation completes, the program opens to the Welcome to Malwarebytes screen.
  4. Click on the Get started button.
  5. Click Scan to start a Threat Scan.
  6. Click Quarantineto remove the found threats.
  7. Reboot the system if prompted to complete the removal process.

Malwarebytes removal log

An example Malwarebytes removal log for a member of this family called QIPApp:

Malwarebyteswww.malwarebytes.com-Log Details-Scan Date: 6/1/17Scan Time: 9:11 AMLog File: mbamQIPApp.txtAdministrator: Yes-Software Information-Version: 3.1.2.1733Components Version: 1.0.122Update Package Version: 1.0.2064License: Premium-System Information-OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1CPU: x64File System: NTFSUser:{computername}\{username}-Scan Summary-Scan Type: Threat ScanResult: CompletedObjects Scanned: 333477Threats Detected: 11Threats Quarantined: 11Time Elapsed: 1 min, 56 sec-Scan Options-Memory: EnabledStartup: EnabledFilesystem: EnabledArchives: EnabledRootkits: DisabledHeuristics: EnabledPUP: EnabledPUM: Enabled-Scan Details-Process: 1Adware.HPDefender, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\QIPAPP\QIPAPP.EXE, Quarantined, [21], [403763],1.0.2064Module: 1Adware.HPDefender, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\QIPAPP\QIPAPP.EXE, Quarantined, [21], [403763],1.0.2064Registry Key: 2PUP.Optional.ICLoader, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\QIPApp, Delete-on-Reboot, [652], [403803],1.0.2064Adware.QIPApp, HKCU\SOFTWARE\QIPApp, Delete-on-Reboot, [9346], [390812],1.0.2064Registry Value: 1Adware.HPDefender, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN|QIPApp, Delete-on-Reboot, [21], [403763],1.0.2064Registry Data: 0(No malicious items detected)Data Stream: 0(No malicious items detected)Folder: 2Adware.HPDefender, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\QIPApp\QIPApp, Delete-on-Reboot, [21], [396014],1.0.2064Adware.HPDefender, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\QIPAPP, Delete-on-Reboot, [21], [396014],1.0.2064File: 4Adware.HPDefender, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\QIPAPP\QIPAPP.EXE, Delete-on-Reboot, [21], [403763],1.0.2064PUP.Optional.ICLoader, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\4617463.EXE, Delete-on-Reboot, [652], [403803],1.0.2064PUP.Optional.ICLoader, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\QIPAPP\UNINSTALLER.EXE, Delete-on-Reboot, [652], [403803],1.0.2064Adware.HPDefender, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\QIPApp\QIPApp\qipApp8.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [21], [396014],1.0.2064Physical Sector: 0(No malicious items detected)(end)
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