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You Are An Idiot
You Are An Idiot is a browser hijacking program created to spam user screens with web ads and to page-redirect user searches to sponsored websites. It is typical for You Are An Idiot to replace a web browser’s homepage or search engine without asking for approval and to set install ad-supporting and page-redirecting components.
Normally, a browser hijacker such as You Are An Idiot will integrate with some of the most common web browsing ads such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and others. From then on, this program will establish some control over the things that get displayed on your screen by installing its own homepage or replacing the default search engine with one that generates sponsored search results and automatically redirects your search queries to specific websites.
What you need to be aware of is that the browser hijacker will place its components deep in your system in order to ensure that they cannot be easily removed and often will not have a simple “Uninstall” button like most of the other browser add-ons and applications. That is why, if you want to remove You Are An Idiot effectively, you need a reliable guide with instructions and a professional removal tool. Fortunately, you don’t have to seek for them separately because, on this page, we have everything that you need.
The You Are An Idiot Virus
Many web users ask us if You Are An Idiot is a virus that needs to be deleted and whether it can cause harm to their system. To their relief, the You Are An Idiot virus, in general, is not malicious pieces of software and don’t have the harmful abilities of threats such as Ransomware, Trojans, or Spyware.
These programs exist only with the idea to advertise different products, services, and software online by displaying their sponsored ads and redirecting users to their websites.
The Youareanidiot virus
In order to do that, however, programs like the Youareanidiot virus tend to employ some aggressive tactics. The above-mentioned unauthorized browser changes are just one of the methods that the Youareanidiot virus ensure the display of specific sponsored commercials and websites during the regular web browsing sessions.
Apart from that, the browser hijackers (Reverse Captcha) may often launch some traffic data collection processes which help them to get information about the user’s latest searches and their most visited pages. Based on that, the marketers behind the hijacker assume what kind of products and services each individual user is interested in and adjust the flow of sponsored ads, banners and pop-ups accordingly. For instance, if you are searching for baby food or a new laptop online, all of a sudden you will start seeing more and more pop-up commercials for what you’ve been searching for.
In a way, this can be seen as a useful service but there are some risks related to it that should be considered. The major issue comes from the fact that no one guarantees the reliability of each and every single ad, web link or a message that gets shown on your screen. This means that clicking on them comes at your own risk and the chance of landing on something misleading is very real. The auto-redirects initiated by the hijacker could add up to that risk as, sometimes, they may land you on web locations that could be compromised by real viruses, Trojans, Ransomware and more. With this in mind, we believe that uninstalling You Are An Idiot is a good way to prevent accidental exposure to undesirable web locations and potential security hazards.
To remove You Are An Idiot from your browsers and computer, you must enter each browser and clean it from unwanted add-ons, then clean the browsers’ data, and reset their settings.
Open the computer’s main browser, go to its Extensions settings, and check that page for rogue items.
If you find a browser add-on or add-ons that you think are causing disturbances in the browser, delete them.
Clear the browsing data and history of the main browser.
To remove You Are An Idiot, you must also restore any browser settings changed by the hijacker and then repeat these steps for all other browsers in the system.
Cleaning the browser may not always be enough to eliminate a hijacker like You Are An Idiot. If the rogue app still seems to be on your computer, you should visit the extended guide shown below and follow its steps.
Some of the next steps require the computer to be restarted – to make finding this guide easier after you restart your PC, we suggest either bookmarking this page or simply opening it on your phone (or another device).
Open Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features (you can start the Control Panel from the Start Menu) and explore the list of programs. The list includes all the programs that are installed in the system, and it’s possible that the hijacker (or the program that infected you with it) may be shown there. Look for anything suspicious installed close to the date You Are An Idiot appeared on your computer and if you find an item that looks unreliable, go ahead and uninstall it.
You can install a program from that list by clicking on its name, then on the Uninstall button, and then following the steps that appear on your screen.
Important!: Some uninstallation wizards may offer you to keep personalized settings for the program that you are trying to delete saved on the computer. Refuse any such offers and make sure that everything gets deleted during the uninstallation.
Step 2WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Search for the Task Manager app in your Start Menu, open the program, and select the Processes section to see what processes are running on your computer at the moment. If the hijacker is currently active, its process should be shown there.
To help find the rogue process, sort the list by the CPU or memory consumed by each process so that the ones that are the most resource-intensive appear at the top. Then look at the processes that are consuming the largest amounts of hardware resources and pay attention to their names. If there is an item with an odd, weird-looking name, that doesn’t seem linked to any of the regular programs you have on the computer, go to Google (or any other reputable search engine) and perform an online search for the name of the suspicious process. If you find any information about the process being unwanted or malicious and that information is from a reliable source, open the File Location Folder of the process (right-click the process and select Open File Location) and then scan the files in that folder with the following free anti-malware scanner:
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This file is not matched with any known malware in the database. You can either do a full real-time scan of the file or skip it to upload a new file. Doing a full scan with 64 antivirus programs can take up to 3-4 minutes per file.
Each file will be scanned with up to 64 antivirus programs to ensure maximum accuracy
Note: If the reports about the suspicious process being harmful seem conclusive and reliable, then you could skip the scanning part.
In case there turns out to be malicious code in any of the scanned files, right-click the process again and quit it by selecting the End Process option.
Next, make sure that everything in its folder (the File Location folder) gets deleted. However, note that you may be prohibited from deleting one or more of the files in that folder. If this turns out to be the case, then delete the rest of the files and continue on with the guide. When all other instructions shown below have been completed, go to the File Location folder and try deleting it – by that point, you should have no difficulty doing so.
While completing the remaining steps from this guide, make sure that your computer is in Safe Mode – this will hopefully stop You Are An Idiot from launching any of its processes again and potentially disrupting you while you are trying to delete it.
In this step, you will need to use the Run utility to reach different system settings – to open it, press together the Winkey and R key from the keyboard.
The first thing to type in Run is ncpa.cpl. Hit Enter after typing it and when a list of network shows on your screen, right-click on the icon of the one your computer is connected to at the moment (the one without an X in its icon). From the context (right-click) menu, go to Properties, select Internet Protocol Version 4, and then select Properties again.
In the next window, click on both of the following options to make sure that they are enabled:
Obtain an IP address automatically
Obtain DNS server address automatically
Next, go to Advanced > DNS and if there you see any IPs shown in the list, delete them, and select OK on every open window.
After that, use the Run window again to go to msconfig – this should open the System Configuration window, in which you must select the Startup tab. In it, search for unknown or questionable items and if you find any, disable them by removing the ticks from their checkboxes and then clicking on OK.
For a third time use Run to go open the Hosts file for your computer by placing this line “notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts” in the search box and hitting Enter. It’s possible that Windows asks you to pick a program to start the file with – select Notepad.
When in the Hosts file, have a look at what’s at the bottom of the text and if the last thing written there isn’t “Localhost”, copy everything that’s after it and post it in the comments section. We will take a look at your comment and reply to it, telling you if anything needs to be done in the Hosts file.
Step 5Warning!: To complete this step, you will have to find and delete You Are An Idiot items and other rogue items from the Registry of your system. To prevent system damage, be sure that you are only deleting items you are certain should be removed. If there is anything you are not certain about, our advice is to reach us through the comment section, and we will reply to you soon, telling you how to proceed.
Start the Registry Editor using the Run window (see Step 4), by typing in it regedit and hitting Enter. Click on Yes if you get asked for permission to start the Registry Editor and when it opens, go to Edit (from the top) > Find. In the Find search box, type You Are An Idiot and click on Find Next to search for related items. Delete what item gets found and repeat the search to see if there are other related items. In this way, make sure that all search results for You Are An Idiot are deleted from the Registry.
You must now look for other rogue and unwanted entries within the following three locations in your Registry:
You can reach those locations by expanding the various folders to the left. Once you get to each Registry location, look in it for items with unusually long names that seem to be composed of randomized symbols – something like this “0t92th09r029itg90thuy509i42-it2” for example. If you see any such entries, tell us about them in the comments section, and we will let you know if they need to be deleted.
We advise you that you once again check each of your for hijacker components and settings and delete/disable anything that may be related to You Are An Idiot.
Start by right-clicking the icon of the first browser, opening Properties > Shortcut, and deleting anything that may be written in the Target field after “.exe“.
Then click on OK, launch the browser, and select the icon of its main menu (this should typically be in the top-right or top-left corner).
From the browser menu, go to Extensions/Add-ons and if you are using Chrome, first select More Tools and from there click on the Extensions option.
On the page with browser extensions/add-ons, look for rogue items and disable and then delete the ones you think could be responsible for any browsing disturbances you may be facing.
Next, go to Settings/Options from the browser menu.
Look for the Privacy and Security settings section (or something similar to that) and in there look for a button labelled Clear Data or Clear Browsing Data and select it. If you are currently trying to clean the Microsoft Edge browser, the option you should be looking for is Choose what to clear.
Make sure that the only box that remains unchecked in the pop-up window that shows up is the Passwords one – everything else must be checked. Click on Clear Data/Clear Now to start the deletion and patiently wait for its completion without closing the browser before its finished.
What to do if You Are An Idiot is still on the PC If the problems with You Are An Idiot continue despite your best efforts to remove it by following the manual steps from the guide, we recommend trying to delete the hijacker by using a professional anti-malware tool that can perform a deep scan of the system and find every last bit of hijacker data that needs to be removed. Note that it is possible that a hidden Trojan or other malware in your system may be the reason for the persistence of the hijacker and so that’s yet another reason why it may be better to use a specialized removal tool. You can find one such tool here, on this page, that we strongly recommend to anyone who hasn’t been able to manually delete You Are An Idiot. The suggested tool can quickly and safely detect all hijacker and other malware data and delete it, as well as provide your system with protection against other unwanted/malicious software in the future.
About the author
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.