How to get rid of the Yandex

October 2016

How to get rid of the Yandex

Yandex is a browser hijacker that takes control of your browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox , Google Chrome). It is installed along with other harmful softwares (PUP, adwares, ....) and you will notice that it can't be uninstalled using conventional method.
Symptoms of infection:
  • Yandex will harvest your browsing data and your personal information for advertising purposes (targeted ads).
  • Installation of the Yandex toolbar.
  • Search engine and homepage will be modified.
  • Popup ads are randomly displayed during your browsing session.

AdwCleaner by Xplode

AdwCleaner is a tool created specifically for disinfection of adware:
  • Download AdwCleaner (by Xplode) on the desktop.
  • Launch the program and click on Remove and for the scan to be completed. You may need to restart the computer after the scan.
  • Once the removal procedure is complete, a report will be generated.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is a disinfection tool known for its effectiveness. It can help remove residue left behind after a scan with AdwCleaner, or handle other types of infections.
  • Download and install Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Make update (Click on the "Updates" tab and then "Search for updates").
  • Launch a full scan.
  • Once the scan is complete, click on "Show results".
  • Select all detected items (some are not checked by default) and click "Remove Selected". If prompted to restart the PC, accept!

Clean your web browsers

  • Uninstall parasite extensions
    • Under Firefox: Go to Tools > Add-ons > Extension tab.
    • Under Google Chrome: Click on the menu at the top right and then Tools > Extensions.

Avoid getting infected again

You should be careful when you are installing free programs, as many of them are bundled with PUPs.
  • Before installing a program, read the EULA.
  • Always download programs from official sources.
  • On the other hand, if you use Avast! or AVG, remember to enable the detection of PUPs.
  • WOT can help you to filter websites distributing harmful program

SpyHunter -Beware of fake security blogs
  • When you make a search about these infections on Google or any other search engine - Fake security blogs are sometime be displayed in the result pages.
  • Fake blogs offer disinfection solutions in the form of a fix.
  • This fix turns out to be a paid antispyware/antimalware software (Spy Hunter or Spyware Doctor)!
  • These fake security blogs earn money for each successful installation or sale.
  • More information about fake security blogs:
  • You don't need to buy these softwares, as free alternatives already exist.

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