Nov 18, 2013 Redirect Removal

I was on this website researching for one of my assignments and something downloaded and installed itself onto my laptop. I open Google Chrome browser and the homepage is changed to now! I have tried everything that has been suggested on Google but nothing is working!!! I have tried uninstalling it from the control panel, it’s not listed. I have tried changing the homepage on chrome settings, managed to change it in writing but it hasn’t actually changed anything. How do I get rid of redirect completely?

Get Redirected To – How To Remove? (also called Yet Another Cleaner Search or YAC Search) is a website associated with an antivirus called Yet Another Cleaner. This redirect thing has the ability to change your default homepage and search result pages as well as install additional toolbars against your will. Although it seems like a regular web page that provides a search box to users and let them search any information they want, no one can guarantee that it is a safe website. It may like other bogus search engines which may contain a tracking cookie designed to keep track of how many times you visit a website and how long you stay, your browser type, your IP address, and other web surfing activities, then according to those collected information, it keeps showing annoying advertisement on your computer out of nowhere. This search box cannot be compared with legitimate search provider such as Google, Bing or Yahoo. Therefore, don’t leave YAC Search take over your browser, it needs to be removed as soon as possible.

Typically, hijacker may install itself if a computer user has ever visited illegal or malicious websites or downloaded freeware or shareware from untrustworthy sources. It is able to attack browsers including IE, Firefox and Google Chrome. Even if it looks like a search box, it doesn’t have anything resembling good intentions for your computer but just can mess up your browser. The results Yet Another Cleaner Search provides are not reliable. If you enter search query and start to make a search, you will see it only shows many sponsored websites and various advertisement. Most links will take you to the corrupted page that displays various pup-up ads attempting to offer online savings or coupon deals. The people behind this redirect keep forcing computer users to use this low quality search engine repeatedly so that they can use the artificial traffic to boost affiliate payments and promote online content. Remove it immediately in order to keep your computer safe enough.

The following instructions require certain levels of computer skills. If you’re not sure and are afraid to make any critical mistakes during the process, please live chat with YooCare Expert now. Hijacks Google Chrome Screenshot:

Infected Symptoms:

1. It can redirect you to malicious websites with numerous pop up ads to interrupt and stop you from doing anything on your computer;
2. It can turn your computer to run slowly and pose sudden death;
3. It can introduce more unwanted viruses and ransomware to do further harms;
4. It can help cyber criminals track your online activities and capture significant personal data to cause you a loss of value.
5. It can change your default DNS configuration and block you accessing your favorite sites.
6. It forcibly customizes the default homepage, search engine and bookmarks of your computer.

Malicious Browser Hijacker Manual Removal Guides:

Considering hijacker can’t be fixed by any security tools, uses can use the manual guide below to fix this issue.

1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.

Since tricky hijacker virus has the ability to use cookies for tracing and tracking the internet activity of users, it is suggested users to delete all the cookies before a complete removal.

Google Chrome:

Click on the “Tools” menu and select “Options”.
Click the “Under the Bonnet” tab, locate the “Privacy” section and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.

Internet Explorer:
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”

Mozilla Firefox:

Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie button”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies button”

2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.

Once redirect is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent, slowing down the computer. If your system’s CPU spike is constant, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying the system resources and then end it immediately.

(The name of the virus process can be random.)

Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc at the same time and it will open up task manager directly. Then change to “Processes” tab.

task manager

3. Show hidden files and folders.

Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.

Click the View tab.

Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.

4. Remove all the malicious files manually.

C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\*.*
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[RANDOM].exe”

Video Shows You How to Safely Modify Windows Registry Editor: is a browser hijacker known for being loaded automatically on popular web browsers. It may add an unwanted toolbar on the compromised web browser and make changes to browser settings. This kind of hijacker focuses on forcing browser to show one particular webpage and messing up search results in order to show various popups in the browser and promote some products. It comes together with freeware applications that you download from the Internet by yourself. Therefore, to avoid virus and other similar hijacker installed, you should always keep an eye on your downloads and never install anything that you do not have enough information about. Also you had better delete any related programs from Control Panel and browser plugins at the same time. It will be better to uninstall all programs installed on the same date as this redirect problems appeared. Manual removal is suggested to get rid of this stubborn virus completely and thoroughly.

Note: If you are not a computer expert and have no idea how to perform the removal, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further help.

Published by & last updated on December 23, 2013 11:57 am

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