12kotov.ru is a website you will be taken to every day if a browser hijacker ever enters your computer. You will not see the URL 12kotov.ru in the address bar. Instead, you will be redirected there by tsirangi.ru, nurili.ru, mwiremo.ru, rgenika.ru, dimirsa.ru, or tsonepo.ru. In most cases, users from Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Belarus, and Kazakhstan get infected with this browser hijacker; however, you can be sure that you have this threat on your computer too no matter where you live if you are taken to 12kotov.ru against your will. At first glance, 12kotov.ru looks like a decent website having a search box in the middle. As you have probably already noticed, the search box is not the only component of this website. It also contains a bunch of articles on different topics, users can check the weather forecast, and they can even quickly find currency exchange rates. Even though 12kotov.ru does not look like a harmful website, you need to remove it from your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox browsers if you wish to set another search tool instead of it. Users might find it rather difficult to delete 12kotov.ru from all their browsers because the browser hijacker that promotes this website has made modifications in the system registry so that this website will be opened for users automatically when they launch their browsers.
At first glance, 12kotov.ru does not seem to be a very harmful webpage; however, in reality, it is not a very trustworthy website because it contains sponsored links that promote other untrustworthy websites that belong to third parties. In addition, you will see advertisements among the search results if you enter a search query as well. Generally speaking, there is a huge possibility to end up on an untrustworthy website by keeping a browser hijacker that opens 12kotov.ru for you every day. What is more, you risk experiencing privacy-related problems too by visiting this website because it is known to be able to collect information about users and their activities. Your name, surname, and other personal details will be recorded if you submit them yourself; however, it has been found that this page is primarily interested in users’ browsing behavior. You can be sure that all this gathered data will be shared with partners. If you do not want this information to end up in the hands of untrustworthy companies, you have to eliminate the browser hijacker from your system as soon as possible.
In order to apply changes and open 12kotov.ru automatically for users, a browser hijacker infection creates an entry (it has a random name) in the Run registry key (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). In addition, you will also find a new shortcut (Вoйти в Интeрнет.lnk) on your Desktop. If you double-click on it, it will open 12kotov.ru as well. Luckily, this browser hijacker will not make any other modifications; however, it still means that it will not be enough to reset browsers to fully eliminate 12kotov.ru.
Browser hijackers usually enter computers without permission. According to specialists working at 411-spyware.com, the browser hijacker promoting 12kotov.ru is not an exception either. It has been found that it might be spread in fake installers that are available on Russian file-sharing websites. Of course, this browser hijacker does not travel alone. Research has shown that it might travel bundled with Torrent Search, Searchgo, and Amigo browser. Not all the programs this infection travels with are trustworthy. Therefore, you should be cautious. If you find it hard to recognize which of the programs you have on your PC are associated with the browser hijacker, you should scan your computer with an automatic malware remover.
To delete the 12kotov.ru browser hijacker fully, you need to undo changes it has made in the system registry and then reset browsers one by one. If it is the first time you are going to delete a hijacker yourself, you should use our manual removal instructions which you can find below this article. Alternatively, you can use an automatic malware remover, e.g. SpyHunter. This tool will clean your system within seconds.