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removal by Linas Kiguolis - -   Also known as hijack, redirect | Type: Browser hijacker

What is is not a virus or malware. However, no matter that it doesn’t steal personal information, which is kept on the system, or doesn’t spread viruses, it may lead your computer to some issues. According to 2spyware security experts, you should try to avoid this search engine because it may show you altered search results that may be filled with questionable links. After clicking them, you may be redirected to unknown websites that mostly rely on such service for trying to increase their page rank or sales. However, there is no guarantee that redirects won’t trick you into visiting a suspcious site that is filled with really questionable content. Nevertheless, the main thing that bothers us is the distribution method of this search site. Usually, people are tricked into downloading hijacker to their computers without receiving a clear notification about that. That’s because it is actively spread using bundling. For avoiding that, you should pay more attention to the next paragraph of this post.

If gets inside its target PC system, this search engine may easily hijack each of your web browsers, including IE, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, etc. In addition, it may alter the start page and the default search engine on each of these web browsers and then lead you to continuous redirects to its affiliate websites. If you have already noticed on your machine and you know that you have never downloaded it there, you should think about the removal of this questionable search engine. If you want to get rid of it without a trouble, you should download a reputable anti-spyware, update it and run a full system scan. In this case, we highly recommend using SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner. For more information about prevention you should read a paragrapg, which is given below.

HOW CAN hijack MY COMPUTER? can be downloaded to the system just like any other search engine. Nevertheless, in most of the cases it is propagated with a help of freeware and shareware. Beware that can easily show up on your computer after installing YAC (can also be found as Yet Another Cleaner) that is mostly presented as a powerful anti-virus. However, you should be very careful with this program because its trustworthiness hasn’t been approved yet. Its developers are clearly using illegal techniques when organizing its work, so you should think twice before downloading it. Besides, you can also download in a bundle with other free applications. If you want to avoid such programs, you should always keep an eye on the installation process of the freeware and uncheck all check boxes that agree to change the start page, install additional programs and offer similar things. For that we recommend choosing Custom or Advanced installation. If you missed this check mark and allowed to change your homepage or default search engine, you can remove it with a help of this guide:


If you discovered on your computer and you want to remove it from there, we recommend using these instructions:

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, follow these steps:

Get rid of 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 and related programs
    Here, look for 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'
  5. Remove from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Erase 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 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 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 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 removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove 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, should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete 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 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. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall 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 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. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of 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 or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 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.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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  1. Pheobe says:
    December 30th, 2013 at 2:31 am

    I am Pheobe from Elex co.I am the owner of the
    I read a post about my product yac from here.I think you have some misunderstanding of our product.

    Our software Yet Another Cleaner is an anti-virus software, we do this product aiming at protecting users’ PC, it is not an virus as you mentioned in your articles.

    I just noticed that in it you mentioned about a software called SpyHunter.So we assume that you aimed at promoting SpyHunter, but not mean to attack our product.

    It has made some confusion to us,I hope you can delete the airticles as quick as possiple.
    If you some questions,you can contract

  2. 2spyware Support says:
    January 2nd, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Hello Pheobe and thank you for your comment. However, we cant agree with it.

    First of all, this post is about the, not about the Yet Another Cleaner. In addition, there is no sentence in it that calls this search engine or your program a virus or malware. We just explain how its spread and how it can be eliminated from computer. Finally, we promote many other programs, not only SpyHunter, but we ALWAYS share with people alternative removal instructions that can be implemented without downloading anything on computer.

    However, we have changed our post according to some of your notes. We hope that this will help us avoid objections in the future.

  3. Zane from elex says:
    March 17th, 2014 at 4:26 am

    Hi webmaster (or supporter or whatever).
    In fact, your article implied that YAC and related product of us are unfriendly to users, and may mislead the users. YAC and share the same logo, and the relationship between the two is just like that between iPhone and IOS. YAC has been proved by many professional anti-virus software, like McAfee and Norton.
    Now, we prepare to solve the problem (slanderous words on the internet) through law.
    If you want to explain how to change someones homepage or search, then take another example please. YAC has provided related functions itself, and what you write here will certainly cause misunderstanding and mislead users cause only something bad or unnecessary should be removed. YAC is not a malware so you do not have to provide a “method” to remove it.
    I hope you can understand what I say, and remove this article, or well surely take some measures.

  4. johan5 says:
    June 21st, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    i,ve got the yandex shit on my comp removed it at least 5 times and now its back again so you think thats no mal or spyware?
    why ceep it comming back i dont like it

  5. 2spyware Support says:
    March 18th, 2014 at 3:07 am

    Hello Zane and thank you for your comment.
    2-spyware is an informational site that writes about programs that are detected by various anti-spyware removers. We seek to help people understand why their anti-malware reports about one or other program and explain how they can remove it from the system.
    In order to give us ability to remove our description, we suggest you to remove your program from the databases of those spyware removers that detect it as potentially unwanted program or similar. Now your software is identified and we have to include it to our site. We hope you understand what we are saying.. 🙂

  6. Online operator of YAC says:
    April 21st, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Hi, webmaster. Several months have passed and YAC, including, are updated for many times. Now, they are more user-friendly than before. You can visit to download the brand new YAC and experience it by yourself. In addition, we welcomes all comments and complaints on our products. After confirming what I am saying, plz remove this article. Now, we are putting our hands to make the competitors remove the slanderous articles. Of course, I know you are not one of them 🙂
    Now, we are about to enhance the promotion of YAC and related products, and we regard your site as a good channel to do so. Link exchange as well as profitable return will be provided. I think it is better to be friends than to stand against with each other. If you are interested, contact me as soon as possible. My email:

  7. Héctor says:
    April 8th, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Caramba. Instalé un Yet Another Cleaner (YAC). Anduvo algunos días. Luego me cambió el logo de W Internet Explorer 8 por un escudo, igual al que aparece en YAC. Y me tomó motores de búsqueda. Conclusión: No pude abrir más W Internet Explorer 8. Y cuando inicio la PC me sale, después de la contraseña, un aviso que dice: Updater.exe – Error de aplicación |X| (X) La instrucción en “0x0043be20” hace referencia a la memoria en “0x00000000”. La memoria no se puede “read”. Haga clic en Aceptar para finalizar este programa. Haga clic en Cancelar para depurar el programa. |ACEPTAR| |CANCELAR| Conclusión. Hice lo imposible para desinstalar el intruso, figurándome extensiones .mx y .br en las direcciones de los creadores de los programas. Y a raíz de haber tenido además de W I E 8, a Mozilla Firefox, que me permitió abrir página de internet, creo que maté al .mx y al .br!… Espero que Pheobe y Soporte 2spyware se pongan de acuerdo y logren que quienes no conocemos de genética cibernética, no caigamos en riesgo de arruinar nuestros equipos. Por eso AGUARDO una respuesta de ambos! Muchos cordiales saludos.

  8. Sabrina says:
    April 23rd, 2014 at 6:54 am

    Suddenly whithout my permission the YAC program or whatever auto installed in my iPad. I dont know and I don t care what kind of thing it is. What makes me furious is that is installed in my device whithout my permission. So if it is a wonderful antivirus, I don care even if its free I dont want it in my iPad or my computer. I want to remove it. I want to be free to chose I want to install and what I dont!!!

  9. Sean Doyle says:
    May 14th, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    I think the YAC for iPad must be developed by yourself. I search YAC in Google and can only find the version for Windows. Your skill of slandering is so poor that I cant look directly at it. Learn more before you actually do it, plz!

  10. Sean Doyle says:
    May 14th, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    After I read this post, I do some research myself. I found that YAC is a secure software. In fact, I keep it in my computer for months and it is very useful. I know theres an option to set the engine to Being tired of Google, I used this for several times. No redirect at all. I hope you can retest this search as well as YAC, because it is really a good program.

  11. LodeHere says:
    May 23rd, 2014 at 10:40 am

    At first I also thought YAC was a rogue program after reading the above and other articles. So I got in contact with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware, asking them why their program did not detect it as malware on my notebook. Or at least as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program). They responded that unless there was a good reason for that thy wont do that, and they didnt have any reason.

    If you have another home page than Google in your IE, YAC will by default change it to Google when you let it do its thing by hitting “Examine now” on the interface. It scans your computer and cleans it up, but also sets IE to Google if you have another homepage there like I said. But via “Protection” you can type in the URL of the homepage you want, and lock it. In my case “”.

    On the interface in “Protection” you can choose from these search engines: Google, Bing, Yahoo, YAC and Unlocked. So the choice is entirely yours, and you can change it anytime.

    Also, when tried to uninstalll YAC with RevoUninstaller, it didnt work. But it made a change in the default YAC uninstaller, so that after that it cant be uninstalled using Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a program > “Yet Another Cleaner”.

    So I contacted RevoUninstaller, and they told me that it was because of YACs anti-virus program. But they gave me instructions on how to do it with their Pro version.

    Im still in contact with YAC about that issue, and they might come up with a solution, so that YAC can be uninstalled with RevoUninstaller Free also.
    Ive been exchanging emails with YAC, and they are very friendly and helpful.

    But uninstalling YAC with its default uninstaller works fine. Again: Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a program > “Yet Another Cleaner”.

    Im glad to have it on my laptop now, and donated $10. Im quite enthusiastic about it as you can see.

    Since I think many other people can benefit from this free program, Ill surf a bit to see where else it is claimed YAC is a rogue program, and copy/paste what I wrote here on those other fora and blogs also.

  12. Melen001 says:
    June 3rd, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    In fact, yac just integrates some common functions of Microsoft windows in itself. yac is a software with some use but it is very ridiculous to regard it as virus.

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