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Remove Yontoo Pagerage (Removal Instructions) - updated Feb 2018

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Yontoo – a browser extension that floods browsers with ads

Yontoo (can also be found as Yontoo PageRage) is a browser extension that showed up in 2015. At the moment, its official site claims that it was discontinued and provides its removal instructions. However, if you happen to see this app on your computer, note that its aim is to help users personalize their Facebook layouts by changing the theme, font, color, and similar things.

The main issue related to Yontoo is its additional activity on the system. As a result, this app was included to adware,[1] browser hijacker,[2] and potentially unwanted program (PUP)[3] categories. That's why you can remove Yontoo with the help of various security software.

One of the most important reasons why this application has been included to PUP category is its ability to deliver annoying pop-up advertisements while people are browsing on the Internet. Also, Yontoo can also initiate unwanted redirects to suspicious websites, slow downs and other undesired activities on each of your web browsers. At the moment, it is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari web browsers.

Finally, we should warn you about data tracking that is caused by Yontoo right after it hijacks the system and adds itself to each of web browsers. The only thing that sounds like a relief is that this potentially unwanted program has been discontinued and you can remove Yontoo with the help of simple steps.

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Yontoo Pagerage is a suspicious browser extension that has been classified as potentially unwanted program. Fortunately, it's no longer available to download.

Several years ago, this application was actively mentioned in various security forums as “Yontoo virus.” The main reason why it got such name was its ability to infiltrate computers unnoticed. In reality, it had been distributed with the help of bundling technique that allows installing programs (various add-ons and extensions) together with other software.

Once inside the system, this program continued to deliver an excessive amount of online ads on Facebook and other websites. There’s no doubt that unwanted advertisements can be really annoying and prevent users from browsing the Internet normally. However, it is not the end.

Beware that Yontoo ads and similar notifications that show up out of nowhere might also hide various dangers. For example, they might redirect you to malicious websites, infect your computer with ransomware or Trojans.[4] Moreover, Yontoo Privacy Policy also declared other obnoxious features of this application. It seems that it was used to collect non-personal information about users with the help of various tracking technologies,[5] such as cookies, beacons, etc. The purpose of this activity is usually said to be improving services and providing interest-based ads. However, such data can also be sold to suspicious third parties.

All these negative features should motivate you to perform Yontoo removal on your computer. If you still have this add-on installed on your browser, we highly recommend scanning the computer with updated Reimage or other reputable anti-spyware to make sure that other unwanted applications haven’t been installed on your device.

Methods used by this browser extension to spread around

Distribution strategies of adware and browser hijackers typically rely on two different methods. First of all, you can be offered users to download this app directly from the official website. The second one allows installing it without users’ knowledge. Thus, the latter method is questionable and caused dissatisfaction for the users.

We already mentioned that this method is called bundling and it allows attaching programs to software packages and infiltrating them to the target system with the help of freeware and shareware. This mechanism is widely used in other PUPs dissemination; thus, you should learn how to install programs correctly in order to avoid them.

So-called viruses and similar apps might get inside the computer while installing programs under Quick or Recommended settings. These setups do not reveal additional downloads and install them by default. In the meanwhile, Advanced or Custom settings show the list of third-party entries that are offered to download. Thus, if you do not rush the installation process of the freeware and avoid clicking the “Next” button, you will protect yourself and your computer.

Removing Yontoo PageRage virus from browsers

You should remove Yontoo PageRage from the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari web browsers just like any other browser extension. Go to the list of add-ons and uninstall it from the list of current applications. However, this application is also installed on your Windows computer. Thus, you need to uninstall it via Add/Remove feature in Windows.

However, sometimes it may fail because it is known that this program drops registry entries and other components on the system that can't be eliminated like that. If you haven't installed this extension manually, you should think about scanning your computer with updated anti-spyware. It will perform automatic Yontoo removal and help you to get rid of all suspicious programs and files related to it.

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 Yontoo Pagerage, follow these steps:

Get rid of Yontoo Pagerage from Windows systems

To get rid of this PUP from Windows, you need to uninstall this application via Control Panel. Here, check the list carefully and uninstall entries that could be related to Yontoo. We also recommend looking for other third-party applications that might be related to this intruder.

  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 Yontoo Pagerage and related programs
    Here, look for Yontoo Pagerage 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 Yontoo Pagerage 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.

Eliminate Yontoo Pagerage from Mac OS X system

To fix Mac OS X, uninstall all suspicious applications that you can't remember installing. For that use the following guide:

  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 Yontoo Pagerage 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'

Erase Yontoo Pagerage from Internet Explorer (IE)

To start using IE again, check the list of add-ons and look for the suspicious entries. Delete them with the help of the following steps.

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

Delete Yontoo Pagerage 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, Yontoo Pagerage should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall Yontoo Pagerage from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Follow the instructions below to get rid of this suspicious browser hijacker fro  Firefox. All you have to do is to find Yontoo in the list of Firefox extensions and delete it. Then, reset browser's settings in order to delete all hijacker-related entries.

  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 Yontoo Pagerage 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 Yontoo Pagerage removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Yontoo Pagerage from Google Chrome

To uninstall the PUP from Chrome, go to the list of Extensions and delete unknown third-party applications. The last removal step requires resetting the browser. Follow the instructions below.

  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 Yontoo Pagerage 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 Yontoo Pagerage removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Yontoo Pagerage 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 Yontoo Pagerage 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 Yontoo Pagerage, 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 Yontoo Pagerage removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Leslie says:
    January 5th, 2013 at 1:16 am

    I need help using to going in manually on a virus called yontoo.

  2. Patricia says:
    April 3rd, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Hello there I am getting an error message to get rid of yontoo how do I get this thing out of my add & remove ?????

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    May 11th, 2013 at 2:06 am

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  4. Karin says:
    August 22nd, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    hi, I tried to install Spy Hunter and up came “error message 1721 – there is a problem with this windows installer package. a program require to complete this install could not be run. contact your support personnel.”
    what can I do now?

  5. Granuhosito says:
    October 27th, 2013 at 1:29 am

    For a few months I have had annoying vertical banners at the bottom and on the left hand side of my browsers, Firefox and Chrome. I couldnt find the reason, so I uninstalled Firefox and then found an add-on called AdBlock for Chrome which stopped the problem.
    I noticed that I didnt have the same banners in Opera, so I started using this browser a lot.

    Now I know that it was due to Yontoo. I have no clue how this thing got installed in my computer. I got to know when I run “Avast Browser Cleanup”, which I am using in trial mode. I have been able to remove it easily with this feature from Avast, but you may try to remove it by following the methods described above in this article, because “Avast Browser Cleanup” is part of the pay version of Avast.

    I guess the first thing I should have done a loooong time ago is to have a look at the installed browsers add-ons and then try to find information on the Internet.

  6. Cathie says:
    February 11th, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    I ran spybot & it found several things 7 was able to remove all except Yontoo. I have looked in add/remove programs & it is not there that I can see. I also disabled Send to one note & blog this in windows live writer in internet options, but I dont see anything else in there that looks suspicious. what am I missing?

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