If you are indeed interested in this article, something strange is probably going on with your PC while you are browsing the Internet. If strange ads are taking over your browser, be it Opera, Explorer, Firefox or Chrome, and whenever you try to surf the web – your system is likely to be infected by Youndo.
What on the Earth is Youndo?
The cause of the numerous ads that may be torturing you while you are surfing is classified as an Browser Redirects-like product. It is a piece of software, whose only purpose is to show as many ads in various forms as possible. Generating so many different pop-ups, banners and new browser tabs actually serves as a means of increasing the profit of the ones who exploit Browser Redirects-based programs. As programmers are only after the money, they build their Browser Redirects according to the PPC (“pay-per-click”) tactics – the more ads it generates and the more clicks those ads attract, the more income it in fact makes. We are now going to discuss the possible consequences of such an infection and how exactly you have ended up being annoyed by Youndo.
Where can we find Browser Redirects?
Generally, Browser Redirects might be distributed by plenty of means. Sometimes it is included in torrents. You can also come across it while browsing the Internet on an already contaminated web page. Moreover, it can get spread via spam emails or inside their attachments. Nevertheless, most of the known Browser Redirects programs use software bundles as transport.
Maybe you don’t know what a software bundle represents. It is a combination of various software that can usually be found for free on the web. The developers of such free apps often mix it with Browser Redirects-based products to cover the costs of their programming activities. It is vital to know that an infection CAN’T happen by simply downloading such a bundle. Not only do you have to install it, but also – you need to do that using the Quick (or Automatic/ or Default) feature of the installation wizard. In this way you are absolutely unaware of what is being incorporated in your system.
If you still want to benefit from the free software in the bundle that you find useful, installing it with the help of the Advanced (or Custom) feature of the installer will save you from any unwanted extra programs that can be lurking together with it.
We should be clear, although many of our readers think otherwise Youndo “virus” is not actually a virus. The negative consequences that might come from Browser Redirects are very limited and normally don’t represent something you should worry about. However, some aspects might raise concern in users and they are as follows:
Sometimes Browser Redirects may research your recent search requests and typical browsing activities in order to show only those advertisements that might interest you. Aside from that, it is also possible that some developers could sell that info to 3rd parties. Another potential side effect of generating such a large number of ads is the fact that your entire system may become more sluggish due to the excessive usage of resources.
Actually, some of the advertisements may also redirect you to web pages that are considered suspicious or even dangerous. All kinds of viruses like Ransomware may be waiting for you there. Nevertheless, such cases are pretty rare. We have started with the possible negative effects of Youndo, however, it is not MALICIOUS. This Browser Redirects-like product is NOT specialized in harassing you in any way as, for instance, Ransomware is. It CAN’T copy any of your private data like banking and account credentials and use it to steal from you. It CAN’T turn on your webcam and spy on you; also, it is completely UNABLE of destroying any files or encrypting them. Many users often mistakenly label it as a virus, because its ads are very irritating, but no serious threat does come from Youndo.
What about removing Youndo?
Luckily, we have thought about that, too. Down here you will find a detailed removal guide to help you with this task. Make sure that you carefully study all the steps before implementing them. We hope that everything will go just fine and you will solve your problem with Youndo.
Logically, prevention is the only tool that can completely save you from any cyber infection. And it is very simple once you get used to practicing it. We can offer you a few steps:
- Always try to mind your software sources. The websites you use to download software DO matter – choose them carefully;
- Keep a copy of your important data, just in case anything bad happens;
- Install any software in a smart way – you won’t get any surprise additional programs like Youndo;
- Download, install and regularly update a good anti-virus program to prevent anything suspicious that might want to enter your machine;
- A reliable pop-up blocker may save you at least from the web page-hosted pop-up ads;
- Turn on your Firewall and keep it updated – it will prevent you from opening potentially dangerous websites.
Youndo Removal (Chrome/Firefox)
Many types of malware will restrict your access to their core files. It is highly recommended that you reboot your PC in safe mode before attempting to use this guide.
- To enable Safe Mode reboot you PC, then hit F8 repeatedly. When the corresponding menu opens please select Safe Mode with Networking.
WARNING! If you are using Windows 8,0 or later and/or your operating system is installed on a fast SSD drive this may fail to work. In this case click here to see how to start your PC in Safe Mode.
#1: Uninstall the malicious program from your control panel
Enter control panel to look for any suspicious programs, which may have installed on your PC. To do that:
- Navigate to your Desktop
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type appwiz.cpl
- Go through the list of programs and find Youndo or anything else that may seem suspicious. Right-click on it and choose the uninstallation option
WARNING! Carefully read any confirmation messages that may be created in the process. Sometimes you may get offers to download more Browser Redirects applications and this can be linked to either the Yes or the No answer depending on the wording!
Go through the list of programs again and check online for any potentially unwanted programs. We have an article that covers this awesome free software that makes sure that your computer is free from bloatware and programs that you don’t need.
#2: Remove Youndo From Chrome
Now we’ll remove the extensions that the malware has attached to your browser.
- Open your Google Chrome browser.
- Type chrome://extensions/ in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on “Developer Mode” on the top right and look for the extension installed by Youndo and anything that might be related to it. Copy their IDs (the string of letters), then remove them by clicking on the trash bin icon.
- Type Regedit in the Windows Start Menu and press Enter. Go in : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions and delete the entries corresponding to the suspicious IDs you recorded.
#3: Remove Youndo From Firefox
- Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
- Type “about:support” in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on the “Refresh Firefox” button on the right and confirm.
#4 Remove Youndo From Internet Explorer
- Open your Internet Explorer internet browser.
- Click on the Gear icon on the up right, then on manage add-ons.
- Go through the list disable any suspicious extensions.
#5 Remove any leftover parasitic processes
From the task manager:
- Use Ctrl + Shift + Esc and open the Task manager, then click on the Processes
- Go through the list of processes and look for unknown or otherwise suspicious entries.
- If you see anything suspicious right click on the process and shoes Open File Location, then terminate the process and delete any files you find in the directory.
WARNING! If the directory you open from this menu has no files inside of it it’s probably because the malware has hidden them. You need to reveal hidden files and folders in order to be able to see them. Click here if you don’t know how to do that.
From the start menu:
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type msconfig
- Click on the Startup tab.
This menu controls which programs are loaded when windows starts after a reboot. Disable anything that seems suspicious. Optionally you can also disable any program that you don’t need and also has a high impact on your startup time.
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