How to uninstall apps promoted on pages that y2mate.guru opens?

Also Known As: Ads by y2mate.guru
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Y2mate[.]guru redirect removal instructions

What is y2mate[.]guru?

Y2mate[.]guru allows users to download videos from YouTube, however, the problem is that it is not legal to do that. Also, most websites like y2mate[.]guru use rogue advertising networks - they contain questionable advertisements and/or redirect visitors to questionable websites. It is common that they open pages designed to advertise potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), for example, browser hijackers, adware. Either way, it is recommended not to use services provided by y2mate[.]guru or other similar sites.

y2mate[.]guru pop-up redirects

At the time of the research y2mate[.]guru promoted (opened) bet365.com, legitimate gambling website and convertopdf.com. The second website is a download page for a PUA, a browser hijacker called ConvertoPDF. Typically, apps of this type are designed to promote fake search engines (their addresses) by changing certain browser's settings (such as address of a default search engine, homepage and/or new tab). Also, browser hijackers do not allow to undo the changes that were made by them unless users uninstall them. Another issue with most apps of this type is that they collect browsing-related data, in other words, information related to user's browsing habits. They target details such as addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, geolocations, IP addresses, etc. What is worse, their developers can sell gathered data to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) or misuse it in other ways. Furthermore, y2mate[.]guru could lead to pages designed to promote adware. Software of this type delivers intrusive advertisements (coupons, pop-ups, surveys, banners etc.). When clicked, those ads may open various malicious or untrustworthy in some other way websites. Some of them might be able to execute scripts designed to download or even install PUAs. Also, y2mate[.]guru may be used to promote various scam pages, for example, pages like "System Warning Alert" and "2020 Web Research Survey". Basically, such sites are designed to trick users into contacting (calling) scammers, installing some unwanted software or providing personal information. These are the main reasons why neither y2mate[.]guru or pages that get opened through it can be trusted.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by y2mate.guru
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Detection Names CLEAN MX (Malicious), Quttera (Malicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 104.26.1.12
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 similar pages are savethevideo[.]com, youtubetomp3[.]biz and listentoyoutube[.]online. As a rule, they contain shady ads and/or open questionable websites. Users who get tricked into downloading and installing PUAs that are promoted through opened shady pages or clicked deceptive ads may become victims of identity theft, experience problems related to browsing safety, privacy, and/or other issues. Therefore, if some PUA is already installed on a browser and/or computer then it should be uninstalled right away.

How did adware install on my computer?

In most cases PUAs are distributed through setups of other programs by including them as additional offers. This distribution method is known as "bundling". Usually included apps are mentioned and can be declined through setup's "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. However, users often leave those settings unchecked and unchanged. It means that they allow for included PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed together with a software that they downloaded and/or installed intentionally. Sometimes users unknowingly download and/or install PUAs by clicking deceptive advertisements that are designed to execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is not recommended to download (or install) any software through third party downloaders or installers. Also, various Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), questionable websites, free file hosting pages and other download channels should not be used as well. Software should be downloaded only from official websites and through direct links. Download and installation setups should be checked for offers to download and/or install unwanted apps and declined. Typically, those offers can be declined through setup's "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings. Quite often those settings contain offers to download and/or install various PUAs. Furthermore, it is not safe to click ads that are displayed on questionable pages. They often are cam be designed to run scripts that would download and/or install unwanted apps. Also, ads of this kind often open untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites. And finally, there should be no unwanted apps (extensions, plug-ins or add-ons) installed on a browser, and programs of this kind installed on the computer/operating system. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Y2mate[.]guru opens bet365.com (GIF):

y2mate.guru redirects to bet365.com

Y2mate[.]guru opens convertopdf.com (GIF):

y2mate.guru redirects to convertopdf.com

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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.

y2mate[.]guru 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 y2mate[.]guru 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 y2mate[.]guru 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 y2mate[.]guru ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by y2mate.guru, 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 y2mate[.]guru  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 y2mate[.]guru ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by y2mate.guru, 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 y2mate[.]guru 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 y2mate[.]guru ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by y2mate.guru 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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 Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by y2mate.guru, 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 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:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by y2mate.guru from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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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.

QR Code
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