Russian Ads is adware capable of overwhelming the user with – well – Russian pop-up advertisements. More importantly, it tracks your online behavior and causes additional problems to your system. Our malware experts recommend not only to remove it the moment you realize you have it, but to also learn how to avoid getting infected by PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) in general.
How Do You Know Your PC Has Been Infected by Russian Ads?
As you can guess by the name, the Russian Ads adware will continuously generate multiple pop-ups with content written in Russian language. Interesting enough, the ads will show up in Russian regardless of whether you or your country is Russian-speaking or not.
The adware is apparently related to a browser extension for Chrome called Hover Zoom. It’s been reported that the Russian Ads appears on the user’s PC after Hover Zoom has been installed.
What Does Russian Ads Do to Your PC?
Once infiltrated, Russian Ads may alter your browser settings and redirect you to unwanted websites. You are likely to have a hard time reverting these settings back to normal. It may even be impossible to do so.
The adware will noticeably slow down your computer’s performance and Internet speed as it consumes a large amount of your system’s resources. You may even not be able to open some of your programs or once opened, they will crash.
The worst of all, however, is that Russian Ads has the ability to track your online behavior such as your most visited websites, search preferences, etc. This way, it practically invades your privacy without your knowledge and consent. The tracked information is then shared with third parties in order to personalize the ads showing up on the websites you visit.
How Does Russian Ads Enter My PC?
Via bundling. You have probably downloaded a free program from the Web without paying attention to the installation process. Thus, you have automatically accepted the default settings which include the bundling as well.
Bundling is the method through which PUPs such as Russian Ads enter your system unnoticed. They are attached to other free programs users often download.
Therefore, in order to protect your system and personal data, you must watch out what you download from the Web. Do not bluntly accept the “recommended” settings throughout the installation process but rather aim for custom installation. Disable the features you know nothing about.
Should I Remove Russian Ads?
You practically have no benefit of keeping Russian Ads on your system. Especially if you are non-Russian speaking. The adware is not a virus and does not cause a real harm to your system, but it acts quite annoying and disturbs your normal activities.
Therefore, it’s best to remove it the minute you realize you have it. To do so, you can either follow the manual instructions below or simply download a trustworthy anti-malware tool that will perform a full system scan and will clean your system successfully.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool. Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool