Yardood “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) Sept. 2017 Update

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

All that you can see on your browser when Yardood “Virus” invades it is a stream of nagging ads, pop-ups banners, frequent page redirects, and strange changes to your homepage or search engine. This program is categorized as a browser hijacker and as such, it can initiate all of the above without your consent to practically any browser – Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge – you name it. We recently received many messages regarding Yardood “Virus” and it seems that many users have been disturbed by its activities. That’s why, on this page, we decided to provide them with a detailed removal guide and some more information about the nature of this browser hijacker, its typical behavioral traits and the safest ways to uninstall it and remove all of its components and changes.

The nature of browser hijackers and their characteristics

Generating profit through ads is what can best describe the nature of software like Yardood “Virus”. This program, as well as any browser hijacker, is developed with one sole purpose – to aggressively advertise certain products, services, and sites. For this reason, Yardood may take over your entire browser by flooding it with ads, pop-ups, banners and various commercial materials and intrusively make you click on them or redirect you to some sponsored web pages. Such activity not only brings traffic and exposure to the advertised items but also generates revenue for the hijacker developers every time you click on the popping ads. This is possible thanks to methods like Pay-Per-Click or some other methods of paid ads positioning.

Different vendors, marketers, and service providers often use pieces like Yardood “Virus” as tools for online marketing and profit generation and they try to make the most of them by aggressively displaying their offers right at the users’ screen. The people who have to endure the hijacker’s activity, however, may face frequent browsing interruption and disturbance, and for this reason, they may prefer to remove the annoying software. What is more, due to its invasive advertising approach, the browser hijacker has gained its fame as potentially unwanted. Can it be dangerous, though? Let’s find out.

Yardood “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 Yardood “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 Yardood “Virus” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Yardood “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!
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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!

What should you keep in mind when facing a browser hijacker?

If Yardood “Virus” is in your system, it is very likely that you may face some issues, which may disturb your normal browsing and may make you decide to uninstall the hijacker from your machine. Some people report that they find it very irritating when they try to browse the web and suddenly get redirected to web pages that they never intended to visit. Others are very worried when landing on aggressive pop-ups, new tabs, and links that are unfamiliar. In most of the cases, when trying to close the displayed tabs and ads, new ones quickly replace them, without letting the users stop them. Such activities may not only be very irritating but also may indirectly lead to an infection with a virus or even worse malware like a Trojan horse, Ransomware, Spyware or some other nasty threat. For this reason, our general advice is not to click on and interact with the content generated by the hijacker because you never know when you may bump into a misleading link, a fake add or already infected web page that may transmit malware to your system. Of course, such a thing may never happen, but the best way to minimize the risk is to completely remove the ads by uninstalling their source, which in your case is Yardood “Virus”.

Is your system at risk if Yardood “Virus” is operating on it?

Browser hijackers are generally not that dangerous and that difficult to remove compared to real malware. The level of harmfulness of programs like Yardood “Virus” is very minimal because, according to security experts, they cannot destroy data or system files, or cause any serious malfunction, fraud or theft. These are specialties of threats like Trojans and Ransomware, which are the real threats you should be worried about. Still, due to their annoying and aggressive advertising methods, browser hijackers are often referred to as potentially unwanted, even though they do not represent a great danger to anyone’s computer. So, if this hijacker is causing you disturbance, just follow the steps in the removal guide below or scan your PC with the professional removal tool to get rid of this program once and for all.

SUMMARY:

Name Yardood
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Frequent page redirects, generation of intrusive ads, pop-ups and banners, changes in your browser’s homepage or search engine. 
Distribution Method Spam messages, emails and attachments, free download links from the web, ads, torrents, software bundles, freeware, shareware.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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