This page aims to help you remove Hi.ru. These Hi.ru how to remove instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
What could be more annoying than a browser hijacker that applies some sudden changes to your Chrome or Firefox browser settings? It is surely a disturbing experience. A new homepage and replaced search engine, a constant flow of search redirects, ads and pop-ups all over the screen – all this could be a result of the activity of such a program, and the one that we will discuss this time is called Hi.ru. If you are having a firsthand experience with this software, then here you may find some useful information about it and the possible ways to uninstall it. In the next lines, you are going to read about the its distribution and level of harmfulness as well as the effective steps you can take in order to remove it completely from your system.
Hi.ru – specialized in hijacking your browser
Hi.ru is a type of ad-generating software which is specialized in hijacking your browser and manipulating it in order to display a huge amount of ads, banners, pop-ups, new tabs and all sorts of sponsored web pages and online advertisements. By doing this, the program ensures that the affected user is exposed to as many advertisements as possible and has no option but to click on them. Usually, the clicks are exactly what this software is created for, since they generate revenue for the developers through the famous Pay-Per-Click scheme. This is the reason why browser hijackers are so intrusive in their attempts to display different pages and popping notifications – they have simply been programmed this way. However, the ad-displaying activity may really be a great source of irritation to certain users, therefore some of them may wish to uninstall the program from their machines.
Is Hi.ru harmful?
The good thing about browser hijackers is that they are not harmful. It is true that sometimes they may generate way too many advertisements and aggressively impose some undesired changes to your browser settings, which may cause a significant online disturbance, but they are far away from threats like viruses, Trojans, Ransomware or other malicious infections. Programs like this have no malicious abilities typical for the malware, nor can they destroy your system if you keep them there. However, there are some annoying side effects that may be caused due to Hi.ru’s activities on your computer. Apart from messing with your homepage and search engine, this browser hijacker may redirect most of your searches to various promotional websites full of nagging ads, pop-ups and banners. It may also track your online activity in its attempts to match its advertisements with your searches. This is something that some users may find disturbing, especially when it is not really clear where the collected data may go later. Another reason to consider removing the browser hijacker is the significant slowdown it may cause to your browser and your system. It may take forever for the affected browser to load the pages you want and it is not uncommon that you may land on some unknown web locations or insecure websites.
How does Hi.ru get distributed?
To have ended up with a browser hijacker on your computer, you have probably downloaded and installed it along with some other software. This is a common distribution method known as software bundle where such ad-generating components and other bloatware is included in software installers of mostly free or new and attractive programs. You may come across such bundles if you often download software from freeware platforms, torrent sites, some direct downloads from the web, different installation managers or even spam emails. Sometimes even paid software, games installers or new applications may contain some additional software like Hi.ru, the aim of which is to get installed too and generate income through the Pay-Per-Click scheme. Something very useful that you may wish to know is how to prevent such additional software from getting installed. For that, you are advised to click on the so-called “advanced”, or in some cases “custom” installation option, when running the setup of a new program on your computer. This will open a menu where you can see and manually disable any programs you may not wish to have installed. Skipping that, however, may result in installing the whole bundle “as is” and eventually ending up with some browser hijacker like Hi.ru or in some rare cases even virus threats like Trojans or Ransomware.
How to uninstall Hi.ru?
Removing the browser hijacker is not that tricky if you closely follow the instructions below. The removal guide we’ve prepared contains all the steps that will help you find and delete the hijacker. However, it is a good idea to double check your system with the professional Hi.ru removal tool before deleting anything, because there is a chance you might inadvertently delete some system files, especially if you have not cleaned your system this way before. So, check it out and let us know about the outcome in the comments below.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||A new homepage and replaced search engine, a constant flow of search redirects, ads and pop-ups all over the screen.|
|Distribution Method||Usually distributed through software bundles found on freeware platforms, torrent sites, some direct downloads from the web, different installation managers or even spam emails.|
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
- Do not skip this – Hi.ru may have hidden some of its files.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Hi.ru from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Hi.ru from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Hi.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 it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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