Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is YeaDesktop?
YeaDesktop is a rogue application that typically infiltrates systems without users' consent. Furthermore, it generates intrusive advertisements and collects sensitive information. For these reasons, YeaDesktop is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted application (PUA).
YeaDesktop delivers coupon, banner, pop-up, and other similar advertisements. To achieve this, developers employ various tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, ads often conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience.
Furthermore, they might redirect to malicious websites and execute scripts designed to download and install other potentially unwanted applications or even malware. Therefore, even a single accidental click can result in high-risk computer infections. This deceptive application records data relating to browsing activity.
IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other collected information is likely to contain personal details that developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse private data to generate revenue.
Therefore, the presence of an information-tracking app such as YeaDesktop might lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. We strongly recommend that you eliminate YeaDesktop adware immediately.
|Name||Ads by YeaDesktop|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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There are dozens of adware-type applications that share similarities with YeaDesktop. The list of examples includes (but is not limited to) Instagram2go, HidenGate, Amazon Shopping Assistance, Smart Application Controller, and many others.
They offer "useful functionality", however, programs such as YeaDesktop are designed only to generate revenue for the developers and deliver no real value for regular users. Potentially unwanted applications deliver intrusive advertisements and record sensitive data, thereby posing a significant threat to your privacy and browsing safety.
How did YeaDesktop install on my computer?
As mentioned above, YeaDesktop often infiltrates systems without permission, since developers proliferate it using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" and the aforementioned intrusive advertisements. "Bundling" is essentially stealth installation of potentially unwanted applications with regular software.
Developers do not disclose this information properly and hide "bundled" apps within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes.
Furthermore, many users often rush these procedures and skip steps. In addition, they click various ads without understanding the possible consequences. This exposes systems to risk of various infections and compromises users' 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.Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Remember that intrusive advertisements typically seem legitimate, but once clicked, redirect to dubious websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on).
If you continually encounter these redirects, eliminate all suspicious programs and browser plug-ins. Furthermore, carefully analyze each window of the download/installation dialogs and opt-out additionally-included programs. Software should be downloaded from official sources only, using direct download links.
If your computer is already infected with YeaDesktop, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Deceptive free software installer distributing YeaDesktop adware:
Official YeaDesktop adware installation setup:
YeaDesktop adware process in Windows Task Manager:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is YeaDesktop?
- STEP 1. Uninstall YeaDesktop application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove YeaDesktop adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove YeaDesktop ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by YeaDesktop' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove YeaDesktop extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
YeaDesktop adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 "YeaDesktop" (or something like "18.104.22.168"), select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes YeaDesktop ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove YeaDesktop adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, YeaDesktop did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by yeadesktop, 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by yeadesktop, 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", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by yeadesktop 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, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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 upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by yeadesktop, 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.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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