YT5s.com is one of the latest browser hijackers to be released. YT5s.com acts as a rogue browser extension for popular web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge and others.
It can be an annoying experience to have a page-redirecting hijacker installed in your browser. You don’t know where it came from, you don’t know how to remove it, and you don’t know how to bring back your browser’s previous homepage, or search engine that have been replaced by the browser hijacker. Of course, there are some users who don’t seem to mind the presence of a hijacker in their browser, but there are also those who fear that it may actually be something more serious – Ransomware, a Trojan horse virus or some other harmful malware piece.
The truth is that, while hijackers aren’t really all that problematic, it’s better to remove them. Therefore, if your Chrome, Safari or Firefox (or another) browser seems to have a hijacker in it because YT5s.com has just become your default homepage, and your search engine isn’t the one that you prefer to use, then stay on this page and read on.
The reason we are focusing on this particular browser hijacker is because this is something many users have been complaining about it lately. They open their browser one day and they see that their homepage has been replaced without their permission, and the address is now a page called YT5s.com. This change is usually not the only one. As we mentioned, the search engine is usually replaced as well, and it is possible that random ads or page redirects start to appear on the screen during browsing sessions.
All of this is sure to irritate most people and make them wish they could remove the annoying browser component. But even those who don’t mind the presence of a hijacker in their system should know that the unwelcome app needs to be uninstalled.
Though it really isn’t a virus, a Trojan, a representative of the Ransomware family, or some other threatening and illegal program, a hijacker such as this one is definitely not the most secure piece of software you can have in your computer. It’s never a good idea to have software in your machine that does things without your permission and that doesn’t give you an option to stop its activities, and hijackers like YT5s.com, Scan-virus.com, Wave browser are usually like that. They don’t let you restore your previous browser settings and they keep bombarding you with commercial content regardless of whether you want it or not.
Aside from being highly irritating, this may lead to the exposure of your browser and, by extension, of your whole system to all sorts of online threats. You surely don’t want to risk getting your computer attacked by some nasty piece of malware just because some pesky hijacker has redirected you to an unsafe site.
The good news is that we can help you with the full elimination of the YT5s.com page and the hijacker behind it – we have prepared a detailed removal guide with manual steps that you can find on this page, and if that isn’t enough to remove the hijacker (or if you prefer a more automated option), you can also try the professional removal tool linked down below.
Remove YT5s.com Virus
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide
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).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- 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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Open IE, click
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to
Open Firefox, click
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
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—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!