Yandex Toolbar

Also Known As: Yandex Redirect
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Low

Yandex toolbar - how to remove?

What is Yandex?

The Yandex toolbar browser extension is developed by a reputable Russian search engine provider that enjoys a market share of greater than 60% within the country. The toolbar enhances Internet users' browsing experience by displaying quick links to weather forecasts, email accounts, etc. This extension also displays notifications when users receive emails, social network notifications, etc. Whilst this functionality is useful to some, many computer users report that this toolbar was installed without their consent and they experience unwanted redirects to yandex.com (.ru) This situation may occur if the Yandex toolbar was bundled with free software downloaded from the Internet.

yandex toolbar

To avoid unwanted toolbar installation such as this, Internet users should express caution when installing freeware - software developers often bundle their free products with browser toolbars and add-ons in order to monetize their products. Furthermore, the Yandex toolbar does not provide a complete uninstaller, thus leaving the homepage and default search engine redirected to Yandex (even after uninstalling the toolbar from the 'add/remove programs' section).

The Yandex toolbar is not related to malware or virus infections, and is a legitimate browser extension, however, if you feel that it was installed on your system without your consent, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this browser add-on. Note that, while there is an uninstallation procedure for Internet Explorer, some manual steps needs to be taken in order change your homepage and default search engine to your preferred domain. There is no uninstallation procedure for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, thus users of these Internet browsers must follow the removal steps, which describe how to eliminate this toolbar from the browser extensions section.

Deceptive free software installer used in Yandex elements distribution:

yandex elements installer

Quick menu:

Yandex toolbar 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.

yandex toolbar uninstall

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Yandex Elements", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"

After uninstalling Yandex toolbar, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.


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Yandex toolbar removal from browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

yandex toolbar Internet Explorer

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for 000 Yandex related entries (Visual Bookmarks, Yandex Elements) and disable them.

To change your homepage from yandex.com (.ru) to your preferred domain, click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove yandex.com (.ru) and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the yandex redirect, 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:

yandex toolbar google chrome

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate these entries: "Yandex Elements, Visual Bookmarks from Yandex, Y.Translator", select them and click on the trash can icon.

To change your homepage from yandex.com (.ru) to your preferred domain, click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In the "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over yandex.com (.ru) and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the yandex 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:

yandex toolbar mozilla firefox

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable these add-ons: "Visual Bookmarks, Yandex Elements".

To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove yandex.com (.ru) and enter your preferred domain.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with yandex 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 the Open Help Menu icon, firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing settings window

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset

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

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine.

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