What kind of application is Yandex Bar?
Yandex Bar is a browser hijacker, which modifies Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine fields to the yandex.ru website. This adware is promoted using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'.
Commonly, computer users experience browser redirects to this website after installing free software downloaded from the Internet. Today, most freeware download websites (including popular sites such as download.com and softonic.com) employ 'download clients' offering installation of advertised browser plug-ins together with the chosen free program.
Thus, reckless free software installation can lead to installation of adware or other unwanted programs, which cause browser redirects or intrusive ads.
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Note that some download websites use deceptive download clients, which hide the 'decline' button (otherwise used to opt-out of installation of promoted browser extensions) or prevent download of the chosen program unless users install the advertised plug-ins. In these cases, it is advisable to cancel the download process and search for alternative download sources.
Yandex Bar is not technically a virus or malware, however, due to deceptive promotion methods employed, this add-on is categorized as adware and you are advised to remove it from your Internet browser/s.
The Yandex Bar browser hijacker is similar to other browser settings-changing adware, which installs together with free software downloaded from the Internet. Examples include Shopping Helper Smartbar, Shopathome toolbar, inbox toolbar, amongst many others.
To avoid installation of these unwanted applications, be attentive when downloading freeware - inspect each download step and opt-out of installation of advertised browser add-ons by clicking the 'decline' button.
When installing downloaded free programs, choose the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal intended installation of any bundled browser plugins. If your Internet browsers redirect you to yandex.ru, use the removal guide provided to eliminate Yandex Bar from your computer.
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- What is Yandex Bar?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Yandex Bar application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Yandex Bar add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Yandex Bar plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Yandex Bar extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Yandex Bar extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Yandex Bar 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 Bar", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the unwanted program (which causes browser redirects to the yandex.ru website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Yandex Bar removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
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 "Yandex.Bar" and "Visual bookmarks", select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove yandex.ru and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.
Change your default search engine:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Yandex".
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 "Yandex Bar", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
Change your homepage:
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.ru and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings", in the "Search" section, click "Manage Search Engines..." remove "Yandex" and add or select your preferred domain.
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 remove "Yandex Bar".
Change your homepage:
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.ru and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your 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: "yandex.ru"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the purpose of forcing users visit yandex.ru website?
Search engines like yandex.ru generate more revenue for their developers when more users browse the Internet using them.
Is visiting yandex.ru a threat to my privacy?
It can be harmful to use questionable search engines when they can access and collect browsing-related and other information.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
It is common for browser hijackers to be bundled with other programs. In such cases, users add/install browser hijackers when they finish software installations without changing "Advanced", "Custom" or similar settings. In other cases, browsers get hijacked via deceptive advertisements, notifications from unreliable pages, etc.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove the Yandex Bar browser hijacker?
Combo Cleaner can remove browser-hijacking applications and other unwanted software. Some browser hijackers can reinstall one another. Thus, when multiple browser hijackers that can reinstall one another are present, they have to be removed at once. It can be difficult to achieve it manually. Combo Cleaner removes all unwanted apps automatically.