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smartinf-main-sensorstechforumSmartinf.ru is the main page in a browser hijacking search engine. The Hijacker can change the homepage and default search engine in your Web browser. The hijacker can mask itself as a toolbar extension. The malware originates from Russia. This article will focus on what this malicious malware is and how you can remove it!

Threat Summary

NameSmartinf(.)ru
TypeAdware, Browser Hijacker
Short DescriptionSmartinf.ru is a fake search engine associate
SymptomsYou might get redirects from your homepage while browsing, and from the new tab as well. You can see adverts in your browser generated from the hijacker.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Smartinf.ru – Ways of Delivery

Smartinf.ru is found inside third-party installational setups. The hijacker might install and take control of your Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox without your knowledge. Bundled packs and some freeware installers might install the hijacker on your computer. By default, freeware installers like Smartinf.ru have additive features selected for installation such as more applications. To avoid unwanted programs or applications on your system, always check the Advanced and Custom setting when installing software.

The Smartinf.ru hijacker might also get delivered through Internet advertisements, such as pop-ups or banners. Another delivery method is multiple redirects to malicious websites. The websites are most likely to be partnered in some manner with the Smartinf.com website.

Smartinf.ru – Detailed Description

The Smartinf.ru homepage

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As you can see above, Smartinf.ru looks like a regular search engine with random articles featured on the main page. The Privacy, Terms of use and other settings that should be accessible on the bottom of any legitimate search engine can’t be accessed in Smartinf.ru because the page keeps loading more and more random articles when you scroll down. If you attempt to use this search engine, you’ll be redirected to Mail.ru!

When Smartinf.ru Hijacker takes over your browser, it’ll probably swap your default search engine with Smartinf.ru.
Smartinf.ru completely lacks a Privacy Policy. The site is also unencrypted. That’s not a good sign as the search engine likely collects personal data from your searches, browser history. It also disperses excessive ads.
Smartinf.ru likely collects your;

•IP address
•Email address
•Name
•Browser type
•Referral data
•Platform type
•Demographic information

There’s no real upside to using this site as it’s not even a real search engine and only redirects your keywords to Mail.ru.

Smartinf.ru Browser Hijacker – Removal

You can remove the Smartinf.ru browser hijacker by following the step-by-step guide bellow. You should take special care to completely remove the malware, including all the leftover files and settings. The most secure way to do that is installing an anti-malware program.

Note! Your computer system may be affected by Smartinf(.)ru or other threats.
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To remove Smartinf(.)ru follow these steps:

1. Uninstall malicious programs from Windows
2. Clean your Browser and Registry from Smartinf(.)ru

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Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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