Your Easy Forms Browser Hijacker

Also Known As: search.hyoureasyforms.com redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Your Easy Forms browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Your Easy Forms?

Your Easy Forms is a browser app that is presented as a tool that allows its users to quickly access various popular forms. For example, IRS and tax related forms. This feature can be used directly from a browser's new tab (window). Nevertheless, Your Easy Forms is a browser hijacker, a potentially unwanted app (PUA) that promotes a fake search engine (search.hyoureasyforms.com) by changing the browser's settings. Additionally, most apps of this type are designed to collect information about user's browsing habits.

search.hyoureasyforms.com browser hijacker

Browser hijackers usually can be installed on browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. After installation, Your Easy Forms appoints search.hyoureasyforms.com as a homepage, default search engine and new browser tab's address. It means that Your Easy Forms's users have to visit this address every time they open their browsers/new browser windows, tabs or enter search queries into URL bar. Additionally, most browser hijackers do not allow their users to change their settings. Typically, the only way to remove search.hyoureasyforms.com address from the settings that we mentioned above is to uninstall the Your Easy Forms app. Besides, like most fake search engines, search.hyoureasyforms.com does not operate as a legitimate search engine supposed to. In other words, it does not generate any individual search results. It redirects its users to search.yahoo.com (Yahoo search engine) and displays results provided by this engine. As we mentioned in the introduction, most browser hijackers gather various data. To be more precise, they collect browsing-related information such as entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, geolocations, IP addresses, and other, sometimes personal data. Typically, their developers share all recorded information with others (third parties), who misuse it to generate revenue. It is possible that those parties might be cyber criminals as well.

Threat Summary:
Name Your Easy Forms
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Detection Names Avast (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.WebSearch.gen), McAfee (GenericR-PBK!B860CF8C4CB5), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Browser Extension(s) Forms, Your Easy Forms
Supposed Functionality Claims to provide access to various printable forms (e.g., tax forms).
Promoted URL search.hyoureasyforms.com
Serving IP Address (search.hyoureasyforms.com) 52.22.80.150
Affected Browser Settings Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine
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.
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As a rule, browser hijackers like Your Easy Forms are only presented/promoted as useful apps that can provide their users with some handy features, tools and so on. Unfortunately, most of them are useless and are designed to generate revenue for their developers, and other parties. Besides, apps of this type, if used, may cause users various problems related to browsing safety, online privacy or even identity theft. Other, similar browser hijackers are Your Package Tracked Now, Bible Verses and Easy Forms Now.

How did Your Easy Forms install on my computer?

Sometimes potentially unwanted apps are available for download on their websites. However, most users download and install them without being aware of it (they do it unintentionally). They download/install PUAs by clicking intrusive (deceptive) ads or unintentionally allow them to be downloaded/installed with some other software. It usually happens when developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". In other words, when developers include unwanted apps into setups of other (typically, free) software. Developers do not disclose this information properly, they hide it in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of download or installation setups. If people leave these settings unchanged, they often end up having PUAs installed together with some other, intentionally downloaded/installed software.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent unwanted downloads and installations, we recommend to download/install software and browse the web carefully. All software (especially it is free) should be downloaded from official/trustworthy websites, and using direct download links. It is not recommended to use third party software downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule and other sources of this kind for that. Additionally, we advise not to skip any download or installation setup's steps. In other words, to check what are "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings/options and to dismiss offers to download or install additional, bundled software. Furthermore, intrusive ads should not be trusted. Especially the ads that are displayed on questionable pages related to adult dating, pornography, gambling and so on. These ads cause redirects to untrustworthy websites or cause unwanted downloads/installations. If intrusive ads or redirects to dubious websites occur often, then we recommend to check if there are no unwanted extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on the web browser. All apps of this kind should be removed immediately. The same applies to unwanted programs that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with Your Easy Forms, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Website promoting Your Easy Forms browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Your Easy Forms browser hijacker

Search.hyoureasyforms.com asking to show notifications:

search.hyoureasyforms.com asking to show notifications

IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.

Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:

Google Chrome (PC):

  • Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
  • Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
  • Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
  • Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)

Disable pop-up' notifications in Google Chrome web browser

Google Chrome (Android):

  • Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
  • Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
  • In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
  • Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Android Google Chrome web browser

Mozilla Firefox:

  • Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
  • Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
  • Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
  • In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Mozilla Firefox web browser

Internet Explorer:

  • Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
  • Select "Internet options"
  • Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
  • Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button

Disable pop-up' notifications in Internet Explorer web browser

Microsoft Edge:

  • Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
  • Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
  • Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
  • Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
  • Click the switch under each suspicious website

Disable pop-up' notifications in Microsoft Edge web browser

Safari (Mac):

  • Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
  • Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
  • Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each

Disable pop-up' notifications in Safari web browser

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Quick menu:

Your Easy Forms browser hijacker 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.

search.hyoureasyforms.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Your Easy Forms"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the search.hyoureasyforms.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Your Easy Forms browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects (Windows OS):

Video showing how to remove Your Easy Forms browser hijacker using Combo Cleaner (MacOS):

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.hyoureasyforms.com 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 extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing search.hyoureasyforms.com 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://search.hyoureasyforms.com 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:

Removing search.hyoureasyforms.com 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 and then remove "Your Easy Forms".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.hyoureasyforms.com redirect, 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:

Removing search.hyoureasyforms.com 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 "Your Easy Forms" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.hyoureasyforms.com 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, disable "Your Easy Forms" (or simply "Forms") look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.hyoureasyforms.com) 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 search.hyoureasyforms.com 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 "search.hyoureasyforms.com" 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 search.hyoureasyforms.com redirect, 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:

Removing search.hyoureasyforms.com 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" and remove "Your Easy Forms" (or simply "Forms"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.hyoureasyforms.com 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 disable "Your Easy Forms" (or simply "Forms") remove hxxp://search.hyoureasyforms.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.hyoureasyforms.com 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: "moz-extension"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with search.hyoureasyforms.com redirect 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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