Elex-Tech Yac “Virus” Removal

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This page aims to help you remove Elex-Tech Yac “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

The description you are about to review is focused on Elex-Tech Yac “Virus”. This program is a member of the ad-generating software type, the only actual purpose of which is to broadcast plenty of ads on your screen; redirect you to lots of websites; and set some totally unfamiliar homepage and search engine to your favorite browser apps. The programs from this category are referred to as browser hijackers. What is even more typical of all of them is that they may target any of your browser apps (Firefox, Chrome, Explorer or Opera) and change their settings in the aforementioned ways. You are going to find some more essential info about the browser-hijacking group and Elex-Tech Yac “Virus” in the following text.

Some general facts related to browser hijackers:

All programs that are considered to be browser hijackers are created to simply serve as advertising apps. These ad-displaying products are only programmed for the purpose of broadcasting a great number of pop-ups, tabs and banners; and for the promotion of varying websites/ search engines and/ or browser homepages. The people, who are involved in spreading this software versions, are the producers of the products that are promoted; the providers of the services these programs may advertise; and the developers of these often annoying programs, whose representative Elex-Tech Yac “Virus” is bothering you at the present moment. Normally, the former two parties are the ones who pay the latter to create the best ad-oriented programs. When it comes to hijackers, the more ads such a piece could produce and spread – the better. It is believed that in this way some of the advertised products can be purchased by the people who are exposed to such ads; and in this way their manufacturers may earn big amounts of money.  As expected, all the parties participating in this ‘pay per click’ strategy in fact benefit from it.

In what ways might Elex-Tech Yac “Virus” get distributed?

In most of the cases we know about, you might find such software integrated in a contaminated webpage or a torrent; or as a part of a movie-streaming site, especially an illegal one, though the legal ones also use ads for funding. Consequently, after you visit or load anything on such a website, you might ‘receive’ the browser hijacker inside it. Despite that, they are not the most usual sources. Actually, the way hijackers most commonly spread is via lurking inside free bundles, which you could be tempted to install on your PC yourself.

What does a program bundle represent?

In general, bundles are sets of free software mixed together that are offered free of charge and may include games, programs, apps, Adware or hijackers inside them. Usually there is really nothing to worry about when it comes to these free mixtures. Nonetheless, the ad-producing programs which are possibly incorporated into them may make you a little suspicious. But such software bundles might contain some fascinating programs and apps, and you are totally able to try them for free, without catching the hijacker inside. Just ensure that you follow this very simple, but important advice: whatever you decide to install on your PC, always do that via the Advanced {or the Custom} installer feature. By completing such an installation, even the smallest details about a particular bundle will be shown, and you will see which programs exactly you really want on your computer and install only them, leaving the ad-generating ones behind.

In spite of the confusing and suspicious way of distribution, Elex-Tech Yac “Virus” is not malicious because:

Because of their rather suspicious features, hijackers have been labeled as ‘potentially unwanted’, however, have never been regarded as viruses. As you might expect, there is some proof for that: hijackers really differ from the normal malware types you may catch while browsing the web in more than just one way. For instance, Ransomware and Trojan viruses as the most dangerous malware kinds, and as such they can and will:

  • hack your PC without your (knowing or unknowing) approval;
  • exploit a program (or a system) vulnerability or simply your naiveté to get you infected.
  • following that, some of their most malicious effects might include: deleting your data or corrupting it; encrypting files and demanding a ransom for them.

As you can see, Elex-Tech Yac “Virus” and all the other hijackers are NOT capable of doing anything like that.

Removing Elex-Tech Yac “Virus” could be performed successfully if you…

Just scroll down and check out the Removal Guide we have assembled for you.

 

SUMMARY:

Name Elex-Tech 
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Nothing too bad, just browser app changes including ad production, redirection and search engine substitution.
Distribution Method Freeware, shareware, torrents and bundles mostly. Also found on contagious web pages.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

Elex-Tech Yac “Virus” Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

DNS

Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Elex-Tech Yac “Virus” from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Elex-Tech Yac “Virus” from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Elex-Tech Yac “Virus” from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!