Iyfsearch.com One of the newest representatives of the annoying browser hijacker software category is an application called Iyfsearch.com "Malware". No one would like to deal with the nagging banners, pop-ups, page-redirecting links and colorful ad messages or with the imposed new search engine service and replaced homepage URL that Iyfsearch.com could potentially generate all over the screen of browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera or any other browsing program installed on a computer that the hijacker has \u201cinvaded\u201d. \u00a0You probably got here because you\u2019ve just discovered this application in your system and now you are trying to understand what it really wants from you and how you could remove it. That\u2019s why, in the next lines, we will explain to you how to safely uninstall this new browser hijacker and also what potential dangers it may expose you to if you don\u2019t remove it on time. Right below, you will find a removal guide with detailed instructions on how to locate and get rid of Iyfsearch.com quickly and without messing up anything in the process. If you follow the steps carefully, you will be able to remove all the unwanted changes (such as homepage or search engine replacements, new toolbars installations, etc.) from your browser along with all the annoying advertisements. The good news is that you don\u2019t need to be a computer expert to deal with such software because, to your relief, the browser hijackers aren\u2019t some sort of dangerous computer viruses or malicious applications similar to Ransomware or Trojans. Once they get deleted from the system completely, those applications don\u2019t leave any negative consequences and you will be able to restore the settings of your favorite browser with ease. Make sure, however, that you scan your PC with a professional removal tool like the one included in the guide in order to correctly locate all the components related to Iyfsearch.com because, when dealing with system files, there is always a risk of deleting something you are not supposed to by mistake. In order not to complicate this article unnecessarily (after all, its goal is to help you uninstall Iyfsearch.com and remove the nagging ads from your screen), let's just say that the task of the browser hijackers, in general, is to promote different products and services on the users\u2019 screen. At the same time, such software can generate profits for its developers through the advertisements that you get exposed to. Most often, the people behind a hijacker app receive a certain amount of money for each click that the users give to the sponsored banners, pop-ups, colorful ads and redirect links which get displayed on their browser during the browsing sessions. The manufacturers and the distributors of the advertised goods and services also benefit from such advertising methods because they get traffic and exposure for their products. Therefore, they are willing to pay to the developers of applications like Iyfsearch.com to display their commercial messages as much as possible. In their strive for more profit and better exposure, however, the advertisers tend to employ methods like automatic page-redirects, unstoppable ads streaming and unauthorized browser changes which may heavily disturb the overall browsing experience and even expose the users to unknown websites, sketchy ads, misleading links and offers which, apart from being irritating, may be potential carriers or viruses and security threats like Ransomware and Spyware. SUMMARY: Name Iyfsearch.com Type \u00a0Browser Hijacker Danger Level Medium\u00a0(nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk) Symptoms \u00a0This program may install a new search engine or a sponsored homepage inside your main browser. Distribution Method Software bundling, freeware and shareware sites, torrents, ads, spam, automatic installers and updates.\u00a0 Detection Tool Iyfsearch Removal To try and remove Iyfsearch.com quickly you can try this: \tGo to your browser\u2019s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser). \tThen click on the Extensions tab. \tLook for the Iyfsearch.com extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones). \tRemove Iyfsearch.com by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name. \tConfirm and get rid of Iyfsearch.com and any other suspicious items. If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Iyfsearch.com removal guide below. 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 Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference. Reboot in\u00a0Safe Mode\u00a0(use this guide if you don't know how to do it). WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING! Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time\u00a0and\u00a0go to the\u00a0Processes Tab (the "Details" Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.\u00a0 Right click on each of them\u00a0and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: After you open their folder,\u00a0end the processes\u00a0that are infected, then delete their folders.\u00a0 Note:\u00a0If 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.\u00a0 Hold together the Start Key and R. Type\u00a0appwiz.cpl -->\u00a0OK. You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries.\u00a0Uninstall it\/them. Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter.\u00a0A\u00a0window will pop-up: Startup --->\u00a0Uncheck\u00a0entries that have "Unknown" as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious. Hold the Start\u00a0Key\u00a0and\u00a0R\u00a0- \u00a0copy +\u00a0paste the following and click OK: notepad %windir%\/system32\/Drivers\/etc\/hosts A new\u00a0file 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: If there are suspicious IPs below "Localhost" -\u00a0write 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. \tRight-click on the Network Adapter you are using --->\u00a0Properties --->\u00a0Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP\/IP), click \u00a0Properties. \tThe\u00a0DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself. \tClick on Advanced --->\u00a0the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something)\u00a0--->\u00a0OK. \tAfter you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a\u00a0system reboot. Right click\u00a0on the browser\u2019s shortcut --->\u00a0Properties. NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but\u00a0you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge). Properties \u2014\u2013> Shortcut.\u00a0In\u00a0Target, remove everything\u00a0after\u00a0.exe. \u00a0\u00a0Remove Iyfsearch.com\u00a0from Internet Explorer: Open\u00a0IE, click\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u2014\u2013>\u00a0Manage Add-ons. Find the threat\u00a0--->\u00a0Disable. Go to\u00a0\u00a0\u2014\u2013>\u00a0Internet Options --->\u00a0change\u00a0the\u00a0URL\u00a0to whatever you use (if hijacked) --->\u00a0Apply. \u00a0Remove\u00a0Iyfsearch.com\u00a0from Firefox: Open\u00a0Firefox,\u00a0click\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 \u2014\u2014->\u00a0Add-ons\u00a0---->\u00a0Extensions. Find the adware\/malware\u00a0--->\u00a0Remove. Remove\u00a0Iyfsearch.com\u00a0from Chrome: Close Chrome. Navigate to: \u00a0C:\/Users\/!!!!USER NAME!!!!\/AppData\/Local\/Google\/Chrome\/User Data.\u00a0There is\u00a0a Folder called "Default" inside: Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome. 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: \tHKEY_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\u00a0anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!