I started seeing Russian ads after installing freeware which later installed a malicious browser extension called Image Hover Zoom. Most of the ads were adult and some advertised 'earn money fast' scams. I'm still not sure why adware's developer decided to infect computers in countries where users do not speak Russian and normally don't see that kind of ads. Needles to say, everyone will immediately realize that something isn't right. Maybe they were testing something or maybe it was a bug in code or severs. One way or another, it turned out well for most users as they could notice that their computers were infected.
The adware also installs a component on your computer which tracks your online browsing habits – meaning it monitors which websites you are looking at. This then allows the adware's developer to show you adverts that are more akin to your interests, or what they perceive to be your interests. The main issue is that this component, because it is working hard to track what you're doing and then relay this data back to the developer, is taking up valuable resources on your operating system, subsequently slowing your CPU down, and your Internet connection too – which it is using to transit the data it has collected about you. But obviously, for some reason their tracking component failed at the time I was testing this adware and seeing lots of Russian ads on my web browser.
What else does this adware do to a PC?
Such adware programs exhibit some truly disturbing behavior and they are definitely something which you should take pains to prevent from infecting you. More of that shortly but first here are just some of the problems adware and Russian ads can cause you.
- Your computer takes longer to boot up and is running a lot more slowly than normal
- Your default settings have changed and refuse to revert back to normal no matter how many times you try
- Programs won't open or open and then crash
- Your desktop may have changed and new icons have appeared
- Websites may take far longer to load
- You might be seeing numerous Russian pop up ads, in this case
- A new mystery tool bar has suddenly appeared
We strongly suggest implementing one, if not all, of the following measures to protect yourself against the horrors of adware.
- Install a reputable anti-malware program and keep it bang up to date
- Install a firewall
- Ensure all programs and applications on devices are also fully up to date
- Try and steer clear of websites of a dubious nature. Gaming and adult websites are often hotspots for adware (and other malware)
- Don't open attachments or click on links in emails and instant messages if you don't recognize the sender
- And if you DO trust the sender, still exercise caution as they could have been hacked or the email could be a spoof
If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
Russian Ads Removal Guide:
1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.
2. Remove Russian Ads related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).
Go to the Start Menu. Select Control Panel → Add/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".
Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.
3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
- Image Hover Zoom
- and any other recently installed application
Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.
Remove Russian Ads related extensions from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Image Hover Zoom, MediaPlayerV1, Gosave, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Remove Russian Ads related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove Image Hover Zoom, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove Russian Ads related add-ons from Internet Explorer:
1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to Tools → Manage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.
2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.