How to remove CERX, Dorss App and other PUAs related to yeus.xyz?

Also Known As: yeus.xyz browser hijacker
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Yeus.xyz redirect removal instructions

What is yeus.xyz?

Yeus.xyz is one of the many fake search engines. Typically, they are being promoted through various potentially unwanted applications that are classified as browser hijackers. Research shows that yeus.xyz is promoted through at least two of them: CERX and Dorss APP. CERX is related to QIP, another browser hijackers. As a rule, browser hijackers promote fake search engines by changing certain browser's settings. Also, many of them are designed to gather information related to user's browsing habits as well. Browser hijackers are called PUAs because people often download and install them without intention to do so.

yeus.xyz browser hijacker

Typically, browser hijackers promote fake search engines by making them addresses of a default search engine, homepage and new tab. In this case Dorss APP and CERX change those addresses to yeus.xyz. It means that their users are forced to visit yeus.xyz when they open a new browser window, tab or enter search queries into URL bar. Research shows that these apps not always change the aforementioned settings, however, they detect when users search the web and anyway and redirect them to yeus.xyz. It is worth mentioning that yeus.xyz gets opened through srcw.xyz, another shady address. It is a fake search engine because it does not generate any unique results and may provide misleading results. Typically, address of a fake search engine cannot be removed from those settings unless the browser hijacker that is designed to promote it is uninstalled. It means that the only way to avoid being redirected to yeus.xyz (and srcw.xyz) on the aforementioned occasions is to uninstall CERX and/or Dorss APP. Furthermore, browser hijackers often are designed to gather IP addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, and other browsing data. Nevertheless, quite a number of apps of this type are designed to record sensitive information as well. What is worse, their developers tend to sell collected data to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Such actions might cause users problems related to privacy, browsing safety, it is possible that some of them may even become victims of identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name yeus.xyz browser hijacker
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Browser Extension(s) CERX, Dorss APP (could be other PUAs as well)
Supposed Functionality Typically, browser hijackers supposed to improve web browsing experience.
Affected Browser Settings Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine
Detection Names Forcepoint ThreatSeeker (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 104.18.62.92
Symptoms Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the 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 browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.
Removal

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It is common that developers advertise browser hijackers as apps that supposed to be useful, deliver some features, and so on. Nevertheless, very often they do not function as they are useless and designed only to help their developers to generate revenue by gathering data, and promoting fake search engines. That is why it is not safe to have a browser hijacker on a browser and/or computer installed. Some more examples of PUAs of this type are Gamers Buddy, Online TV Streams and Search Plus.

How did yeus.xyz install on my computer?

In most cases people download and/or install PUAs through deceptive advertisements that they have clicked or when PUAs are included in setups of other, mainly free software. The method to distribute unwanted apps by including unwanted apps in download and/or installation setups of other programs is called "bundling". Typically, information about additionally included apps is hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar parts of setups. People who do not check and change those settings often give various PUAs a permission to be downloaded and/or installed together with other, wanted software. In other cases PUAs get downloaded and/or installed when people click deceptive ads that cause it by running certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

We recommend to download software from official websites and to avoid using third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule, and so on), unofficial websites and other similar channels as tools to download or install it. Another important thing is to download and install software properly: if a download or installation setup contains any settings, they should be checked and offers to install (or download) unwanted apps dismissed. Also, we advise against clicking various intrusive ads, especially the ones that are displayed on questionable websites. Once clicked, those ads open other shady, potentially malicious pages, or they start unwanted downloads, installations. One more thing we recommend to do is check the list of extensions, add-ons or plug-ins that are installed on a browser and remove all unknown, suspicious apps as soon as possible. The same should be done with software of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate it.

Appearance of a browser hijacked by "CERX", "Dorss APP" or other PUA that is desinged to promote yeus.xyz:

yeus.xyz appearance in gif

Screenshot of a website that is designed to advertise Dorss APP:

yeus.xyz website promoting Dorss APP

Screenshot of a website that is designed to trick visitors into installing CERX through a fake installer of updates for Mozilla Firefox:

deceptive pop-up desinged to trick people into installing CERX

CERX asks for a permission to access various data on Firefox:

CERX wants a permission to read and change various data

Dorss APP asks for a permission to read and change various data on Chrome:

Dorss APP wants to read and change various data

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Quick menu:

yeus.xyz 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.

yeus.xyz browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

yeus.xyz redirect removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing yeus.xyz 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 (like "CERX", "Dorss APP"), select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing yeus.xyz 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://yeus.xyz 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 yeus.xyz 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 "CERX", "Dorss APP" or other PUA.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the yeus.xyz 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:

Removing yeus.xyz 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 like "CERX", "Dorss APP" and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing yeus.xyz 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 like "CERX" or "Dorss APP", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.yeus.xyz) 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 yeus.xyz 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 "yeus.xyz" 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 yeus.xyz 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:

Removing yeus.xyz 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 like "CERX", "Dorss APP", or other recently installed unwanted browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing yeus.xyz 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 like "CERX" and/or "Dorss APP",  remove hxxp://yeus.xyz and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing yeus.xyz 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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the Mozilla Firefox switch about:config entry button button.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with yeus.xyz 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.

Removal assistance:
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