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Remove Wyyo.com virus (Removal Guide) - Feb 2017 update

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Wyyo.com should not be set as your default search engine

Image displaying screenshots of the Wyyo.com virus

Wyyo.com is a deceptive website[1] that promises to provide users with a fast and precise Web search service[2]. Despite the positive description, this program is known as a browser hijacker that takes control over the browser in order to deliver sponsored links.

This potentially unwanted program (PUP)[3] usually spreads bundled with various free programs as an optional component. Frankly speaking, users rarely choose to use this service themselves. Most of the time, Wyyo.com hijack browsers without asking for a straightforward permission.

So-called the Wyyo.com virus has lots of negative features. Over time, the nasty qualities, like the never-ending redirects [4] and promotion of affiliate ads simply become impossible to ignore. What is more, it might alter search results and provide sponsored links at the top of first search results page.

This tool uses its database and does not rely on any legitimate search provider. Thus, it’s easy for developers to include third-party links and profit from clicks on them. One of the primary purposes of this tool is to generate advertising-based revenue.

Needless to say, developers of such programs are not very open about their identities and choose to keep them private. You can see the same tendency with Wyyo.com as well. The site creators provide fake credentials, which means there is no way for the users to receive customer service or report problems. Would you ever trust such a company? Most likely no.

Naturally, there is no reason to keep using the services provided by such shady parties as well. Don’t hesitate. Remove Wyyo.com from your PC – we are sure you will find some more reliable search provider to replace it. You should be able to get rid of the hijacker quite easily using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or similar antivirus software.

If you keep this program for a while, you might also run into another problem. The hijacker is also tracking non-personally identifiable information. According to the Privacy Policy, it collects IP address, search terms, and similar browsing-related data. What is more, some data might be shared with partners. Thus, Wyyo.com removal will also help to protect your data from unknown third-party companies.

Questions about Wyyo.com virus

The picture of Wyyo.com virusWyyo.com hijacker appears on the browsers uninvited; replaces the default homepage and search engine and redirects to the malicious site every time the victim launches the browser.

The PUP might hijack the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and other browsers after inattentive freeware installation

Like with most browser hijackers, you will probably encounter Wyyo.com hijack when installing freeware or shareware packages. The program will probably be hidden within Quick or Recommended installation settings which the regular users tend to ignore.

However, if you choose the longer path and install the downloaded content through the Advanced mode, you may have an excellent chance of avoiding WYYO and other potentially unwanted programs from accessing your computer. When installing new programs under custom settings, you should:

  • not rush to click “Next” button;
  • carefully read the information provided in each of the steps;
  • deselect third-party toolbars, browser extensions, and other programs;
  • not agree to make unknown search tool as your default one.

The hijacker mostly aims at English-speaking computer users. However, it doesn’t mean that this or other PUPs cannot infiltrate devices located in Netherlands,[5] Germany or Japan. Thus, you should be careful with freeware installation no matter where you live.

Elimination of the Wyyo.com virus

You will be able to remove Wyyo.com like any regular computer program; its elimination is not as difficult as it may seem. You may even do it manually if you have the time and trust your skills.

Nevertheless, we do not advise wasting your time when you can invest it somewhere else. You will achieve Wyyo.com removal much quicker if you choose the specialized tools to do it. Download and update the antivirus or the anti-malware utility and let it scan your system. The virus will be as good as gone in minutes.

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To remove Wyyo.com virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall Wyyo.com from Windows systems

While the best way to remove Wyyo.com is by scanning the computer with some anti-malware utility, you may as well get rid of the virus manually. Just follow the guidelines below.

  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 Wyyo.com and related programs
    Here, look for Wyyo.com 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 Wyyo.com 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 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' 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.

Eliminate Wyyo.com from Mac OS X system

Wyyo.com does not normally infect Mac operating system. Nevertheless, if this unpleasant situation ever occurs on your computer and you will not be able to remove the threat automatically, remember these steps:

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Wyyo.com from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Wyyo.com-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Wyyo.com, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Wyyo.com and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Wyyo.com-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete Wyyo.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove Wyyo.com and its related components from your browser. Then reset IE like so:

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Wyyo.com and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Wyyo.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Wyyo.com virus from Microsoft Edge

Find suspicious extensions, add-ons and similar components on your Edge browser? They might be related to Wyyo.com! Remove them and reset the browser.

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Wyyo.com-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Get rid of Wyyo.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

You can recover your Mozilla browser from Wyyo.com hijack by cleaning up the extension list from unfamiliar components and rolling back the browser to its default settings.

  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 Wyyo.com 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 Wyyo.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase Wyyo.com from Google Chrome

Check out your Chrome extensions for toolbars, add-ons or other components related to Wyyo.com. Delete every suspicious entry and proceed by resetting the browser.

  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 Wyyo.com 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 Wyyo.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Wyyo.com from Safari

Wyyo.com malware is not a typical infection that you would find in Safari browser. But you can never be too careful. In case of emergency use these guidelines:

  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 Wyyo.com 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 Wyyo.com, 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 Wyyo.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

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

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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  1. Preosecco says:
    February 9th, 2017 at 2:16 am

    Wyyo.com is useless, plain ads… delete it

  2. Asimik says:
    February 9th, 2017 at 2:17 am

    Thanks! some nice and comprehensive removal instructions youve got there!

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