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Remove Rambler.ru virus (Removal Guide) - updated Sep 2020

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Rambler.ru – a legitimate search app which has been misused by the developers of PUPs to install it on the system via bundling

Rambler.ru browser-hijacking appRambler.ru is a browser hijacker which sets the default search engine to a new Russian one.

Questions about Rambler.ru virus

Rambler.ru is a legitimate Russian search engine that has been misused by hackers who have started injecting third-party advertisements into its results. The search engine is considered to be one of Russia’s top search engines which appears instead of the default one once the browser-hijacking app is installed on the target PC. However, just like the well-known search provider Yahoo, the site has been involved in bundling. As a result, users have started posting complaints about suspicious redirects to rambler.ru/_openstat=aW52bHRfaHAzOzs7 and similar web pages without their approval. Nevertheless, its security is also under the question as the site suffered from a major attack in 2016 when hackers stole nearly 100 million users' records[1].  

Name Rambler.ru
Type Russian search engine
Sub-type Potentially unwanted program/browser hijacker
Possible dangers This engine has been actively misused by hackers. As a result, it can redirect you to potentially harmful sites
Signs The homepage, default search engine, and new tab URL bar are modified without your knowledge
Other versions
Browsers infected Chrome, Edge, Safari, Firefox, or Explorer
Distribution Bundling
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Also known as “Russia's Yahoo,” the site has been actively called as Rambler.ru virus by computer users who had this program installed by stealth technique called bundling. However, this term is wrong as this search engine does not harm any computer systems intentionally. After being included to the optional components of the freeware, it changes the default search engine, new tab URL, and home page to its own. Such changes can be reversed only if you get rid of the potentially unwanted application related to this hihacker[2] permanently.

It appears that there are numerous potentially unwanted programs (PUP)[3] that have been set to trick people into using Rambler.ru or one of its versions. However, it is not the same search engine you would use after adding it to your browser consciously. In most of the cases, the bad guys fill it with their ads[4] which are set to redirect victims to sponsored websites and earn them the money.

The scheme used to generate pay-per-click income is very simple: each time when the user clicks on a sponsored link, actors behind this search engine make profits. Sadly, when you visit these affiliate websites, you can be exposed to dangerous content, such as spyware or malware applications or scam surveys that try to trick users into providing personally identifiable data such as name or email address, which can be added to spammers’ databases later on.

We want to point out one fact – even legitimate search engines[5], such as Rambler.ru, can be involved in dirty campaigns. No matter that it is not malicious on its own, links it provides can be hazardous, so there is no need to keep the browser hijacker on the system.

Rambler.ru Rambler.ru - a browser hijacker that can start controlling your browser's homepage and new tab page settings all of sudden.

For all beforementioned reasons, we do not recommend using this Russian search engine. We highly advise you to remove Rambler.ru virus if it got on your computer without your approval. If you do not know how to do it, please follow instructions provided at the end of this post. Make sure you take each step with big care to terminate the PUP for good.

If you cannot find the related adware on the system, opt for automatic Rambler.ru removal method. It will help you identify the malicious or potentially unwanted programs that changed your browser settings all of sudden. Although this browser-hijacking app cannot collect personal information or damage other systems itself, it still is very annoying and can cause harm indirectly, by taking you to a potentially dangerous website.

Versions of Rambler.ru 

Rambler.ru PUP

Nova.Rambler.ru.  This yet another version of Rambler.ru page that reappears on the system as soon as the victim double-clicks on the browser’s shortcut. When the web browser launches, the user experiences a redirect to r0.ru page. Search results provided by r0.ru page can be filled with sponsored links, so we do not recommend trusting such search engine as it focuses only on promoting affiliate links instead of providing useful information to the user. If you would like to keep your computer safe and sound, better remove browser extensions and programs that promote nova.rambler.ru search engine.

Rambler Search. If you noticed that your browser causes redirects to a never-seen-before search engine that says it provides “Rambler Search,” you have a suspicious freeware installed on your computer. These PUPs typically include this Russian search provider to their optional components, so make sure you double check the system with the anti-spyware or anti-malware program. If your browser’s homepage was changed all of sudden, then there are great chances that your PC was infected with so-called Rambler Search virus, which attempts to serve paid search results to you.

Browser hijackers infect users through other programs

According to cybersecurity specialists from DieViren.de[6], users tend to download and install computer programs in a rush – that is the worst habit that one can have! Please, be attentive, because developers of potentially unwanted programs will take every opportunity to infect your computer with useless free and ad-supported applications.

Typically, they use software bundling technique, which helps them to advertise their products via software installers. In other words, when the user agrees to install a free program with “Standard/Default” installation settings, which, to be honest, seem to be the most trustworthy options, all additional programs bundled with your chosen software will be installed without providing any more information about them.

Just use this simple trick to avoid hijack – choose “Custom” or “Advanced” installation option and deselect all optional components added to your download[7]. Moreover, it is recommendable to install a trustworthy and expert-tested antivirus tool that will always keep the computer system protected.

Rambler.ru hijackerRambler.ru is a browser-hijacking application which collects browsing activity-related data.

Remove Rambler.ru search engine

Numerous users are often performing search requests on “how to remove Rambler.ru virus”. If you got infected with the PUP that it promoting this Russian search site, you still should terminate it together with the related program. Please take a look at our provided instructions which you can find below this text and think about how you want to uninstall this potentially unwanted program.

It seems that this software is sophisticated and made to be invisible to the computer user, so we highly recommend using an anti-malware or anti-spyware program. Sometimes trying to complete Rambler.ru removal manually seems a hard thing to do; instead of playing with system folders and browser shortcuts, we suggest you perform a scan with an anti-malware program and wait until it tracks down all unwanted components from the computer system.

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To remove Rambler.ru virus, follow these steps:

Remove Rambler.ru from Windows systems

Uninstall all programs that might be related to Rambler.ru. This is how you should do it.

First of all, remove files from this folder:

%UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Browsers folder. These are the files that you need to remove:

  • exe.xoferif.bat;
  • exe.rehcnual.bat,
  • exe.erolpxei.bat,
  • exe.arepo.bat,
  • exe.emorhc.bat.

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

Get rid of Rambler.ru from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Rambler.ru from Applications folder:

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

Eliminate Rambler.ru from Internet Explorer (IE)

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 Rambler.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 Rambler.ru removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Rambler.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 Rambler.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 Rambler.ru from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Firefox welcomes various add-ons, however, make sure you do not install any suspicious ones, for instance, those that promote Rambler.ru search engine. If you did install some extensions related to this browser hijacker, remove them using the instructions provided below.

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

Uninstall Rambler.ru from Google Chrome

Find any extensions that seem suspicious to you, and delete them.

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

Remove Rambler.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 Rambler.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 Rambler.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 Rambler.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. Starboi says:
    March 20th, 2017 at 5:28 am

    I was wondering why my browser loads rambler.ru search and not yandex.ru… very strange. now i get why this happened.

  2. Hanna says:
    March 20th, 2017 at 5:29 am

    Right… not very nice way to promote yourself, Rambler.

  3. Suzan says:
    March 20th, 2017 at 5:29 am

    I experience redirects to nova.rambler.ru…

  4. kelly says:
    March 20th, 2017 at 5:32 am

    I dont like rambler.ru! how to change it

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