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Remove YellowSend adware (Improved Instructions) - Aug 2016 update

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Adware

Is YellowSend a trustworthy application?

YellowSend is a free browser add-on designed to accommodate users and allow them to “SEND AnyFile, AnySize, AnyWhere” easily. Yes, it may be useful for spreading files. However, it may cause various inconveniences during your browsing, so you should think twice if this service is that useful so you would agree to receive sponsored ads, risk experiencing redirects to affiliate websites, agree to share browsing-related data with doubtful parties, and so on.

In reality, Yellow Send is a typical adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that can corrupt your web browser’s settings once installed and start initiating doubtful activities without requiring your authorization. Speaking about its infiltration, it has to be mentioned that YellowSend adware may spread as an additional component of a software package, so be careful when installing freeware on your computer. Once installed, it may start displaying tons of ads with an intention to generate pay-per-click (PPC) revenue, boost traffic to affiliate websites, promote various third-party merchandise, and so on. Although that does not sound harmless, you should be aware that Yellow Send ads are more than just irritating and disruptive. Affiliate parties are free to create “Ads by YellowSend”, as well as have the possibility to change their content without requiring authorization. This way, clicking on an ad displaying one content, you might be redirected to a domain promoting a completely different one. This YellowSend redirect issue is a typical characteristic of potentially unwanted program and is also practiced by other ad-based programs, for instance, browser hijackers. Always keep in mind the risk that those websites may be filled with unreliable content encountering which you may even end up with another adware on your PC’s system.

Even more, YellowSend installs cookies and collects personally non-identifiable information about user’s browsing activities and habits. Typically, it gathers PC’s IP address, its location, email address, search terms, websites visited, data entered while visiting them, clicks, and so on. While such information is not considered as a potentially dangerous, we highly do not recommend disclosing it to unfamiliar third parties because it can be used for misleading advertising or email spamming. Thus, we highly recommend you to remove YellowSend virus as soon as it starts showing signs on your computer. This way, you will prevent browser’s slowdowns, risk-posing redirects, irritating ads and similar inconveniences. Our recommendation would be to use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or another reputable anti-spyware.

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How can YellowSend take over my computer?

YellowSend hijack usually occurs unnoticed. Stealthy system infiltration is more or less effortless unless, of course, the virus targets a computer of an extremely careful user. Adwares such as YellowSend are typically distributed via a technique called “bundling”. In other words, they are usually attached to other freeware and shareware as an “optional download”. Therefore, the only way to protect your computer from potentially unwanted program invasion is a careful installation of freeware and shareware. Always take your time and carefully check Advanced/Custom installation settings because it’s the only way to locate and opt out the installation of the additional, unnecessary components. Have you already noticed YellowSend ads while browsing with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer? Then keep reading this article and you will learn how to get rid of them.

Tips on how to remove YellowSend from an infected system:

While Yellow Send is technically NOT a virus, it should not be kept on computers due to various inconveniences and potential risk that it poses to PC’s security and stability. In order to remove YellowSend malware once and for all, we recommend doing so with the help of an anti-spyware tools. Some of our trusted software is presented below. If you already have an antivirus utility installed, you do not necessarily have to obtain a new one. All you have to do is update it to its latest version, to make sure all the newest virus descriptions are taken into consideration. Also, you can choose the manual YellowSend removal if you prefer a more hands-on experience when cleaning up your PC. A detailed and comprehensive guide to the virus elimination is presented below.

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To remove YellowSend adware, follow these steps:

Eliminate YellowSend 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 YellowSend and related programs
    Here, look for YellowSend 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'

Get rid of YellowSend 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 YellowSend 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'

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

Uninstall YellowSend adware from Microsoft Edge

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, YellowSend should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase YellowSend 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 YellowSend 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. 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'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete YellowSend removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove YellowSend 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 YellowSend 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. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete YellowSend removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate YellowSend 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 YellowSend or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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...'
  4. 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 YellowSend removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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