Hastopnet Scam



Hastopnet is an aggressive ad-spamming application for iPhone devices that is known for taking over their Safari browsers and triggering unwanted page redirects. Hastopnet typically gains extensive permissions in the device and is able to carry out tasks that may potentially jeopardize the iPhone’s safety.

Hastopnet Scam

The Hastopnet pop up is made to scare users.

If you are among the users who’ve come to this post seeking help with the removal of Hastopnet, you’ve come to the right place. Here, you will learn something more about the nature of these apps and then find out how to remove Hastopnet.

The first thing we should say about these so-called browser hijackers is that they rarely spread as separate applications. Instead, it is more common to find them added to other apps as built-in elements that are inseparable from the app that carries them. This, to a large extent, determines the way a hijacker like Hastopnet can be uninstalled. To remove it, you will first have to find the app that has brought it onto your device and then remove that app. After doing this, the hijacker should no longer be a part of your system.

The Hastopnet Scam

An important thing that needs to be said about Hastopnet is that, though it isn’t as harmful as a Trojan or Ransomware virus, it is still just a scam and that is not solely due to its ability to aggravate people. Scams like Hastopnet one can be dangerous to your iPhone because of all the sketchy popups, banners and page redirects that they generate and also because of the changes that they make to your homepage and search engine, so it’s best to remove them ASAP.

Lastly, we want to emphasize on the importance of never downloading apps that aren’t from the App Store unless you are a hundred percent certain that they come from a reliable developer and source. Downloading apps from unreliable sources is the most common cause for people getting hijackers installed on their iPhones. 


Name Hastopnet
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms If sudden page redirects are occurring in your browser and if you are getting aggressive pop-ups on your screen, you are probably dealing with this browser hijacker.
Distribution Method Browser hijackers for iPhone are usually added as built-in components to other apps and that is how they get distributed.
Detection Tool [Guide_iOS]

Hastopnet Scam Removal

If you have an iPhone virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have a Windows virus, please use our Windows Virus Removal guide.

Hastopnet Scam

First you need to close all pop-ups that are currently open.

  • If the pop-up has a checkbox named “Don’t show more alerts from this webpage” click on the checkbox before closing the Ad.
  • If a Block Alerts button happens to appear after you shut down a pop-up on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch tab that button to stop receiving alerts from the same page.

In case that a pop-up fails to close after performing the above operations:

  • On your Mac you should make your Safari browser close forcibly by pressing Command-Option-Esc. Select Safari from the list of Apps and force close it. After you force close it you need to restart Safari, but please hold the shift button while it starts. This will prevent any pesky Ads from opening automatically.
  • On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you can do the same by pressing the home button twice in a quick succession. You’ll then see a preview of all apps that have been recently used. Swipe left to find Safari and then swipe up on the app’s preview to close it forcibly In order to prevent Safari from opening unwanted windows on startup go to Settings->Safari and Clear History, as well as Website Data. This will also clear your browser history and cookies so keep that in mind and export them if you want to keep them.

Hastopnet Scam

Choose Preferences from the Safari menu. Then do the following:

  1. Select the Security icon and then click on “Block pop-up windows“. This should stop many types of pop-ups from appearing.
  1. Next check on your homepage and the settings for the search engines. Adware likes messing with those. We can not provide more specific instructions for this, as you may be using many different browsers.
    • Select the General icon and look at the Homepage field. It should either be empty or filled with the address of the Homepage you want.
    • Follow up on the Search icon. Again it should be either the default search engine or any that you have set for yourself. Note that in some versions of Safari these settings are found in the General panel/

Hastopnet Scam

Open Safari and click on the Extensions button. Note that Adware use extensions almost exclusively to inject the pop-up Ads into your browser. Any extension on this list that you do not remember installing yourself is likely planted there by the Adware. Remove ALL extensions you are unfamiliar with. 


About the author


Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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