What is Loadblanks.ru?

If your start page was automatically replaced with Loadblanks.ru and you occasionally get redirected to unfamiliar web pages you do not want to visit there is probably a browser hijacker on the computer. Such applications usually look like simple search engines, but sadly they are being created not to enhance the browsing experience. By creating threats like Loadblanks.ru, their developers often seek to gain advertising revenue while promoting content that may come from unknown sources. Talking about this search engine, our specialists at Anti-spyware-101.com say, there is a chance some of its advertised websites or products could be potentially malicious. In other words, keeping the application might be dangerous as it could encourage you to interact with malicious content. Naturally, if the computer’s safety is more important to you, the browser hijacker should be removed without any hesitation. To learn more about this program keep reading the article. Afterward, we advise erasing it with the instructions available below the text.

Where does Loadblanks.ru come from?

The Loadblanks.ru could be received through bundled installation files that users may download from suspicious file-sharing web pages. Thus, to avoid applications alike it would be most advisable to choose more reliable websites, for example, an official site of the software’s publisher or its partners, etc. However, even suspicious programs can have official sites that might look rather convincing, so it is even more important to make sure the software’s creators are reliable. If you want to feel even safer while browsing the Internet, we could suggest using a legitimate antimalware tool as well, since it can warn you and help you guard the system against various threats.

How does Loadblanks.ru work?

During the installation, the application should create a folder called Browsers in the %Appdata% directory. This folder might contain various executable, batch, or hidden files related to the browser hijacker. Some of them are used to modify the browser’s settings as they may contain code lines with hidden tasks that command your browser to load Loadblanks.ru or redirect you to other web pages. All the program has to do is hijack the application’s shortcut and switch the existing Target Line with the location or path where the file containing the commands is placed (e.g., C:\Users\{unique username}\AppData\Roaming\Browsers\exe.xoferif.bat). As a result, the threat may load the search engine or redirect you elsewhere without any permission.

The worst part is that either while using Loadblanks.ru or while the program redirects you to other websites, you may encounter unreliable advertising content. For instance, the ads could suggest users get more suspicious software, for example, adware, potentially unwanted applications, doubtful extensions, toolbars, and so on. Some of the third-party web pages might even distribute fake update files or other malicious content, and if you agree to download it or interact with it in any other way, your system could get infected with Trojans, viruses, etc. Of course, we do not say this will necessarily happen to you, but there is such a risk, and the application simply does not look worthy enough to take any chances. Therefore, we advise erasing the browser hijacker.

How to delete Loadblanks.ru?

One way to get rid of Loadblanks.ru is to remove its created folder with all the data within it manually. Additionally, we recommend erasing all hijacked shortcuts; they should be replaced with new ones. If you need some help with any of these tasks you could use the instructions we added slightly below this text. Needless to say that if the manual deletion seems to be a little too complicated it would be best to leave this task for a legitimate antimalware tool. Also, if you would like to know anything else about the browser hijacker or its removal, you could write a message in the comments section or reach us through social media.

Eliminate Loadblanks.ru

  1. Open the File Explorer (Win+E).
  2. Copy and paste this directory %APPDATA% into the Explorer.
  3. Click Enter and locate a folder called Browsers.
  4. Select Browsers and press Shift+Delete.
  5. Locate the hijacked browser’s shortcuts in the following paths:
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs
    %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    %USERPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
  6. Select the hijacked shortcuts one by one and press Shift+Delete.
  7. Create new shortcuts in directories you want, e.g. Desktop.
  8. Click on an empty space with your right mouse button.
  9. Select New, then click Shortcut and press Browse.
  10. Choose the path where the browser’s launcher is located.
  11. Click Next and select Finish.
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