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Remove Time-to-read.ru virus (Removal Instructions) - Aug 2017 update

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Is it worth adding Time-to-read.ru to my browser?

Time-to-read.ru virus is a browser hijacker which is clearly designed to trick Russian users that it is a reliable search engine. Nevertheless, this search page is nothing else but a potentially unwanted program which is used for generating pay-per-click revenue.

In addition, this search engine can easily initiate havoc on your computer by changing its settings and starting its continuous redirects to unsafe domains. If you have already noticed redirects to http://time-to-read.ru and similar websites that are unknown to you, you should try scanning your computer with reliable anti-spyware. We can assure you that you will be informed about a wide list of potentially unwanted components on your computer.

Fortunately, you are not dealing with the serious virus, such as ransomware, so you don't have to be a genius to remove Time-to-read.ru from the system. For that, you can use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or other reliable security software. If you are still willing to complete this task manually, you should rely on a guide which is given below.

As we have already mentioned, the most cases of Time-to-read.ru hijack are initiated without user's awareness. It is likely to occupy Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Safari and other browsers on your computer. After it accomplishes this task, hijacker starts pushing you into using its unreliable search engine which is known to show people low-quality search results and misleading in-text ads. 

The most annoying feature of this browser hijacker is its tendency to mislead you to highly disturbing websites. If you want to stay safe, you must be very careful with every search result which is given to you by this search engine. If you can see that the page redirects you to gaming sites, gambling-related domains or pornographic websites, you should leave them without wasting your time because their aim is to infect your computer with malware.

This is the main reason why we highly recommend using automatic Time-to-read.ru removal after discovering that this hijacker managed to take over your system. 

The image disclosing time-to-read.ru virus

Furthermore, a reliable search engine does not offer you to read the articles of such kind as this browser hijacker does it. These websites do not bear any value; their screaming titles are only meant to tempt users into visiting respective web pages.

Questions about Time-to-read.ru virus

Finally, we must warn you about cookies that travel around with the help of this hijacker. Typically, they are used for tracking PC users and collecting non-personal information, such as mostly used search terms, mostly visited websites, computer's geolocation and similar details.

No matter that such information is not considered personal, you should think about the possibilities that rise after it gets into hackers' hands. They can use it where ever they want.  

The transmission of the hijacker

The PUPs of this kind are usually distributed with the help of “bundling“ technique which can be noticed once time-to-read.ru redirect starts interrupting you. This technique is typically used to hide unwanted applications in the free software as optional components.

Unfortunately, but this method has been proven to be quite effective. The effectiveness of it lies in the disguising the hijacker under “Basic” installation mode. When the majority clicks on it, it overlooks the pre-marked checkbox which allows installation of optional software. Thus, if you are dealign with this hijacker right now, you should know that it invaded your computer using the same way.

Fortunately, there is a way to prevent the infiltration of Time-to-read.ru virus. Upon selecting “Custom” or “Advanced installation option, check all the windows that are displayed to you and uncheck those checkboxes that allow adding unnecessary applications to your PC system. Make sure you unmark them one by one. If these tricks were revealed to you after the installation of this browser hijacker, let us proceed to time-to-read.ru removal. 

Time-to-read.ru removal instructions

It is not difficult to eliminate the hijacker if you have a reliable anti-spyware program. It will locate and remove Time-to-read.ru within a moment.

Moreover, the security program will also check your operating system for any files which might inflict damage. Update the software regularly to experience the best protection so that you would not have to worry over the viruses attacking you at every browsing session.

Alternatively, you can opt for the manual elimination of time-to-read.ru virus. Do not miss any detail to decrease the possibility of the hijacker showing up on your operating system again.

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To remove Time-to-read.ru virus, follow these steps:

Eliminate Time-to-read.ru from Windows systems

To uninstall Time-to-read.ru virus manually, you need to find each of its components. In this case, you should look for every Russian application in your Task Manager because they could be related to this hijacker and used for its reappearing on the system.

  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 Time-to-read.ru and related programs
    Here, look for Time-to-read.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 Time-to-read.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.

Delete Time-to-read.ru from Mac OS X system

Redirects to Time-to-read.ru can be stopped by eliminating all entries of this browser hijacker. Most probably, it spreads around in a bundle with Russian apps that should be uninstalled as well to prevent reappearance of this browser hijacker in the future.

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

Remove Time-to-read.ru from Applications folder:

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

Erase Time-to-read.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 Time-to-read.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 Time-to-read.ru removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Time-to-read.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 Time-to-read.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

Uninstall Time-to-read.ru from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 Time-to-read.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 Time-to-read.ru removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Time-to-read.ru from Google Chrome

  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 Time-to-read.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 Time-to-read.ru removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Time-to-read.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 Time-to-read.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 Time-to-read.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 Time-to-read.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. Mark says:
    June 16th, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Anyone with common sense would get it that this browsing tool is suspicious!

  2. Clarise22 says:
    June 16th, 2016 at 4:13 am

    Time to update my security apps…

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