Yt1s.com is a browser hijacker, which means that it is designed to integrate with your browser and ‘hijack’ its main settings. Yt1s.com can integrate with pretty much any browser out there, including the most popular such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge and others.
By the main settings, we normally refer to the browser’s homepage and its default search engine. But in addition to those, this type of software also tends to install a new toolbar, and most importantly – ad-generating components that allow it to display all sorts of advertising materials directly on your screen. This means that as soon as you have Yt1s.com installed on your PC, you will almost instantly notice that every website you visit is suddenly filled with popups, banners, box messages, in-text links and all sorts of blinking and otherwise distracting messages.
In addition, a very typical trait of pretty much any browser hijacking program is its ability to reroute you right in the midst of your browsing session. Page redirects can occur at any time and take you to all kinds of web locations that may be promoting a certain product or service. And the most annoying part of it all is that no matter how hard you try, you won’t be able to make the annoying ads go away and you won’t be able to change back your settings to the preferred ones.
The only possible way in which you will be able to achieve this is by removing Yt1s.com from your system. And this, in turn, can be taken care of with the help of the designated removal guide we’ve included below.
What is Yt1s.com for?
Obviously, you’ve already established that Yt1s.com holds little to no value for you as a web user. So what purpose does it serve exactly?
Well, in a nutshell, software like this is typically only there to profit its developers by means of displaying paid ads. Normally, this is made possible thanks to various online business models, one of the most popular of which is Pay Per Click. As you can tell from the name, the developers are paid based on the number of clicks the paid ads receive. Therefore, browser hijackers are masters at positioning all these popups and banners in the most inconvenient of places, making it almost impossible to avoid accidentally clicking on them.
But with all of this in mind, browser hijackers shouldn’t be underestimated as far safety concerns go. No, they are not remotely comparable to viruses and malware. But as a result of their tireless page-redirecting and other such advertising practices, it may happen that you at some point land on a page that’s been compromised by hackers. And from that point on you run the risk of encountering all sorts of real viruses from Trojans to spyware, ransomware and beyond.
It is for this very reason that we like to emphasize on practicing mindful browsing habits and being very careful with any web content that you interact with. And, ultimately, of course, it’s best to simply see to Yt1s.com’s removal to minimize the risk of exposure to external threats.
Remove Yt1s.com Virus
To remove Yt1s.com, you must check each browser on your PC for suspicious components and settings and delete anything unwanted that you may find.
- Start by going to your main browser, accessing its menu, and clicking on the Extensions/Add-ons button
- Look through the extensions listed there and if you find any that may in some way be related to Yt1s.com, delete them.
- Next, check the browser’s settings, restore your search engine and homepage and restore them if they have been altered.
- Lastly, go through the same process with your other browsers to fully remove Yt1s.com.
If you are still getting bothered by Yt1s.com after you complete these steps, there may be other components and settings in your system related to the hijacker that you need to delete. To learn how to do this, have a look at the guide below.
Extended Guide Since the next steps will require you to quit the browser and restart your PC, it might be a good idea to bookmark this page so that you can find it easier later. Another option is to open it on your smartphone (or another device) and follow the instructions from there.
Step 1 The first thing you must do is go to the Start Menu, open the Control Panel from there, and click the Uninstall a Program button. You must now look for suspicious and potentially unwanted programs, especially ones installed close to the time of the hijacker’s first appearance. If you see such items there, click them, click the Uninstall button from the top, and proceed to instructions from the steps in the uninstaller. If at any point during the uninstallation process you get asked if you’d like to keep any temporary or personalized data from the program, refuse the offer – everything must be deleted.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Type Task Manager in the Start Menu, click the first shown icon, open the tab labelled processes and look for any resource-intensive processes that are using significant amounts of RAM and CPU. Do not expect to find a process with the name Yt1s.com but still look for any entries with odd and unusual names.
If a given process looks sketchy, open Google, Bing, or another popular search engine and use it to search for the process’ name. If the process is potentially unwanted, chances are there would be reports from other users addressing that.
If you find information from reputable sources that suggests the suspected process may be unwanted, right-click the process, then go to its File Location Folder where you will find different files that must be scanned for malware. You can use the following free scanner that can be used directly from the browser or another scanning tool of your choice:
Upon completing the scan of each file, you should know if any of them contain malware. If a file is detected to have malware in it, you should end the process by right-clicking it and then selecting End Process (without closing the location folder). Next, delete the location folder of the process. If an error message shows up when you try to do that, then open the folder again, delete what files you can, and follow the next steps. Once you are done with the guide, try deleting the location folder once more.
Important Not!: even if no malware files were spotted in the location folder, if there was reliable information online that the suspected process may be malicious, you should still quit that process and delete its folder.
Step 3 To make sure that Yt1s.com isn’t running any more unwanted processes in your system, start your PC in Safe Mode – follow the link to find instructions on how to do that in case you don’t know.
Step 4 Copy the file location we’ve posted below, press Winkey and R from the keyboard, paste the copied text there, and click OK.
- notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts
IMPORTANT!: To complete this step correctly, be sure that you are only deleting items that are linked to Yt1s.com. If you delete the wrong thing, the computer may experience various problems. For that reason, we recommend consulting our team by writing us a comment whenever you are not certain about whether a given item should be deleted.
Start by opening once more the Run window from the precious step, typing in it regedit, an hitting Enter. Click Yes when windows requires your permission to start the Registry Editor and when the latter appears on your screen, press Ctrl + F from the keyboard.
In the Registry Editor search, type the hijacker name and select the Find Next button. If the search finds an item related to the hijacker, delete the item, search again, delete the next thing, and proceed with repeating this process for as long as there are items to be deleted.
Finally, look at the folders to the left and navigate to the following three:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main