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Remove Puklusi.ru virus (Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge) - Feb 2017 update

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Browser hijacker

What threats can Puklusi.ru virus bring?

Puklusi.ru virus is a potentially unwanted program, which is classified as a browser hijacker. This group of PUPs usually have the same features: attacking the most popular web browsers and altering their settings, forcing to use a particular search engine and providing modified search results, redirecting to the promotional websites and delivering aggressive ads. This particular browser hijacker aims at Russian-speaking computer users and their browsers. Puklusi.ru hijack happens secretly[1], and users only notice it when this Russian news website becomes their default homepage. The main page includes an endless list of recent news and a search bar at the top of the page. We do not recommend either scrolling and clicking on these links, or using this search engine. Some of the links on the main page or search results may redirect you to the shady parts of the Internet[2]. If you do not want to get infected with malware, reveal private information or give your money to the cyber criminals, you have to remove Puklusi.ru as soon as it appears on your browser. Don’t forget that programs which appear on your PC without asking your permission cannot be trusted. We highly recommend running a full system scan with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego because other PUPs might have got into the system as well.

Questions about Puklusi.ru virus

The biggest concerns about all browser hijackers are related to their redirect tendencies. Puklusi.ru virus may initiate unexpected redirects, or you may click on some ad or search result that may lead to the potentially dangerous site. At the moment of writing, this engine generates results from Google; however, this situation might change soon. The purpose of all browser hijackers is to generate online advertising-based revenue; so developers profit from clicks on ads and boosting traffic to the sponsored websites. Sadly, developers rarely evaluate the credibility and reliability of the affiliates. So, you can easily end up on a phishing or infected site and became a victim of some online scam[3]. Puklusi.ru removal is the only option to get rid of suspicious ads, sponsored content, annoying redirects, and all possibly harmful consequences of these activities. Bear in mind that the longer you wait, the more problems you may encounter. Apart from Puklusi.ru redirect problems, you may also notice unknown toolbars or extensions installed on your browser. These entries may be capable of tracking your data[4] and sharing it with shady third-parties. Even though they mostly collect non-personally identifiable information, you can never be sure what other personal and private information they may try to steal.

Image of Puklusi.ru virusPuklusi.ru virus travels in the software bundle and after infiltration alters browser's settings.

How can browser hijacker get inside the computer without my knowledge?

Puklusi.ru browser hijacker spreads attached to the software package. You should be aware that the same method is applied in all PUP’s distribution strategy. So, you have to be careful when installing all free programs downloaded from the Internet. If your browser was hijacked, it means that you hadn’t been careful. Bear in mind that installation wizards do not openly disclose about additional downloads; so if you have installed a particular program under Standard/Recommended mode, the browser hijacker was installed by default as well. Next time make sure you are using Advanced/Custom installation settings because they reveal about additional downloads[5]. However, choosing this setup is not enough. You must monitor each step carefully and deselect all PUPs that may be included.

How to remove Puklusi.ru from the system entirely?

Puklusi.ru removal can be performed in two ways – manual and automatic. The first method takes more time and requires some knowledge because you have to look for the browser hijacker and other related components in the computer’s system. These sneaky entries may be hiding anywhere, and your task is to find and delete them. However, if this task seems complicated, opt for the second option and remove Puklusi.ru automatically. This method requires installing an anti-malware program and running a full system scan.

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To remove Puklusi.ru virus, follow these steps:

Erase Puklusi.ru from Windows systems

The guidelines below will help you to eliminate Puklusi.ru virus with all its components manually. Be careful and do not leave any suspicious entries that may initiate another hijack.

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

Remove Puklusi.ru from Mac OS X system

Mac OS X are rarely affected by the browser hijackers. However, if you managed to get this infection, follow the instructions and remove it.

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

Remove Puklusi.ru from Applications folder:

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

Uninstall Puklusi.ru from Internet Explorer (IE)

After Puklusi.ru hijack, you may find unknown add-ons on the Internet Explorer. Make sure you remove them all.

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 Puklusi.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 Puklusi.ru removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate Puklusi.ru virus from Microsoft Edge

Follow the instructions to remove browser hijacker from the Microsoft Edge and reset the settings.

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 Puklusi.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

Get rid of Puklusi.ru from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

These instructions will help you to clean and fix Mozilla Firefox after the hijack.

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

Delete Puklusi.ru from Google Chrome

Puklusi.ru browser hijacker may have installed some extensions without your knowledge, so you have to remove them. Then, reset browser’s settings as shown below.

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

Erase Puklusi.ru from Safari

Follow these steps to remove unknown applications from the Safari and reset browser’s settings.

  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 Puklusi.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 Puklusi.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 Puklusi.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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  1. hijacked says:
    February 3rd, 2017 at 6:46 am

    it came with PDF converter. be careful when downloading programs, guys!

  2. Silvia says:
    February 3rd, 2017 at 6:48 am

    I was shocked when I saw this website on my browser. I cannot tell how much annoying ads it delivered as well. Thank God its already gone

  3. Nastia says:
    February 3rd, 2017 at 6:49 am

    One more time my browser was hijacked…. Whats wrong with me…

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