Yimg.com is an ad-producing program designed to display hundreds of pop-up advertisements on users’ screens during their regular web surfing. Aside from spamming the screen with ads, Yimg.com can also initiate automatic page redirects to unfamiliar web pages and make changes to the search engine and the homepage settings.
You probably landed on this page because you have started having issues with your main browser (be it Chrome, Safari, Opera or another one) which has started to disturb you with unwelcome and very upsetting pop-up banner ads on literally every page that you open. If this is the case, then you should know that Yimg.com is the most likely source of these issues because it is typical for this browser hijacker to mess with the settings of browsers without asking for users’ approval. Fortunately, in the removal guide below, we will explain to you how to effectively remove it and how to uninstall the changes it has probably made to your favorite browsing app.
What is Yimg.com?
A “browser hijacker” is a term that can easily evoke panic in many web users who don’t know what exactly stands behind this type of software. To your relief, however, browser hijacker is the common name for programs developed solely for online marketing purposes. These programs have nothing to do with viruses and malicious threats such as Spyware, Trojan horses or Ransomware infections and they specialize in product and service promotion.
Yimg.com is a typical representative of the browser hijacker category and as such, it works as a marketing tool that displays sponsored adverts in the form of pop-ups, banner ads, colorful offers, and click-prompts which often redirect to third-party websites and promotional landing pages.
Yimg.com has no features that can crash your OS, erase your system data, steal your personal information or exploit any vulnerability in your programs. Yet, in general, such software is considered potentially unwanted and a lot of people simply prefer to uninstall it.
Some of the reasons for this have to do with the aggressive way the browser hijacker places its sponsored ads on the screen. Yimg.com, for instance, can cover every page that you visit with banner messages and randomly popping notifications which are very hard to remove and are strategically placed in such a way that you cannot ignore them. In order to ensure better control over the browser, such a program can also install a search engine of its own and can replace the default homepage with a sponsored URL that gets loaded the very moment you start your browser or open a new tab. But what tops it all off is the auto-redirect service which Yimg.com can initiate without any action from the user’s side. Such a browser hijacker can spontaneously reroute your searches to a page of its partners or a random sponsored site that may not be relevant or reliable. Therefore, keeping such software in your system and letting it manipulate your web surfing activity is not very safe as you may accidentally land on rather questionable websites that may be compromised with viruses, Ransomware and Trojan horse infections.
Yimg.com iPhone Removal
if you have an iPhone virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have a Windows virus, please use our Windows Virus Removal guide.
First you need to close all pop-ups that are currently open.
- If the pop-up has a checkbox named “Don’t show more alerts from this webpage” click on the checkbox before closing the Ad.
- If a Block Alerts button happens to appear after you shut down a pop-up on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch tab that button to stop receiving alerts from the same page.
In case that a pop-up fails to close after performing the above operations:
- On your Mac you should make your Safari browser close forcibly by pressing Command-Option-Esc. Select Safari from the list of Apps and force close it. After you force close it you need to restart Safari, but please hold the shift button while it starts. This will prevent any pesky Ads from opening automatically.
- On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you can do the same by pressing the home button twice in a quick succession. You’ll then see a preview of all apps that have been recently used. Swipe left to find Safari and then swipe up on the app’s preview to close it forcibly In order to prevent Safari from opening unwanted windows on startup go to Settings->Safari and Clear History, as well as Website Data. This will also clear your browser history and cookies so keep that in mind and export them if you want to keep them.
Choose Preferences from the Safari menu. Then do the following:
- Select the Security icon and then click on “Block pop-up windows“. This should stop many types of pop-ups from appearing.
- Next check on your homepage and the settings for the search engines. Adware likes messing with those. We can not provide more specific instructions for this, as you may be using many different browsers.
- Select the General icon and look at the Homepage field. It should either be empty or filled with the address of the Homepage you want.
- Follow up on the Search icon. Again it should be either the default search engine or any that you have set for yourself. Note that in some versions of Safari these settings are found in the General panel/
Open Safari and click on the Extensions button. Note that Adware use extensions almost exclusively to inject the pop-up Ads into your browser. Any extension on this list that you do not remember installing yourself is likely planted there by the Adware. Remove ALL extensions you are unfamiliar with.