How to Remove Rambler Search Engine (March 2017 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Rambler Search. These Rambler Search removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Rambler Search is a piece of software, which has the potential to create great irritation and browsing related disturbance to online users. However, you don’t need to be worried too much about it if your Chrome, Firefox, Edge or other browser you are using has been invaded, because this program is a Browser hijacker, not a virus or some other malware from the Trojan or the Ransomware type. It basically cannot do harm to your system, but it may introduce some other rather undesired changes to your browser’s homepage or search engine and may get you redirected to different sponsored web pages, products, and ads. The tricky thing is that you may not be able to customize or remove these changes easily, and you will need to fully uninstall Rambler Search from your system if you want to get rid of all of its annoying popping ads and new tabs. But how to do that? Fortunately, you’ve just found a detailed removal guide that will show you all the needed steps. Just read the information that follows carefully and proceed to the instructions.

Browser hijackers – what should you keep in mind?

As we already said above, browser hijackers are not malicious, neither is Rambler Search. Being a typical representative, Rambler Search has no harmful intentions and it won’t initiate any virus-like activities on your PC. This program has basically been created to serve as an online advertising tool, and the only thing it will do is ensure that you are constantly exposed to specific promotions, services or products and are frequently redirected to various sponsored web pages. As you may guess, all this is done for money and if you have not heard about the infamous Pay-Per-Click method until now, then here you will understand how it functions. Every time you click on some ad, or a web page or promotion that Rambler Search displays on your screen, the developers, who own the program, earn revenue from your clicks. This is the basic idea of the creation of such annoying software – to bring in some profit from the clicks on sponsored ads. It is not illegal, but still a rather aggressive way of advertising. Moreover, keeping a browser hijacker on the system doesn’t really provide the users with any beneficial functionality. In fact, it’s the opposite – it may frequently create some browsing-related ads disturbance, pop-up interruptions and page redirects, which may prevent users from using their browser normally. That’s why, many people may get angry with the program and decide to uninstall it from their PC, despite that it is not as malicious as a Trojan horse or Ransomware cryptovirus, for example. 

How can you get a program like Rambler Search on your PC?

A browser hijacker cannot invade your system the way that viruses and other tricky malicious threats do. It needs to be installed on your system the way that you install any other software. However, since the likelihood of installing a browser hijacker on your PC willingly, just because you love being exposed to ads is, well, very minimal, these programs have found another effective method to get inside your machine. Their developers usually distribute them in software bundles along with some attractive apps or free programs, which the users would love to install. Web locations like freeware or shareware platforms, spam emails, direct downloads from the web, installation managers, torrents, pirate content or free applications are usually full of them. That’s why, if you happen to get an installation bundle from such a place, you should be very careful not to let some undesired program get installed along with it. For that, you should always seek for options like “Advanced” or “Custom”, every time you run a new installer on your PC and manually disable the additionally bundled programs if you don’t want them on your system. If you don’t do that, then most probably the whole bundle will get installed on your computer as it is, and you will have to deal with the potentially unwanted software that may have come with it.

How can Rambler Search affect your computer’s normal activity?

Apart from causing you browsing irritation, programs like Rambler Search may significantly slow down the performance of the affected browser and literally make it unresponsive to your searches. Your PC may also face some system slowdowns, since the constant ad-generating activity, which is happening in the background may eat up some fair share of your CPU and RAM resources. Another quite annoying thing is that the advertisers may program the browser hijacker to collect some information about your browsing history, online searches, bookmarks and the web pages you visit and use it for various marketing purposes. For these reasons, many people may prefer to uninstall the browser hijacker completely and never have to deal with its annoying changes and aggressively popping ads again.


NameRambler Search
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Replacements in your browser’s homepage or search engine, page redirects, unstoppable flow of ads and pop-ups on your screen. 
Distribution MethodWeb locations like freeware or shareware platforms, spam emails, direct downloads from the web, installation managers, torrents, pirate content or free applications, software bundles.
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Rambler Search Removal


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



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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 


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:

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:

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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.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.



  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Rambler Search from Internet Explorer:

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

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

firefox-512 Remove Rambler Search from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Rambler Search 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.


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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 up 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

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