Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Low
Yandex toolbar - how to remove?
The Yandex toolbar browser extension is developed by a reputable Russian search engine provider that enjoys a market share of greater than 60% within the country. The toolbar enhances Internet users' browsing experience by displaying quick links to weather forecasts, email accounts, etc. This extension also displays notifications when users receive emails, social network notifications, etc. Whilst this functionality is useful to some, many computer users report that this toolbar was installed without their consent and they experience unwanted redirects to yandex.com (.ru) This situation may occur if the Yandex toolbar was bundled with free software downloaded from the Internet.
To avoid unwanted toolbar installation such as this, Internet users should express caution when installing freeware - software developers often bundle their free products with browser toolbars and add-ons in order to monetize their products. Furthermore, the Yandex toolbar does not provide a complete uninstaller, thus leaving the homepage and default search engine redirected to Yandex (even after uninstalling the toolbar from the 'add/remove programs' section).
The Yandex toolbar is not related to malware or virus infections, and is a legitimate browser extension, however, if you feel that it was installed on your system without your consent, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this browser add-on. Note that, while there is an uninstallation procedure for Internet Explorer, some manual steps needs to be taken in order change your homepage and default search engine to your preferred domain. There is no uninstallation procedure for Mozilla FireFox and Google Chrome, thus users of these Internet browsers must follow the removal steps, which describe how to eliminate this toolbar from the browser extensions section.
Yandex toolbar removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features". Look for yandex related entries (Yandex Elements), select this entry and click Uninstall.
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Locate "Programs and Features". Look for "Yandex Elements", select this entry and click Remove.
After uninstalling Yandex toolbar, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Yandex toolbar removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Yandex toolbar from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for 000 Yandex related entries (Visual Bookmarks, Yandex Elements) and disable them. To change your homepage from yandex.com (.ru) to your preferred domain, click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove yandex.com (.ru) and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
If you continue to have problems with redirects to this website, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl". In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Remove Yandex toolbar from Google Chrome:
Click on the wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate these entries: "Yandex Elements, Visual Bookmarks from Yandex, Y.Translator", select them and click on the trash can icon. To change your homepage from yandex.com (.ru) to your preferred domain, click on the wrench (bars) icon, select "Settings". In the "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over yandex.com (.ru) and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
Remove Yandex toolbar from Mozilla FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable these add-ons: "Visual Bookmarks, Yandex Elements". To reset your homepage, click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window remove yandex.com (.ru) and enter your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with redirects to this website, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla FireFox, at the top left corner of the main window click "FireFox", in the opened drop down menu choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click on "Reset FireFox" button.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.
A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in Yandex Toolbar distribution:
To avoid installation of Yandex Toolbar be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:
Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.
Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:
- Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
- Appearance of new toolbars.
- Slow performance of Internet browsers.
- New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
- You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
- You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
- You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Yandex Toolbar from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.