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How to remove big dark browser hijacker?

Also Known As: ytood.com redirect
Damage level: Medium

What kind of app is big dark?

big dark is the name of a browser hijacker promoting ytood.com - a fake search engine. big dark hijacks a browser by changing its settings. Most browser-hijacking apps are promoted/distributed using questionable (often deceptive) methods. Thus, a big part of them gets downloaded and installed inadvertently.

ytood.com browser hijacker

big dark browser hijacker in detail

In some cases, big dark does not change settings (such as the address of a default search engine, homepage, new tab page). Either way, the purpose of big dark is to promote a fake search engine (ytood.com). Research shows that ytood.com can redirect to search.yahoo.com or websearches.club - it depends on a geolocation of its users.

Additionally, big dark can read and change data on all visited websites. It could be capable of accessing and collecting various information. That information could be sold to third parties or misused in other ways.

Threat Summary:
Name big dark
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Browser Extension(s) big dark
Supposed Functionality Improved browsing experience
Promoted URL ytood.com
Detection Names N/A (VirusTotal)
Affected Browser Settings Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine
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.
Malware Removal (Windows)

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Browser hijackers in general

Browser hijackers promote fake search engines. Not all of them hijack browsers by changing their settings. Apps like big dark can promote a fake search engine by opening its address only when users enter search queries into the URL bar. More examples of browser hijackers are Best-Converter, GoAdblockSearch, TheSearchMaps.

How did big dark install on my computer?

Browser hijackers often are distributed by bundling them with other programs. Users end up having their browser hijacked when they do not change "Manual", "Advanced", or other settings available in downloaders or installers before downloading or installing programs.

In other cases, unexpected downloads or installations are caused by clicking on advertisements designed to run certain scripts or through fake installers downloaded from deceptive pages. Either way, most users download and install such apps unintentionally.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download programs/files from official pages. It is not recommended to use sources like Peer-to-Peer networks, third-party downloaders, unofficial pages, etc. Always check downloaders and installers for optional downloads and installations and deselect them. It is also advisable not to trust advertisements that appear on questionable web pages.

If your computer is already infected with big dark, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Ytood.com redirects to websearches.club (GIF):

big dark browser hijacker ytood.com redirects to websearches.club

Website promoting big dark browser hijacker:

Website used to promote big dark browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

big dark browser hijacker removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

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:

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.

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.

macOS (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.

ytood.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

big dark browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing ytood.com 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 "big dark" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing ytood.com 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 "big dark", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.ytood.com) 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 ytood.com 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 "ytood.com", 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 ytood.com redirect, 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 ytood.com 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 "big dark", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing ytood.com 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 "big dark", remove hxxp://ytood.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing ytood.com 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 ytood.com redirect 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 ytood.com redirect, 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the purpose of forcing users visit ytood.com website?

The higher the number of visitors of ytood.com is, the more money its creators earn.

Is visiting ytood.com a threat to my privacy?

Websites like ytood.com and browser hijackers promoting them can be designed to gather various information about users. In such cases, they can be a threat to privacy.

How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?

Most browser hijackers are distributed using social engineering tactics like browser notifications, deceptive advertisements. It is also popular to bundle these apps with other programs (to include browser hijackers in downloaders and installers for other programs).

Will Combo Cleaner help me remove big dark browser hijacker?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate browser hijackers. When multiple apps of this type are present, they have to be removed at once. Otherwise, they may reinstall one another. It is recommended to remove browser hijackers with a specialized program because it can be difficult to manually remove all of them at once.

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