Russian ads (Removal Guide) - updated Mar 2018

Russian ads Removal Guide

What is Russian ads?

Russian ads – unwanted advertisements delivered by adware program

Russian pop-up 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 FortectIntego 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 FortectIntego 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 FortectIntego. 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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Getting rid of Russian ads. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

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.

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  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 the entry of the 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.

Delete from macOS

Remove items from Applications folder:

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

Remove 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 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 Delete Advanced 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” -Verbose Advanced 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, search 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

Remove 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.

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 unwanted plugin 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 Settings.
  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

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, 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. Reset Firefox 2

Remove 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.

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 the unwanted program 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 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 unwanted 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. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

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

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension 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 Russian 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: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting adware

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