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Remove Y2Mate.com virus (Removal Guide) - updated Apr 2020

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

Y2Mate is a website offering illegal video converter functions and redirecting to adult and gaming sites

Y2Mate.com virusY2Mate.com virus is a potentially unwanted program that redirects users to dangerous pages while putting their safety at risk Y2Mate.com is the program that causes push notifications and unwanted ads when you try to convert the wanted YouTube video. This is one of many sites that offers the audio or video downloading service for users. Most of them are free to use, but the process itself is questionable alone, besides being illegal. Additionally, all the pop-ups, redirects, and banners that fill up the screen, show commercial material promoting other services, pirating sites, adult or gaming pages. The page itself is misleading but not dangerous. However, the potentially unwanted program that controls the behavior of these redirects is the bigger issue that can lead to privacy or identity problems. 

Since Y2Mate is a YouTube video converter that is closely related to adware, most of the users who visit the site are there to extract videos from a variety of sites without considering the risks. The domain is not safe to use due to questionable advertisements it starts causing if you allow its notifications. If you keep visiting it, you can easily install other potentially unwanted applications (PUP), such as MacKeeper, if not being careful. Besides, you should stay away from surveys and games displayed on this site. Promotional ads, adult content, and online gaming platforms all can be used as advertisers' tools to collect your information. The fact that after a few clicks, users receive pop-ups in their language indicates that location is immediately tracked and used for these notifications. These ad-tracking functions can lead to identity theft in the long run.[1] 

Name Y2Mate.com
Developer Muvi
Category Ad-supported site/ video converter service
Symptoms Numerous ads and push notifications interrupting browsing online
Distribution The site is one of many other domains that suggest having useful functions for converting YouTube videos, so users willingly visit the site. In most cases, all the additional redirection activity is controlled by the shady adware program that spreads vis such deceptive sites or with the help of software bundling
Risk factors Exposure to dangerous sites can lead to serious malware infections, various tactics get used to making people download useless tools or visit sites, such behavior may lead to money loss or privacy issues
Termination To remove Y2Mate ads, reset the affected web browser and run the AV tool on the system, so the adware program that controls this behavior can be terminated
Recovery Fix virus damage and repair affected files or programs by running a scan with ReimageIntego, start using Adblocker tools to avoid those pop-ups and banners

Y2Mate virus is not an appropriate term to describe this page as at the moment of writing it is not detected by anti-virus apps. However, after you allow its notifications offered in the top left corner of your screen, you are interrupted by numerous ads filled with sponsored links. One such link offers playing games for free. It seems that users should be careful with these third party links as there is no guarantee that they are all safe.

In most cases, the content is related to adult content, online games, or promotes questionable tools. Some of the commercial pop-ups and redirects trigger automatic notifications encouraging to install extensions or system applications. If that happens you will need to remove Y2Mate.com alongside other threats. 

An extraction from the Terms of service notifies:

The Site/Client or the apps in the Site/Client, may contain links to third party websites or clients(“Linked Sites/Client”).The Linked Sites/Client are not under our control and we are not responsible for any Linked Site, including any content contained in a Linked Site or any changes or updates to a Linked Site. 

So, while the site is not malicious, its usage should be performed with carefulness. Advertisers may use malicious methods to involve you in advertising campaigns, and Y2Mate.com is not responsible for the behavior of other sites and sponsors. We highly recommend not to allow this site to send you its notifications as it can seriously decrease your browsing quality.  Y2Mate.comY2Mate.com virus is adware-type program that asks you to allow sending notifications. As a result, the PUP starts inserting intrusive ads into all your favorite sites Y2Mate.com is just one of many sites that offer similar functionality – after pasting YouTube or another link, the user can convert it to MP3 or similar format and download it to the system. This practice is usually considered illegal, as the music on YouTube is licensed, meaning that downloading it makes it illegal. It is basically the same as downloading a pirated movie from torrent sites.

Nevertheless, we must note that using Y2Mate.com or a similar site to convert the material that is not licensed does not break any laws. Yet, using the service might be dangerous as the site uses a variety of unsafe ads and links to generate its income. The button that you need to click to convert or download the converted video moves around, so you are more likely to select an ad instead. Also, redirects to many steps are inevitable until you can normally download the wanted mp3 file. 

As soon as you visit Y2Mate, it asks you to allow notifications or enable the additional content. If the permission is granted, you will agree to receive potentially dangerous ads to be displayed directly on your desktop, even when your browser is off. To achieve this feature of persistence adware program can even alter settings of the startup or registry entries.

Push notifications can be set on your location, written in the language of your country, or display on the computer. These  Y2Mate.com features indicate that adware tracks information about your device and your personal information. Pop-ups come directly on the desktop, there is no need to have the web browser open or running. Therefore, block these notifications immediately. You may need some help to change these settings back, so rely on ReimageIntego Y2MateY2Mate.com is the page that causes redirects and push notifications that deliver advertisements and other questionable material. Additionally, advertisements that are displayed on Y2Mate.com lead you to phishing,[2] spoofing, and technical support scam sites, which could result in:

  • installation of bogus software;
  • money loss;
  • sensitive information exposure to unknown parties;
  • malware infections.

If you allow any content from ad-supported sites you may trigger automatic downloads of PUPs and malware that affect your device further. When your computer is affected by adware or any other browser-based threat, PUP, you may experience more than redirects and pop-up ads. You need a full system scan to fully remove Y2Mate.com from the device. Security programs can clean all traces of useless programs and potentially malicious apps, so your device is running smoothly. 

Less experienced users are especially vulnerable as they are unaware of how online scams work and can easily fall for all these malicious tricks. Therefore, do not interact with any type of content that this site offers, and instead take care of Y2Mate removal. First of all, reset the affected web browser to get rid of notifications that you allowed.

Additionally, scan the computer with security software to make sure that third-party sites haven't infected your computer. If you revealed your personal data when visiting one of such sites, change your passwords now! After that, we suggest you use system optimizers or PC repair tools to correct all the damage done to your computer by Y2Mate.com adware. Y2Mate.com ads

Bundled software is shady practice – learn how to outsmart it

Software bundling is a relatively old practice that came to existence when major companies decided to offer a set of programs together. In theory, this exercise should only benefit the user, as it lets him or her buying more applications for cheaper or trying out new software for free. However, the problems started as soon as adware authors realized that this is a great way to inject PUPs into as many users' machines as possible, without them noticing.

Bloatware developers do not care about the end-user experience, and all they want are profits. To do that, they contract other free software developers and pay them to put up their installers into one bundle. Unfortunately, the initial program developers are interested in users installing this unwanted software, as they are getting pay per install. This creates a situation where both parties are trying to shove in unwanted apps, and might even be dangerous.

Therefore, it is vital to avoid such shady practice by following these simple steps from experts:[3]

  • Pick reliable sources for all your software downloads (nevertheless, be aware that even the most known sites bundle software)[4]
  • Before installing anything, check if it includes the important documents, such as Privacy Policy and ToS
  • Read online reviews – quite often system optimizers, driver downloaders, PDF converters, and similar tools might be responsible for the excessive amount of ads
  • Decline all the deals and offers during the installation
  • When prompted, pick Advanced/Custom mode – it will give you full control of the installation process, and you will be able to remove all the optional programs before they manage to enter.

Remove Y2Mate ads with the help of the manual guide and then double-check your computer

There are two options you can rely on to remove Y2Mate.com from your web browser. First of all, you can dedicate this task to the reputable anti-spyware and let it do all the work for you. Choose the app, update it, and run a full system scan. The program should help you find all unwanted components that could have possibly been installed behind your back.

If you opt for manual Y2Mate.com removal, you will have to access the list of all your recently-installed programs on your device and terminate them. However, be aware that browsers have also been affected after you allowed sending you notifications to your web browser, so it would be a good idea to reset them to their primary state before using them again. Additionally, make sure you block notifications to stop seeing them in the future. 

Both might work, although the first one is recommended for those who are not that experienced with computers and the way they operate. Since the Y2Mate.com virus causes tons of redirects, you should also go through settings and repair all the preferences that PUP managed to alter. Manual interference in system folders and other parts of the computer settings can cause issues, so avoid damage and use PC repair tools or system optimization programs for this.

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To remove Y2Mate.com virus, follow these steps:

Eliminate Y2Mate.com from Windows systems

To remove Y2Mate ads, terminate the ad-supported components on your Windows OS:

To remove Y2Mate.com from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Y2Mate.com (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Uninstall Y2Mate.com from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Y2Mate.com from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Y2Mate.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 Y2Mate.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 Y2Mate.com and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Y2Mate.com-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Get rid of Y2Mate.com from Google Chrome

Potentially unwanted applications that are associated with Y2Mate.com can change a variety of browser settings. Reset Google Chrome to ensure that no traces of the infection are present.

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Y2Mate.com by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Y2Mate.com-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Y2Mate.com removal.Reset Chrome 2

Erase Y2Mate.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

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 Y2Mate.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 Y2Mate.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Y2Mate.com virus from Microsoft Edge

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 Y2Mate.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

Delete Y2Mate.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Reset Mozilla Firefox as soon as you allow notifications from Y2Mate with the help of these steps:

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Y2Mate.com and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Y2Mate.com did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Y2Mate.com removal.Reset Firefox 2

Eliminate Y2Mate.com from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Y2Mate.com and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

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