Have you become that your internet browser randomly shows searchl.ru, instead of the one you want to see? It is a sign that you have an installed adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software) on your personal computer. The adware is a part of malicious software that created to display a ton of annoying pop-ups. Follow the few simple steps below ASAP. It will clear your PC system from ad-supported software that generates a large number of popup ads in the internet browser and thereby get rid of the redirect to searchl.ru site.
The adware can change the settings of the Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and MS Edge, but often that a harmful software such as this can also infect all types of web browsers by changing their desktop shortcuts. Thus forcing the user each time launch the web browser to see searchl.ru unwanted ads.
The ‘ad supported’ software may insert a lot of advertisements directly to the web sites that you visit, creating a sense that the advertising banners has been added by the creators of the web page. Moreover, a legal advertisements may be replaced on the fake ads, that will offer to download and install various unnecessary and harmful programs. Moreover, the adware has the ability to collect a lot of personal information about you (your ip address, what is a web page you are viewing now, what you are looking for on the World Wide Web, which links you are clicking), which can later transfer to third parties.
We suggest you to remove adware and clean your PC system from searchl.ru popup ads as soon as possible, until the presence of the ‘ad supported’ software has not led to even worse consequences. You need to follow the step-by-step guide below that will allow you to completely remove the redirect to searchl.ru unwanted web site, using only the built-in Windows features and a few of specialized free tools.
How can you protect your personal computer from searchl.ru advertisements
How to manually remove searchl.ru pop-up ads
Without a doubt, the ad supported software is harmful to your computer. So you need to quickly and completely remove this malicious software. To remove this ‘ad supported’ software, you can use the manual removal which are given below, or use an anti-malware tool for removing malicious programs, such as Malwarebytes Anti-malware and AdwCleaner (both are free). I note that we recommend that you use automatic removal, that will assist you to delete searchl.ru ads easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you are well versed in machine or in the case where ad-supported software is not removed automatically.
- Delete suspicious and unknown applications by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to delete searchl.ru redirect
- Remove searchl.ru advertisements from FF
- Remove searchl.ru from Google Chrome
- Get rid of searchl.ru advertisements from Internet Explorer
- Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Delete suspicious and unknown applications by using Windows Control Panel
Press Windows key , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then click “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It’ll show the Windows Control Panel as shown on the screen below.
Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It will show a list of all applications. Scroll through the all list and remove any suspicious and unknown applications.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to delete searchl.ru redirect
Once the ‘ad supported’ software is started, it can also change the web browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument such as “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you open the browser, it will be redirected to an annoying advertisements.
To clear the browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text which starts with “http://” that has been added here. You need to remove it.
When the argument is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your web-browsers, as they may be infected too.
Remove searchl.ru advertisements from FF
If the FF settings have been replaced by the adware, then resetting it to the default state can help you to get rid of the reroute onto searchl.ru web-site.
First, start the FF and press button. It will open the drop-down menu on the right-part of the browser. Next, click the Help button () as shown on the image below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the browser address bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, press the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will show the confirmation prompt, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will start a task to fix your problems that caused by the ad-supported software. When it is done, click the “Finish” button
Remove searchl.ru from Google Chrome
Like other modern web-browsers, the Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby remove the redirect to searchl.ru unwanted ads which is caused by the ‘ad supported’ software.
At first, launch the Google Chrome. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will appear the main menu. Click on the option named “Settings”. Another way to show the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the browser adress bar and press Enter.
The internet browser will display the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, like below and click the “Reset settings” button.
The Chrome will display the confirmation dialog box. You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The program will start the task of cleaning. Once it’s complete, the web-browser settings including the ‘block pop-ups’ option back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your computer.
Get rid of searchl.ru advertisements from Internet Explorer
To delete the searchl.ru pop-up ads you need to reset the Microsoft Internet Explorer to the state, that was when the Windows was installed on your computer.
First, run the IE, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will open the drop-down menu on the right part of the browser, then press the “Internet Options” as shown on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, you need to select the “Advanced” tab and press the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will open the “Reset IE settings” prompt as shown on the image below. Next, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. After that, press the “Reset” button.
Once the task is finished, press “Close” button. Close the Internet Explorer and reboot your computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web browser’s settings to default state and disable ‘ad-supported’ extensions.
Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the annoying searchl.ru web site opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and get rid of all the tasks that have been created by malicious program.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard together. This shows a dialog box that titled with Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown on the image below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be show just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your PC system. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then you need delete it. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it is a component of the adware, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to delete, then click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown on the screen below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ applications. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
Remove searchl.ru pop-ups automatically
You can remove searchl.ru pop-up ads automatically with a help of Malwarebytes Free. We recommend this free malware removal utility because it can easily delete adware, browser hijackers, potentially unwanted programs and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
Download Malwarebytes Free on your PC from the link below. Save it on your Desktop.
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Once the download is finished, close all windows on your PC. Further, start the file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown in the figure below, click the Yes button.
It will show the “Setup wizard” which will allow you install Malwarebytes on the PC system. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once the setup is done successfully, click Finish button. Then Malwarebytes will automatically start and you can see its main window as shown on the screen below.
Next, click the “Scan Now” button . This will start scanning the whole PC system to find out malware and ‘ad supported’ software that cause the searchl.ru ads. When a threat is found, the number of the detected objects will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is finished. Please be patient.
When it has finished scanning, you can check all threats detected on your machine. Make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will begin removing malware and adware that cause searchl.ru advertisements. When the disinfection is complete, you may be prompted to restart your system. I recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the Malwarebytes to remove adware and other dangerous applications.
Block searchl.ru pop-up ads and other annoying sites
To increase your security and protect your machine against new annoying advertisements and malicious web pages, you need to use program that blocks access to malicious ads and web pages. Moreover, the program can block the show of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of web-sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link.
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Once downloading is finished, start the file named adguardInstaller. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown on the screen below.
Follow the prompts. When the install is finished, you will see a window as on the image below.
You can click “Skip” to close the install application and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will help you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop pop-up ads, sites such as searchl.ru, as well as other dangerous or misleading web sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that is located on your Windows desktop.
If the problem with searchl.ru is still remained
If MalwareBytes cannot remove searchl.ru redirect, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for adware, browser hijackers, PUPs, toolbars.
- Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
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- Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once the utility is started the main screen will appear as shown on the image above.
- Now, press the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the adware that generates searchl.ru advertisements.
- When it has finished scanning, AdwCleaner will open a scan report. Review the report and then click “Clean” button. It will show a dialog box, click “OK” button.
The following video explains the step-by-step instructions above on how to remove ‘ad supported’ software with AdwCleaner.
Once you have done the step-by-step guide above, your computer should be clean from malware and ‘ad supported’ software. The Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and MS Edge will no longer display searchl.ru annoying ads and redirect you to unknown pages. Unfortunately, if the guide does not help you, then you have caught a new type of adware, and then the best way – ask for help.
- Download HijackThis from the link below and save it to your Desktop.
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- Double-click on the HijackThis icon. Next click “Do a system scan only” button.
- Once the checking is done, the scan button will read “Save log”, click it. Save this log to your desktop.
- Create a Myantispyware account here. Once you’ve registered, check your e-mail for a confirmation link, and confirm your account. After that, login.
- Copy and paste the contents of the HijackThis log into your post. If you are posting for the first time, please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately.
- Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with the unwanted searchl.ru .