A browser hijacker, known to be using the Russian based website, called Workno(.)ru has been reported to take over affected users’ web browsers. The browser hijacker may collect sensitive information, display different search results and also be indirectly dangerous by redirecting the user to third-party sites. Since some of those sites may infect the user with malware, it is strongly advisable to take immediate actions towards removing it.
|Name||Workno(.)ru Browser Hijacker|
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The application may represent an indirect risk via tracking technologies and third-party sites.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness fake Java Update downloads as well as redirects to other potentially harmful domains and online advertisements.|
|Distribution Method||Via PUPs, installed by bundling or by visiting a suspicious third-party site that is advertising it.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Workno(.)ru Browser Hijacker.|
Workno(.)ru Browser Hijacker – How Is It Spread
One way for this browser hijacker to be distributed throughout the public is via various free program setups hosted by providing websites of different software. Such sites usually implement the so-called bundling strategy. It involves the adding of third-party programs like the Workno(.)ru browser hijacker that may be concealed as a useful program to help daily browsing activities. Users are strongly advised to always check the End User License and the “Advanced” or “Custom” installation options of the software they are installing to prevent such situations from happening.
Workno(.)ru Browser Hijacker In Detail
Once activated on the affected computer, the software may “hijack” the web browser of the user. Side effects of this may be the adding of a custom web browser extension and taking over the management of the home page and new tab page, changing it to Workno(.)ru.
In addition to that the software may use different tracking technologies to collect specific user information:
- Location and IP address.
- Software installed on the computer.
- Language preferences.
- Online browsing history.
- Online mouse click history.
- What the user types in the browser.
- The browser’s settings.
These may be used for various purposes. Such information may include personal or financial credentials and it may be sold to third-parties that are interested. Consequences may vary from spam emails on your address that contain malware to identity and financial theft. Usually, most antivirus programs do not detect browser hijackers such as this one because they are considered a low-level cyber-threat.
Furthermore, when the website Workno(.)ru has been analyzed only to discover that it did not have HTTPS. This is highly untypical, especially for search engines like this one.
Additionally when something was searched via this site, it redirected to a variant of mail(.)ru that did not display the same web link in the address bar as the original mail(.)ru when the same word was searched:
The bottom line is that it is advisable for affected users to put the Workno(.)ru browser hijacker on their non-trust list since the software may be indirectly malicious. Besides collecting user information, it may redirect you to suspicious third-party websites via advertisements. Those sites contain two types of dangers to users:
- Online scamming.
- Malware infection.
Remove Workno(.)ru Browser Hijacker from Your Computer
Since this application may modify different key modules of the browser and also tamper with Windows Registry settings. This is why it is advisable to use an advanced anti-malware software that will allow you to scan for this and other software that may harm your computer.
Delete Workno(.)ru Browser Hijacker from Windows and Your Browser
Remove Workno(.)ru Browser Hijacker automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Workno(.)ru Browser Hijacker from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Workno(.)ru Browser Hijacker from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Workno(.)ru Browser Hijacker from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Workno(.)ru Browser Hijacker from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Workno(.)ru Browser Hijacker from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Workno(.)ru Browser Hijacker from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Workno(.)ru Browser Hijacker from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Workno(.)ru Browser Hijacker from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Workno(.)ru Browser Hijacker
Step 2: Uninstall Workno(.)ru Browser Hijacker and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Workno(.)ru Browser Hijacker on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Workno(.)ru Browser Hijacker there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Workno(.)ru Browser Hijacker from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Workno(.)ru Browser Hijacker and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Workno(.)ru Browser Hijacker via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Workno(.)ru Browser Hijacker from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Workno(.)ru Browser Hijacker from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Workno(.)ru Browser Hijacker from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Workno(.)ru Browser Hijacker from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Workno(.)ru Browser Hijacker will be removed.
Eliminate Workno(.)ru Browser Hijacker from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.