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

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

Yts[.]mx redirect removal instructions

What is yts[.]mx?

Yts[.]mx is one of the many torrents websites. It is not safe to use such websites to download software, files and other content because they often are used by cyber criminals as tools to proliferate malicious programs. Also, it is against the law to download copyrighted content via various torrent pages. Research shows that this particular website uses rogue advertising networks, in other words, it leads visitors/users to various questionable, potentially malicious pages.

yts[.]mx pop-up redirects

In most cases pages that use rogue advertising networks open various untrustworthy pages that are designed to promote potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) or even malicious software. For example, PUAs like browser hijackers, adware or malware like ransomware, Trojan-type software. Browser hijackers are apps that are designed to promote addresses of fake search engines by modifying browser's settings and gather various information that their developers can misuse to generate revenue. Adware-type applications can be designed to gather various data too. Also, they feed users with intrusive ads that open untrustworthy pages or download and/or install unwanted software by running certain scripts. Ransomware is a type of software that prevents victims from accessing/using their files by encrypting them. In most cases victims cannot decrypt data without tools that can be purchased only from cyber criminals who designed ransomware. Trojans are malicious programs that often are designed to infect computers with other programs of this kind. In other words, they cause chain infections. Also, yts[.]mx might open various scam websites like "Congratulations Device User!", "Microsoft Support.exe" that are designed to trick visitors into providing personal information, installing unwanted software, paying money for questionable programs, etc. At the time of the research yts[.]mx redirected to a download page of ExpressVPN software and some questionable address (velocecdn[.]com). In order to avoid unwanted downloads, installations of PUAs and/or malicious programs, being scammed through some scam page or experience other issues it is recommended not to visit yts[.]mx and other torrent websites or pages that use rogue advertising networks. Besides, torrents are often used as tools 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 pages are 1337x[.]to, thepiratebay[.]org and limetorrent[.]info. It is common that these pages contain various questionable advertisements and/or open untrustworthy websites that are designed to advertise PUAs, trick visitors into installing malicious software, provide sensitive details, and so on. Therefore, such websites should not be trusted. If a browser opens shady pages by itself, then it is very likely that some PUA is already installed on it (or the operating system).

How did adware install on my computer?

It is common that PUAs are distributed by including them in setups of other programs. This distribution method is called "bundling". As a rule, developers include PUAs as additional offers. Offers to download and/or install potentially unwanted apps usually are mentioned in options/settings of settings like "Advanced", "Custom" and can be declined before completing downloads and installations. However, not all users check and change those settings when they download and/or install programs and that is how PUAs are often allowed to be downloaded and/or installed too. In some cases such downloads and/or installations can be caused by clicking ads that are designed to execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Peer-to-Peer networks (like eMule, torrent clients), unofficial, questionable pages, various third party downloaders, installers, and other channels should not be used to download or install software. They can be (and often are) used to distribute PUAs or even malicious programs. That is why software and files should be downloaded from official websites through direct links. Download and installation setups that contains settings like "Advanced", "Manual, "Custom" should be checked for offers to download and/or install unwanted software. Such offers should be declined before finishing downloads and installations. Intrusive ads that appear on unreliable pages should not be trusted (clicked), they usually open other untrustworthy pages or run scripts that cause downloads and/or installations of unwanted applications. All unwanted, suspicious, unknown apps like extensions, add-ons or plug-ins that are installed on a browser should be removed from it. Software of this kind that is installed on the operating system should be uninstalled too. 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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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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