What is y2meta[.]com?
Avoid the y2meta[.]com website, since it employs dubious advertising networks and provides an illegal video downloading service. Note that it is illegal to download videos from YouTube. Furthermore, y2meta[.]com contains various ads that redirect visitors to other untrustworthy websites. These are the two main reasons why this and other similar websites should not be used.
If clicked, ads displayed on y2meta[.]com open other untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites. Typically, the ads lead to web pages that advertise dubious software. Some of the opened sites might be designed to trick people into believing that their computers are infected with viruses.
Typically, websites of this type invite visitors to remove fake viruses with rogue programs. Furthermore, ads on y2meta[.]com might open pages used to promote potentially unwanted apps (PUAs) such as browser hijackers, adware, etc. If installed, these programs cause even more problems.
Browser hijackers change browser settings so that people are forced to use fake search engines. PUAs also gather browsing-related and other sensitive data, which the developers misuse to generate revenue. This often causes problems relating to browsing safety, privacy, or even identity theft.
Adware-type apps feed users with coupons, banners, pop-ups, surveys, and other ads. These are displayed on all visited websites. When clicked, they have identical behavior to ads displayed on y2meta[.]com. Additionally, they might run scripts that download and/or install unwanted, potentially malicious software.
Furthermore, y2meta[.]com asks visitors for permission to show notifications. Do not give dubious web pages these permissions, since they will then start to display dubious notifications, ads, and other content that could lead to unwanted downloads, installations, and other dubious web pages.
We strongly advise against using the video download service provided by y2meta[.]com or clicking ads on the site.
|Name||Ads by y2mate.com|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.|
|Detection Names||Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||22.214.171.124|
|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, potentially unwanted applications (adware)|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Typically, these websites use rogue ad networks, and thus contain dubious ads. If clicked, the ads cause redirects to other untrustworthy sites. In any case, do not trust these websites. If a PUA was downloaded and installed through a dubious web page or via an advertisement displayed on it, remove the PUA immediately.
How did adware install on my computer?
PUAs are generally downloaded and installed without direct user permission. For example, when people click advertisements that download and/or install PUAs by running scripts. Apps of this type are also downloaded and/or installed through the set-ups of other, usually free software.
This happens when PUAs are included into the set-ups as additional offers. Typically, these offers can be found in options such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. People often fail to check these settings and download, install their regular programs without changing them. PUAs are then allowed to be downloaded and/or installed with regular software.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Software should be downloaded from official websites and using direct links. Do not to use various third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule, dubious websites, or other similar sources/tools to download or install software. Install software properly.
Check each download and installation setup and dismiss offers to download or install unwanted apps before finishing the process. Avoid clicking intrusive ads that are displayed on dubious web pages. For example, on those relating to gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc.
Typically, they redirect to untrustworthy websites or even cause download/installation of potentially malicious applications. If there are any unwanted, unknown or suspicious extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on the browser, remove them immediately.
The same applies to any unwanted programs of this kind installed on the computer. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of y2meta[.]com website redirecting users to websites that also ask to enable browser notifications:
IMPORTANT NOTE! As mentioned above, these websites ask 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
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is y2meta[.]com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
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 any potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes y2meta[.]com redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from 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 y2mate.com, 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 y2mate.com, 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 "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by y2mate.com 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 y2mate.com, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by y2mate.com from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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