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.
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.
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- What is Yandex?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Yandex Elements application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Yandex add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Yandex plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Yandex extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Yandex toolbar removal:
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 "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.
Yandex toolbar removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" 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 (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.
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.
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 "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 (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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the yandex redirect, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click on the Firefox menu (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 (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.
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, 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 yandex redirect, 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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