What is y2mate[.]guru?
y2mate[.]guru allows users to download videos from YouTube, however, this is illegal practice. Furthermore, most websites such as y2mate[.]guru use rogue advertising networks - they contain dubious advertisements and/or redirect visitors to other dubious websites.
Commonly, they open sites designed to advertise potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). For example, browser hijackers and adware. In any case, you are advised against using services provided by y2mate[.]guru or other similar sites.
At the time of research, y2mate[.]guru promoted (opened) bet365.com (a legitimate gambling website) and convertopdf.com. This latter website is the download page for a PUA, a browser hijacker called ConvertoPDF.
Typically, apps of this type promote fake search engine addresses by changing certain browser settings (such as the address of the default search engine, homepage, and new tab). Browser hijackers prevent users from undoing the changes made, unless they are uninstalled.
These apps also collect browsing-related data (including browsing habits). They target details such as addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, geolocations, IP addresses, etc. Furthermore, the developers often sell the data to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) or misuse it in other ways.
Furthermore, y2mate[.]guru might lead to pages designed to promote adware. Software of this type delivers intrusive advertisements (coupons, pop-ups, surveys, banners etc.). When clicked, these ads can open malicious or untrustworthy websites.
Some can execute scripts designed to download and install PUAs. Note that y2mate[.]guru might be used to promote various scam pages such as, for example, "System Warning Alert" and "2020 Web Research Survey". These sites attempt to trick users into contacting (calling) scammers, installing unwanted software, or providing personal information.
Therefore, neither y2mate[.]guru nor pages that are opened through it can be trusted.
|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||18.104.22.168|
|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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
People who are tricked into downloading and installing PUAs, which are promoted through opened dubious pages or clicked deceptive ads, can become victims of identity theft, experience problems relating to browsing safety, privacy, and other issues. Therefore, remove all PUAs from browsers and computers/operating systems immediately.
How did adware install on my computer?
In most cases, PUAs are distributed through the set-ups 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 "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings.
Many, users leave these settings unchecked and unchanged, thereby allowing PUAs to infiltrate with their required software. PUAs are often downloaded and installed inadvertently when people click deceptive advertisements that execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Do not download or install software through third party downloaders/installers. Avoid Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), dubious websites, free file hosting pages or other download channels. Software should be downloaded only from official websites and through direct links.
Check all download and installation set-ups and decline offers to download or install PUAs. These offers can usually be found in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings. Do not click ads that are displayed on dubious web pages, since they can run scripts to download and install unwanted apps.
They can also open untrusted, potentially malicious websites. Remove any unwanted apps (extensions, plug-ins, add-ons) installed on the 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 Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
y2mate[.]guru opens bet365.com (GIF):
y2mate[.]guru opens convertopdf.com (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is y2mate[.]guru?
- 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 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:
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.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.
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.guru, 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.guru 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 and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
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.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
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 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:
Click the Edge 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:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge 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 near it and select "Disable".
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 (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.
A 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.
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