A potentially unwanted application known to mask itself behind randomly named or “plugin.exe” executables has been reported to have rapid increase in spread. The program is detected as PUA.Yontoo, Adware.Yontoo.Shop Essentials and several other names. By the looks of it, the application may resemble a useful software that assists uses with their daily shopping experiences. However, it is strongly advisable not to lay your trust in this software, because it may do exactly the opposite – interfere with online shopping by displaying annoying advertisements and collect user information.
|Name||Yontoo Shop Essentials|
|Short Description||Pop-ups administered by an adware program on the computer.|
|Symptoms||Pc slowdowns. Difficult to uninstall.The user may encounter different types of advertisements.|
|Distribution Method||In freeware packages (bundling), or executing fake updates, clicking on random pop-up windows.|
|Detection tool||Download SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Yontoo Shop Essentials|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Yontoo Shop Essentials.|
Yontoo Shop Essentials Ads – How Is It Spread
These applications are known as helper adware or PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs). They are most likely spread via several different methods, most known of which is called bundling. Imagine you download a free program from a website, like Download.com or Softonic. Such sites provide free software and as a marketing tool, they add programs as free extras in the “Custom” or “Advanced” installers. Since most users tend to miss opting out of those extras during their fast clicking installation rampage, such applications usually find their way unnoticed on their computer.
Adware such as Shop Essentials Ads usually affects Windows users, because they are a likely target of cyber-criminals and underground “marketing experts”. But since some of those applications are mainly focused on web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera or Safari, they may come directly on your browser, no matter what OS you are using. And ad blocking software won’t do you any good if you have adware directly on your browser.
Yontoo Shop Essentials Ads In Detail
Once installed on the user PC, this ad-supported software may begin to deploy various tracking technologies such as:
- Session Cookies.
- Tracking Cookies(illegal).
- LSOs(Local Shared Objects also known as Flash cookies).
According to detections by HerdProtect the application may come in the form of a “plugin.exe” executable:
These tracking technologies are there for a specific purpose. To collect different user information. They may collect two types of information – passive and user entered data.
Passive information may be the following:
- System information.
- OS data.
- What software is installed on the computer.
Active information may include any:
- Any User-entered Information.
- Browsing History.
- Online clicks.
- Online searches.
This information may then be used for several different reasons:
- Selling it on the black market to malware writers or cyber-scammers.
- Using it to display different advertisements of third-party websites, some of which may be suspicious. This method is also known as behavioral advertising.
So, the bottom line is that there are different risks that are associated with having a PUA.Yontoo software on your computer:
- You may be advertised pop-ups that redirect to scamming websites.
- You might eventually become infected with malware.
Security experts strongly advise users to keep an eye out for such apps and in case they notice the symptoms mentioned in the table above, to immediately take swift actions towards removing this program.
Removing Yontoo Shop Essentials Ads
If you have decided that you will no longer bear the pop-ups of this app, and you feel like it is posing an indirect threat to your information, first, and most important step for you is to change all of your passwords. Then you may proceed with removing the app. One suggested way to do it is by using the step-by-step methods illustrated in the instructions below. Experts also advise to do more than one scan with an advanced anti-malware software on the affected computer and to back up your data to another device.
Delete Yontoo Shop Essentials from Windows and Your Browser
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- Guide 1: How to Remove Yontoo Shop Essentials from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Yontoo Shop Essentials from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Yontoo Shop Essentials from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Yontoo Shop Essentials from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Yontoo Shop Essentials from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Yontoo Shop Essentials from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Yontoo Shop Essentials from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Yontoo Shop Essentials from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Yontoo Shop Essentials
Step 2: Uninstall Yontoo Shop Essentials and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Yontoo Shop Essentials on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Yontoo Shop Essentials there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Yontoo Shop Essentials from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Yontoo Shop Essentials and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Yontoo Shop Essentials via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Yontoo Shop Essentials from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Yontoo Shop Essentials from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Yontoo Shop Essentials from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Yontoo Shop Essentials from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Yontoo Shop Essentials will be removed.
Eliminate Yontoo Shop Essentials from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.