YAC Yet Another Cleaner “Virus” Removal

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

Yet Another Cleaner “Virus” (YAC for short) is said to be a PC optimization/anti-malware tool that, in theory, should be able to detect viruses and improve the PC performance as well as perform other tasks beneficial to the user and their computer. However, the majority of users that have had this software installed on their PC have reported that not only does the program fail to deliver on any of the tasks it is supposed to accomplish but it also seems to possess a number of unpleasant traits that actually worsen the overall state of the computer. Here, we will go over the most notable of this program’s characteristics and provide you with detailed information regarding YAC leaving you to decide just how much benefit, or the lack thereof, this program provides its users with. This software has been linked to a number of unwanted programs like winsnare, terela, amulec, bikaq rss, etc.

What does the program actually do?

As we already said, Yet Another Cleaner is a program that is supposed to serve as a form of anti-malware tool with PC optimization features added to it. Once installed, the software would indeed launch a system scan and once the scan is finished, the results will be displayed to the user. So far so good. However, the first thing that should serve as a red flag is the fact that the scan is issued automatically, without being authorized by the user to do so. The second thing worth noting is that more often than not, the scan results will not be overly-reliable. Furthermore, it is possible that the program would detect non-existent threats on your PC. In addition to that, it has been reported by a number of antivirus developers that YAC uses database stolen from their products and implements it within its own scan results.

Another particularly unpleasant trait of Yet Another Cleaner is the fact that it might also have a behavior similar to that of a Browser Hijacker program. What we mean is it’s possible that the potentially unwanted program attempts to introduce various changes to your Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge or whatever other browser you could be using, which might drastically decrease the quality of your online experience as well as make your machine more exposed to other undesirable software. Some of the changes include the addition of a new toolbar or search engine, or the replacement of your browser’s homepage. It is also possible that YAC may trigger unpleasant page redirects to other sites while you are browsing the internet. The possibility of some of those sites being potentially hazardous is yet another reason why many believe that Yet Another Cleaner is a program that users must remove from their computer.

How dangerous is it?

Yet Another Cleaner is not some sort of Ransomware virus or Trojan horse malware. However, as we already said, it could make one’s computer more susceptible to various online hazards due to the undesirable changes it tends to introduce to the user’s browser and Internet settings. Some researchers even claim that the PUP (potentially unwanted program) can also gather personal user data for the purposes of online marketing which is yet another thing that you should keep in mind. Even if YAC does not actually damage your system, it still does not provide you with something that would justify its presence on your PC. Its scanning function as well as the other features it is said to possess are heavily exaggerated and for the most part do not actually benefit the user as much as they are supposed to. Still, if you are concerned about your PC’s safety and worry that this program might harm your system, there’s probably no need to worry since there’s a considerable difference between software of the PUP type and real malicious viruses like Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware, Worms, etc.

YAC installation

Though the program has a website where users can download it, it is important to keep in mind that this is not the only way through which the PUP can get inside your PC. There is a software distribution method known as file-bundling, which is commonly used to install potentially unwanted programs like Yet Another Cleaner onto user’s computers without the user necessarily knowing about it. When an application is bundled with another program, it can normally be removed from the installation by unchecking it within the setup menu of the main piece of software that the user wants to install. However, many users make the mistake of rushing through the installation menu and end up installing everything that has been bundled with the primary program. Our advice for you in order to avoid that is to always check all options within the setup wizards of new programs. If there are any optional installs and you think that they might be potentially unwanted, just remove the tick from the checkbox next to them and they won’t get installed on your PC.



Name Yet Another Cleaner
Type PUP
Danger Level Low (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms YAC would oftentimes try to introduce unauthorized browser changes as well as issue virus scans without asking for user permission.
Distribution Method The program can be downloaded from the its developer website or it can get installed on your PC via a file bundle.
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

Yet Another Cleaner “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.

YAC Yet Another Cleaner “Virus” Removal

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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    YAC Yet Another Cleaner “Virus” Removal  Remove Yet Another Cleaner from Internet Explorer:

    Open IE, click  YAC Yet Another Cleaner “Virus” Removal —–> Manage Add-ons.

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

    YAC Yet Another Cleaner “Virus” Removal Remove Yet Another Cleaner from Firefox:

    Open Firefoxclick  YAC Yet Another Cleaner “Virus” Removal  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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    Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
    YAC Yet Another Cleaner “Virus” RemovalRemove Yet Another Cleaner 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!


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    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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