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Remove Howtonews.ru virus (Tutorial) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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All you need to know about Howtonews.ru browser hijacker

Howtonews.ru virus can be called a troublesome browser hijacker[1]. It means that it is not a malicious[2] program, but a potentially unwanted one and such programs do not deserve to be kept on the computer system. As soon as it enters the computer, it finds installed Internet browsers and replaces URL in their homepage settings to make the victimized web browsers cause redirects to Howtonews.ru/news. This URL presents a web search engine, which seems to be secure at the first sight. However, we must warn you that using this search tool can possibly lead to various problems. It appears that this search engine is created for revenue-making, and so it injects sponsored links in results’ pages.

Howtonews.ru virusIn this picture, you can see a compromised web browser that opens Howtonews.ru search engine repeatedly.

Questions about Howtonews.ru virus

It is believed that sponsored search results often lead to more dangerous web pages[3], so we suggest you avoid clicking on them. Otherwise, you might experience unpleasant redirects to shady third-party pages that advertise junkware[4] (free programs that serve annoying advertisements without providing any useful functions) or just simply potentially unwanted programs. Installing unfamiliar application can put your computer safety at risk, so better do not browse through sites you access via Howtonews.ru search engine. If you want to use a trustworthy search tool that serves relevant search results, remove Howtonews.ru redirect virus from the system first. For that, you can use anti-malware programs (ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes…). However, this browser hijacker is not as dangerous as ransomware, and so it can be uninstalled manually. If you decide to choose this Howtonews.ru removal method, please look at instructions given below the article.

Invasion methods used by potentially unwanted programs

Potentially unwanted programs are called potentially unwanted not without reason. Usually, computer users do not install them by their wish. To promote their distribution, their publishers bundle them with other software and share their download links online. For this reason, you should choose trusted download sources and install your downloads using Custom or Advanced settings[5] only. This configuration will let you know if your download includes any additional applications that you weren’t warned about before. You can choose to install or not to install them – just deselect the permissions to place them on your computer if you do not want them. If Howtonews.ru hijack already happened, it means that you chose Default or Standard settings when installing a certain program.

How do I remove Howtonews.ru hijacker from a system?

Do not ignore the fact that Howtonews.ru virus infiltrated your computer without adequately informing you about it in advance. We suggest you remove Howtonews.ru browser hijacker for good using anti-spyware program. If you are not interested in anti-spyware programs, at least look at this decent Howtonews.ru removal tutorial, which you can find below. Regarding your computer’s security, we advise uninstalling this browser hijacker as soon as possible.

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To remove Howtonews.ru virus, follow these steps:

Eliminate Howtonews.ru from Windows systems

If this questionable search tool appeared in your browser, you have to delete programs associated with it and then check each web browser for suspicious add-ons that were added without your knowledge. Following this guide, you will remove Howtonews.ru virus manually.

To remove Howtonews.ru virus from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Howtonews.ru virus (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Get rid of Howtonews.ru from Mac OS X system

Remove Howtonews.ru virus from Applications folder:

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

Delete Howtonews.ru from Internet Explorer (IE)

Fix Internet Explorer using these guidelines. You should delete all shady-looking browser extensions from your browser if you want it to function normally again.

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 Howtonews.ru virus 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 Howtonews.ru virus removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Howtonews.ru virus 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 Howtonews.ru virus-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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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

Uninstall Howtonews.ru from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

If Mozilla Firefox opens Howtonews.ru for you, remove all associated browser extensions with a help of this guide.

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Howtonews.ru virus and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

In case Howtonews.ru virus did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Howtonews.ru virus removal.Reset Firefox 2

Remove Howtonews.ru from Google Chrome

Chrome browser might contain some shady extensions that might be related toHowtonews.ru redirect problem. It is highly recommended to remove them all to improve your browser’s functionality.

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Howtonews.ru virus by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site like Howtonews.ru virus in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Howtonews.ru virus-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Howtonews.ru virus removal.Reset Chrome 2

Eliminate Howtonews.ru from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Howtonews.ru virus and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Howtonews.ru registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

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  1. Anastasia says:
    February 17th, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Howtonews.ru browser hijacker is in my browser right now. I will try to remove it using these instructions!

  2. skecpt says:
    February 17th, 2017 at 10:37 am

    I have no idea how did i install this. but it makes me so angry! how is it possible to force someone install their useless programs without telling the user first! It should be illegal to do so!

  3. Phill says:
    February 17th, 2017 at 10:37 am

    hello where can I download Reimage

  4. 2-Spyware team says:
    February 17th, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Dear visitor,
    You can find a download button right below the article – just scroll up to see it.

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