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Remove App-news.ru virus (Easy Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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Basic facts about App-news.ru virus

App-news.ru virus is another browser hijacker[1] that forces people to use this suspicious search engine. This potentially unwanted program targets Russian-speaking computer users and aims at their web browsers. Sadly, most popular web browsers such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox are not immune to this computer infection. Recognition of the app-news.ru hijack is easy. When you launch the web browser, you see this domain set as your default homepage. Moreover, it will replace your current search engine and new tab’s URL address. Browser hijacker modifies Registry[2] and various Windows shortcuts to prevent users from customizing their browsers. The virus needs to take full control over the targeted web browser to deliver commercial content. It might place lots aggressive and suspicious ads on each visited website, initiate sudden redirects to promotional sites and include sponsored third-party links into search results. All these activities should not be tolerated because App-news.ru redirect tendencies are alarming. If you are tricked to click or accidentally click on sponsored content, you might be redirected to the infected website that has been created to spread malware. Sadly, developers of this PUP do not care about user’s safety and promotes everything, and cyber criminals are willing to take this fact to their advantage.

Questions about App-news.ru virus

We do not say that all search results delivered by App-news.ru search engine are dangerous and irrelevant. This search engine uses Custom Google search; however, we do not recommend trusting them. While the search giant eliminates malicious websites from the results, this one might deliver them on the first page. Besides, the majority of PUPs are tracking data, and this hijacker might not be an exception. They are mostly interested in browsing-related information, such as what websites have you visited recently, how much time you spent there, what search queries have you entered, etc. However, they might want to know you IP address, geographic location, email address, and so on. Aggregated information is often used to provide targeted ads; however, it might also be shared with third-parties. Revealing even non-personally identifiable information[3] do not lead anywhere good. Remove App-news.ru from the computer and prevent from all negative consequences. We recommend scanning the PC with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. This tool wipes out hijacker from the system within several minutes. However, there’s an alternative option – manual App-news.ru removal that is explained at the end of this article.

The example of App-news.ru virus

Why was the browser hijacked?

There’s only one way to get infected with App-news.ru virus, and it’s called incorrect software installation[4]. Unfortunately, the majority of computer users haven’t heard about safe and unsafe ways to install new programs on their computers. When installing freeware and shareware, you should be extremely carefully. If you choose unreliable download sources, you might install not only a few PUPs[5] but malware. However, when installing new programs, you must opt for Advanced/Custom installation mode. Do not rush and go through the installation carefully. One of the steps might include the checkbox of optional applications; however, you should decline all these offers by deselecting them. Don’t forget that Recommended/Standard installation mode do not have this function. This installation wizard does not openly disclose about optional apps and install them by default. Therefore, App-news.ru browser hijacker took over your browser because you failed to install some program safely. Now, you should concentrate on its removal until it hasn’t caused more troubles.

Suggestions for App-news.ru removal

As we briefly mentioned before, you have two options for hijacker’s elimination. We recommend going for automatic App-news.ru removal and installing one of the suggested programs below. It’s the easiest way to clean your computer even though you are not experienced computer user. All you have to do is to install the program using Advanced/Custom setup, update it and run a full system scan. However, if you do not want to use additional software, you can remove App-news.ru manually. Follow our prepared step-by-step guide below.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove App-news.ru virus, follow these steps:

Get rid of App-news.ru from Windows systems

App-news.ru virus might have installed various “helper objects” and additional applications that might help initiate another hijack. Hence, it’s important to find and delete all virus-related components. Make sure you did not leave any suspicious files or apps on your computer or web browser.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall App-news.ru and related programs
    Here, look for App-news.ru or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove App-news.ru from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Uninstall App-news.ru from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove App-news.ru from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for App-news.ru-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove App-news.ru, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to App-news.ru and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the App-news.ru-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove App-news.ru from Internet Explorer (IE)

App-news.ru browser hijacker might have installed some add-ons to Internet Explorer without your knowledge. Now it’s time to uninstall them and fix your browser. Follow these steps.

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for App-news.ru and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete App-news.ru removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete App-news.ru virus from Microsoft Edge

These instructions will help you to fix Microsoft Edge after App-news.ru hijack.

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the App-news.ru-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Erase App-news.ru from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Check the list of extensions and remove all suspicious entries that might be installed without your permission. App-news.ru browser hijacker is responsible for cluttering Mozilla Firefox with useless extensions or plugins.

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select App-news.ru and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete App-news.ru removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate App-news.ru from Google Chrome

Google Chrome might need a little bit of fixing after encountering App-news.ru virus. You might find lots of new extensions installed and you have to remove them all. Then, reset your browser and change your preferred homepage, search engine, and new tab’s URL address.

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select App-news.ru and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete App-news.ru removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of App-news.ru from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for App-news.ru or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by App-news.ru, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete App-news.ru removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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Gabriel E. Hall
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  1. Lucy says:
    January 11th, 2017 at 9:50 am

    I have no idea why this search engine replaced my old one…

  2. 123456 says:
    January 11th, 2017 at 9:50 am

    I installed three new programs, and some of them got me this infection!

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