This page aims to help you remove YesSearches. These removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows. YesSearches.com is a potentially unwanted program that behaves much like a Browser Hijacker application. Browser Hijacker exists to spam online Ads in infected computers. These Ads can be presented in a couple of different ways. They could open a new page filled with Ads every time you open a page of your own – or they could appear on the opened pages as banners and pop-up messages.
- Sometimes certain words may be affected and turned into Ad-carrying hyperlink.
- The Ads can also contain sound and animation – which is fairly annoying.
- As a direct consequence of having to download and render these Ads on your screen your PC will slow down a bit – more if it is older and does not have a lot of memory.
- Animated – or sound enhanced Ads exacerbate the problem, as does keeping multiple tabs open, which contain Ads.
YesSearches – dangerous if it stays on your computer for an extended period
As far as computer threats are concerned this is a medium risk application – but this doesn’t mean that it is safe to keep on board. Medium risk just means it is unlikely that YesSearches will harm your PC on its own. There is danger, however, and it is hidden behind the Ads.
The truth is that reputable sites rarely advertise through such shady channels, although they may be included for free here and there to add some feeling of legitimacy. If you try to explore the Ads it is highly likely that you will end up being sent to some virus infected or phishing page OR you’ll be scammed into downloading software that doesn’t really work. Such software is called Bloatware and it specializes into creating fake problem messages in order to scare people into purchasing it in order to remove these alleged problems. This malware may try to assist with the installation of such programs by creating fake warnings of its own – they are actually Ads, but they are made to resemble system messages. It may also try to install different Adware on your computer under the guise of system updates, missing plug-ins, required video players or the like. We do not recommend that you download any software to repair problems, while this threat exists on your computer. There is a really good chance no such problems even exist. Remove YesSearches first and see if the issue persists and don’t download any software offered to your by this Browser Hijacker.
|Danger Level||Medium. This application is undoubtedly annoying. The danger comes from additional malware creations that might come through the door already opened by the Browser Hijacker.|
|Symptoms||Browser redirects, pop-ups with unwanted advertisements.|
|Distribution Method||E-mail attachments, infected torrent or file sharing files, package installations with other programs.|
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1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove YesSearches from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove attachments to browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your Add/Remove Programs.
5: Permanently delete the threat from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Uninstall the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
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The first thing to do is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking.
For W8 and 8.1:
Click the Start button, then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the pop-up.
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
W10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
You may find that the malware has attached itself to your internet browsers via an add-on. In order to remove it follow the instructions we’ve written in Step 2 and Step 3 of this guide. Make sure to do them separately for every browser you have on your machine, regardless of you use them or not. Also be careful as it may try to entice you into visiting some site online (for a survey or something else) or to download additional software. As usual nothing that comes from the virus should be trusted, so close all such pages and delete all downloaded files.
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malware. Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
Remove YesSearches from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
The problem should be lurking somewhere around here – Remove it.
Remove YesSearches from Chrome:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove everything but the search engines you normally use.
Remove the malware from Safari:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Hold the Start Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for the virus and suspicious-looking programs. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Start Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t type or change it. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
A BIG WARNING HERE! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. We’ll be terminating any leftover processes and files associated with the virus. Please follow the instructions closely and double check before deleting anything, otherwise you risk damaging your OS installation or other programs if you make a big mistake. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to instead download a professional YesSearches removal program.
It will clean the malware for you and it also scan your computer for other viruses that may have been installed by YesSearches (or alongside it).
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a Pop Up window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete/uninstall the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious, but bear in mind they are always different.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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