Time-to-read is a browser-hijacker. It is disguised as a search engine but in fact it redirects all search queries to go.mail.ru. As a rule this intrusive website appears in all installed browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer, etc. It has a lot of domains-redirectors. They all redirect to:
Below you will find the step by step guide and a video guide about how to get rid of time-to-read.ru in the browser.
Attention! The guide is divided into two parts: automatic removal and manual removal. Unfortunately the automatic method is not 100% successful on practice because the developers of the hijacker are constantly modifying their malware. So, if you can not remove the time-to-read.ru pop-up using the automatic method, please try to remove it manually.
How to remove time-to-read
1. Scan system with HijackThis
Download the TrendMicro HihackThis tool.
Run it and press Scan.
Inspect the list thoroughly. Select the items that contain unknown URLs or domain names and press Fix checked:
2. Scan with AdwCleaner
3. Scan with HitmanPro
Download HitmanPro. Scan the system and remove all found malicious programs:
How to remove time-to-read.ru manually
1. Find out the website name that redirects you to time-to-read.ru
The best way to do it is to turn off the internet. All possible ways to do it are:
- unplug the ethernet cable from your wired network card;
- disconnect from Wi-Fi;
- disable the network interface;
After you turned off the Internet reboot your system:
Wait for the browser to launch. You will see which site tries to load before time-to-read.ru. Copy the web address:
Now let us remove time-to-read.ru.
2. Delete harmful task
There is a task that ads the time-to-read.ru to the registry. Launch the Task scheduler and look through all tasks. Delete all the task executing unknown files:
This is also can be done with CCleaner:
3. Inspect the startup
In Windows XP and 7 you can run msconfig:
Go to Startup tab and uncheck the items that contain harmful elements:
In Windows 8 and 10 we recommend to use CCleaner. Go to Tools – Startup – Windows. If you see a suspicious string containing the malware URL select it and press Delete:
4. Clear some folders in user profile
- Open the folder:
Delete folders with strange names like:
- Empty the folder:
5. Remove time-to-read.ru from the registry
- Search by the phrases
and delete all found items:
- Search for the name of site-redirector (that you have found out in step 1)
and delete all detected items.
- Search for
cmd /c start
and delete all found items as well.
6. Remove time-to-read.ru from Mozilla Firefox
- Go to:
- Open the file
or something like that with .js extension
- Delete the string containing something like:
user_pref(«browser.startup.homepage», «basady.ru/?utm_source=startpage0303&utm_content=78ae1a8331acc78c9784a6e399c0404a»); user_pref(«browser.startup.page», 1);
- Save the js-file.