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Remove Yeadesktop.com Browser Hijacker

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Yeadesktop.com is a persistent browser hijacker that records various information that may be either personally or non-personally identifiable. It is capable of changing the homepage, the new tab windows and the default search engine of all affected browsers. As long as it is present on the system it transfers the information about search queries, visited websites and other browsing habits to its servers. The company owner of Yeadesktop.com could then disclose the collected information with third-party providers or use it to deliver you sponsored content.

Threat Summary

Name Yeadesktop.com
Type Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short Description The hijacker redirect can change the homepage, search engine and new tab on every browser application you own.
Symptoms The homepage, new tab and search engine of all your browsers will be switched to Yeadesktop.com. You will be redirected and could see sponsored content.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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User Experience Join Our Forum to Discuss Yeadesktop.com.

The Yeadesktop.com can hijack installed browsers after the installation of a potentially unwanted program. The installation setups of freeware often have additional potentially unwanted components. They are often hidden in the Advanced/Custom options you may unnoticeably install them by following the regular steps. The good news is that when you select the Advanced option, you can opt out all unwanted elements or at least be informed that a potentially unwanted program is also to be installed.

Another possible way to get infected with Yeadesktop.com browser hijacker is via a visit to a corrupted web page that is set to download it on the system.

Yeadesktop.com – In Depth Analysis

Apparently, most of the provided elements on the website are only available but not working. There are two inactive features that should supposedly serve you to communicate with your co-workers or write down some thoughts, quotes, projects or documents so you can save them and use them when you needed again. There is also an embedded video form where you can express your opinion that is again out of order. Even the buttons for Yeadesktop.com social channels are not working and just redirect to the homepage of its website. The weirdest thing is that none of the provided options for download of the company’s app is causing an actual download or at least a redirect to a website with an available download.

Furthermore, the website offers a catalog of several web-based games hosted by the company SoftGames. However, it is recommended to restrain yourself from accessing these games as they could be possibly compromised by malicious intenders who aim to infect your device with malware.

Actually, the Yeadesktop.com browser hijacker may be related to an adware program called YeaPlayer. The adware may get installed on the computer along with another free program or by tricking you into downloading the next useful program. Once it affects the system it may constantly redirect you to Yeadesktop.com domain while you are browsing.

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The actual purpose of Yeadesktop.com is to access the settings of target browsers so it can replace the homepage, the new tab page and the default search engine with its domain address. After that, it may also download and install potentially unwanted browser add-ons and extensions that can obtain browsing activities in order to generate sponsored content. Such content may come in a variety of online advertisements – banners, pop-ups, in-text links, pop-unders, and videos. However, the most preferred place remains the page of the search results. With so many ads generated in your browser, you may experience diminished browsing experience and some severe crashes.

Yeadesktop.com – Privacy Policy

In fact, there is no Privacy Policy section provided by Yeadesktop.com but only a link to a Chinese on its homepage. The website, however, categorically deny having something in common with Yeadesktop.com redirect. Well, the lack of any Privacy Policy is yet another sign that Yeadesktop.com is a hoax website that at worst may lead to privacy theft and severe malware intrusions.

It may be assumed that Yeadesktop.com hijacker obtains the following personally and non-personally identifiable information from all its users:

  • Email address
  • IP address
  • Home address (mailing address)
  • Search queries and all data you type in searches
  • Search data and specifics of searches
  • URLs and clicks
  • Browser type
  • Your name
  • Your geographic location
  • Your ISP (Internet Search Provider)
  • Communications preferences
  • Operating System (and other related data)

By continuing to use Yeadesktop.com services you give your consent to its owners to collect information about you and your online habits. Unfortunately, the collected information can be disclosed to third party entities and partners of the owners.

Remove Yeadesktop.com Browser Hijacker

For Yeadesktop.com browser hijacker removal you can follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. Have in mind that sometimes after the manual removal approach some leftovers remain on the system and continue to cause redirects to Yeadesktop.com. So be advised to scan the system with an advanced anti-malware tool to delete all browser hijacker files. Furthermore, such a tool is one of the most efficient ways to stay safe in future.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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How to Remove Yeadesktop.com from Windows.


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

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

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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.

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


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Get rid of Yeadesktop.com from Mac OS X.


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

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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 Yeadesktop.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 Yeadesktop.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 Yeadesktop.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 Yeadesktop.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 Yeadesktop.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 Yeadesktop.com files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Yeadesktop.com, 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.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Yeadesktop.com:


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Remove Yeadesktop.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 Yeadesktop.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 Yeadesktop.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 Yeadesktop.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".

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

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


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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