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Remove Russian ads (Removal Guide) - updated Mar 2018

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Russian ads – unwanted advertisements delivered by adware program

Russian pop-up ads

Questions about Russian ads

Russian ads are the group of pop-ups, banners, in-text ads, and other advertisements that are displayed on the affected web browser by adware.[1] This potentially unwanted program (PUP) typically interacts with numerous ad networks which might display malicious content as well. After adware hijack, unwanted ads might show up on any website, including YouTube, Facebook, and other popular sites.

Name Russian ads
Type Adware
Danger level Medium. Adware cannot pose a direct danger to the system. However, it alters browser's settings and might display malware-laden ads
Symptoms Ads, pop-ups, and banners are delivered on Facebook and other websites; ads appear before YouTube videos, redirects to questionable Russian websites
Distribution methods Software bundling, drive-by downloads, compromised websites
To uninstall virus which is related to ads, install ReimageIntego and run a full system scan

The names of specific adware programs that are responsible for displaying Russian ads are unknown. However, they can enter the system unnoticed, alter browser's settings or even Windows Registry in order to display commercial content. Such programs can open web browser all of a sudden and cause several redirects before landing the user on pages like,,,, or

Just like the name of the cyber threat suggests, these ads are targeted at Russian-speaking computer users. However, annoying advertisements might bombard any other user's web browser. In most cases, these ads contain unpleasant or shocking images that are meant to lure users into clicking on them. Users have also expressed complaints about seeing Russian ads on Youtube or Facebook.

Russian ads on YouTube

Russian ads on Youtube typically replace video suggestions with unpleasant ads or might show up before playing the video, Meanwhile, ads on Facebook are often too intrusive or appear in pop-ups or banners, it is clear that they do not originate from Facebook. In such scenario, you have to fix your browsers and uninstall vague programs from your PC ASAP.

If this happened to you, it is a must to scan your PC with anti-spyware like ReimageIntego because some suspicious program is clearly controlling your web browser at the moment. System scan with security software will help to remove Russian ads together with the adware which is responsible for delivering them.

Russian ads virusAnnoying Russian ads typically start appearing on computer screen after installing a potentially unwanted program that connects to ad networks and opens various ads via victim's web browser.

Commercial pop-up ads typically promote highly suspicious content

Users complaining about Russian ads in browser state that these pop-ups and banners provide vague offers. Most of the time, they receive ads that promote such content:

  • Dubious money-making strategies;
  • Suspicious diet pills;
  • Adult games;
  • Dating websites;
  • Weight loss plans;
  • Supplements for men;
  • Click bait articles with attention-seeking headlines.

Russian ads virus examples

Probably the most annoying site that bothers computer users is[2], which promises enormous incomes each day by trading binary options. Many computer users expressed their opinion stating that the website is a scam that suggests investing money in exchange for nothing. 

Therefore, if you noticed Russian ads on YouTube, Facebook, and other websites, you should stay away from them. They are most likely to redirect you to potentially dangerous, scam, phishing or infected website where your PC can get infected with malware or you might suffer from personal information loss. Hence, you should get rid of adware with the help of reputable anti-malware software to avoid such damage.

Researchers report about an increased activity of suspicious ads in the Slavic language

Recently, we noticed an increased activity of viruses[3] that provide offers in Slavic language. There are hundreds of programs that can display you Russian pop-up ads, for example, LoadLeader. Programs that provide such advertising tend to drop various files on the system, including standalone programs or/and browser extensions.

Russian ads redirect virus

Some critical adware programs can even modify browser shortcuts or Windows Registry keys in order to connect to the ad network and load an ad as soon as the victim opens a compromised web browser.

Without exception, such ads can be displayed via Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and possibly other web browsers. Keep in mind that clicking on these advertisements can trigger redirects to websites that can pose a threat to PC’s security and your privacy.

Russian ads examples

For example, deceptive websites such as can convince you to install dangerous software updates like Flash Player. Remember that bogus software updates frequently contain critical malware such as Trojans or even ransomware[4].

If your computer runs slowly and you receive annoying ads or experience redirects to Russian websites, make Russian ads removal your top-priority task ASAP.

Methods used to install adware on the computers

Such ads typically start appearing on the computer screen after installation of an adware program that is set to connect to ad networks. You can install such program when visiting deceptive file sharing websites, clicking on untrustworthy ads, or installing licensed software illegally.

Be careful when you try to download free software from the Internet because many file sharing sites promote software bundles that look like individual programs. Due to this problem, many users end up installing unwanted programs without realizing it.

In reality, the main issue is that computer users tend to rush to install freshly downloaded programs as quickly as possible, without reading statements provided by software installers. To avoid installing potentially unwanted software that delivers Russian advertisements or hijacks web browsers without notifying you should:

  1. Download programs from the developers' website only and do not rely on torrents or third-party download sites.
  2. Read EULA, the Privacy Policy, and similar documents provided by the developers.
  3. Pick Custom or Advanced settings for the installation instead of Quick or Recommended.
  4. Look for suggestions to add extra programs. If possible, deselect the suggestions.

Get rid of Russian ads

In order to remove Russian ads from your browsers, you have to find and uninstall the program which is responsible for displaying them. It may have arrived in the software that you have recently installed. Hence, you should check the list of installed programs and browser extensions. After elimination of unwanted applications, you have to reset affected web browsers too.

The instructions below will help you to perform Russian ads removal completely. However, if you are one of the Russian-speaking computer users who suffered from this adware, you can find the manual removal guide in your language on our partner's site –[5]

Moreover, you can speed up the process by employing a professional anti-malware software. After the system scan, you just need to reset affected web browser in order to continue browsing the web without intrusive pop-ups or banners in the Russian language.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Russian ads, follow these steps:

Remove Russian from Windows systems

If you want to block Russian ads, you must identify the program that generates them for you, and it is not an easy task. To begin with, start uninstalling all suspicious programs that were installed on your PC without your consent. After uninstalling all questionable programs, fix affected browser shortcuts.

To do this, right-click on them and then go to Shortcut tab. Here, check if the Target field shows a default path to the browser's executive file. If it points to .bat, .dll or another file, it means that the shortcut has been corrupted. For example, the default path for Chrome is C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe. If you can see a suspicious URL after this string, delete it. Use instructions provided below for assistance.

  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 Russian and related programs
    Here, look for Russian 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 Russian 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 '' 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 Russian from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Russian from Applications folder:

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

Eliminate Russian 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 Russian 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,
  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 Russian removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Russian ads 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 Russian-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

Uninstall Russian from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Firefox needs to be rescued from shady add-ons added during installation of untrustworthy free software. If you do not know where to look for these add-ons and how to delete them, follow these steps.

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

Delete Russian from Google Chrome

Deleting all questionable browser extensions is exactly what you need to do in order to stop these annoying ads from showing up over and over again.

  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 Russian 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 Russian removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Russian from Safari

To block Russian commercials on Safari, carry out the following instructions.

  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 Russian 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 Russian, 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 Russian removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

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