Habrahabr.ru Removal Guide

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The publication has for a goal to provide you with detailed information on how to quickly remove Habrahabr.ru. As any other Adware, most likely it was bundled with a different file you’ve downloaded and installs on the PC without the user’s knowledge and consent. The following removal instructions can be nicely applied on web browsers like Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as on all versions of Windows.

What is Habrahabr.ru ?

Habrahabr.ru is a program that delivers advertisements to your device. It claims to improve the user’s experience by offering free coupons or products that may be interesting to him/her. Remember that the program can differ from the usual adware in a way that it also changes the users’ search engine, redirects their home page or completely overtakes the browsing settings.

Dangerous malware such as Trojan horses, win-lockers and ransomware can breach a computer’s security and cause a lot of badness to the system. Ransomware viruses, in particular, can block the entire system and encrypt every file on the user’s PC, while a Trojan horse can slow down the system and give hackers a remote control over your computer. In comparison Habrahabr.ru may not seem as dangerous, but it can become a safety hazard on its own if you let it remain on your device for long.

How did Habrahabr.ru install on your computer?

Most of the time Habrahabr.ru gets installed on your computer when you fail to block additional optional files while installing a freeware. The virus, which hides  in the free download file, is ready to get installed with the ‘saved’ installation. Many free download platforms do not correctly dispose this information. As a result many people often neglect to uncheck the box related to the this particular virus. The malicious file can also get into the computer through illegal or free downloads, fake program updates or fake video codecs that pretend to be compulsory in order to watch a video or two.

How to recognize if your computer has Habrahabr.ru ?

The program will make certain changes without user’s acknowledgment, such as changing your home page to its own web page. When you look up some information online and click on a link from the search results, you will be immediately redirected to the toolbar’s own web page or you will be sent to unknown and insecure sites with bad reputation.Another clear sign that your computer has been infected is the display of pop-up messages and online ads. Usually these ads are part of pay-per-click system used by hackers to gain a profit or to take the users to compromised web sites.

Why is it important to remove Habrahabr.ru immediately?

Aside from generating invasive online advertisements, Habrahabr.ru may also introduce you to dangerous programs that can track your internet browsing activity such as favorite and frequently reviewed pages. In addition, software advertised in the ads often has a very questionable market price, such as: unreasonably high price, lack of features, very hard to remove or unsubscribe from — or all of the above made impossible. In addition the malware can cause falter on your computer, as extra system resources are required every time an Ad has to be displayed.

How to prevent unwanted programs from installing on your PC?

The key to safety is pre-cautious actions. Don’t rush into downloading and installing software. Try the custom or advanced settings to easily detect potentially unwanted programs. Often the existence of an additional program is disclosed in the end of the user agreement. This shady distribution campaign takes advantage of the fact that very few people read the entire terms. The  smaller the fond the more important the information written with it, so take the time to review it carefully before you agree on anything.

The removal guide we have prepared will assist you to scan and uninstall Habrahabr.ru in case it has already  infected your device.

SUMMARY:

Name Habrahabr.ru
Type Adware
Danger Level Medium — it is not as dangerous as the Trojan horse, but it is still not safe to keep on.
Symptoms  Two major symptoms are the unwanted ads appearing and pop-up ads and banners.
Distribution Method Online Ads and software bundles are two popular distribution methods.
Detection Tool Browser Hijackers are notoriously difficult to track down, since they actively try to deceive you. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter is a malware detection tool. To remove the infection, you need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

 

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Step1

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

This was the first preparation.

Step2

WARNING!
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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this – Habrahabr.ru may have hidden some of its files.

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

appwiz

You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

msconfig_opt

Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Step3

Hold the Start Key and R copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Step4

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

browser-hijacker-taskbar-properties

Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512 Remove Habrahabr.ru from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the malware —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Habrahabr.ru from Firefox:

Open Firefox, click mozilla menu ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Habrahabr.ru from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

  • At this point the malware is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Step5

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

This is the most important and difficult part. If you delete the wrong file, it may damage your system irreversibly. If you can not do this,
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Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.

malware-start-taskbar

Step6

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!

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