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YahooSoso Virus


This page aims to help you remove YahooSoso. These YahooSoso removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Nature of Browser Hijackers. Characteristics of YahooSoso.

If you are reading this article, you may have come across a new “friend” while surfing the Internet. Most probably this new mate is now showering you in a constant stream of pop-ups, advertisement banners, or it is redirecting you to magical websites promoting super products that will solve all the issues of your system or your car, or your work and even of your life. This new buddy is referred to as YahooSoso. It is not really a virus. In the real sense of the word, it is an Browser Hijackers application that may be nasty and irritating, as well as possessive. We will now explain its characteristics and give you some advice on how to never meet it anymore.

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Browser Hijackers – characteristics

A Browser Hijacker is any software product, in which advertisements are displayed while the product is being executed. The creators of such programs include additional code that enables the distribution of a great number of diverse ads. They may be encountered as pop-up windows, or via a bar that appears on the user’s computer screen. Sometimes even via text hyperlinks or in integrated search results. Browser Hijackers may track browsing information about the user’s personal preferences, searches and interests. It may also gather data anonymously and sell it to 3rd parties.

However, Browser Hijackers is not a virus or a malware – it doesn’t copy and collect any banking, private or account data. It is just a way of making profit – the programmers embed the code for delivering advertisements in order to make money to sustain their companies, to fund further programming practices or just to find and alternative funding source.

People may come across Browser Hijackers in many ways but the most common are:

  • When a person downloads free software from the WEB – this type of free or very cheap programs come in bundles with “bonuses”- integrated Browser Hijackers scripts, that may annoy you, slow down your computer’s performance or track down your personal browsing preferences in order to irritate you even more.;
  • When a person is tempted by a promising message and clicks on something on an infected webpage. In this way, Browser Hijackers programs may integrate themselves in any browser (Firefox/Chrome/Explorer/Opera… etc.) :

Generally, Browser Hijackers programs are relatively harmless and mostly irritating. However, their ads may promote a malware program or redirect you to a dangerous or deceptive website.

YahooSoso.com is a very good example of a Browser Hijackers program. It has been created for delivering numerous different advertisements based on the user’s personal browsing preferences and searches. Maybe the program’s approach will seem relatively aggressive to you as YahooSoso will keep promoting pages and products until your patience runs out and you make a decision to get rid of it completely. If you detect this software and make an effort to uninstall it, you need to remove every single bit of it. Yet it is important to make a certain distinction. When people refer to YahooSoso as a “Virus” , they are not correct in their assessment. YahooSoso is not really a computer virus, but we understand we people might be confused about the distinction between a Browser Hijacker and a full blown virus.

If you have a reliable anti-malware tool, installed on your computer, it is likely that it will detect an Browser Hijackers application and will give you the option to remove it from your system. You may also be able to manually delete it. However, this is not recommended for people with little or no experience in similar matters. It will be best if you follow the instructions below in order to ensure your system’s future security.

In order to avoid getting “close” to Browser Hijacker programs in the future, always remember to choose carefully what you install on your computer. Also, you should really think about purchasing a good anti-malware product that will automatically block the possibly infected pages and software products. What’s essential is that you should really be cautious when it comes to the installation process of any program – always select the Manual/Customized option of the installation tool. Never let any software make any undesired changes to your system, create additional toolbars or install “extra” programs that may become a problem after that. Last but not least, your Firewall and OS must be completely functional and frequently updated over time. All this information will help you prevent your system from getting any annoying issues with YahooSoso.com and other Browser Hijackers in the future.

SUMMARY:

Name YahooSoso
Type Browser Hijacker
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Bert L. Jackson

Bert L. Jackson has more then 13 years in the Cyber Security Industry consulting and collaborating. Distinguished for an entrepreneurial mindset, creative problem solving, cross-functional teams and a bottom-line orientation.

4 Comments

  • Hi tj, remove all lines that are connected to suspicious chinese websites. Let me know if you need more help.

  • Hi Nadeem, these sites are associated with the Ads for sure. Delete all from the hosts sile, then save the changes.

  • Hi tj, you’ve essentially created a new file by saving it in a different place. The new file is a dud and won’t do anything.

    To properly safe the file If you experience any problems with permission rights when you try to save the file do the following:

    Search for Notepad in Windows search -> right click on the executable and select Run as Administrator.
    From inside Notepad click on the File-> Open menu and navigate to the hosts file

    You should now be able to save the file properly.

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