Y2meta “Virus”

This page aims to help you remove Y2meta. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.


Y2meta is a page-redirecting application specialized in rerouting user searches to pre-defined web locations. Y2meta is not a virus but, once in the system, it can replace your browser’s homepage, install a new search engine and fill your screen with random ads.

Y2meta “Virus”

The Y2meta Virus will try to make you to subscribe to its Push notifications and will redirect your browser searches.

This is a program that tries to hijack the settings of the main web browser in the system (this could be Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari or another one) and to change them in some way. Most often, the web users detect that a new and unfamiliar homepage has appeared inside their browser without approval and the default search engine has been replaced with another one that redirects to specific ad-supported sites.

Browser hijackers like Y2meta may also add some new toolbars and buttons inside the browser’s taskbar and initiate the generation of various pop-up ads, banners, and notifications on the users’ screen. Unfortunately, uninstalling these imposed components is not an easy task. Oftentimes, the attempts to remove the ads and to reset the browser turn out ineffective and this is where a lot of people come to the conclusion that they must have been infected with a virus or some malware.

The good news is that programs like Y2meta are not to be feared because they cannot encrypt your files like a Ransomware virus or corrupt the system like a Trojan Horse. In fact, even non-experienced web users can successfully remove a browser hijacker from their system as long as they carefully follow certain instructions. That’s why there is no need for panic. 

If you are new to this, below you will find a detailed removal guide with steps that explain exactly how to remove the browser hijacker that is disturbing you and how to safely uninstall its unwanted changes from any web browser that has been affected.

More details about the browser hijackers

The browser hijackers are ad-generating and page-redirecting programs that have been around for quite a long time now. They are primarily used to draw traffic and increase the exposure to specific websites through paid ads and this is what dictates all their activities. In their attempts to advertise more effectively, such programs may resort to aggressive online advertising tactics such as sponsored ads positioning on every web page, automatic redirects to specific URLs, and even changes in the browser’s settings which ensure that specific web ads and promotional materials get displayed during every browsing session. This is the reason why many web users consider the presence of apps like Y2meta in their system as potentially unwanted.

We need to mention, though, that even if you have a browser hijacker on your computer, it is unlikely to harm your personal files, to blackmail you for access to certain data, or to corrupt your OS. These are activities that are typically performed by viruses and malware such as Ransomware and Trojans. Yet, if your regular web browsing is disturbed and you are unable to work, study, or enjoy your browsing due to the changes that a piece of software like Y2meta has imposed on your web browser, don’t hesitate to uninstall the unwanted software and permanently remove its components from your system.


Name Y2meta
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms A Browser Hijacker can typically change the search engine and the homepage settings of a web browser and initiate page-redirects to various sponsored sites.
Distribution Method Such software can commonly be found inside spam messages, torrents, free download links and automatic installation managers.
Detection Tool

Remove Y2meta.com 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

Y2meta “Virus”

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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Y2meta “Virus”  Remove Y2meta from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  Y2meta “Virus” —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Y2meta “Virus” —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

Y2meta “Virus” Remove Y2meta from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  Y2meta “Virus”  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Y2meta “Virus”Remove Y2meta 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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