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removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser hijacker virus hijacks browser shortcuts to stay on the computer system virus virus is categorized as a potentially unwanted (PUP) and a browser hijacker which is closely related to another shady search tool TopYea Search. This suspicious application might hijack the most popular web browser and alter their settings. As a result, users may find an unknown search engine set as their default homepage.

However, developers of the search engine would not agree with this classification. is presented as legitimate and useful search service. This tool is supposed to deliver improved search results from Google. Though, these improvements are nothing more than commercial content. The browser hijacker might not only deliver misleading ads but also include sponsored links into search results. It functions very similarly to other related browser-hijacking search tools such as:

Sadly, redirect tendencies are not safe and credible. One click on the search result or ad might lead to the potentially dangerous third-party website where you can be tricked into installing bogus software or suffer from phishing[1] or tech support scam.

Indeed, the biggest problems are related to this corrupted search engine that modifies results. It includes lots of commercial content and sponsored links in order to boost traffic to particular websites. If you found this search tool installed without your permission, you must remove immediately with a help of Reimage.

Yeabests redirect virus often travels in the software bundles and hijacks web browsers unnoticed. However, the signs of the infection are loud. It might replace default homepage, search engine, and new tab address. What is more, it might append arguments to various Windows shortcuts and install browser helper objects to protect its presence.

Thus, removal might be slightly complicated.[2] However, at the end of the article, you will find illustrated instructions that will help you to take back control over your browser. Furthermore, you have probably noticed that this search engine also provides a facility to access shopping and gaming websites right from the homepage.

However, such functionality might turn out to be quite damaging rather than beneficial. This is because the browser hijacker is despised for its TopYea redirect ability. If you get tempted into entering the websites from the app platform displayed on the homepage, you might reach the web page of your interest after several redirects to advertising, gaming or even adult-content sites.

Though the former web pages are quite harmless, the latter might cause damaging effects to your computer. Some of the redirect websites mislead to another web pages “enhanced” with destructive malware[3] and viruses.

Questions about virus

The image of virus is a suspicious search engine that might end up on the computer unnoticed. However, some web browser's blocks direct access to it.

Furthermore, Yeabests hijack might also be damaging in a sense that the PUP collects NPII (non-personally identifiable information).[4] It comprises of your search queries, visited websites, the data of the operating system, and geographical location. This data might slip into the hands of third-parties which display their ads to you.

Once they get a hold of it, they analyze the information. Furthermore, scammers generate new advertisements which are specifically designed for particular users matching their personal preferences and interests. Thus, depending on the number of clicks of these pay-per-view ads, authors collect quite a decent income. After all, if you dislike the idea of being constantly surveyed, then you should remove at once.

TopYea distribution techniques

If you did not visit its official web page, then, most likely, CC virus has infiltrated your computer via freely downloadable software packages. Browser hijacker might end up on your PC if you have recently installed a new audio player, photo editing software, updated Flash Player or Java. Probably, you have noticed that there was an add-on entitled as “” pinned inside the software package.

This is exactly how the browser hijacker settled on your computer. Such mistakes are common to the countless number of users worldwide. Most of them might argue that they do not have time for reading installation instructions. As you can see, it takes considerably more time to get rid of similar malware afterward.

All in all, if you want to prevent a browser hijacker from rummaging through your computer,[5] take note and choose “Custom” installation” mode rather than “Recommended” settings when installing new software on your PC. Then, make sure you uncheck the unnecessary pre-marked applications. Also, do not forget that you have to choose only reliable and safe sources for software downloads. File sharing websites or Torrents are not one of them. Always choose official developers' website.

Remove redirect virus manually or using anti-malware software

If you are interested in all of the removal options, you can first check the manual elimination guidelines just below the article. Make sure you do not miss any of the indicated steps. Otherwise, some affiliate files with the virus might be left. Thus, the probability of getting hijacked by this PUP significantly increases.

If you have already tried the manual removal but keeps coming back, and you can install an anti-spyware application and scan your PC with it. It will guarantee that the hijacker is completely eliminated. This software comes in handy not only in dealing with this particular unwanted application but with other various types of malware as well.

Lastly, we would like to advise you to stick to the legitimate and trustworthy Google or Bing search engines rather than opting for new but highly insecure alternatives. If you are experiencing difficulties and can’t remove or any other browser hijacker from your computer, do not hesitate to contact us and we will try to help.

We have also noticed that this browser redirect virus is extremely prevalent in Poland. In case you are a Polish-speaking computer user, consider visiting site for CC virus removal guidelines[6].

IMPORTANT. If you encounter “ YeaDesktop verification code” error when trying to delete the hijacker's components from the system, you should follow this tutorial to fix the problem.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they 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:

Eliminate from Windows systems

What can be frustrating for the less experienced users while removing is that it is Windows Management Instrumentation (or WMI) based infection, which means it is fileless. It does not drop files on the infected computer's hard drive, so the antivirus software may not be able to detect it. Below, we provide a tutorial on how to uninstall CC virus from the system:

  1. To remove it from your computer, you will have to manually run the WBEMTest which can be found in this directory C:\Windows\System32\wbemtest.exe. Right-click on this executive file and run it as Administrator.
  2. Click Connect and type root\subscription in the Namespace field. Click Connect again.
  3. Check the Enable All Privileges checkbox and then click Enum Instances button.
  4. You will see a pop-up that asks to enter Superclass name. Type ActiveScriptEventConsumer and click OK.
  5. Carefully look through the list of findings and if you can see an instance with “ASEC,” select it and then click Delete.
  6. Now, clean each of your browser shortcuts. Use the tutorial provided below to clean them. You must delete the link from the Target field and Apply changes to get rid of the hijacker. If you have some shortcuts pinned to your task bar, remove them and re-pin them here after cleaning browser shortcuts.

Nevertheless, we strongly recommend obtaining a professional antivirus utility which would be able to locate the virus in the Windows Management Instrumentation records as well.

  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

Though this virus rarely infects Mac operating systems, Safari is still among the target browsers. So, if your computer has been infected, please follow the instructions provided below or scan your computer with reputable antivirus tool, such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner.

  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 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'

Get rid of from Internet Explorer (IE)

Though the virus does not drop files on the computer, you may be able to find its extensions installed on your browser. Look for the recently installed ones and check whether they do not belong to the browser hijacker.

  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 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 removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete virus from Microsoft Edge

To remove this browser hijacker from your browser completely, look for extensions or add-ons that may be related to this virus and remove them. Keep in mind that they may hide under various titles, so be very attentive.

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, should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Although works based on WMI and does not create files on the computer, that you could delete, it may still appear on your browser as an add-on or extension, so go through the list of the installed components and evaluate their reliability by consulting reputable online sources.

  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

Erase from Google Chrome

To make sure this browser hijacker is eliminated from your browser entirely, please take care of the additional extensions it may have left on your browser. Delete the suspicious browser add-ons which may have been recently installed on your computer.

  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

Eliminate from Safari

In the list of browser extensions, look for, TopYea Search and related extensions and remove them. This is the only way you can ensure the virus will not bounce back to your browser. 

  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

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  1. Tim says:
    April 19th, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Thanks for the warning!

  2. Zelda says:
    April 19th, 2016 at 7:27 am

    I find this search engine quite strange.

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