Yandex.ru redirect removal instructions
What is yandex.ru?
Yandex is a legitimate Russian company that provides a number of Internet services, such as web search, email, text translation, maps, web browsers, and so on. To make it easier to understand, Yandex is very similar to Google. Note, however, that criminals promote the Yandex web browser (which is based on an open-source project called Chromium) using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Therefore, it often infiltrates systems without users' consent. Yandex's Internet search engine (yandex.ru) is also promoted simultaneously.
Criminals generate revenue using an affiliate program. To promote Yandex's browser and search engine, they employ rogue download/installation set-ups. These tools stealthily infiltrate Yandex's browser and automatically set it as the default web browser. In addition, they assign yandex.ru as the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage browser options. Set-ups also infiltrate a number of so-called "helper objects" (third party apps/browser plug-ins) designed to reassign browser settings when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, returning browsers to their previous states becomes impossible and, no matter which web browser is used, users are forced to visit yandex.ru when they search via the URL bar or simply open a new browser tab. This significantly diminishes the web browsing experience. Remember that the aforementioned Yandex's products are legitimate, but third parties promote them in dubious ways, thereby diminishing the web browsing experience.
|Name||Yandex Browser potentially unwanted program|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser(s) settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). User's are forced to visit hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)|
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In most cases, the "bundling" method is used to proliferate potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) and fake search engines. All claim to provide "useful features", however, the only purpose of PUP/fake search engines is to generate revenue for the developers. These false promises are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. PUPs (adware, browser hijackers, etc.) typically deliver intrusive advertisements, cause unwanted redirects, and gather sensitive information, thereby posing a threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety. Fake search engines might also feed users with false results and intrusive ads (leading to malicious websites). Therefore, use of these sites can also lead to various computer infections.
How did Yandex Browser install on my computer?
As mentioned above, third parties promote Yandex's products using the "bundling" method. These people know that users often rush download/installation processes and skip steps. Therefore, they hide all "bundled" PUPs and details of browser modifications within "Custom/Advanced" options (or other sections) of these procedures. By skipping steps, users inadvertently grant set-ups permission to modify browser options, expose their systems to risk of various infections, and compromise their privacy.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior. The key to safety is caution. PUPs are distributed using the aforementioned "bundling" method, and intrusive advertisements (which redirect to malicious sites and execute scripts that download/install malware or PUPs). Therefore, pay close attention when downloading/installing software and browsing the Internet. Select "Custom/Advanced" settings, carefully analyze each download/installation step, and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. We advise you to download your programs from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers are monetized by promoting PUPs, and thus should never be used. Intrusive ads are typically designed to appear legitimate, but most lead to dubious websites (such as pornography, adult dating, gambling, and so on). They are generally delivered by adware-type PUPs. Therefore, if you encounter dubious redirects, check the list of installed applications/browser plug-ins and remove any suspicious entries. If your computer is already infected with PUPs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Yandex Browser installer set-up:
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- What is yandex.ru?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Yandex Browser application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove yandex.ru redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Yandex extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove yandex.ru homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove yandex.ru redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Yandex Browser removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently-installed suspicious applications (for example, "Yandex"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause browser redirects to the yandex.ru website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Yandex removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://yandex.ru and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.
Change your default search engine:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "yandex".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the yandex browser potentially unwanted program, 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 the 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 the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.yandex.ru) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list, look for "yandex.ru", and when located, click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the yandex browser potentially unwanted program, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove all recently-installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://yandex.ru and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "yandex"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with yandex browser potentially unwanted program removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the yandex browser potentially unwanted program, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove yandex browser potentially unwanted program from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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