How to Remove Mail.ru Hijacker from All Browsers
Mail.ru is a browser hijacker, it attacks most browsers on windows PC. It hijacks the options of the browser like homepage, new tab, and default search engine. It keeps displaying different malicious ads on these pages. It is also a serious threat to your privacy.
Mail.ru changes your homepage, new tab, and default search engine and sets it to its own. It does not let you change these settings and keep displaying ads on these pages. If you try to change these settings it comes back after a while.
To remove Mail.ru follow this guide. You can also remove it and other PUP from your computer with MalwareFox antimalware. It searches and removes all adware, PUP, and Trojans from your computer.
Mail.ru browser hijacker uses software bundling method to spread in other computers. When you download and install a free software from the internet it is bundled, this PUP also gets installed. Once it enters in your computer it attacks Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge browsers. It changes the homepage, new tab, and default search engine address on these browsers. Browser hijackers ensure that you cannot change these address. It hijacks these options and when you try to change these address it comes back after a while. Such browser hijackers are a serious threat to your privacy. In this guide, we will tell you how to remove Mail.ru browser hijacker from all browsers at once.
How Mail.ru gets into your Computer?
Mail.ru and other browser hijackers use software bundling method to spread in user's computer. It is bundled with other free or pirated software you download from the internet. When you download and install that program it also get installed. Most free software downloading sites on the internet uses this strategy to increase their revenue. They bundled such PUP with their most popular downloads. Don't download free software, if you have to then choose custom installation instead of express installation method. Watch every step closely and deselect any other software it is recommending.
What Purpose Mail.ru is used for?
Mail.ru pretend to be an email service. It also claims to increase the browsing experience, but all these claims are just to lure users. Their main purpose is to serve their clients ads on your computer. These ads are not normal they contain malicious products. Normal ad agencies have strict policy and they don't accept such ads. This is the reason they choose such deceptive method to serve ads. The makers of browser hijackers get huge money for this service. These browser hijackers have full read permissions, they can see what you do online. They track your IP Address, Browse History, Search History, Geo Location etc. They use this information to serve targeted ads. They also sell it to third party clients to generate more revenue.
What are the Potential Dangers to Not Remove Mail.ru?
Ruined Browsing Experience
Mail.ru changes your homepage and default search engine. It displays different ads on the New Tab or Homepage. The search result is also altered. It displays different ads on the search result page also. These ads redirect you to malicious pages. Overall it ruins your browsing experience.
Personal Information Theft
Mail.ru tracks user’s personal information like IP Address, Geo Location, Search Query, Browsing History, and the content on the pages. This information is used to serve targeted ads on the computer. This information is also sold to the third party clients to generate revenue.
Malicious Search Results
Mail.ru tracks your browsing history and searched queries. The search result displayed on the result page is not normal. It is altered and displayed different malicious ads on the result page. These ads redirect you to the pages that may contain more serious threat to your computer. So it is a good idea to remove this extension from all your browsers right now.
How to Remove Mail.ru from your Browser?
Manually Remove Mail.ru from your Computer Completely
Uninstall Unwanted Programs from your Computer
- WINDOWS 10
- wINDOWS 8 / 8.1
- WINDOWS 7 / VISTA
Right Click on the Start Menu and Click Control Panel
Choose Category View, Under the Program Section select Uninstall a Program
Now Find tany recently installed potentially unwanted programs (PUP), select these applications and Click on Uninstall.
Go on the Desktop and press Windows + C button. It will display the Windows Charm menu.
In this charm menu Click on Settings and then select Control Panel
In the Control Panel under the Program Section select Uninstall a Program
Now you will see the list of all installed program on your computer. Find any recently installed potentially unwanted programs (PUP), Right Click on them and choose uninstall.
Click on the Start button and Choose the Control Panel.
In the Programs section choose Uninstall a Program Option.
Now in a new window you will see the list of all installed programs. Look for any recently installed potentially unwanted programs (PUP). Select them and click on Uninstall button. Follow the instruction to uninstall the program.
Remove Mail.ru from Browsers
- gOOGLE CHROME
- MOZILLA FIREFOX
- INTERNET EXPLORER
Delete Malicious Extensions from Google Chrome
Click on the Menu button of Google Chrome, hover your mouse over More Tools and Choose Extensions.
Now you will see a page will all the Extensions installed. Look for recently installed unwanted extensions and click on the trash icon against it.
Confirm the Removal by clicking on Remove button.
Reset Google Chrome to Remove Mail.ru
Click on the Chrome Menu button and Select Settings. You will see a page with Google Chrome Settings.
Scroll to the down and click on Show advanced settings.
Now Scroll through the down of the page. You will see see Reset Settings. Click on Reset Settings.
Now Google Chrome will confirm you the action that all your data including all extensions will be deleted. Confirm it by clicking on Reset button.
Delete Malicious Add-Ons from Mozilla Firefox
Click on Menu button of Firefox and choose Add-ons option.
Click on Extensions and you will see the list of all add-ons installed on Firefox browser.
Look for recently installed unwanted add-ons and click on Remove button against these to completely remove from Firefox browser.
Reset Mozilla Firefox to Remove Mail.ru
Click on Firefox Menu and the click on Help button.
Now click on Troubleshooting Information. You will see Firefox troubleshooting page.
Delete Malicious Extension from Internet Explorer
Click on the Settings icon of Internet Explorer and choose Manage Add-ons option.
Now you will see a window with all the extensions. Choose Toolbars and Extensions from the left pane. Now find recently installed unwanted extensions. Select and click on Disable button one by one.
Reset Internet Explorer to Remove Mail.ru
Click on the Settings button of IE and then choose Internet Options.
You will see a window with Internet options. Click on Advanced Tab and then choose Reset button.
Select the box of Delete Personal settings and confirm the action by clicking on Reset button. You need to restart your computer after this.
Automatically Remove Mail.ru from your Computer
You have seen the manual process of Mail.ru removal. Surely you must experience it was not easy. Here I am suggesting you to use an automatic tool to do this task in less than 5 minutes. This tool is called MalwareFox, it automatically detects malware like Mail.ru and removes it from your computer. Enabling its real-time protection to keep you protected against all type of malware.
Step 1- Install MalwareFox on your PC
Open the Installer by Clicking on the Downloaded file.
Now choose your desired language and follow the instructions to install the MalwareFox on your computer.
After completing the installation, the MalwareFox will update the application to its latest version. Let it update.
Now it will sync the Malware database with server. It is important step as it needs to know latest types of malwares.
Step 2 - Scan and Clean your Computer for Malware
When the update process completes it will show Real Time Protection: On. Now you can scan your computer. Press Scan button and leave everything on MalwareFox, it knows how to deal with browser hijacker and other malwares.
After the scan complete click on Next button to clean your computer completely.
How to Stay Away from Mail.ru and other Browser Hijackers?
You need to be little cautious in order to stay protected. Such malware take advantages of user's less awareness. Mail.ru spread through software bundling and some other method. It is better for you to not download free software from the internet. If you had to download watch the installations steps. There are options from which you can skip it. Also, you should not download the attachment from spam emails. These attachments contain the infection also. Having an antimalware installed on your computer is a better way to stay away from such malware. I suggest you install MalwareFox. It is good for this task. Keep enabling its real-time protection so that it can defend you from malware attacks.
You have successfully removed Mail.ru Browser Hijacker from your computer system. Keep the Real time protection enabled in order to prevent any further attacks.