Beware, The Russians are coming! All jokes aside, if you got Russian ads popping up on your screen chances are, you have been infected with malware or more exactly with adware that comes with some nasty browser extensions. By all assumptions, this is something that you will want to remove from your computer. Our recommendation is to have some insight on such malware, we don’t expect you of becoming an expert though a little insight will go a long way.
How it works.
Russian ads displays itself on your browser showing up in different variations such as coupons, price comparison, in banner ads, in search and text, rebates and popups. The nasty party is that it can track the user activity and browser habits while collecting and even selling your private data to third-parties.
How did I get infected?
The most likely scenario is that you installed some free application bundled with our Russian Ads friend, in the form of a video, software, utility etc. The most common trick is when going through those boring agree licenses (the same ones you don’t bother to reading) well that’s when you get into trouble, by overlooking and unchecking the box with additional adware such as Russian Ads.
Remember to always download software from official website and never overlook the terms and have a look at the Advanced and Custom section. It makes life much easier afterwards.
How to Remove Russian Ads
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
Press windows-buttonand R (both of them at the same time). Type appwiz.cpl then press OK.
You have now opened the Control Panel.
Find the virus (Russian Ads) and its buddies, you have reason to believe another malware has infiltrated you. But open your eyes – malware sometimes choose different names to hide in plain sight Highlight anything you find, then Uninstall.
Russian Ads has infected ALL of the browsers you use. So you need to apply these steps separately for each one you have installed.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.
internet explorer manage add-ons
Locate Russian Ads in the new window. Also, search for others of its kind. Disable them.
Check you Home Page, if it was changed, click IE GEAR —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box, type your original one, then click Apply.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
Hit Extensions next.
mozilla firefox extensions
The adware should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
google chrome extensions
When you’ve reached Extensions, find Russian Ads ——-> select .chrome-trash-icon
Now click chrome menu icon again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines. In there, delete everything but the search engine you use.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions
Find Russian Ads then Uninstall.