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Remove Yandex Toolbar redirect (Improved Instructions) - Aug 2016 update

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Can you trust Yandex Toolbar?

“Yandex Toolbar virus” is a keyword that the users often type into their search window after finding this unfamiliar software on their computers. The sudden and unexpected program’s appearance on the computer may raise some of the more security-oriented users’ concerns but in reality, this toolbar is a legitimate program, created by a reputable Russian search service provider. The application is said to enhance user’s browsing experience by displaying quick links to weather forecast, email accounts, as well as notifying when a user receives an email, message on social network and so on. Sounds pretty useful, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, the program’s developers claims do not always reflect the true situation. After investigating the virus some experts even categorize it as a browser hijacker. Most of such a negative evaluation arises from the fact that Yandex Toolbar hijack may occur on most popular web browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer unexpectedly.

Although is not related to virus or malware in any way, the program’s creators use some quite questionable techniques to spread the virus around. Commonly it gets inside via various free program and immediately changes homepage and search engine to yandex.com (.ru). The presence of this potentially unwanted program on your computer may slow down your system because it uses your computer’s resources to operate. Commonly, programs like Yandex Toolbar redirect users to the questionable websites that cyber security experts normally would do not advise visiting. It is very likely that by visiting such websites you may be exposed to various pop-up advertisements and suspicious error messages that may try to trick you into clicking on them and downloading other PUPs on your computer. In addition to that, by using this app you risk to loose you personally and non-personally identifiable data, since this toolbar is installed with tracking software and monitors certain information related to your browsing habits. If you want to prevent installation of other unwanted programs on your computer, you have to terminate the redirects and remove Yandex Toolbar plug-in once from your web browsers. In order to do so, follow the instructions below or scan your system with ReimageIntego.

Yandex Toolbar redirect

Why did this toolbar appear on my computer without asking permission?

Such and similar programs are commonly installed as additional components along with other free software. Yandex Toolbar may have been installed automatically, bundled with questionable freeware using deceptive techniques to make it seem as if it is part of the freeware program being installed. This program is the least of your worries compared to the other malicious components that might infect your computer the same way. To avoid this happening, you should be very careful when installing free programs and avoid installing unfamiliar ones. Never install freewares recklessly without paying attention to the notes given on the installation wizard. Always opt out for Advanced or Custom installation mode, check every checkbox and click the ‘next’ button only when you are sure that there are no additional programs included. Be aware that various adwares and potentially unwanted programs that are about to be installed along with a freeware are always marked as default; therefore, if you click the next button without reading the whole thing, it is very likely that you will end up installing Yandex Toolbar or any other similar-type program. You may face difficulties in finding this program on your computer because it might not have its uninstaller. If you want to eliminate it, find the instructions below and perform the indicated steps.

How can I remove Yandex Toolbar from my PC?

You probably will want to remove Yandex Toolbar virus from your computer if it appeared on it without your consent and now initiates various activities about which you are not informed. We recommend using a reputable anti-spyware that should detect and remove this program automatically. Though since this program is not technically a virus, anti-malware software may not detect it and identify it as a threat. In such a case, you will need to eliminate the virus manually. Yandex Toolbar removal guidelines are presented below the article.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. 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 Yandex Toolbar redirect, follow these steps:

Delete Yandex Toolbar 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 Yandex Toolbar and related programs
    Here, look for Yandex Toolbar 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 Toolbar 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 Yandex Toolbar from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Yandex Toolbar redirect from Applications folder:

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

Erase Yandex Toolbar 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 Yandex Toolbar redirect 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 Yandex Toolbar redirect removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall Yandex Toolbar redirect 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 Yandex Toolbar redirect-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 Yandex Toolbar 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 Toolbar 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 Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Yandex Toolbar 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 Toolbar 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 Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete Yandex Toolbar 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 Toolbar 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 Toolbar, 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 Toolbar removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Robby says:
    August 5th, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Thanks for providing these instructions.

  2. ethic says:
    August 5th, 2016 at 9:44 am

    I dont know who set this toolbar on my browser, but i dont think that it is hard to remove it. personally, I have deleted it like in less than 5 minutes. Just use these instructions 🙂

  3. 0707 says:
    August 5th, 2016 at 9:44 am

    I didnt like Yandex that much…

  4. manthaz says:
    August 5th, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Okay, removed this. Problem solved!

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