How to remove hihikal.ru

What is hihikal.ru

Hihikal.ru is a russian browser hijacker. It is absolutely useless for visitors because it was designed purely to generate revenue to its owner by showing ads. The intrusive web page infects your computer when you download freeware programs and launch dubious executable files. After the infection you browser starts opening by itself when you log in to your Windows account and the website http://hihikal.ru pops up in the browser as the start page. Hihikal.ru is not actually a virus. It is just an intrusive website added to startup by malware. Here is our step-by-step guide on how to remove hihikal.ru from the browser, get rid of ads, stop your browser auto launch on startup and delete malware from your PC.  hihikal.ru how to remove from browser

How to remove Hihikal.ru from Chrome, Firefox or Edge

Follow these steps to get rid of hihikal.ru pop-up redirect in the browser. It also should be mentioned that some time ago we wrote about the similar hijacker.

  1. Scan your system using AdwCleaner and remove all detected adware and PUPs:
    remove hihikal.ru using adwcleaner
  2. Scan your system using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and remove all found malicious items. This will probably remove hihikal.ru installer:
    remove hihikal.ru installer using anti-malware
  3. Install CCleaner.
  4. Remove malicious task that adds http://hihikal.ru website to startup.
    In CCleaner go to Tools Startup and check the tab Scheduled Tasks. Delete malicious task. If you are not 100% sure that the entry is harmful you can just “disable” it: delete task hihikal ru using ccleaner Alternatively you can open the Task Scheduler (Win+R, Taskschd.msc, Enter). Search for malicious task that can reinstall hijacker. Usually such tasks launch suspicious executable files from C:\Users\AppData\Local:remove hihikal.ru installer task
  5. Remove startup entry that launches hihikal.ru redirector.
    Go to tab Windows in CCleaner. Search for an antry containing suspicious or unknown website address. Delete such entry. In our case we found:

    explorer "http://merepen.ru/?utm_source=uoua03&utm_content=f96c35e6dc526b508a5e211bca33a"

    hihikal.ru redirect website: merepen.ru

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  6. Delete all files and folders in C:\Users\Your-Name\AppData\Local\Temp (where ‘C’ is your system drive): clean folder appdata local temp
  7. Clean your system using CCleaner. Delete browser caches, cookies, temporary files:
    ccleaner clean temp cache

How to remove hihikal.ru manually (method 2)

1. Find out the site that redirects you to hihikal.ru

The best way to do it is to turn off the internet. So you can:

  • unplug the ethernet cable from the network adapter;

disconnect network cable

  • disconnect from the wireless network;

disconnect network connection

  • disable the network connection;

disable network interface

After you turned off the Internet restart your computer:

reboot pc

On system startup the browser will launch and you will be able to see which site tries to load initially (before hihikal.ru):

website redirecting to hihikal.ru

2. Remove the URL that redirects to hihikal.ru from the registry

Launch the registry editor (Win+r, regedit, Enter).
Search for the website name (in our case merepen.ru). Click on Computer, press CTRL+F, type the name of the website you’ve found on the previous step, click Find Next to search:
remove hihikal.ru from the registryand delete all entries that contain the URL:

remove hihikal ru redirect from the registry

3. Clean temp folder

Go to C:\Users\Your-Name\AppData\Local\Temp. Delete all files and folders.

clean folder appdata local temp

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