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This article will help you to remove YotoSearch.com absolutely. Follow the browser hijacker removal instructions at the end of this article.

YotoSearch.com is the main domain of a browser hijacker redirect that bears the same name. On the site it is claimed that Google’s Custom Search is used as a search engine. In that way the hijacker may be thought to be some affiliate of Google, but it’s not. The hijacker can redirect you to different places and show you advertisements and sponsored content even on its YotoSearch.com main page. The hijacker can modify the homepage, new tab, and the current search engine of the browsers you use.

Threat Summary

NameYotoSearch.com
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionYour browser applications could get affected by the hijacker and start showing you various advertisements and redirect you to different places.
SymptomsThe browser settings which could get changed are the homepage, default search engine and the new tab page.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundle Packages
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YotoSearch.com – Methods of Distribution

The YotoSearch.com hijacker could be distributed using various methods. One of those is via third-party installations. The installer setups could be inside bundled applications or freeware that might be designed to install more components by default. That could happen without you knowing about it. You could have tried installing some video player or other free software and got your browsers’ settings altered by this hijacker. Avoiding unwanted applications such as this one from installing on your PC is manageable if you find Custom or Advanced selection menu in the setup.

YotoSearch.com could be distributed with other methods, as well. Those methods usually involve a browser extension or an add-on that installs on your browser. Other distribution methods use advertisements, like banners, pop-ups, pop-unders, and redirect links. Targeted content, as well as sponsored advertising on suspicious websites might also distribute the hijacker. Those websites could be partnered up or affiliated with YotoSearch.com in some way. The following browsers can be affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.

YotoSearch.com – Detailed Information

YotoSearch.com is a Web domain for a browser hijacker that has the same name as the main URL for that website, namely “YotoSearch”. You could experience redirects and witness targeted content from its search results and the links which are spread out on its website pages. The main page is shown in the screenshot right here below:

YotoSearch.com is a browser hijacker that will redirect you and display lots of different kinds of advertisements when you are surfing the Web with it. The search results will load in a redirect, which is claimed to be the Google Custom Search engine, but that is unconfirmed. Each search inquiry that you make will send information to servers associated with the hijacker. The page that is displayed above replaces the homepage, new tab and the default search engine for every browser located on your computer device. Add-ons which are tied to the application could be found around the Web, having similar browser hijacking capabilities as the redirect.

There are all sorts of redirect links to external websites – those can also sent you to a different place than the one that is advertised – be careful if you wish to click on them.

The picture that is displayed right underneath this paragraph shows an example of a search query, made with the YotoSearch.com search engine. The search results show the services of Google Custom Search are being used. The hijacker is just trying to trick you with that by making it look legitimate. In fact, it will filter every search that you do, through its own servers, so be wary of that.

YotoSearch.com can display various advertisements, mostly banners and in-page ads, across webpages you visit and redirects which can fill your computer machine with browser cookies that can track you. More tracking technologies might have been implemented, too. Take note, that the information you provide on those search pages, especially on those associated with YotoSearch.com should not be such that could personally identify you. Refrain from clicking on links and advertisements, as they could gather data about you.

The Privacy Policy of the YotoSearch.com website does not exist or at least does not show up on the website, nor is available to the public eye. It also does not show on any other web pages that you can end up from using the hijacker. This does not come as a surprise as it comes from a search engine that is non-legitimate. The policy could still be posted somewhere, but intentionally hidden.

The website does indeed use cookies, which are used to track you and your online activity. You can see a screenshot of the cookies in use right here:

The expiration date of most cookies is set to the year 2019, that is two whole years after their injection. The website is using these cookies with the aim of spying on you and tracking your online activity, as well as your interests. A big probability exists of the site using even more tracking technologies. Through the browser cookies, a lot of information can be collected about you.

List of cookies pushed by this browser hijacker:

  • doubleclick.net
  • flipkart.com
  • adnxs.com
  • ggpht.com
  • mookie1.com
  • prfct.co
  • yahoo.com
  • google-analytics.com
  • yotosearch.com

All information, which could be obtained, could include personally identifying information, such as your current geographic location and addresses – IPs, e-mails, geographic address. Everything you put inside the YotoSearch.com search page will be collected, including your name, phone number, banking credentials or other similar data. That is why you should be careful when you use such websites and should consider dropping their services.

Lots of other technologies which can be utilized, besides cookies, acquire technical information in most cases. Those technologies include clear GIFs, pixel tags, Web beacons and other kinds. So, be aware that opening sites of an unknown origin and interacting with such sites can result in the collection of your data. Besides, when you get redirected to websites, they will probably try to track you in a way.

Remove YotoSearch.com Completely

To remove YotoSearch.com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker redirect and its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program can keep your computer safe in the future.

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How to Remove YotoSearch.com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove YotoSearch.com

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall YotoSearch.com 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by YotoSearch.com on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by YotoSearch.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for YotoSearch.com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of YotoSearch.com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall YotoSearch.com and remove related files and objects

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We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to YotoSearch.com:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to YotoSearch.com. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to YotoSearch.com. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 YotoSearch.com 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as YotoSearch.com. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

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.



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Remove YotoSearch.com 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.


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Erase YotoSearch.com 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.



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Uninstall YotoSearch.com 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.



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Remove YotoSearch.com 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".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the YotoSearch.com will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate YotoSearch.com 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.


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