A fake warning scam, advertising a non-existent worm infection detection, known as YahLover.worm has appeared, disturbing unsuspecting PC users. The infection may appear in the most widely used web browsers, such as Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. It comprises of a fake error screen along with a pop-up asking to call a fake Microsoft customer support number in order to solve the problem. If you have received the YahLover.worm pop-up, it is strongly advisable not to call the scamming number and to read this article in order to learn how to remove the YahLover.worm scam and how to secure your computer from such occurrences in the future as well.
|Type||Suspicious Software or Pop-up Scam|
|Short Description||Aims to scare unexperienced users into calling a fake tech support number, where they may be scammed to pay for fixing a non-existent issue.|
|Symptoms||A redirect locks the web browser and displays a pop-up that cannot be closed. The pop-up resembles a fake system error.|
|Distribution Method||Via other adware, malware that has previously infected your computer or suspicious websites, causing browser redirects.|
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YahLover.worm – How Did I Start Seeing It
This fake worm infection notification page can come on your computer as a result of a multitude of methods used by the scammers. The primary method used is an adware program that may be previously installed on your computer and may display various advertisements while you are randomly browsing. Since the ads displayed by these programs are from various third-party websites, one of those may be the YahLover.worm redirect.
In addition to this, other reason for seeing these pop-ups may be a Trojan Horse that has previously infected your computer via malspam or another method. Such Trojans are known as clickers and they aim to act similar to adware, but in addition to this, they may collect different information on your computer and may even be configured to have other malware installed automatically on your computer.
YahLover.worm Scam – More Information
Since this is generally classified as a tech support scam, the YahLover.worm redirect, the pop-up displays a screen asking you to call different numbers. In our case, the detected number was 1-877-884-5474. The scam displays the following screen:
Message from the YahLover.worm pop-up:
Call Technical Support Immediately at 1-877-884-5474
The following data will be compromised if you continue:
2. Browser History
3. Credit Card Information
This virus is well known for complete identity and credit card theft. Further action through this computer or any computer on the network will reveal private information and involve serious risk.
Call Technical Support Immediately at 1-877-884-5474
In addition to simply displaying the message, the site also plays an alarm-like detection type of sound. To get victims to panic and call the number. However, calling the number on the pop-up may result in the following scenario:
Generating a very expensive phone bill.
The scammers subscribing you to an automatic SMS service which may generate them money.
They may ask for and steal your financial information.
May ask you to pay for them “fixing the issue”, similar to what ransomware does.
How to Remove YahLover.worm Tech Support Scam
For the removal process of YahLover.worm, a simple reinstall of your web browser won’t cut it. It may stop the problem temporarily, but eventually it will not fix it permanently. This is why, if you see the YahLover.worm message, you should be aware that there may be a software causing those pop-ups installed on your computer. If you known there are suspicious programs installed which are related to this pop-up, simply follow the manual removal instructions below to detect and remove them. However, if you are unaware which suspicious software is causing this issue, we recommend that you scan your computer with an advanced anti-malware software to automatically detect and remove any threats that display the YahLover.worm pop-up and other advertisements as well as browser redirects on your computer. The full removal instructions can be found in the steps below.
- Guide 1: How to Remove YahLover.worm from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of YahLover.worm on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove YahLover.worm in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase YahLover.worm from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall YahLover.worm from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove YahLover.worm from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate YahLover.worm from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable YahLover.worm Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
About the YahLover.worm Research
The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this YahLover.worm how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific, adware-related problem, and restore your browser and computer system.
How did we conduct the research on YahLover.worm?
Please note that our research is based on independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, thanks to which we receive daily updates on the latest malware, adware, and browser hijacker definitions.
Furthermore, the research behind the YahLover.worm threat is backed with VirusTotal https://www.virustotal.com/gui/home/upload.
To better understand this online threat, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.
1.Browser Redirect – What Is It?
2.Adware Is Malicious, and It Uses Advanced Techniques to Infect
3.The Thin Red Line Between Potentially Unwanted Programs and Malware
4.The Pay-Per-Install Affiliate Business – Making Millions out of Adware
5.Malicious Firefox Extensions Installed by 455,000 Users Blocked Updates
How to Remove YahLover.worm from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove YahLover.worm
Step 2: Uninstall YahLover.worm 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 YahLover.worm 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 YahLover.worm 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.
Step 4: Scan for YahLover.worm with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.
2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.
3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.
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.
Video Removal Guide for YahLover.worm (Windows).
Get rid of YahLover.worm from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall YahLover.worm 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:
2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:
3.In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to YahLover.worm:
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 YahLover.worm. 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 YahLover.worm. 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 YahLover.worm 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:
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 YahLover.worm. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.
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 YahLover.worm files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as YahLover.worm, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Video Removal Guide for YahLover.worm (Mac)
Remove YahLover.worm 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 YahLover.worm 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 YahLover.worm 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 YahLover.worm 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 YahLover.worm will be removed.
Eliminate YahLover.worm 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by YahLover.worm from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings.
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".
What is YahLover.worm?
The YahLover.worm threat is adware or browser redirect virus. It may slow your computer down siginficantly and display advertisements. The main idea is for your information to likely get stolen or more ads to appear on your device.
The creators of such unwanted apps work with pay-per-click schemes to get your computer to visit risky or different types of websites that may generate them funds. This is why they do not even care what types of websites show up on the ads. This makes their unwanted software indirectly risky for your OS.
What are the symptoms of YahLover.worm?
There are several symptoms to look for when this particular threat and also unwanted apps in general are active:
Symptom #1: Your computer may become slow and has poor performance in general.
Symtpom #2: You have toolbars, add-ons or extensions on your web browsers that you don't remember adding.
Symptom #3: You see all types of ads, like ad-supported search results, pop-ups and redirects to randomly appear.
Symptom #4: You see installed apps on your Mac running automatically and you do not remember installing them.
Symptom #5: You see suspicious processes running in your Task Manager.
If you see one or more of those symptoms, then security experts reccomend that you check your computer for viruses.
What types of Unwanted Programs are there?
According to most malware researchers and cyber-security experts, the threats that can currently affect your Mac can be the following types:
- Rogue Antivirus programs.
- Browser hijackers.
- Fake optimizers.
What to do if I have a "virus" like YahLover.worm?
Do not panic! You can easily get rid of most adware or unwanted program threats by firstly isolating them and then removing them from your browser and computer. One reccomended way to do that is by using a reputable malware removal software that can take care of the removal automatically for you. There are many anti-malware apps out there that you can choose from. SpyHunter is one of the reccomended anti-malware apps, that can scan your computer for free and detect any viruses, tracking cookies and unwanted adware apps and eliminate them quickly. This saves time when compared to doing the removal manually.
How to secure my passwords and other data from YahLover.worm?
With few simple actions. First and foremost, it is imperative that you follow these steps:
Step 1: Find a safe computer and connect it to another network, not the one that your Mac was infected in.
Step 2: Change all of your passwords, starting from your e-mail passwords.
Step 3: Enable two-factor authentication for protection of your important accounts.
Step 4: Call your bank to change your credit card details (secret code, etc.) if you have saved your credit card for online shopping or have done online activiites with your card.
Step 5: Make sure to call your ISP (Internet provider or carrier) and ask them to change your IP address.
Step 6: Change your Wi-Fi password.
Step 7: (Optional): Make sure to scan all of the devices connected to your network for viruses and repeat these steps for them if they are affected.
Step 8: Install anti-malware software with real-time protection on every device you have.
Step 9: Try not to download software from sites you know nothing about and stay away from low-reputation websites in general.
If you follow these reccomendations, your network and all devices will become significantly more secure against any threats or information invasive software and be virus free and protected in the future too.
More tips you can find on our website, where you can also ask any questions and comment underneath the articles about your computer problems. We will try to respond as fast as possible.