Your Photo Editor browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Your Photo Editor?
Your Photo Editor is a deceptive application that claims to provide functionality allowing users to create various pictures. Initially, this app may seem legitimate and useful, however, Your Photo Editor is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) and a browser hijacker. There are three main reasons for these negative associations: 1) installation without users' consent; 2) promotion of a fake search engine [search.hyourphotoeditor.net], and; 3) information tracking.
After successful infiltration, Your Photo Editor hijacks browsers and assigns the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage settings to search.hyourphotoeditor.net. These changes may seem insignificant, however, users are unable to revert them. Your Photo Editor reassigns browser settings (and simply prevents access) when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, returning browsers to their previous states becomes impossible and users are encouraged to visit search.hyourphotoeditor.net when they open a new browser tab/window or search via the URL bar. This significantly diminishes the browsing experience. Furthermore, search.hyourphotoeditor.net redirects users to search.yahoo.com each time a search query is entered. Therefore, search.hyourphotoeditor.net itself does not generate any unique results and is thus useless. Note that Your Photo Editor and search.hyourphotoeditor.net are designed to record information relating to browsing activity. The list of collected data types usually includes (but is not limited to) IP addresses, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other similar data. This information is shared with third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. Since the data usually includes personal details, information tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft.
|Name||Your Photo Editor|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), DrWeb (Adware.Spigot.145), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.WebSearch.gen), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Browser Extension(s)||PhotoEditor, Your Photo Editor|
|Supposed Functionality||This browser hijacker claims to provide image-editing functionality.|
|Serving IP Address (search.hyourphotoeditor.net)||220.127.116.11|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser(s) settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the Internet using associated search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
To eliminate malware infections our security researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
There are dozens of browser-hijacking applications identical to Your Photo Editor including, for example, Sattelite Earth, Get Easy Coupons, and Easy Free Recipes. As with Your Photo Editor, these apps also offer "useful features", however, these are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy and trick users to install. In fact, browser-hijacking applications are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than giving any real value for regular users, browser hijackers cause unwanted redirects and gather sensitive data, thereby diminishing the browsing experience and posing a threat to your privacy.
How did Your Photo Editor install on my computer?
Your Photo Editor is free for anyone to download on its official website, however, this app is likely to infiltrate computers without users' consent, since developers proliferate it using "bundling" and intrusive advertising methods. "Bundling" is essentially stealth installation of third party applications together with regular software. Developers know that users often rush download/installation processes and skip steps. Therefore, "bundled" apps are concealed within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. Intrusive advertisements redirect users to malicious websites and run scripts designed to install additional (potentially unwanted/malicious) software. Therefore, by carelessly skipping download/installation steps and clicking various advertisements, many users 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. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Carefully analyze each download/installation step using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Opt-out of additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them. You are advised to download programs from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers often include rogue apps, and thus such tools should never be used. Bear in mind that intrusive advertisements usually seem legitimate, however, most redirect to dubious websites, such as gambling, pornography, adult dating, survey, and similar. They are often delivered by adware-type applications. Therefore, if you experience these ads/redirects, check the list of installed applications/browser plug-ins and eliminate suspicious entries. The key to computer safety is caution. If your computer is already infected with Your Photo Editor, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Your Photo Editor browser hijacker installer set-up:
Website promoting Your Photo Editor browser hijacker:
This website asking to enable browser 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)
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"
- 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"
- 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
- 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
- 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
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- What is Your Photo Editor?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Your Photo Editor application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.hyourphotoeditor.net redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Your Photo Editor browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.hyourphotoeditor.net homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.hyourphotoeditor.net redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Your Photo Editor browser hijacker 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, "Your Photo Editor"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the search.hyourphotoeditor.net website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Your Photo Editor browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects (Windows OS):
Video showing how to remove Your Photo Editor using Combo Cleaner (MacOS):
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://search.hyourphotoeditor.net 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 "Your Photo Editor".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.hyourphotoeditor.net 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.
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 "Your Photo Editor" and other 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, disable "Your Photo Editor" look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.hyourphotoeditor.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:
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 "search.hyourphotoeditor.net", 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 search.hyourphotoeditor.net redirect, 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 "Your Photo Editor" (or simply "PhotoEditor"), as well as all other 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, disable "Your Photo Editor" (or simply "PhotoEditor") remove hxxp://search.hyourphotoeditor.net 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: "moz-extension"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with search.hyourphotoeditor.net redirect 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 search.hyourphotoeditor.net redirect, 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 search.hyourphotoeditor.net redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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