I wrote this article to help you remove Copypast.ru. This Copypast.ru removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Do you see the Copypast.ru every single time you open your browser or a new tab? Did it appear one day completely out of the blue and has it been your constant companion ever since? If the answer to all these questions is “yes” you have a problem to deal with. Actually, you have a browser hijacker to deal with. That’s right.
The Copypast.ru is a warning sign, which must not be ignored. If you see it, you have a parasite on board and you should not waste any time but proceed to delete it as soon as possible. Hijackers are a menace and being a host of one will cause you nothing but issues. What the pest does it annoying you, wrecking your machine, and jeopardizing your privacy. Don’t procrastinate. The longer it stays the more problematic it gets. Take immediate action. Otherwise, it won`t be long before you regret it.
Once the hijacker has tricked you into allowing it to infect your PC (that’s how hijackers enter), the problems begin. Like mentioned, Copypast.ru is your constant online companion and that is because the hijacker has replaced your homepage and search engine with it. This, of course, it did without bothering to ask for your permission. You open your browser, the site is there. You open a new tab, it is there. You try to load another page, it is still there as you get redirected back to it. And this is not the only page you will be forced to see. There will be other just as irritating and just as unreliable. However, you would have been lucky it that was all the hijacker had in store or you. Unfortunately, it is just getting started.
Next come the advertisements. Countless ads, pop-ups, commercials, offers, deals, etc. You will be flooded with them on daily basis. All the time they will cover your screen, getting on your nerves and making it impossible to get any work done. However, driving you mad is not all the redirects and the ads do. They are dangerous. Having them on board gets you one click away from another malware infection. Let`s explain. The ads conceal malware. And every time you click on one you agree said malware to enter your system and infect you.
The same goes for the shady pages you are constantly redirected to. Only one single click is enough. You understand that trying not to accidentally click on something all the time is absolutely unacceptable and it is not something you can get used to. This is what your browsing experience will turn into, if it hasn’t already, if you let the hijacker stay. You see for yourself that this is one very unpleasant situation. And said situation cannot go unnoticed by your machine for long. Your computer will start to underperform all the time, its speed will worsen and your system will start crashing/freezing frequently.
And like this is not more than enough to get rid of the parasite right away, there is one more reason you should do so. The biggest and most important one, which you cannot ignore even if you somehow decided that you can put up with all the other issues. The hijacker exposes your privacy at risk. It is capable of monitoring your every online move and collecting it. And don’t think that it doesn’t do all that. Because it does and Copypast.ru is not an exception. It has access to your private life but the work part is that it opens that door to its crooks as well.
You do understand what this means, right. Your private life is no longer private. Your sensitive data is now in the hands of cybercriminals, who can use it as they see fit. Or they can sell it to third parties. Either way, there is no scenario in which this end well for you. Financial scams and identity thefts are first to come to mind. You cannot let the happen. Don’t sit quietly while crooks are invading your privacy. Use our removal guide below to help you remove the hijacker once and for all. It is detailed and easy-to-follow and all you have to do is do the steps in the exact order.
How did you get stuck with this infection? You don’t know, do you? Well, you allowed it to enter. It was you who gave it green light and doesn’t even remember doing so. Don’t rush to blame yourself just yet. It is a fact that these infections NEED your permission to get in so they ask for it. But they don’t do that straightforward, of course. If they were, you would say “no” for sure. That’s why they use other tactics to trick you. Like spam email attachments and freeware. Or, compromised links/pages and fake program updates.
The methods are many but neither of them will work without your carelessness. By carelessness we mean skipping installation steps, not reading the Terms and Conditions or EULA, opting for the Basic settings because they guarantee you speed, and clicking “next’ without knowing what you are agreeing with. All of this leads to malware infection. You basically help the hijacker trick you. Don’t be naïve, be thorough. This is how you protect yourself in the cyber world.
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 follow to permanently remove 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 Copypast.ru from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.