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Yandex browser. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Linas Kiguolis - - | Type: System tools

Yandex browser – a browser based on Chromium open-source project which is directed to Russian-speaking users

Yandex browser
Yandex browser is an application that includes several security features, although it is spread with the help of software bundling

Yandex is an internet service provider in Russia and is one of the best-known companies locally. It provides such services as email, web search, maps, and others, and it very similar to Google. The Yandex browser is based on Chromium open-source project and contains many security features, such as DNS spoofing protection, DNS encryption, file scanning, etc.[1] Despite that, users were complaining that they found the browser installed on their systems without their permission, meaning that Yandex browser is being spread with the help of software bundling[2] – a popular marketing technique mostly used to promote potentially unwanted programs. Additionally, during our test installation, the Yandex browser replaced Cortana with “Alisa,” which is quite intrusive behavior.

Name Yandex
Type Web browser, PUP
Related Chromium virus
Distribution Software bundling, official website
Symptoms Unexpected browser's appearance, yandex.ru homepage, alternations to Cortana
Features Uses multiple protection features to protect from viruses and hackers
Elimination Check out our instructions below
System recovery Use Reimage to get rid of traces left by the hijacker

Some users may refer to the program as “Yandex browser virus” as it infiltrates PC's without them noticing. However, we can assure you that the app itself is legitimate and even provides extra protection from malware, DNS hijackings, and similar malicious activity online.

However, the biggest concern is the installation of the program itself. Many users complained that they do not recall installing Yandex browser in the first place. What is more, the app sets itself as a default browser which uses a yandex.ru search engine, so search results might be quite a bit different you might expect them to show up on Chrome, MS Edge, Safari, Firefox, Opera, or another browser.

Yandex browser application is most likely safe to use, however, it might not be anonymous to use, just as Tor browser or DuckDuckGo search engine. Therefore, some tracking techniques like tracking cookies[3] or beacons might be used for marketing campaigns. On the other hand, most of the official browsers and search engines use tracking techniques.

Another alarming feature that we noticed is the secret installation of “Alisa.” The virtual assistant replaces Cortana's search bar entirely and changes its functionality. Considering Cortana is a built-in Windows tool, replacing it seems quite an intrusive action. Therefore, some users might want to remove Yandex browser from their machines.

To conclude, the application might be useful and most likely secure to use. However, due to certain system modifications and questionable distribution techniques, some users might opt for Yandex browser removal. Once completed, we recommend scanning the computer with Reimage to restore the system to its previous state.

Bundled software might installed aggressive PUPs that might expose you to security risks

Initially, software bundling should serve as an opportunity for you to try applications for free and see if you like them. Unfortunately, that is not how this technique works in practice, and many freeware developers include optional software that is ad-supported and might be quite aggressive. Additionally, developers use various tricks to make optional programs to be installed without users noticing, such as grayed out buttons, pre-ticked boxes and similar.

To avoid getting tricked by deceptive techniques, you should be attentive while installing new software. First of all, you should pick a reputable source for your downloads. Be aware that even “well-known” sites like Download.com are infested with potentially unwanted programs. Therefore, pay close attention to the installation procedure, and do not click “Next” several times without checking what you agree to.

Once prompted, select Advanced or Custom installation settings instead of Recommended ones. Then, deselect all the pre-ticked boxes which would otherwise install media players, add-ons, system optimizers, driver downloaders, and similar.

Uninstall Yandex browser by following these instructions

As previously mentioned, Yandex browser is not a malicious application and is most likely safe to use, as it employs multiple virus protection techniques, so it might even ensure the security of the device. However, it also modifies Windows settings and even installs the virtual assistant which replaces original Cortana. Therefore, if you decided to remove Yandex browser, you should check our step-by-step guide below. 

After you complete Yandex browser removal, you might also want to reset each of the installed browsers to make sure no components were changed.

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To remove Yandex browser, follow these steps:

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Remove Yandex browser from Windows systems

If you want to uninstall Yandex browser from Windows, follow these steps:

  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 Yandex browser and related programs
    Here, look for Yandex browser 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 Yandex browser 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.

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Erase Yandex browser 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 Yandex browser 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'
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Delete Yandex browser 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 Yandex browser 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 Yandex browser removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Uninstall Yandex browser from Microsoft Edge

To reset MS Edge, follow these instructions:

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, Yandex browser should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Eliminate Yandex browser 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 Yandex browser 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 Yandex browser removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Get rid of Yandex browser 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 Yandex browser 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 Yandex browser removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Remove Yandex browser 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 Yandex browser 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 Yandex browser, 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 Yandex browser removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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