What is RevenueHits.com malware?
RevenueHits malware is a term used to describe the http://www.revenuehits.com/ advertisement service and malware contracted via http://revenuehits.com generated advertisements. RevenueHits.com is an unethical advertisement serving platform from Israel that displays malicious pop-up adverts, drop-down adverts, coupon adverts, pop-under adverts, and others. For this purpose, RevenueHits malware is categorized as adware and browser hijacker that advertises and promotes the most common and unethical products, services, and websites in the world including search.conduit.com and the Conduit Toolbar, in which RevenueHits.com is aware of and takes no responsibility for.
RevenueHits states that they “do not control, investigate, monitor or check such Web sites, we are not responsible for the computer programs available from, content in or opinions expressed at such Web sites” and follows that up with a disclaimer that claims “by visiting the Site (revenuethits.com, etc.), you agree that the laws of the state of Israel, without regard to principles of conflict of laws, will govern these Terms of Service” (can be seen as entrapment). While the unethical RevenueHits.com advertisements serving platform seems to get by scratch free with willingly harming many computer systems, confusing computer users, and targeting these users (etc.) by containing unethical lawful content in their Terms of Service, they are still seen as one of the worst advertisement serving companies in the world without regard, which may cause new internet laws to arise in the future.
Further reports indicate that the malicious advertisement serving platform may lie to and scam webmasters, website owners, publishers, and advertisers who seek to use the revenuehits.com advertisement network. In some cases, employees of RevenueHits.com (sometimes using fake names, fake websites, fake network, and masked information, etc.) and relating companies contacted legitimate third-party websites (likely unaware of revenuehits.com) in efforts to persuade victims to place RevenueHits advertisements on their websites. In most cases, Revenuehits.com pleaded for webmasters to try out the service for a full week. The overall earnings at the end of the week has been reported to always be at 0.00 even though the websites had a large amount of impressions and clicks, labeling Revenuehits.com a scam and unsafe advertisement network for webmasters.
Revenuehits.com advertisements are not safe and have been reported to infect computer systems with unwanted malware including adware, browser hijackers, scareware, spyware, and even Trojan horses. Such malware may mask themselves or claim to be safe and legitimate software and tools for computer systems and internet browsers such as add-ons, extensions, and Toolbars like vGrabber Toolbar. If you notice advertisements appearing from revenuehits.com, it is recommended to avoid clicking the advertisement and possibly stay away from the website using the unsafe network. If you accidentally clicked a revenuehits.com advertisement your computer may be infected with unwanted malware.
Where do Revenuehits.com advertisements commonly appear?
Revenuehits.com advertisement notoriously appear on media related websites, including torrent sites, streaming video sites, game sites, and others. Internet users who seek what may be concluded as illegal or copyright content online are often greeted by Revenuehits pop-up ads. Furthermore, Revenuehits.com advertisements may appear in the installment process of various software titles and in the interface of third-party software including p2p clients and third-party Toolbars.
Third-party toolbars have been noted to change existing internet browser settings, including the home page and default search engine in order to cause unwanted redirections to suspicious search engines and websites, including full-page advertisements or pop-ups that take up the entire computer screen or browser window and will not allow users to leave until a button is clicked or the page is bypassed by other means.
Dangers concerning RevenueHits advertisements and malware
RevenueHits is dangerous concerning the cyber criminal activity and the invasion of privacy relating to credit theft, extortion, and identity theft. On a lesser-scale victims of RevenueHits malware have reported excessive amounts of email spam, unwelcome telephone calls from telemarketers, and junk mail, primarily related to recent computing and internet browser activity.
Information collected by RevenueHits and third-party malware may include usernames, passwords, bank account details, credit information, home addresses, telephone numbers, information concerning social media relationships, details about followers and friends in relation to social media accounts, your computer activity (downloads, updates, software opened, commands, chats), your browser activity (history, bookmarks, information manually submitted into forms and text fields, searches, purchases), email content, and incases concerning a Trojan horse infection the malware or computer virus may access webcams and microphones connected to the infected computer system.
How to Block Revenuehits.com advertisements
Opposed to removing Revenuehits.com malware, you may also block most Revenuehits.com advertisements using reputable third-party browser objects, Windows hosts file, and other software. The only issue with using Windows hosts file to block Revenuehits.com is that the network often acquires new domain names used to serve advertisements. This is to bypass user confusion given the tarnished reputation of their adware network.
Included below are safe references to block or restrict http://revenuehits.com advertisements. Please note, this is not a necessity. To remove Revenuehits.com malware please use the instructions further below.
How to remove RevenueHits malware
- Automatically remove RevenueHits malware – Scan for and automatically remove RevenueHits related software and third-party malware
- Manually remove RevenueHits software – Remove/Uninstall RevenueHits software and third-party malware
1. Automatic RevenueHits malware removal
Use the instructions below to automatically remove RevenueHits and third-party malware, as well as automatically remove unwanted search engines from your home page, default search engine, and browser shortcuts.
1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, make sure to do so.
3. On the first tab labeled “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect malware infecting the computer system.
4. Once the malware scan is complete, Malwarebytes may prompt a notice stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer (the image below shows a file that is NOT selected) or click the Delete button to remove quarantined files.
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings start-up up settings, and uninstall RevenueHits and associated third-party software.
1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.
2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.
4. To automatically uninstall RevenueHits software and other unwanted programs, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for RevenueHits related software, etc. in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.
2. Manual RevenueHits software removal
Use the instructions below to manually uninstall RevenueHits and third-party software using generic Microsoft Windows removal procedures.
How to uninstall RevenueHits malware
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.
3. In the list of installed programs, search for RevenueHits related software and other potentially unwanted software. Once located, double click the unwanted programs or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button.
How to remove RevenueHits add-ons and extensions
Use the instructions to remove RevenueHits add-ons, extensions, plug-ins, and toolbars. Please note, it may be necessary to remove multiple third-party browser attachments.
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the RevenueHits extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to them.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the RevenueHits add-on and remove it.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the RevenueHits add-on and remove it if located.
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