Yandex toolbar - how to remove?
Yandex toolbar is a browser extension developed by a reputable Russian search engine. This search engine has a market share of more than 60% in their country. Yandex toolbar enhances Internet users browsing experience by showing quick links to weather forecast, email accounts, etc. This extension also shows notifications when user receives email, social network notifications etc. While all of this functionality is great many computer users report that Yandex toolbar was installed on their computers without their consent and they experience unwanted redirects to yandex.com (.ru) Such situation may occur if Yandex toolbar was bundled with some free software downloaded from the Internet.
To avoid such unwanted toolbar installation Internet users should be careful when installing freeware - free software developers are commonly bundling their free programs with browser toolbars and add-ons to monetize their products. Other thing worth mentioning is that Yandex toolbar doesn't have a complete uninstaller - it leaves the homepage and default search engine changed to Yandex even after uninstalling the toolbar from add/remove programs section.
Yandex toolbar is not related to malware or virus infections, it's a legitimate browser extension, however if you feel that it was installed on your computer without your consent you can use the provided removal guide to eliminate this browser add-on from your computer. Notice that while there is an uninstalled for Internet Explorer some manual steps needs to be followed in order change your homepage and default search engine to your preferred. There is no uninstalled for Mozilla FireFox and Google Chrome, users of these Internet browser will have to follow removal steps which shows how to eliminate this toolbar from browser's 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 left unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended anti-spyware 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 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: 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 every time you launch Internet Explorer.
If you continue having problems with redirects to this website you can reset you 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 a 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 a trash can icon. To change your homepage from yandex.com (.ru) to you preferred - click on the wrench (bars) icon, select "Settings". In "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 having problems with redirects to this website you can reset you 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.