Remove Brandnewcoms.ru “Virus” from Chrome/Firefox

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I wrote this article to help you remove Brandnewcoms.ru. This Brandnewcoms.ru removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

The website Brandnewcoms.ru has two purposes. It provides a search engine and relevant news from around the world. The engine has basic search functionality. The news items are listed according to their date of publication. They are not sorted into separate fields. Brandnewcoms.ru may not be the most organized website you will find on the web. Regardless, you may find a use for it. In case you have interest in using the platform’s services, you should hear us out. Research on Brandnewcoms.ru has revealed that the website is corrupted. It is associated to a browser hijacker which poses security threats. Both your system and your personal information will be at risk.

The clandestine program does not enter computers through the Brandnewcoms.ru website. Rather, it uses a backdoor. The most common way for the hijacker to get access to your machine is through a bundle. The shady tool travels with other programs, like freeware, shareware and pirated versions of paid utilities. Stealth tactics are used to trick people into allowing the install of the Brandnewcoms.ru hijacker. The undesired program will be included in the terms and conditions of the main software. It will not run a separate installation process or open a dialog box. It is up to you to find the option and deselect it. You can cancel the installation altogether, when you find a suspicious detail.

The other distribution technique the Brandnewcoms.ru hijacker has been cited to use is spam emails. The furtive program hides behind attachments. The containing file can be a text document, an image, an archive or a zipped folder. The spammer behind the misleading message will try to convince you that it is a legitimate notification from a reliable entity. He can state that he is a representative of the national post, a government branch, a bank or another reputable entity. To check whether the email is reliable, proof the contacts. Compare the email account and the physical address with the coordinates of the represented organization.

Remove Brandnewcoms.ru
The Brandnewcoms.ru Virus

The interventions of the Brandnewcoms.ru hijacker expose the computer to security risks. The most obvious change you will notice for sure pertains to the browsing preferences. The insidious program changes the homepage and default search engine to Brandnewcoms.ru. This website is not a reliable search provider. It includes supported results amid the regular. The sponsored content is considered risky because it does not go through a security check. The owners of the Brandnewcoms.ru hijacker agree to promote the websites of all paying parties without doing their part to proof their reliability. Reverting back to your original settings is not an option. The rogue program will reset your browser.

The supported content can be brought in a straightforward way. In fact, the majority of the sponsored websites are linked through advertisements. The Brandnewcoms.ru hijacker generates adverts on a regular basis. The intrusive ads can pop up in new browser windows. They can also appear enclosed within the windows you have currently opened. There are several types of embedded advertisements. The interstitial, inline and contextual ads are stationary. They are situated at a certain place within the page. The floating and transitional ads move around and follow the user, as he scrolls down. In-text links are an unusual case. Certain words within the page are highlighted and underlined. When you hover over them, a small pop-up appears. As long as you do not click on them, you will be safe.

The proprietors of the Brandnewcoms.ru website are undisclosed. The anonymity allows them not to assume responsibility for people’s security. You will notice that there are no sections for terms of use and privacy policy. The presence of binding agreements is a necessity for all online platforms. They ensure the security of the end user. In certain instances, the interests of the website’s owners are also protected by the regulations set forth. If there is no disclosure on the identity and policy of the entity behind a given website, it is best to avoid visiting it.

Perhaps the biggest threat around the Brandnewcoms.ru hijacker comes from its ability to monitor users’ browsing sessions and collect information on them. The malevolent program can record your web history, keystrokes and tracking cookies. The aftermath of this activity depends on the purposes you use your computer for. The Brandnewcoms.ru hijacker can record your email, telephone number, user names, passwords and financial details. The rogue program can also access your IP address and track your geographic location. The gathered input can be sold on the darknet without your consent.

Brandnewcoms.ru Removal

STEP-1 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.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
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.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
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).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

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.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove Brandnewcoms.ru from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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Daniel Stoyanov
Daniel Stoyanov has a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Daniel provides top cyber security news with in-depth coverage of malware, vulnerabilities, PC and Network security, online safety.If you have any questions feel free to ask him right now.

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