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Remove PUP.Optional.Yontoo (Removal Guide)

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Adware

PUP.Optional.Yontoo virus is the detection indicating the shady program that runs in the background


Pua.yontoo is the potentially unwanted program that can install itself as a browser extension and run for a while. It delivers advertising content and redirects users to shady pages. If the advertisements keep popping in front of your computer screen, it might be a sign that a potentially unwanted program in a category of adware managed to interfere with the performance.

Questions about PUP.Optional.Yontoo

PUP.Optional.Yontoo virus has been the one that infected your computer. Thus, its primary mission is to drive you mad with various pop-ups covering online content. This potentially malicious program might also wreck your browser settings which result in redirecting you to suspicious domains.

Name PUP.Optional.Yontoo  
Other names PUP.Yontoo, PUA.Yontoo
Type Adware/ Potentially unwanted program
Distribution Freeware installations, deceptive sites, and misleading online content leads to these PUP downloads and other infections
Elimination You need proper AV tools for PUP.Optional.Yontoo removal
Repair Rely on Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, so the damage if the virus can be eliminated

IT experts have detected that this adware is related to Yontoo Layers Client and Yontoo Pagerage, so remain vigilant since these adware-type programs might target your PC as well. Speaking of the current PUP, it has quite a disgusting feature to muddle your browser settings. This results in PUP.Optional.Yontoo redirects issue.

Thus, you may start seeing Yontoo ads, or you can get mislead to its associated search engine. You may also find yourself in various advertising web pages, or sometimes in highly disturbing pornographic websites. It is often the case that trojans or similar malware hide there. If you do not want to get infected with a virus or two, then you should consider PUP.Optional.Yontoo removal. 

Trojans have the ability to pass themselves as legitimate files. Moreover, they often contain menaces – ransomware – within themselves. Once the files get into a computer, they enwrap their content. Then, the consequences of such infiltration are highly severe. That is why you should be extremely careful not to click on any suspicious hyperlinks on those websites that pua.yontoo redirect you to.

PUP.Optional.Yontoo virusPUP.Optional.Yontoo is the detection name that indicates a Yontoo virus.  

Furthermore, if you spot an excessive amount of various banners and commercials, restrain from clicking on them. PUP.Optional.Yontoo ads are completely useless. Moreover, they do not bear any relevant information. This detection can show up as various alerts.

PUA.Yontoo is another detection name associated with this adware/ redirect virus. There is no other way to remove the threat by running the anti-malware tool that could find all the shady tools and remove all of them at once.

These pay-per-click advertisements are only designed to attract as many views as possible. Depending on the number of views and clicks, the developers of this pua.yontoo adware collect quite a decent income. Such activity is highly profitable while users only get irritation and annoyance.

Additionally, it is likely that the adware might generate offers suggesting you to install new applications. Do not fall into this trap and avoid installing any software while PUP.Optional.Yontoo resides on your computer.

Such programs might be completely useless or “enhanced” with malignant elements. All in all, stay alert and try to remove PUP.Optional.Yontoo as soon as possible. You also need to rely on PC repair tools like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, so the damage is fixed and cleared of.

Adware slips through the installation options

Scammers developed an effective strategy to spread unwanted applications. The essence of this technique lies in pinning down the PUPs to frequently downloadable programs.

After you download one of them, you might often overlook that “bonus” applications come along. Thus, when the installation process is finished, the add-ons which were automatically pre-marked get installed as well.

Alternatively, we offer another way of installing a new program without adware or other unwanted software. Select “Advanced” installation mode rather than “Recommended”. Afterward, uncheck the pre-marked software. If you follow these steps, you will be able to prevent such hijacks in the future.

Run proper AV tools to remove PUP.Optional.Yontoo virus

It is not difficult to get rid of this potentially unwanted program. The easiest and fastest way to remove PUP.Optional.Yontoo virus is to install an anti-spyware program. It quickly detects the PUP and removes it in a blink of an eye.

Remember to update your AV tool regularly so that it could protect your operating system from unwanted “guests.” There is also a manual PUP.Optional.Yontoo removal option. We recommend you to carefully complete each step of the guidelines. Eliminating all associated files is of high importance.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove PUP.Optional.Yontoo, follow these steps:

Remove PUP.Optional.Yontoo from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall PUP.Optional.Yontoo and related programs
    Here, look for PUP.Optional.Yontoo or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Uninstall PUP.Optional.Yontoo from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for PUP.Optional.Yontoo or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Eliminate PUP.Optional.Yontoo from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for PUP.Optional.Yontoo and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete PUP.Optional.Yontoo removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete PUP.Optional.Yontoo from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, PUP.Optional.Yontoo should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of PUP.Optional.Yontoo from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select PUP.Optional.Yontoo and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete PUP.Optional.Yontoo removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase PUP.Optional.Yontoo from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select PUP.Optional.Yontoo and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete PUP.Optional.Yontoo removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove PUP.Optional.Yontoo from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for PUP.Optional.Yontoo or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete PUP.Optional.Yontoo removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various circumstances, malware is also one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. Potentially unwanted programs may clear files that keep the application from running smoothly.

More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, or images get locked. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them. Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system.

In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 


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  1. Ian says:
    April 26th, 2016 at 3:22 am

    Thanks for the tutorial! This one is a pesky one.

  2. Shaylene says:
    April 26th, 2016 at 3:24 am

    You never know how many of PUPs youll collect while you are surfing in legitimate websites…what a drag…

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