Y2mate Virus


Y2mate is a browser-hijacking website that displays questionable ads on the screens of the users who visit it. If you allow notifications on Y2mate, it will also start to show you potentially unreliable ads and offers even when your browser isn’t being used.

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The Y2mate Virus will try to make you to subscribe to its Push notifications

If you are reading this page, the chances are that you have encountered a stream of annoying commercials on your screen and now you are seeking how to remove it. It is also quite possible that you’ve spotted some other symptoms, for instance, a modified starting page and/or default search engine, a new toolbar or some shortcut buttons that constantly redirect you to different sponsored sites. In this case, you should know that the most probable source of all these modifications and ads is a Browser Hijacker program called Y2mate. In the next lines, we will provide you with some basic info regarding this type of software, as well as a guide on how to uninstall it from your PC in a fast and risk-free manner.

Is Y2mate safe ?

Y2mate is a website that converts YouTube videos but is also known for operating as adware. Users primarily visit Y2mate to convert and download videos from YouTube but the site’s domain is considered unsafe and the ads you may see there could be hazardous.

When faced with an intrusive stream of web Ads most web users first think that their PC has probably been infected with a virus. This is quite understandable because the word “virus” has become a synonym for everything that can go wrong with the computer’s system. Yet, we need to say that computer viruses and Browser Hijackers are two different categories of software with very different purposes. Most viruses do not use web Ads to annoy and spam the users. They have much more malicious ways to mess with the computer. For instance, the victims of a real computer virus may have their files corrupted or stolen, they may have their system damaged or spied on, while the people contaminated with a Browser Hijacker such as Y2mate, Www1.ecleneue.com or Ytmp3.cc will most probably be showered with annoying pop-ups, blinking boxes and redirect messages. The effects from the presence of those two types of software in the system in the first case will be fatal, while in the second case will be easily ignored and even removed without any negative consequences. That’s why one should not mistake programs like Y2mate for a software virus because they are definitely not the same thing.

The Y2mate Virus

Y2mate is a site that is used for converting and downloading videos from YouTube but it also has some adware qualities. The Y2mate virus is how some users refer to this site because it can show questionable and potentially hazardous ads on the screen.

PC viruses are typically destructive – to begin with. Just as an example we can mention the Ransomware cryptoviruses, which can encrypt personal data and blackmail their victims for ransom payments in exchange for its liberation.  As a contrast, the scariest thing that Y2mate “Virus” can do to a computer system is to make it experience a slow-down due to excessive ads generation. Don’t forget that despite the fact that Browser Hijackers are normally considered as non-threatening, they might still contribute to the exposure to security dangers that you should be aware of. For instance, one of the main issues with programs like Y2mate is the fact that some of the ads it may display might not be real advertisements at all. Apparently, clicking on any of those adverts could redirect you to potentially dangerous webpages where real infections and viruses may lurk. That’s why getting rid of such software is actually recommended and is a good way to prevent an accidental encounter with threats like Ransomware or Trojan Horses. Last but not least, a program such as Y2mate could make your computer slow and unresponsive due to excessive usage of CPU and RAM resources.


Name Y2mate
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Intrusive ads, pop-ups and banners may cover your screen during every browsing session.
Distribution Method Software bundles, free ads, pop-ups, free download links, shareware sites, spam.
Detection Tool

Remove Y2mate Virus

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide

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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).

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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Y2mate Virus  Remove Y2mate from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  Y2mate Virus —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Y2mate Virus —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

Y2mate Virus Remove Y2mate from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  Y2mate Virus  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Y2mate VirusRemove Y2mate from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

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

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Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

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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!


About the author


Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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