The cause of unwanted Russian pop up advertisements on your screen is ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware or russian virus). Technically, the russian “virus”, that opens a large number of ads or redirects on an annoying page, is not a virus. It’s is designed to make a revenue. Once started, the adware injects a small code within the content of web sites that you visit. The malicious code may pop-up a new web browser window with Russian advertisements or insert a large amount of advertising banners directly into the pages you’re viewing.
The russian virus may insert lots of ads directly to the pages that you visit, creating a sense that the ads has been added by the creators of the site. Moreover, a legal advertising banners may be replaced on the fake ads, that will offer to download and install various unnecessary and malicious software. The ad supported software has the ability to collect tons 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.
Table of contents
- What is Russian
- How to remove Russian pop up advertisements
- How to remove Russian pop ups without any software
- Remove adware and other PUPs through the Microsoft Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the internet browser’s shortcuts to get rid of Russian advertisements
- Get rid of Russian advertisements from Firefox
- Remove Russian pop-ups from Chrome
- Remove Russian pop-up ads from Internet Explorer
- Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
- How to remove Russian pop-up ads with freeware
- How to remove Russian pop ups without any software
- Stop Russian pop up advertisements and other annoying web pages
- Method of Russian advertisements intrusion into your personal computer
- To sum up
The adware usually affects only the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Edge by changing the internet browser’s settings or installing a harmful extensions. Moreover, possible situations, when any other web browsers will be affected too. The adware will perform a scan of the machine for web-browser shortcuts and modify them without your permission. When it infects the web-browser shortcuts, it’ll add the argument like ‘http://site.address’ into Target property. So, each time you launch the internet browser, you will see an undesired Russian web site.
So, obviously, you need to delete the adware as soon as possible. Use the free few simple steps below. This guide will help you clean your personal computer of ad supported software and thereby get rid of unwanted Russian ads.
How to remove Russian pop up advertisements
There exist several free ad supported software removal utilities. Also it is possible to delete Russian pop-up ads manually. But we recommend to combine all these methods below into the one removal algorithm. Follow the steps of the guide. Certain of the steps below will require you to exit the site. So, please read the few simple steps carefully, after that bookmark or print it for later reference.
How to remove Russian pop ups without any software
The step by step tutorial will help you remove Russian pop ups. The Russian virus removal steps work for the Chrome, IE, Firefox and Microsoft Edge, as well as every version of Microsoft Windows operating system.
Remove adware and other PUPs through the Microsoft Windows Control Panel
First method for manual ‘ad supported’ software removal is to go into the MS Windows “Control Panel”, then “Uninstall a program” console. Take a look at the list of applications on your machine and see if there are any suspicious and unknown software. If you see any, you need to delete them. Of course, before doing so, you can do an Internet search to find details on the application. If it is a potentially unwanted application, ad-supported software or malware, you will likely find information that says so.
Press Windows button , 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 will display the Windows Control Panel as on the image below.
Further, click “Uninstall a program”
It will show a list of all software installed on your PC system. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown programs.
Disinfect the internet browser’s shortcuts to get rid of Russian advertisements
The adware may hijack various Windows shortcuts on your desktop (most often, all web browsers shortcuts), so in this step you need to check and clean them by removing the argument such as http://site.address/.
Right click on the shortcut of infected internet browser like below.
Select the “Properties” option and it will display a shortcut’s properties. Next, press the “Shortcut” tab and then delete the “http://site.address” string from Target field as on the image below.
Then click OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all internet browsers which are redirected to annoying Russian advertisements.
Get rid of Russian advertisements from Firefox
If your Firefox web-browser is redirected to Russian advertisements without your permission or an unknown search provider shows results for your search, then it may be time to perform the web browser reset.
First, run the FF and click button. It will show the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web browser. Further, click the Help button () as 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 internet browser adress bar and press Enter. It will display the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown in the figure below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will display the confirmation dialog box. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The FF will begin a task to fix your problems that caused by the ad supported software that cause unwanted Russian pop up ads to appear. When, it is complete, click the “Finish” button.
Remove Russian pop-ups from Chrome
Like other modern internet browsers, the Google Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby restore the web-browser’s settings such as newtab page, start page and search engine by default that have been replaced by the ‘ad supported’ software which redirects your web-browser to unwanted Russian advertisements.
Open the Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Next, click to “Settings” option.
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, as shown on the screen below and press the “Reset settings” button.
Confirm your action, press the “Reset” button.
Remove Russian pop-up ads from Internet Explorer
The Internet Explorer reset is great if your internet browser is hijacked or you have unwanted addo-ons or toolbars on your web browser, which installed by an malware.
First, launch the Internet Explorer. Next, press the button in the form of gear (). It will open the Tools drop-down menu, press the “Internet Options” as on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown on the image below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the undesired Russian pop-up ads opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and delete all the tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ program.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard simultaneously. This shows a prompt that titled as 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. Please select the first task, its properties will be open just below automatically. Next, press the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your computer. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then remove this harmful task. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it’s 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 choose Delete as shown on the screen below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks which have been created by adware. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to remove Russian pop-up ads with freeware
Manual removal guidance does not always allow to completely get rid of the ad-supported software, as it is not easy to identify and remove components of adware and all malicious files from hard disk. Therefore, it is recommended that you run malware removal utility to completely delete Russian advertisements off your web browser. Several free malware removal utilities are currently available that can be used against the adware. The optimum method would be to use Zemana Anti-malware, Malwarebytes Free and AdwCleaner.
Automatically remove Russian virus with Zemana Anti-malware
Zemana Anti-malware is a tool which can delete ‘ad supported’ software, potentially unwanted applications, browser hijackers and other malware from your machine easily and for free. Zemana Anti-malware is compatible with most antivirus software. It works under Windows (10 – XP, 32 and 64 bit) and uses minimum of machine resources.
- Download Zemana anti malware (ZAM) by clicking on the link below.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
- After the downloading process is finished, close all programs and windows on your PC system. Open a file location. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- Further, click Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once install is finished, click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the adware that created to reroute your browser to various Russian advertisements. When a malicious software, ad supported software or potentially unwanted software are found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is done.
- Once finished, it will display a screen which contains a list of malicious software that has been detected. When you’re ready, click “Next”. After the clean-up is finished, you can be prompted to reboot your computer.
Automatically remove Russian popup advertisements with Malwarebytes
Manual Russian advertisements removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the adware may be not completely removed. We suggest that use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely free your system of ad supported software. Moreover, the free program will help you to remove malicious software, PUPs, hijackers and toolbars that your personal computer can be infected too.
- Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop from the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your internet browser will display the “Save as” dialog box. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- Once the download is finished, please close all software and open windows on your system. Double-click on the icon that’s called mb3-setup.
- This will run the “Setup wizard” of Malwarebytes onto your machine. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the Malwarebytes will launch and display the main window.
- Further, click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the ad-supported software that causes a large amount of intrusive Russian pop-up ads. A system scan may take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your PC.
- When it has finished scanning your machine, a list of all threats detected is produced.
- All found items will be marked. You can get rid of them all by simply click the “Quarantine Selected” button. Once finished, you may be prompted to reboot the system.
- Close the AntiMalware and continue with the next step.
Video instruction, which reveals in detail the steps above.
Remove Russian popup ads and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner
The AdwCleaner tool is free and easy to use. It can check and delete malicious software, potentially unwanted software and adware in Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer web-browsers and thereby delete all annoying Russian ads. AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and remove harmful registry entries and files that are hidden on the machine.
- Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: April 28, 2022
- When the downloading process is done, double press the AdwCleaner icon. Once this utility is launched, press “Scan” button . This will begin scanning the whole computer to find out adware that causes multiple annoying advertisements and popups. This process can take some time, so please be patient.
- Once finished, it’ll show a screen which contains a list of malware that has been detected. Make sure all threats have ‘checkmark’ and click “Clean” button. It will show a prompt, click “OK”.
These few simple steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Stop Russian pop up advertisements and other annoying web pages
If you browse the Internet, you cannot avoid malvertising. But you can protect your internet browser against it. Download and use an ad-blocking program. AdGuard is an ad-blocking that can filter out a large count of of the malicious advertising, blocking dynamic scripts from loading malicious content.
Installing the AdGuard ad blocker application is simple. First you’ll need to download AdGuard by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
When the downloading process is finished, double-click the downloaded file to launch it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown in the figure below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick guide as shown in the figure below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick guide that will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you run your personal computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop pop up ads, Russian advertisements, as well as other harmful or misleading web sites. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that can be found on your desktop.
Method of Russian advertisements intrusion into your personal computer
Most of undesired ads such as Russian advertisements come from web browser toolbars, internet browser extensions, BHOs (browser helper objects) and additional applications. Most often, these items claim itself as programs which improve your experience on the Internet by providing a fast and interactive home page or a search engine that does not track you. Remember, how to avoid the unwanted applications. Be cautious, start only reputable programs which download from reputable sources. NEVER install any unknown and suspicious software.
To sum up
Now your machine should be free of the adware that causes multiple unwanted Russian advertisements and popups. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted ads and unwanted malicious web-pages) and Zemana Anti-malware (to periodically scan your computer for new hijackers, malware and ‘ad supported’ software). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to delete Russian pop up ads from the FF, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.