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Remove Hi.ru redirect (Removal Guide) - Dec 2020 update

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 ReimageIntego 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 virusHi.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.ruHi.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

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

Remove Hi.ru redirect from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Hi.ru redirect-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 Hi.ru redirect, 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 Hi.ru redirect and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Hi.ru redirect-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

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

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 Hi.ru redirect 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 Hi.ru redirect removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Hi.ru redirect from Microsoft Edge

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 Hi.ru redirect-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 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

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.

If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.

 

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 

 

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