Remove Youndoo “Virus” from Chrome/Firefox
In this article we are going to try and help you remove Youndoo. Our instructions cover all Windows versions as well as most browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer etc.
You are on this page most probably because you have recently been researching Youndoo.com. You might have already found out that this is the cause of the intrusively appearing ads that have been irritating you lately.
Luckily, there are possible solutions to your problem and we are going to offer you one in the guide below. Not only have we assembled a removal guide to assist you in the uninstallation process, but we have also prepared some details about the program in question and browser redirect as a whole, as well as some advice on prevention.
We hope that the information you are about to read will come in handy to you.
Essential details about browser redirect as a whole and Youndoo.com in particular
It comes as no surprise that the term browser redirect represents the ad-producing software, which has been designed to show as many ads as possible. If you are wondering why such programs generate such an incredible number of ads, the answer is – because of the money they earn from those pop-ups, banners and tabs. Generally, the mere purpose of browser redirect is to increase the revenue of their developers as much as possible.
How does it get distributed?
In this paragraph we are going to discuss the potential means of distributing browser redirect. Actually, they may greatly differ from one another. However, the most commonly used ones are:
- By incorporating it into software bundles. Some programmers offer their software for free to the public but they may include browser redirect in the package in order to make some money for their further developing practice.
- By including it in torrents, shareware, spam emails.
- By clicking on suspicious links or even more suspicious websites that may redirect you to possible sources of browser redirect, and even malware (for instance, Ransomware);
Is Youndoo “virus” really a virus?
This is an important question. Most of our readers refer to youndoo as Youndoo “virus”. They are mistaken though. Technically Youndoo is neither a virus nor malware. Actually, you don’t have a real reason to worry. Browser redirect does NOT represent a security risk. It is not programmed to steal, destroy or encrypt anything on your PC as most viruses often do. Nonetheless, some of the practices their creators use may appear somehow shady to you, as browser redirect may be designed to track your browsing history and offer you only the ads matching your current searches. What’s more, it is possible that some of the generated ads may lead to potentially dangerous places with hazardous content. Also, sometimes the data about your search requests and choices might get sold to 3rd parties, most commonly vendors, who will use it to trick you into buying something from them.
We should also mention that the big number of displayed ads could substantially slow down your machine, because of the unusually higher consumption of system resources. However, chill out! There is nothing malicious and really dangerous about browser redirect that you should stress over!
All the information above regarding browser redirect also refers to Youndoo. Youndoo performs all of the typical activities browser redirect-based programs do, like showing numerous ads in different forms, shapes and colors. It might also match its ads to your tastes by determining them from your surfing history. Most probably you have got acquainted with Youndoo by installing a program from a bundle in the Default way, not the Custom one. Actually, this is a prevention tip that works for all kinds of browser redirect.
Remember to: choose and go with the advanced settings of the installation wizard, whenever you are installing new software, as it will later pay off in sparing you the headache of dealing with browser redirect. Don’t forget to take a close look at the user agreements that appear in the end of the installation process as well. Play it smart!
General advice on avoiding browser redirects
- Mind your software sources. At the present moment, more and more free shareware programs use browser redirect as a means of earning money – it can be practically everywhere;
- Install a Firewall and a reliable pop-up blocker to help you at least with the ads that are built within certain web pages;
- Think about purchasing good anti-malware software. Such a program can save your entire digital experience.
What about removing Youndoo?
In case you are unable to tolerate the constantly appearing ads anymore, you can use the uninstallation guide at the end of the following page. There, the removal steps are explained thoroughly and you will get an idea of the whole process. Beware and complete every step properly. Good luck!
Remove Youndoo from 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 Youndoo 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 redirect 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 Youndoo 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 Youndoo 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 Youndoo 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 Youndoo 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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