I wrote this article to help you remove Imatiro.ru. This Imatiro.ru removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Imatiro.ru is a malicious website. Security experts have found that this domain is used by an adware program. The rogue tool uses the website to redirect people. It can take you to infected domains. Be warned that this can happen involuntarily. You can be redirected in the middle of your sessions. The risk is severe, as you can contact malware which is capable of damaging your operating system (OS) and your personal files. The consequences can be grave. You should take precautions without delay. Upon noticing the unusual activity, it is best to stop using your web browser. We will explain why in the course of this article.
What security issues can the adware behind Imatiro.ru lead to?
The key task of the insidious program is to redirect users. The adware behind Imatiro.ru is capable of interrupting the current session by loading another website into the same browser window or tab you are viewing. In the beginning, this will just be an annoyance. You will lose track of your work and be forced to restart your sessions. As time progresses, you will discover that your machine is becoming rather slow. It will fail to process large data requests. This is due to the activity of the rogue program. The adware behind Imatiro.ru requires a lot of CPU to perform its designated tasks. This takes its toll on the machine. Your computer will become sluggish and often freeze.
The highest amount of data is used to create advertisements. The shady program will try to get you to visit supported websites at your own decision. This is the preferred way to redirect users. Advertisers have a better chance at manipulating people’s actions when they have decided to visit their platforms. At best, you would be tempted to buy a product which is supposed to be offered at a bargain price. In the worst case scenario, you would contact malware. The ads appear in different shapes and formats, like pop-ups, pop-unders, in-text links, banners, coupon boxes, freebies, floating, inline, comparison, transitional, contextual, interstitial, comparison and full-page ads. You should steer clear of them.
The adware behind Imatiro.ru poses a threat to users’ personal security, as well. The sinister program can record input from your web browser, like your history, keystrokes, email, IP address, geographic location, area code, telephone number, physical address, user names, passwords and PIN codes. The owners of the malevolent program will trade your data on the darknet without asking for permission. Your personal data can fall into the hands of cyber criminals.
How did the adware behind Imatiro.ru penetrate my system?
The adware behind Imatiro.ru uses a couple of distribution techniques which we will refer to as dark patterns. The more common method is bundling. The secluded program can travel in a bundle with a pirated application, a freeware or shareware tool. It can get installed together with the main program without your knowledge. The unwanted tool will be listed as a bonus program. You have to find this option along the terms and conditions and deselect it. Never agree to have additional software added.
The other propagation vector the adware behind Imatiro.ru uses is spam emails. This pattern is just as underhanded, if not more. The secluded program is hidden behind an attachment from the letter. The sender’s job is to make the recipient open it. Spammers try to attract users’ attention by talking about important documents and notifications. The person behind the fake message can introduce himself as an authorized representative of an existing company or entity, like the national post, a courier firm, a social network, an e-commerce platform, a government branch or the district police department. You can check whether the sender is who he claims to be by looking up the contacts from the letter.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must perform to remove the hijacker from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Imatiro.ru from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.