Yourconnectivity.net Redirect

Also Known As: yourconnectivity.net browser hijacker
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to eliminate browser redirects to yourconnectivity.net?

What is yourconnectivity.net?

yourconnectivity.net is another fake web search engine that falsely claims to enhance web browsing experience. By offering improved search results and quick access to a variety of popular sites, yourconnectivity.net creates the impression of legitimacy and usefulness. It is worth mentioning that this site is promoted using browser-hijacking downloaders/installers. Moreover, it continually records information about user's web browsing activity.

yourconnectivity.net browser hijacker

Rogue setups usually target Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Once infiltrated, setups assign new tab URL, default search engine and homepage options as yourconnectivity.net. The same URL is also appended to the target of each browsers' shortcut. What's more important is that setups stealthily install a number of third party applications and/or browser plug-ins. These so-called "helper objects" are designed to reassign browsers' options every time attempts to change them are made. Therefore, unless they're uninstalled, returning browsers to the previous state is impossible. Ultimately users are forced to visit yourconnectivity.net every time they open a browser/new browsing tab or search the web via URL bar. As a result, web browsing quality significantly decreases. Moreover, yourconnectivity.net and "helper objects" continually gather data about user's web browsing activity. This info usually includes personal details. However, what's more important is that developers share it with third parties. These persons generate revenue by misusing received details. Thus, data tracking may eventually lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Users who encounter redirects to yourconnectivity.net should check the list of installed applications/browser add-ons and eliminate the suspicious ones. The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and reckless behavior. The key to it's safety is caution.

Internet is full of fake web search engines that share many similarities with yourconnectivity.net. The list of examples includes (but it is not limited to) search.searchmedia.online, go.adicococo.com, unisearchweb.com, and go.correcticko.com. Despite the fact that these websites offer "useful functionality" (quick access to popular websites, improved search results, local weather forecast, worldwide news, etc.), most of them do not give any real value for the actual user. Fake search engines typically serve only one purpose: to generate revenue for the developers. Thus, instead of giving any actual value for the user, fake search engines cause redirects and gather information. By doing so, they decrease web browsing experience and pose threat to user's privacy. Some of them are also designed to generate false results and/or intrusive ads, both leading to questionable websites. Therefore, by using fake search engines users risk to cause various system infections.

How did yourconnectivity.net install on my computer?

As said before, yourconnectivity.net is promoted using rogue download/installation setups. This deceptive marketing method is called "bundling". What developers do is hide all information regarding modification of browsers' settings behind "Custom/Advanced" options (or other sections) of download/installation processes. What's more important is that users often carelessly rush these procedures and skip most of the steps, thereby not only granting setups a permission to modify options, but also exposing the system to risk of various infections and putting their very own privacy into threat.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) are also distributed using the "bundling" method and intrusive advertisements (that are designed to redirect to infectious websites and execute scripts which download/install PUAs). Therefore, in order to prevent PUAs from infiltrating the system users must be very cautious when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. It is very important to select "Custom/Advanced" settings and carefully analyze all windows of download/installation dialogs. While doing so, users must decline offers to download/install additional programs and deselect already included ones. It is also highly recommended to avoid using third party downloaders/installers, because developers monetize them by promoting ("bundling") software. Instead, apps should be downloaded only from official sources, using direct download links. Intrusive ads are designed to look completely appropriate. Luckily, most of these ads redirect to questionable websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc.) and, thus, distinguishing is easy. Most are delivered by adware-type apps, which means that users who encounter suspicious redirects should eliminate questionable apps and browser plug-ins. The key to computer safety is caution. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate it.

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Quick menu:

yourconnectivity.net redirect removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

yourconnectivity.net browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently-installed potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes browser redirects to the yourconnectivity.net website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

yourconnectivity.net homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser hijackers:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Remove yourconnectivity.net related Internet Explorer add-ons:

Removing yourconnectivity.net related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select such entries and click "Remove".

Fix Internet Explorer shortcut target:

Removing yourconnectivity.net from Internet Explorer shortcut target step 1

This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the Internet Explorer shortcut. To fix this, locate the shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu, choose "Properties". In the opened window, locate the Target field and eliminate text (hxxp://www.yourconnectivity.net/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe".

Removing yourconnectivity.net from Internet Explorer shortcut target step 2

Change your homepage:

Removing yourconnectivity.net from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://www.yourconnectivity.net and enter your preferred domain, which will open every time you launch Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing yourconnectivity.net from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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, then remove "yourconnectivity.net".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the yourconnectivity.net browser hijacker, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove yourconnectivity.net related Google Chrome extensions:

Removing yourconnectivity.net related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Fix Google Chrome shortcut target:

Removing yourconnectivity.net from Google Chrome shortcut target step 1

This browser hijacker modifies the "Target" field of the Google Chrome shortcut. To fix this, locate the shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu, choose "Properties". In the opened window, locate the Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://www.yourconnectivity.net/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"

Removing yourconnectivity.net from Google Chrome shortcut target step 2

Change your homepage:

Removing yourconnectivity.net from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.yourconnectivity.net) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.

Change your default search engine:

Removing yourconnectivity.net from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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 "yourconnectivity.net" when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the yourconnectivity.net browser hijacker, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove yourconnectivity.net related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

Removing yourconnectivity.net related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window, remove any recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Fix Mozilla Firefox shortcut target:

Removing yourconnectivity.net from Mozilla Firefox shortcut target step 1

This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the Mozilla Firefox shortcut. To fix this, locate the shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu, choose "Properties". In the opened window, locate the Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://www.yourconnectivity.net/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"

Removing yourconnectivity.net from Mozilla Firefox shortcut target step 2

Change your homepage:

Removing yourconnectivity.net from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://www.yourconnectivity.net and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change default search engine:

Removing yourconnectivity.net from Mozilla Firefox 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: "yourconnectivity"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with yourconnectivity.net browser hijacker removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

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.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA 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.

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