A domain going by the name Yoursites123(.)com might seem like a legitimate search engine, but uses the non-encrypted connection and was reported by ESG researchers to insert ad-supported search results. Furthermore, the analysts claim that it is connected with an indirectly dangerous browser hijacker. Such software Is usually created to display heavily advertisements by third-party sites and since there may be some dangerous sites that may scam or infect user PCs, its removal is highly recommended.
|Name||Yoursites123(.)com Browser Hijacker|
|Short Description||The page may look like a regular search engine with links to well-known pages.|
|Symptoms||The user may have the website set as his homepage without his approval.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Yoursites123(.)com Browser Hijacker|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss about Yoursites123(.)com Browser Hijacker.|
Yoursites123(.)com Browser Hijacker – How Did I Get It
One way to install this browser hijacker is via ad-supported installers that may include it as a “free extra”. Usually such installers are used by third-party freeware providing websites that offer media players, torrent programs and other useful free programs for free download on one place.
Experts advise users to beware of any bundled applications and to seek the official website of the program they are download and if there isn’t such to take their time carefully during the installation process and always choose the “Custom” or ”Advanced” installation to detect any bundled programs like Yoursites123(.)com Browser Hijacker. The best advice, however, would be to seek software that will block such applications automatically.
Yoursites123(.)com Browser Hijacker – More about It
Once installed on your computer, the browser hijacker may ‘hijack’ your browser by changing you New Tab page as well as Home Page of your Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer. Furthermore the domain Yoursites123(.)com might appear to be a legitimate search engine, but is actually a redirect to an ad-supported version of search.yeahoo.com that may display Black SEO search results leading to other websites instead of the original search results` web links.
The domain may also display targeted advertisements otherwise known as behavioral advertising. This is done via the usage of tracking technologies, such as cookies, for example, that follow your online searches, browsing history and in some other cases with other hijackers may even steal personal data.
The browser hijacker itself may implement modifications by using its DLL files in order to change certain settings on your web Browser that may set the domain permanently as a home page and may even make itself difficult to be removed.
What is more, the users of Yoursites123(.)com browser hijacker may witness heavy advertisements in the form of pop-ups and even animated and video ads some of which may link to dangerous websites.
Experts also report that the IP address of Yoursites123 (188.8.131.52) has been observed to link to risky software such as Webget and SupTab. Virus Researchers also recommend never to install software promoted on Yoursites123(.)com since it may be intrusive.
Furthermore, this software may modify various windows settings that may or may not allow it to run active processes on startup. This is usually done in the following Windows Registry entry:
According to ESG researchers, the software may also write other registry values that may allow it to block access to Google, Yandex, Bing and DuckDuckGo.
Removing Yoursites123(.)com Completely
In case you have decided to remove this riskware completely from your computer, it is important to follow the instructions provided after this article. Furthermore in case you have visited websites advertised by Yoursites123(.)com or other suspicious ad-supported hoax search engines, it is advisable to scan your computer. The best way to scan your PC is by using an advanced anti-malware program that catches such PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs). Besides ensuring you full protection, the software will also protect your PC against any future intrusions.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Yoursites123(.)com Browser Hijacker in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Yoursites123(.)com Browser Hijacker.
Step 2: Remove Yoursites123(.)com Browser Hijacker from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Yoursites123(.)com Browser Hijacker and click “Remove”
After Yoursites123(.)com Browser Hijacker is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Yoursites123(.)com Browser Hijacker to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After Yoursites123(.)com Browser Hijacker has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Yoursites123(.)com Browser Hijacker
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Yoursites123(.)com Browser Hijacker. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Yoursites123(.)com Browser Hijacker will be removed.