How to remove YouSearch.io Redirect
What is YouSearch.io:
Threat Classification: Browser Hijacker
YouSearch.io is presented as a safe search engine, which should be family friendly and at first sight many users may find the YouSearch.io legit and useful, however, after some tests and a deeper review, our malware researchers concluded, that YouSearch.io should be classified as a browser hijacker. According to our malware researchers the YouSearch.io is a dangerous browser hijacker, capable of taking over user systems, without consent. Often the YouSearch.io comes with some suspicious software bundle installer, which is installed using silent or stealth process and later hijacks some web browser settings & features, so it could set YouSearch.io as default search engine, homepage or default URL for New Tabs, making its removal even harder. Furthermore, our experts told us, that when everything is set, the YouSearch.io will start monitoring and recording browsing activities, including some personal browsing data, that later will be either shared or sold to some other 3rd party company, that will use it for its own marketing purposes. That’s why we recommend removing YouSearch.io from your system asap as it represents a clear danger to your online identity and computer safety and security.
Usually, the YouSearch.io browser hijacker comes packed with some popular free software applications and has being installed by default, while the victim performs an express/recommended installation. The possible distribution of the YouSearch.io browser hijacker varies but is not limited to – installing 3rd party toolbars, popular free software products, infected e-mail attachments, unintentional clicks on ads or banners etc.
YouSearch.io will fill up your entire desktop screen with very irritating, dangerous and unwanted ads, that could lead to other much more dangerous malware infections – like ransomware, cryptoviruses, fake anti-malware programs or computer lockdown infections. You should also know and be aware that the YouSearch.io browser hijacker would monitor your browsing activity like searching, browsing history, session ids, tracking cookies, account credentials and even local usernames and/or passwords entries. The collected data will later be sold to other 3rd party companies for marketing purposes. That’s why you shouldn’t leave these kinds of malware infections unattended, but need to be terminated immediately, as they present a significant threat to your online identity and cyber safety.
!!! Please note that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of important data. Please, do not underestimate such threats.
How to remove YouSearch.io Redirect:
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for all users) using the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Remove YouSearch.io Redirect Automatically:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect YouSearch.io and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase an active subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). We recommend you to read and follow the SpyHunter Installation Instructions. SpyHunter’s free diagnosis offers free scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or purchase a subscription, which will allow you to use the automatic removal feature and to receive free professional help for any malware related issue by an experienced professional.
Remove YouSearch.io Redirect Manually:
!!! Please note: You can remove YouSearch.io browser hijacker manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of these interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore we recommend the Manual removal method ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove YouSearch.io Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs List for any entry related to YouSearch.io, ShowBox Ads, SockShare, Search.newtab.online, SearchGoFind.com, Net Surf, Tools Plus, AppTrailers, Social2Search, SafeFinder, Trotux.com, SearchesSpace.com, Http-search.com, Nostopped.net, BeleelaShopperSearch.com, Navigate Pro Adware, HDWallPaper, Ya.ru, MyLuckyPage123.com, MyBeginning123.com, Mysites123.com, MyLuckySearching.com, MyLuckySurfing.com, Nostopped.net Adware, CreateDocsOnline Toolbar, Net Wiz Adware, MyLuckyPage123.com, Searchlock.com, Searchdimension.com, SearchEncrypt.com, SearchPrivate.org, Ace Stream Media, Search.privacy-search.net, Launchpage.org, Spoutly Ads, Spoutable Ads, Clicksor Ads, SpeeDownloader Ads, Easy Speed Test Access, Counterflix, Content Push 2, Freemake Video Converter, FromDocToPDF Toolbar, Searchguide.level3.com, Dashlane, Mpsnare.iesnare.com, KMSPico, Z.moatads.com, Ecosia.org, InitialPage123.com, EasyFileConvert Toolbar, Cpmofferconvert.com, Outbrain.com, GetFormsOnline Toolbar, 2080.hit.buy-targeted-traffic.com, Down.baidu2016.com, Oziris.Zerohorizon.net or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars. We also advise you to look for any suspicious programs, installed on the same date, when your PC got malware infected or within the same week after that! If you find such, right-click on it and try to uninstall it. Although, please keep in mind, that these are real infections and you might not be able to remove them directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit Enter.
2. Remove YouSearch.io Redirect from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After Internet Explorer completes the operation, click the close button and then restart it in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and remove the entire folder “Chrome” together with all files and folders within.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the lower left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run“.
3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the lower-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox window (top-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Reset / Refresh Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Reset / Refresh Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and then will reset. When it’s done, the imported information will be listed in a window. Click Finish and Firefox will restart.
3. Check for arguments added by YouSearch.io in any Browser shortcuts or links to web pages:
YouSearch.io might also hijack your web browser shortcuts to force-load itself on the start page. When you click on the hijacked browser short, it will start your web browser and will load YouSearch.io immediately.
The argument that YouSearch.io uses to hijack shortcuts looks like or is similar to the one below:
You can remove it manually by using the mouse to right-click the shortcut and select properties – next make sure, that the Target field contains only the web browser’s executable.
4. Delete any folders related to YouSearch.io by checking the following locations:
Look for a folder named YouSearch.io in: