Yontoo Pagerage (Removal Instructions) - updated Feb 2018

Yontoo Pagerage Removal Guide

What is Yontoo Pagerage?

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.

The image of Yontoo Pagerage virusYontoo 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 FortectIntego 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 may remove virus damage with a help of FortectIntego. 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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Getting rid of Yontoo Pagerage. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

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.

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK. Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete from macOS

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

Remove items from Applications folder:

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

Remove 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 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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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 Delete Advanced 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” -Verbose Advanced 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, search 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

Remove 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.

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear. Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information. Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox. Reset Firefox 2

Remove 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.

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data. Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall. Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History. Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches. Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Yontoo Pagerage registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting stealing programs

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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