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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is HypeNet?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that HypeNet is a browser hijacker. These so-called "hijackers" alter your startpage or searchscopes so that the effected browser visits their site or one of their choice. This one also displays advertisements.

How do I know if my computer is effected by HypeNet?

You may see these toolbars/add-ons:

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or this warning:

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How did HypeNet get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was bundled with other software.

How do I remove HypeNet?

Our program Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program. You will need Malwarebytes Anti-Malware version 2.00 (beta) or newer to disable the Firefox extension.
  • Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to your desktop.
  • Double-click mbam-setup-consumer.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • At the end, be sure a check-mark is placed next to the following:

    • Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium
    • Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • If an update is found, you will be prompted to download and install the latest version.
  • Once the program has loaded, select Scan now.
  • When the scan is complete , make sure that everything is set to "Quarantine", and click Apply Actions.
  • Reboot your computer if prompted.


Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of HypeNet?

  • The Firefox extension can now safely be removed. Open the "Extensions" tab under "Add-ons" and click "Remove" (if necessary) and "Restart" to complete the removal.

How would the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware help protect me?

We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this hijacker.

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware would have protected you against the HypeNet hijacker. It would have warned you before the browser helper object could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.


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Technical details for experts

Signs in a HijackThis log:
O2 - BHO: HypeNet - {9cf7f2d8-05d0-477d-bd80-49233e2ad7d9} - C:\Program Files\HypeNet\HypeNetbho.dll
O23 - Service: Update HypeNet - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\HypeNet\updateHypeNet.exe

Alterations made by the installer:
File system details [View: All details] (All)
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    Adds the folder C:\Program Files\HypeNet
       Adds the file 7za.exe"="2/21/2014 2:43 AM, 536064 bytes, A
       Adds the file HypeNet.FirstRun.exe"="2/21/2014 5:49 AM, 1727256 bytes, A
       Adds the file HypeNet.ico"="2/21/2014 5:48 AM, 1150 bytes, A
       Adds the file HypeNetBHO.dll"="2/21/2014 5:48 AM, 249624 bytes, A
       Adds the file HypeNetUninstall.exe"="3/1/2014 10:05 AM, 241099 bytes, A
       Adds the file updateHypeNet.exe"="2/21/2014 5:48 AM, 111384 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\Malwarebytes\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\joxsq3f5.default\extensions
       Adds the file {b1ce3ece-1927-4e6e-b064-2f9628964a7a}.xpi"="2/21/2014 5:48 AM, 9114 bytes, A


Registry details [View: All details] (All)
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    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{1AA60054-57D9-4F99-9A55-D0FBFBE7ECD3}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ, "81C65CE7-11E7-49AF-A827-82A10A57C176"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{4AA46D49-459F-4358-B4D1-169048547C23}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ, "ED5DCF52-CA4E-4D9D-B781-B6E8F75AD942"
       "id"="REG_SZ, "138"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{9cf7f2d8-05d0-477d-bd80-49233e2ad7d9}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ, "HypeNet"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{9cf7f2d8-05d0-477d-bd80-49233e2ad7d9}\InprocServer32]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ, "C:\Program Files\HypeNet\HypeNetbho.dll"
       "ThreadingModel"="REG_SZ, "Apartment"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{9cf7f2d8-05d0-477d-bd80-49233e2ad7d9}\Programmable]
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{9cf7f2d8-05d0-477d-bd80-49233e2ad7d9}\TypeLib]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ, "{43eb825f-9f2d-4504-8c52-049ad32cb80e}"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{9cf7f2d8-05d0-477d-bd80-49233e2ad7d9}\Version]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ, "1.0"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{B7C9D1E6-993A-436A-9DA5-7CF54E8F3215}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ, "IHypeNetBHO"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{B7C9D1E6-993A-436A-9DA5-7CF54E8F3215}\ProxyStubClsid]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ, "{00020424-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{B7C9D1E6-993A-436A-9DA5-7CF54E8F3215}\ProxyStubClsid32]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ, "{00020424-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{B7C9D1E6-993A-436A-9DA5-7CF54E8F3215}\TypeLib]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ, "{43EB825F-9F2D-4504-8C52-049AD32CB80E}"
       "Version"="REG_SZ, "1.0"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{43EB825F-9F2D-4504-8C52-049AD32CB80E}\1.0]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ, "HypeNetIEClientLib"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{43EB825F-9F2D-4504-8C52-049AD32CB80E}\1.0\0\win32]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ, "C:\Program Files\HypeNet\HypeNetbho.dll"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{43EB825F-9F2D-4504-8C52-049AD32CB80E}\1.0\FLAGS]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ, "0"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{43EB825F-9F2D-4504-8C52-049AD32CB80E}\1.0\HELPDIR]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ, "C:\Program Files\HypeNet"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\HypeNet\Chrome]
       "sgc"="REG_SZ, "true"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\HypeNet\Firefox]
       "sff"="REG_SZ, "false"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\HypeNet\Internet Explorer]
       "sie"="REG_SZ, "false"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\HypeNet_RASAPI32]
       "ConsoleTracingMask"="REG_DWORD, -65536"
       "EnableConsoleTracing"="REG_DWORD, 0"
       "EnableFileTracing"="REG_DWORD, 0"
       "FileDirectory"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "%windir%\tracing"
       "FileTracingMask"="REG_DWORD, -65536"
       "MaxFileSize"="REG_DWORD, 1048576"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\HypeNet_RASMANCS]
       "ConsoleTracingMask"="REG_DWORD, -65536"
       "EnableConsoleTracing"="REG_DWORD, 0"
       "EnableFileTracing"="REG_DWORD, 0"
       "FileDirectory"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "%windir%\tracing"
       "FileTracingMask"="REG_DWORD, -65536"
       "MaxFileSize"="REG_DWORD, 1048576"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\updateHypeNet_RASAPI32]
       "ConsoleTracingMask"="REG_DWORD, -65536"
       "EnableConsoleTracing"="REG_DWORD, 0"
       "EnableFileTracing"="REG_DWORD, 0"
       "FileDirectory"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "%windir%\tracing"
       "FileTracingMask"="REG_DWORD, -65536"
       "MaxFileSize"="REG_DWORD, 1048576"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\updateHypeNet_RASMANCS]
       "ConsoleTracingMask"="REG_DWORD, -65536"
       "EnableConsoleTracing"="REG_DWORD, 0"
       "EnableFileTracing"="REG_DWORD, 0"
       "FileDirectory"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "%windir%\tracing"
       "FileTracingMask"="REG_DWORD, -65536"
       "MaxFileSize"="REG_DWORD, 1048576"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{9cf7f2d8-05d0-477d-bd80-49233e2ad7d9}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ, "HypeNet"
       "NoExplorer"="REG_DWORD, 1"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\HypeNet]
       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ, "C:\Program Files\HypeNet\HypeNet.ico"
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ, "HypeNet"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ, "2014.02.21.044812"
       "EstimatedSize"="REG_DWORD, 2799"
       "HelpLink"="REG_SZ, "mailto:support@hypenet.info"
       "InstallLocation"="REG_SZ, "C:\Program Files\HypeNet"
       "InstallTime"="REG_SZ, "2014-03-01 10:05:16"
       "NoModify"="REG_DWORD, 1"
       "NoRepair"="REG_DWORD, 1"
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ, "HypeNet"
       "QuietUninstallString"="REG_SZ, "C:\Program Files\HypeNet\HypeNetuninstall.exe /S"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ, "C:\Program Files\HypeNet\HypeNetuninstall.exe"
       "URLInfoAbout"="REG_SZ, "http://hypenet.info/support"
       "URLUpdateInfo"="REG_SZ, "http://hypenet.info"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\eventlog\Application\Update HypeNet]
       "EventMessageFile"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\EventLogMessages.dll"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Update HypeNet]
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ, "Update HypeNet"
       "ErrorControl"="REG_DWORD, 1"
       "FailureActions"="REG_BINARY, ......................
       "ImagePath"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, ""C:\Program Files\HypeNet\updateHypeNet.exe""
       "ObjectName"="REG_SZ, "LocalSystem"
       "Start"="REG_DWORD, 2"
       "Type"="REG_DWORD, 16"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\HypeNet]
       "id"="REG_SZ, "2014-03-01 10:05:16"
       "iid"="REG_SZ, "def_HypeNet"
       "is"="REG_SZ, "def_HypeNet"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\HypeNet\Firefox]
       "ug"="REG_SZ, "26E69CD9-886B-4B66-B6D1-936D850FFB79"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\HypeNet\Internet Explorer]
       "ug"="REG_SZ, "C02FB843-FD74-41A2-BA39-B9FB86BD18B3"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Approved Extensions]
       "{9CF7F2D8-05D0-477D-BD80-49233E2AD7D9}"="REG_BINARY, ............"


Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
www.malwarebytes.org

Scan Date: 3/1/2014
Scan Time: 10:11:23 AM
Logfile: mbamHypeNet.txt
Administrator: Yes

Version: 2.00.0.0504
Malware Database: v2014.03.01.02
Rootkit Database: v2014.02.20.01
License: Trial
Malware Protection: Disabled
Malicious Website Protection: Disabled
Chameleon: Disabled

OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x86
File System: NTFS
User: Malwarebytes

Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 198067
Time Elapsed: 3 min, 15 sec

Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Shuriken: Enabled
PUP: Enabled
PUM: Enabled

Processes: 2
PUP.Optional.Sambreel.A, C:\Program Files\HypeNet\HypeNet.FirstRun.exe, 5896, Delete-on-Reboot, [9086ab534f2bc96d310500965fa2ee12]
PUP.Optional.HypeNet.A, C:\Program Files\HypeNet\updateHypeNet.exe, 2872, Delete-on-Reboot, [5eb8b44a0e6cde58b5bd574ac73a9e62]

Modules: 1
PUP.Optional.HypeNet.A, C:\Program Files\HypeNet\HypeNetBHO.dll, Delete-on-Reboot, [cb4ba45a691169cdbdb04061af52c33d], 

Registry Keys: 13
PUP.Optional.HypeNet.A, HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\Update HypeNet, Quarantined, [5eb8b44a0e6cde58b5bd574ac73a9e62], 
PUP.Optional.HypeNet.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{9cf7f2d8-05d0-477d-bd80-49233e2ad7d9}, Quarantined, [cb4ba45a691169cdbdb04061af52c33d], 
PUP.Optional.HypeNet.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\TYPELIB\{43eb825f-9f2d-4504-8c52-049ad32cb80e}, Quarantined, [cb4ba45a691169cdbdb04061af52c33d], 
PUP.Optional.HypeNet.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\INTERFACE\{B7C9D1E6-993A-436A-9DA5-7CF54E8F3215}, Quarantined, [cb4ba45a691169cdbdb04061af52c33d], 
PUP.Optional.HypeNet.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\BROWSER HELPER OBJECTS\{9CF7F2D8-05D0-477D-BD80-49233E2AD7D9}, Quarantined, [cb4ba45a691169cdbdb04061af52c33d], 
PUP.Optional.HypeNet.A, HKU\S-1-5-21-4016700205-1717049133-1125222536-1001-{ED1FC765-E35E-4C3D-BF15-2C2B11260CE4}-0\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXT\SETTINGS\{9CF7F2D8-05D0-477D-BD80-49233E2AD7D9}, Quarantined, [cb4ba45a691169cdbdb04061af52c33d], 
PUP.Optional.HypeNet.A, HKU\S-1-5-21-4016700205-1717049133-1125222536-1001-{ED1FC765-E35E-4C3D-BF15-2C2B11260CE4}-0\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXT\STATS\{9CF7F2D8-05D0-477D-BD80-49233E2AD7D9}, Quarantined, [cb4ba45a691169cdbdb04061af52c33d], 
PUP.Optional.HypeNet.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{9CF7F2D8-05D0-477D-BD80-49233E2AD7D9}\INPROCSERVER32, Quarantined, [cb4ba45a691169cdbdb04061af52c33d], 
PUP.Optional.BrowseFox.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{4AA46D49-459F-4358-B4D1-169048547C23}, Quarantined, [1afc936b2357f83ee2b379f8e91933cd], 
PUP.Optional.HypeNet.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\HypeNet, Quarantined, [29edf7076a103204eae29debc9396a96], 
PUP.Optional.HypeNet.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\HypeNet, Quarantined, [4fc70fef1763fb3b38961a6ed92926da], 
PUP.Optional.Ligtning.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\EXTENSIONS\cekcjpgehmohobmdiikfnopibipmgnml, Quarantined, [2cea639b7cfef244e811f498a26054ac], 
PUP.Optional.HypeNet.A, HKU\S-1-5-21-4016700205-1717049133-1125222536-1001-{ED1FC765-E35E-4C3D-BF15-2C2B11260CE4}-0\SOFTWARE\HypeNet, Quarantined, [59bda6587dfda39313ba2860d42e4eb2], 

Registry Values: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders: 4
PUP.Optional.HypeNet.A, C:\Program Files\HypeNet, Delete-on-Reboot, [29edf7076a103204eae29debc9396a96], 
PUP.Optional.eSafe.A, C:\ProgramData\eSafe\log, Quarantined, [7c9a42bcaecc2511fc197e0fdd255da3], 
PUP.Optional.Lightning.A, C:\Users\Malwarebytes\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cekcjpgehmohobmdiikfnopibipmgnml, Quarantined, [d73f13eb6416ef474e887c0a946e7b85], 
PUP.Optional.Lightning.A, C:\Users\Malwarebytes\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cekcjpgehmohobmdiikfnopibipmgnml\1.3_0, Quarantined, [d73f13eb6416ef474e887c0a946e7b85], 

Files: 17
PUP.Optional.Sambreel.A, C:\Program Files\HypeNet\HypeNet.FirstRun.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [9086ab534f2bc96d310500965fa2ee12], 
PUP.Optional.HypeNet.A, C:\Program Files\HypeNet\updateHypeNet.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [5eb8b44a0e6cde58b5bd574ac73a9e62], 
PUP.Optional.HypeNet.A, C:\Program Files\HypeNet\HypeNetBHO.dll, Delete-on-Reboot, [cb4ba45a691169cdbdb04061af52c33d], 
PUP.Optional.HypeNet.A, C:\Users\Malwarebytes\Desktop\338d9bebaaf75e3f4cbdd806906a671d96502b6e5c316b9c807319b04f196fd0.5b8e425a010a8f7ce73f84f250315d8d.exe, Quarantined, [19fdeb13a7d3082e81ec49581ee3f709], 
PUP.Optional.HypeNet.A, C:\Program Files\HypeNet\HypeNet.ico, Quarantined, [29edf7076a103204eae29debc9396a96], 
PUP.Optional.HypeNet.A, C:\Program Files\HypeNet\7za.exe, Quarantined, [29edf7076a103204eae29debc9396a96], 
PUP.Optional.HypeNet.A, C:\Program Files\HypeNet\HypeNetUninstall.exe, Quarantined, [29edf7076a103204eae29debc9396a96], 
PUP.Optional.eSafe.A, C:\ProgramData\eSafe\log\eGdpSvc.LOG, Quarantined, [7c9a42bcaecc2511fc197e0fdd255da3], 
PUP.Optional.NewTab.A, C:\Users\Malwarebytes\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\newtab.crx, Quarantined, [b26417e7661449ede2ad2667de24cf31], 
PUP.Optional.Lightning.A, C:\Users\Malwarebytes\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cekcjpgehmohobmdiikfnopibipmgnml\1.3_0\background.html, Quarantined, [d73f13eb6416ef474e887c0a946e7b85], 
PUP.Optional.Lightning.A, C:\Users\Malwarebytes\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cekcjpgehmohobmdiikfnopibipmgnml\1.3_0\background.js, Quarantined, [d73f13eb6416ef474e887c0a946e7b85], 
PUP.Optional.Lightning.A, C:\Users\Malwarebytes\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cekcjpgehmohobmdiikfnopibipmgnml\1.3_0\data.json, Quarantined, [d73f13eb6416ef474e887c0a946e7b85], 
PUP.Optional.Lightning.A, C:\Users\Malwarebytes\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cekcjpgehmohobmdiikfnopibipmgnml\1.3_0\icon128.png, Quarantined, [d73f13eb6416ef474e887c0a946e7b85], 
PUP.Optional.Lightning.A, C:\Users\Malwarebytes\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cekcjpgehmohobmdiikfnopibipmgnml\1.3_0\jquery.js, Quarantined, [d73f13eb6416ef474e887c0a946e7b85], 
PUP.Optional.Lightning.A, C:\Users\Malwarebytes\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cekcjpgehmohobmdiikfnopibipmgnml\1.3_0\manifest.json, Quarantined, [d73f13eb6416ef474e887c0a946e7b85], 
PUP.Optional.Lightning.A, C:\Users\Malwarebytes\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cekcjpgehmohobmdiikfnopibipmgnml\1.3_0\xa.js, Quarantined, [d73f13eb6416ef474e887c0a946e7b85], 
PUP.Optional.Lightning.A, C:\Users\Malwarebytes\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cekcjpgehmohobmdiikfnopibipmgnml\1.3_0\xagainit.js, Quarantined, [d73f13eb6416ef474e887c0a946e7b85], 

Physical Sectors: 0
(No malicious items detected)


(end)

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