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Remove Hi.ru redirect (Removal Instructions) - updated Sep 2019

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Hi.ru is the potentially unwanted program that specializes in redirecting your online searches and changing the default settings on the browser

Hi.ru redirectHi.ru is the Russian website that is persistent and difficult to remove fro the machine due to the additionally installed potentially unwanted programs. This browser hijacker itself is brought to the system by a potentially unwanted program and other cyber threats focused on generating views and visits on affiliated pages, commercial content sites. All adware programs and browser hijackers like this one are related to ad-supported pages and advertisers directly, so promotional content shouldn't be a surprise.

Also, Hi.ru redirect is known to have multiple domains, different programs related to the same company, and PUP developer. Unfortunately, this is a free software promoted and distributed online with the help of advertisements with all the claims about the useful features and value.[1] This program can be downloaded by the user willingly, but all those free downloads do not adequately disclose all the included programs and software that can get installed without your consent.

All the intrusive behavior and this feature involving pre-packed programs make the user more willing to call this PUP a Hi.ru virus. If you already encounter pop-ups, banners, and all the questionable redirects, make sure to restrain from clicking on any of those and eliminate the browser hijacker as soon as possible.

Name Hi.ru 
Type  Browser hijacker
Symptoms  Redirect to shady pages, shows commercial pop-ups, interferes with online searches, affects web browsers with additional intrusive content
Distribution  Freeware installations, other PUPs, deceptive websites
Main danger  Collects and shares information about the user
Elimination  Get Reimage and remove Hi.ru

Nowadays, potentially unwanted programs that focus on affecting users' time online and interfering with web browsing activities are one of the more common cyber threats, so Hi.ru is not new. However, the PUP is known for more than a few years and is updated constantly.

Initial Hi.ru virus symptoms include:

  • redirects to dubious sites with phishing scams or social engineering campaigns;
  • pop-ups, pop-unders, banners with advertisements;
  • changed browser settings, default new tab, and homepage set to Hi.ru.

All the content that Hi.ru redirect delivers to your screen involves cookies, ad-tracking techniques, beacons, and other methods that allow advertisers and third-party companies to access information about you personally and your habits online. Expeerts[2] note that this data recording issue is not new but can involve more persistent and intrusive methods.

When Hi.ru gets on the system, it tracks your browsing habits, most viewed sites, searched items, and location details to make a profile and base commercial content to your needs and preferences. These personalized advertisements fill up the screen and ensure that you click on the needed redirect or pop-up. Hi.ru virus
Hi.ru redirect is the shady program that can lead to additional infiltrations of system tools, in-browser extensions and other PUPs.
According to the developers of this browser, this search engine is one of the most frequently visited websites in Russia. From the first glimpse, it seems like a regular search provider that contains a search box and various links. However, there are hundreds of PC users who apparently are not Russian speakers and claim that they were tricked into visiting this page against their desire. Make sure to get a reliable tool and remove Hi.ru completely.

That's because this search page is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that seeks to earn money by promoting third-party websites. If Hi.ru startup page is launched by the user, it starts tracking him or her for some time. After getting a required amount of data which is related to the user's interests, this page starts showing pop-up ads and banner ads that are set to promote third-party websites or programs.

Beware that such software can also be considered intrusive or potentially unwanted, and can lead you to additional problems. For example, if Hi.ru virus tricks you into contacting the technical support service which is displayed in the banner given below, you can lose your money.[3] In most of the cases, such services are useless and are set to discuss computer problems that are invented, so make sure you stay away from them.

Hi.ru redirect can infiltrate your computer with the help of other freeware because it has been actively spread in a bundle with various download managers, media players, PDF creators, etc. Therefore, you must be very careful while downloading these programs to your computer because the infiltration such a virus can cause various inconveniences. Hi.ru
Hi.ru is one of many potentially unwanted programs that is intrusive and troublesome since it comes to targeted machines out of nowhere.

Deceptive websites, promotional advertisements, and freeware installations deliver PUPs

Typically, hijacker settles down on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer web browsers by replacing the start page, the default search provider, and a new tab URL on each of these browsers. Although it may look like an ordinary search provider at first, you shouldn't use any shady software that appears on the screen put of nowhere.

Especially when you get tricked into installing the software yourself with the help from deceptive pages, promotional content and other potentially unwanted programs, you should notice that shady software is not performing as it supposed to. If you already noticed any additional tools or extensions added without your permission, the system may be affected by a serious PUP. 

Make sure to remember in the future that choosing Advanced or Custom installation options is crucial if you want to avoid infiltration of redirects, hijackers, adware-type intruders. This easy but important step in your freeware installation routine because this way, you can see the list of bundled applications and de-select all unwanted or suspicious ones. 

Eliminate Hi.ru virus as soon as possible and clean the machine fully from PUP traces

If you are one of those PC users who were affected by this browser hijacker, you should stop using the affected web browser because this search engine cannot be trusted. In this case, make sure you run a full system scan with the reliable security software to perform a full Hi.ru removal on your computer.

According to PC security experts, this browser hijacker spreads in a bundle with suspicious components that can hardly be removed manually. However, you can try to remove Hi.ru from the system with the help of a detailed guide which is given below. If using it, make sure you follow every removal step attentively.

 

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To remove Hi.ru redirect, follow these steps:

Uninstall Hi.ru from Windows systems

To remove Hi.ru virus from Windows operating system, we recommend removing all programs that are related to this browser hijacker

  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 Hi.ru and related programs
    Here, look for Hi.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 Hi.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.

Eliminate Hi.ru from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Hi.ru or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Get rid of Hi.ru from Internet Explorer (IE)

You need to remove the suspicious add-ons from your browser to get rid of Hi.ru completely

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Hi.ru and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Hi.ru removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete Hi.ru redirect from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Hi.ru should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase Hi.ru from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 Hi.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 Hi.ru removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Hi.ru from Google Chrome

To fix Google Chrome after Hi.ru hijack, you should uninstall anything that you didn't installed yourself

  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 Hi.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 Hi.ru removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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