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Remove YouBoost ads (Removal Instructions)

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Why is YouBoost virus dangerous?

First of all, YouBoost virus is an ADWARE program. It is also classed as a potentially unwanted program (PUP), and there are numerous reasons for such classification. Let us explain to you why this adware-type program is an entirely useless application.

  • YouBoost virus is a spying program, and it also belongs to the ‘spyware’ category. It spies on your browsing history, clicks, search queries, downloads, seeks to find out the geolocation of your computer, IP address of it, and other related information. Later on, it uses such info to choose particular promotional content and then sends it to you.
  • This program markedly lowers the computer’s performance – it slows it down.
  • If you have already encountered pop-ups or banners labeled as “YouBoost ads” or “ads by YouBoost,” you probably already know that these ads are very annoying. Not only that – they are dangerous and deceptive, too.
  • It is known that YouBoost cooperates with third-party partners, and seeks to promote their websites. This dubious program attaches deceptive hyperlinks to its ads, and these hyperlinks are supposed to lead victims to predetermined web sources.
  • These web sources are third-party websites that support and sponsor You Boost adware. Each user that clicks on these misleading ads and visits third-party website by force gains pay-per-click revenue for the developers of this computer parasite.
  • Keep in mind that this YouBoost redirect problem can force you to visit malicious websites filled with infectious content. So if you do not want to expose your computer system to various risks, you should IGNORE YouBoost ads until you remove this PC intruder from your computer.

The list of facts that we have mentioned should convince you that the discussed computer parasite is not worth your trust. Therefore, if you are a security-minded person, you might want to entirely get rid of it. You can banish this threat from your computer with an anti-spyware program like Reimage. Such software can scan the entire computer system for viruses or parasites and remove YouBoost with each of its files.

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How did this program hijack my PC?

Questions about YouBoost ads

The developers of such useless applications tend to attach them to other freeware or shareware and upload such software packs to various untrustworthy download websites. This distribution method is called bundling; unfortunately, there is no way to notice YouBoost hijack until you launch the installation wizard of it. You can find out whether the freeware you have downloaded has some hidden attachments or not by selecting Advanced or Custom installation option. If the software that you want to install has some PUPs attached to it, then these installation settings should provide a list of them. To avoid installing questionable software, deselect the proposals to install any optional apps.

If this potentially unwanted program has already infiltrated your computer, you can remove YouBoost virus using Reimage, but you also have the option to remove it manually. To find out how to do it, follow the instructions below.

How to uninstall this PC threat?

To get rid of annoying ads that are caused by this program, you must uninstall the rogue app that produces them. With the help of a manual YouBoost removal guide that we have provided, you can eliminate this potentially unwanted software on your own. However, security experts strongly advise scanning your computer system with a professional spyware removal program after you remove this annoying program to ensure that you have deleted all of its components. If you have any questions about this program or if you encounter any issues when trying to remove it, do not hesitate and contact our support team via ‘Ask us’ section. If you can’t call yourself an experienced PC user, you should install one of these programs that are given below and remove YouBoost virus automatically.

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 YouBoost ads, follow these steps:

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

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

Erase YouBoost ads 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, YouBoost should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove YouBoost 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 YouBoost 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 YouBoost removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of YouBoost 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 YouBoost 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 YouBoost removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate YouBoost 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 YouBoost 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 YouBoost removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. mike says:
    January 26th, 2016 at 9:54 am

    I fail to remove this threat manually. What is the issue? I cannot find it in the Control Panel.

  2. Sylwia93 says:
    January 26th, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Have you found it on the Extensions list on your Internet browser?

  3. mike says:
    January 26th, 2016 at 9:56 am

    havent checked there yet! i will try

  4. Harli says:
    January 27th, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    YouBoost is totally malicious! Its ads will force you visit nasty websites! I am speaking truth. From my experience, I was redirected to a website that asked me to fill out a survey and then the webpage was supposed to give me “gifts” turns out, these gifts were malicious apps! One of them even replaced my chrome homepage without even asking for my permission. I am really mad! Getting antimalware app now to fix this mess..

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