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Hazards you may encounter while using search tool virus is definitely related to the infamous virus, which is another browser hijacker virus[1]. Yeabd66 hijacker takes over the control of the infected computer browsers and alters their settings. One of the initial changes is the replacement of the Web engine’s homepage. The hijacker assigns as the default search engine which loads every time the browser is launched and opens in the new browser windows of tabs. At first, the victim may notice nothing suspicious – the website looks like a typical search engine, offering a bunch of useful quick links that may be used to immediately access social networking sites, play videos, check mail or play online games. Though most of these links are completely legitimate, the search engine itself is quite useless.

It’s no wonder that disappointed users often refer to this program as malware. When you enter a search term into it, it redirects you to search results’ page, which displays “Google custom search” logo at the top. Now, we would like to warn you that custom results are particular results that are actually based on non-personal information collected about you[2]. In other words, redirect virus gathers your clicks on ads, recent terms you searched for using search engines, information about your browsing history (for instance, what websites and how frequently did you visit), and related data. Based on such data, it presents third-party offers, which it integrates next to regular search results. If you are still not sure if removal is worth your time, ask yourself whether you wish to get customized search results instead of the ones that actually respond to your search queries. Besides, there are more downsides to such modified search results.

Screenshot of redirect virus

Questions about virus

Some third-party websites advertised via vague search engines can be very dangerous[3]. Despite the fact that they usually don’t look malicious or dangerous, they can be. Of course, not all websites promoted via hijacker are untrustworthy, but you better be cautious. Don’t provide your personal information on sites that look unfamiliar to you, inspect URLs of these websites and never agree to install unknown software on your PC. In fact, you better not agree to install ANY software at all, because untrustworthy websites often promote software packs that contain highly suspicious pieces of software. If you want to search the Internet without receiving sponsored content, remove hijacker using instructions we provide or anti-spyware tools like SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or ReimageIntego.

You might encounter issues while trying to remove the browser hijacker. Mostly, users complain that they cannot find virus in the Add/Remove Programs list or that no browser extension relates to it. If so, you might be infected with a hijacker’s version that adds VBScript file to Windows Management Instrumentations (WMI). In other words, it’s a fileless infection [4]. This script reinfects browser shortcuts and prevents you from eliminating the browser hijacker completely. This VBScript can be hard to find, so we strongly recommend using anti-malware tools to get rid of it. Such technique is tricky, so if your anti-malware or antivirus fails to clean infection, try updating it first. If an updated version fails to remove the infection, contact your anti-malware program authors and ask them to help you with removal – they will definitely help you out and improve their product at the same time.

Ways to get infected with a redirect program

Ad revenue-oriented potentially unwanted program like hijack computers easily. They, just like other potentially unwanted programs (adware and similar) spread along third-party programs that are usually popular among computer users. Examples include games, download managers, media players, photo editing apps, and so on. When you download a free program from the Internet, inspect its reliability by choosing “Custom” or “Advanced” settings for its installation [5]. Chances are, you will find “recommended” downloads added to your selected program. Your task is to take the permissions to install these programs away, so just simply remove ticks next to agreements to install them on your system. If it is too late, please read the following paragraph on elimination and get to work!

Abolish redirect problems

If you follow instructions provided below this article, you can remove virus easily. It only takes a few minutes to delete a browser hijacker, especially if you are an experienced computer user. However, you should not underestimate this task and do everything carefully, otherwise you can damage computer system if you delete the wrong files. When in doubt, use removal tool. It can quickly remove all dangerous files without risking to damage your computer system. After you remove from your PC, be careful and take measures that would prevent similar programs from taking over your computer again.

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 virus, follow these steps:

Erase from Windows systems

Check the system for suspicious programs that you have never installed. If you find some, make sure you uninstall them. For that, you can use these instructions or anti-malware program.

To remove fileless infection, follow these steps:

  1. Open Run window by clicking Windows button & R key at the same time. Type wbemtest and select OK.
  2. This should open Windows Management Instrumentation Tester. Hit Connect… button.
  3. In the Namespace field, type root\subscription and click Connect.
  4. Next step: In the table of buttons, find Open Class… and click it. Once a new pop-up appears, type ActiveScriptEventConsumer. Hit OK.
  5. Next, click on Instances button in the table that shows up.
  6. Remove infection:

Delete these entries to remove virus 

  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.

Uninstall from Mac OS X system

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

Remove virus from Applications folder:

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

Delete 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 virus 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,
  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 virus removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove virus from Microsoft Edge

When you remove and all of its related components, you should forget to check out your browser and see whether the list of extensions does not feature any unfamiliar entries that might potentially help this virus to regain its place on your browser later.

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 virus-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 from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove suspicious add-ons that might be related to virus, and then refresh your browser as explained below.

  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

Eliminate from Google Chrome

You can fix your Google Chrome browser by eliminating any unfamiliar applications of unknown origin.

  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

Erase from Safari

Eliminate suspicious add-ons and reset Safari using tutorial that we provide below.

  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

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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  1. Glaze says:
    November 29th, 2016 at 7:31 am

    oh thats a virus! it reappeared in my browser and i cant get rid of it!!!

  2. Anya says:
    November 29th, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Suspicious, very suspicious redirects. Cant figure out who installed this virus for me, but i definitely want to get rid of this threat – the sooner the better. I”l check if my antivirus(ill update it) can detect it…

  3. homosapiens says:
    November 29th, 2016 at 7:33 am

    ya you should def do so. Mine doesnt work, so I need to get a new one. Not now, though:/ now gotta remove it manually. Ill do my best…

  4. Oleg_1 says:
    November 29th, 2016 at 7:34 am

    so annoying, so bad, just simply dont use this search engine!

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