|Type||Browser Redirect, Hijacker|
|Short Description||Hi.ru is a Russian website that may take over the user’s home or search page.|
|Symptoms||The user may have the website set as his homepage without his approval.|
|Distribution Method||Not clear yet.|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Hi.ru Browser Redirect.|
Hi.ru is Russian website that is most likely neither malicious nor suspicious. However, according to user complaints, hi.ru takes over the browser and will continually redirect the user to it without his consent. Both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox can be affected. The redirect is reported to be persistent and difficult to remove. Hi.ru may have been brought by a potentially unwanted program that should be eliminated from the PC.
Update July 2017! There have been multiple different browser hijackers that are related to the hi.ru browser domain or domains similar to it. This has resulted in the global Alexa ranking of the site to increase.
Hi.ru Redirect Details
VirusTotal has analyzed Hi.ru. Only one anti-virus program detects it as malicious, and five solutions haven’t rated it.
Nonetheless, what is troublesome about it is the way it was brought to the user’s browser as a home page.
If the user has recently downloaded a piece of free software, hi.ru may have been included in the Download Agreement as a home page. However, more information is needed to confirm the ways hi.ru employs to hijack the browser.
To avoid being exposed to a malicious threat or unwanted software, the user should consider scanning his system. Additionally, he may want to think twice before clicking on an advertisement brought by hi.ru. Doing so may:
- Redirect users to dubious websites employed for phishing or other forms of social engineering scams.
- Add tracking technologies to the browser – persistent and Flash cookies, beacons, etc.
- Collect relevant information about the user and his system.
Hi.ru Removal Options
As we already said in the beginning, hi.ru has been persistent in the attempts to be removed from Firefox and Chrome. There still may be an easy solution to rid the PC from the intrusive page.
Оne thing to be tried is launching the browser from the Start Menu instead of the taskbar. Unpinning it from the taskbar may also do the work. Also, try the steps at the bottom of the article. They are a proven solution for removing unwanted browser extensions with hijacking capabilities.
Note that running a full system scan to determine if there is potentially unwanted software hiding in your system may still be required.
Manually delete Hi.ru from Windows and your browser
Note! Substantial notification about the Hi.ru threat: Manual removal of Hi.ru requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.