What is You-Bar?
The You-Bar browser add-on is developed by WW3 LLC and claims to enhance users' interaction with various websites by rendering graphics, text, or other functional or interactive content within the browser. While these claims may sound legitimate, Internet users should be aware that the You-Bar plugin is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application.
This add-on provides no real value, and moreover, diminishes Internet browser performance and generates intrusive ads that can lead to high-risk malware and virus infections.
This plugin infiltrates Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) through deceptive free software 'download clients' or fake downloads. For example, Internet users may be tricked into installing You-Bar via fake browser updates and Java downloads.
After successful installation, this plugin tracks users' Internet browsing activities by recording IP addresses, unique identifier numbers, operating systems, browser information, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered, and other software and hardware information.
Furthermore, this add-on generates intrusive search, banner, inline text, and transitional advertisements. If you see ads by "MyInfotopia" when browsing the Internet, your computer is infected with You-Bar adware, and thus, we strongly recommend that you remove this potentially unwanted application from your Internet browser/s.
You-Bar can cause serious privacy issues, and clicking on third-party ads generated by this extension, can also lead to malware and virus infections. Internet users should be aware that, today, many free software download websites use download clients in order to monetize their free services.
These small programs offer installation of advertised browser plugins together with the chosen freeware, thus, reckless free software downloading can result in adware infections. The behavior of You-Bar is similar to Feven, Storimbo, and Browsebit.
To avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications such as these, computer users should inspect each free software download step and opt-out of installation of advertised browser plugins by clicking on the 'decline' button.
Users should also be aware of fake pop-up ads (browser updates, Java downloads, etc.) employed by cyber criminals to trick users into downloading this adware. If you observe ads generated by You-Bar (screenshot above), use the removal guide provided to eliminate adware from your Internet browser/s.
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- What is You-Bar?
- STEP 1. Uninstall You-Bar application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove You-Bar add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove You-Bar plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove You-Bar extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove You-Bar extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
You-Bar virus 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 "You-Bar", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling You-Bar, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove You-Bar ads from Internet 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 "You-Bar" and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the you-bar ads, 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: "You-Bar", select it and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the you-bar ads, 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 remove "You-Bar".
Computer users who have problems with you-bar ads 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, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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 upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the you-bar ads, 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.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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