Search.yourinterestsnow.com Redirect

Also Known As: yourinterestsnow.com browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Search.yourinterestsnow.com redirect removal instructions

What is search.yourinterestsnow.com?

Developed by SaferBrowser, Your Interests Now is a dubious app that supposedly provides users with quick access to various social networking services (for example, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.) This functionality may appear legitimate, however, be aware that Your Interests Now infiltrates systems without users’ permission. Furthermore, the app modifies web browser settings without users' permission, displays intrusive online advertisements, and tracks Internet browsing activity. Therefore, Your Interests Now is classed as a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted program (PUP).

search.yourinterestsnow.com browser hijacker

Your Interests Now targets the most popular Internet browsers - Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. After assigning the default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL options to search.yourinterestsnow.com, Your Interests Now installs a number of browser plug-ins and extensions to prevent users from rolling back these changes. Additionally, Your Interests Now delivers various intrusive online advertisements. On initial inspection, these ads may appear identical to regular software/apps, however, some redirect to bogus sites containing malicious content. Clicking them can cause further adware or malware infections. By continually generating intrusive ads and causing unwanted browser redirects, Your Interests Now significantly diminishes the Internet browsing experience. Research shows that Your Interests Now records various Internet browsing-related information and later shares it with third party companies. Some of the personal data might be misused by third party companies to generate revenue. Therefore, Your Interests Now poses a direct threat to users' privacy. We strongly recommend that you uninstall this browser hijacker immediately.

Your Interests Now Privacy Policy regarding information sharing with third party companies:

We may also collect, use and store information about your search activity when you use web search services (such as search queries) (“Search Data”). This information may be shared with third-party applications that use Search Data to function, or to offer you more customized information, advertising and services. Your Search Data is collected and stored and may include personally identifiable information, depending on your search query. For instance, if you search your own name, personally identifiable information would be included in the search query. BY USING THE SERVICES, YOU ARE CONSENTING TO GRANT Your Interests Now PERMISSION TO COLLECT YOUR URLS AND SEARCH DATA, INCLUDING SEARCH QUERIES THAT MAY CONTAIN PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION, SHARE THEM WITH THIRD PARTIES, AND USE SEARCH-RELATED COOKIES.

SaferBrowser has released tens of browser-hijacking applications identical to Your Interests Now. Easy Email Access, Your Sports Info Now, Your Radio Now, and Easy Maps Access are just some examples from a long list. Although these applications offer different features, all have identical behavior. Browser-hijacking apps such as Your Interests Now are designed to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than providing any real value for users, these applications generate intrusive advertisements, cause unwanted browser redirects, and continually track Internet browsing activity.

How did search.yourinterestsnow.com install on my computer?

Your Interests Now is mostly distributed as 'bundle' with regular software. Research shows that many users do not pay enough attention during the download and installation processes. For this reason, developers hide bundled software within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. Users who rush the download and installation processes, and skip most/all steps, often inadvertently install potentially unwanted programs. In doing so, they compromise their privacy and expose their systems to risk of further infection.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

There are two main steps users should take to prevent installation of browser-hijacking apps such as Your Interests Now. Firstly, perform the download and installation processes using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings, since most bundled software is concealed. Secondly, these third party applications are often malicious, so opt-out of all additionally-included apps.

Your Interests Now browser hijacker installer set-up:

Official Your Interests Now browser hijacker installation setup

Website promoting the Your Interests Now browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Your Interests Now browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

Search.yourinterestsnow.com browser hijacker 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.

search.yourinterestsnow.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause browser redirects to the search.yourinterestsnow.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Search.yourinterestsnow.com browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.yourinterestsnow.com related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing search.yourinterestsnow.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://search.yourinterestsnow.com 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:

Removing search.yourinterestsnow.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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 "OneSearch".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the yourinterestsnow.com browser hijacker, 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:

Removing search.yourinterestsnow.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Your Interests Now", and other recently-installed suspicious add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.yourinterestsnow.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On start-up" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over hxxp://search.yourinterestsnow.com and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.yourinterestsnow.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search" section, click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "search.yourinterestsnow.com" and add or select your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the yourinterestsnow.com browser hijacker, 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing search.yourinterestsnow.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 "Extensions" and remove "Your Interests Now", and other recently-installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.yourinterestsnow.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, remove hxxp://search.yourinterestsnow.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.yourinterestsnow.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: "yourinterestsnow.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with yourinterestsnow.com browser hijacker 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 yourinterestsnow.com browser hijacker, 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.

Removal assistance:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove yourinterestsnow.com browser hijacker from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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