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Yandex.ru Redirect

Also Known As: yandex.ru browser hijacker
Damage level: Medium

yandex.ru redirect removal instructions

What is yandex.ru?

yandex.ru is a legitimate Russian Internet search engine promoted by a variety of deceptive applications. These apps/browser add-ons usually offer a variety of 'useful functions', however, they often infiltrate systems without users’ permission. Furthermore, they are likely to generate intrusive online advertisements and collect personally identifiable information. Therefore, these apps are classed as browser hijackers and potentially unwanted programs (PUP).

yandex.ru browser hijacker

Browser hijackers usually target the most popular web browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox), assigning the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options to yandex.ru. Furthermore, browser hijackers reassign these settings when user-attempts are made to revert the changes. Thus, returning browsers to their previous states becomes impossible. This is performed without users' permission. Therefore, users are forced to continually visit yandex.ru without their consent, significantly diminishing the web browsing experience. Although yandex.ru is a legitimate site, the distributing applications are not legitimate. Browser hijackers often display intrusive advertisements that conceal underlying website content and lead to malicious websites - clicking them is risky and will result in further computer infections. Furthermore, many browser hijackers track Internet browsing activity by gathering information that might be personally identifiable (geo-location, language settings, OS/browsers type, IP addresses, websites visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.). This recorded data is often shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) and misused to generate revenue. This situation can lead to serious privacy issues. Therefore, you should uninstall all browser hijackers immediately.

The Internet is full of browser-hijacking applications that promote a variety of fake Internet search engines. Examples include clearsearches.com, search-shield.com, fasttoaccess.com, and swift2search.com. Note that fake search engines promises to enhance the web browsing experience by generating improved search results, however, they are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Claims to enhance the browsing experience are attempts to trick users into believing that these sites are legitimate. They are useless for regular users, and some generate results leading to malicious websites. Thus, using a fake Internet search engine can lead to high-risk computer infections. Despite this, yandex.ru is a legitimate Internet search engine and it poses no threat to Internet browsing safety.

How did yandex.ru install on my computer?

Browser-hijacking apps are usually distributed using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - stealth installation of potentially unwanted programs with regular (often free) software. Bundled programs are usually hidden within the "Custom/Advanced" settings of download or installation processes. Rushing and skipping this section exposes systems to risk of various infections and compromises users' privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent this situation, be cautious when downloading and installing software. Closely analyze each step when downloading and installing software. Furthermore, decline all offers to download/install additional programs and never allow set-ups to modify settings that are irrelevant to the installation.

Installer set-up distributing a browser hijacker (VkontakteDJ) that promotes yandex.ru:

Official VkontakDJ installer setup

Screenshot of VkontakteDJ application:

Browser-hijacking application VkontakteDJ

Screenshot of Browser Manager application - prevents users from changing their Internet browser settings (homepage and default Internet search engine):

Browser Manager promotes yandex.ru

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Quick menu:

yandex.ru browser hijacker removal:

Windows 10 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

macOS (OSX) users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

yandex.ru browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently-installed suspicious applications (for example, "Yandex"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause browser redirects to the yandex.ru website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

yandex.ru browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing yandex.ru related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing yandex.ru from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://yandex.ru and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing yandex.ru from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "yandex".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the yandex.ru browser hijacker, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing yandex.ru related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Change your homepage:

Removing yandex.ru from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over hxxp://yandex.ru and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Change your default search engine:

Removing yandex.ru from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search" section, click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "yandex" and add or select your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the yandex.ru browser hijacker, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing yandex.ru related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions" and remove all recently-installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing yandex.ru from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://yandex.ru and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing yandex.ru from Mozilla Firefox default search engine

In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "yandex"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with yandex.ru browser hijacker removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage and new tab settings:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".

Change your default Internet search engine:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the yandex.ru browser hijacker, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

Removal assistance:
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