How to avoid unwanted downloads from web pages opened via yts.mx

Also Known As: Ads by yts.mx
Type: Adware
Distribution: High
Damage level: Medium

yts[.]mx redirect removal instructions

What is yts[.]mx?

yts[.]mx is one of many torrent websites. It is not safe to use these websites to download software, files or other content, since they are often used by cyber criminals to proliferate malicious programs. Furthermore, it is illegal to download copyrighted content via torrent web pages. Research shows that this particular website uses rogue advertising networks, which lead visitors to other dubious, potentially malicious pages.

yts[.]mx pop-up redirects

In most cases, sites that use rogue advertising networks open other untrusted pages that promote potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) or even malicious software. For example, PUAs such as browser hijackers, adware, and also malware, including ransomware and Trojan-type software. Browser hijacking apps promote addresses of fake search engines by modifying browser settings and gathering information so that developers can misuse it to generate revenue. Adware-type applications can also gather data. They feed users with intrusive ads that open untrusted pages or download/install unwanted software by running certain scripts. Ransomware prevents victims from accessing their files by encrypting them. In most cases, victims cannot decrypt their data without specific tools that can only be purchased from the cyber criminals who designed the ransomware. Trojans are malicious programs that often infect computers with other software of this kind (thus cause chain infections). Note that yts[.]mx might also open various scam websites such as "Congratulations Device User!" or "Microsoft Support.exe" that attempt to trick visitors into providing personal information, installing unwanted software, paying for dubious programs, etc. At the time of research, yts[.]mx redirected to the download page of ExpressVPN software and a dubious address (velocecdn[.]com). To avoid unwanted download/installation of PUAs/malicious programs, being scammed through a rogue web page, or experiencing other issues, you are advised against visiting yts[.]mx or other torrent websites that use rogue advertising networks. Furthermore, torrents are often used to spread malicious programs.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by yts.mx
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.
Serving IP Address 104.26.0.60
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.
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More examples of torrent web pages are 1337x[.]to, thepiratebay[.]org and limetorrent[.]info. Commonly, these contain dubious advertisements and open other untrusted websites that advertise PUAs, trick visitors into installing malicious software, providing sensitive details, and so on. Therefore, these websites should never be trusted. If a browser opens dubious pages automatically, a PUA is probably already installed on the browser and/or operating system.

How did adware install on my computer?

Commonly, PUAs are distributed by including them into the set-ups of other programs. This distribution method is called "bundling". Generally, developers include PUAs as 'additional offers'. Offers to download and/or install potentially unwanted apps are usually mentioned in options/settings of such as "Advanced" or "Custom". They can be declined before completing the download/installation process, however, many users fail to check and change these settings, thereby allowing PUAs to infiltrate. In some cases unwanted downloads/installations are caused by clicking ads that execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Peer-to-Peer networks (eMule, torrent clients), unofficial, dubious pages, various third party downloaders, installers, and other channels should not be used to download or install software. They are often used to distribute PUAs or even malicious programs. Software and files should be downloaded from official websites and through direct links. Check all download and installation settings such as "Advanced", "Manual, "Custom" and decline offers to download or install unwanted software before finishing the process. Do not click intrusive ads that appear on dubious pages, since they can open other untrusted pages or run scripts that cause download/installation of unwanted applications. Remove all unwanted, suspicious, unknown apps such as extensions, add-ons and plug-ins that are installed on the browser. Also remove software of this kind that is installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

yts[.]mx redirects to Aliexpress page through velocecdn[.]com (GIF):

yts.mx redirects to velocecdn.com

yts[.]mx redirects to ExpressVPN download page:

yts.mx redirects to expressvpn download page 

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Quick menu:

Adware 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.

yts[.]mx adware uninstall via Control Panel

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 yts[.]mx 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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing yts[.]mx ads from Internet Explorer step 1

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 these entries and click "Remove".

Removing yts[.]mx ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by yts.mx, 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 yts[.]mx  ads from Google Chrome step 1

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.

Removing yts[.]mx ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by yts.mx, 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing yts[.]mx ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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.

Removing yts[.]mx ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by yts.mx 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 adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

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

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by yts.mx, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

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

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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