How to Remove Youndoo “Malware” (Chrome, Firefox, IE)

This page is here to help you to remove Youndoo “Malware”. These Youndoo “Malware” removal instructions are suitable for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every Windows version.

Youndoo.com is a metasearch engine with basic functionality. The platform can be used to look up keywords and terms in 20 different languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Romanian, Turkish, Hebrew, Thai and Vietnamese. You can conduct a general search or filter your results. Youndoo.com has filters for images, videos and news. The website has been designed to be convenient for people to exploit. The user interface is classic, resembling the design patterns of Google, Bing, Yahoo and MSN. You would not notice anything out of the ordinary with Youndoo.com when you visit it. The problems around the website begin to arise when a hijacker makes its way into your system.

What are the dangers of Youndoo.com?

Websites which support hijackers open the door to your system for other malware. The purpose of the hijacker behind Youndoo.com is to raise revenue for its developers. To achieve this, the shady program supports third party websites and collects data on users. The hijacker changes the search results. It inserts sponsored pages between them. They are presented just like the regular search results. There is no guarantee about the reliability of the promoted content. The hijacker does not run a security scan of the websites it supports.

To be able to alter your search results, the hijacker penetrates the web browser and changes its DNS settings. This increases the vulnerability to malware attacks. The hijacker behind Youndoo.com can infiltrate the most common browsing programs: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge. It will reset your homepage and default search engine to Youndoo.com. You will discover that it is impossible to revert back to your preferred settings.

The Youndoo.com hijacker has two ways to take you to third party websites. The second method is displaying pop-up advertisements. The ads promote bargain deals for a variety of items, like clothes, technological devices, furniture, accessories, sports gear and others. The hijacker shows the offers in different formats. You may not realize they come from the same source. The fact that all these pop-up windows started appearing at the same time hints that there is a connection between them.

The people behind the Youndoo.com hijacker make proceeds by leading users to sponsored websites. They receive commissions in accordance to the number of clicks they score. This payment method is called the pay-per-click system. It is used by a lot of ad-supported programs.

The most harmful activity of the hijacker behind Youndoo.com is to monitor users’ browsing sessions. The insidious program will record data from your entries and track your location. This includes your personal and financial details, your IP address and country of origin. The owners of the hijacker will archive the gathered data and offer it for sale on dark markets. The only way to protect your computer and your personal information is to uninstall the rogue program.

How did the Youndoo.com hijacker enter my system?

Of course, you would want to know how you got infected. We will explain the distribution methods of the Youndoo.com hijacker and give you tips on how to protect your system from it. The first technique we will address is called bundling. The hijacker can travel in a software bundle with another program. The furtive tool will be included for install with the application you have decided to use. You have to find where the extra program is listed and opt not to have it installed. Freeware, shareware and pirated utilities are often responsible for distributing malware. It is best to avoid unconfirmed programs.

Spam e-mails are another common source for the hijacker behind Youndoo.com. The covert program will be secluded behind an attachment. The sender will try to make you believe you have received an important document on an urgent matter. Opening the attached file would initiate the download and install of the hijacker. Before following any instructions from an e-mail, make sure it comes from a reliable entity. Look up the e-mail account the sender has used to contact you.

Youndoo “Malware” Removal

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Youndoo hijacks the homepage of Chrome, Firefox and IE. Please, follow the guide precisely. If you miss some of the steps below, there is a chance that Youndoo will come back at a later moment. Here are the steps you must follow to remove the hijacker from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove Youndoo from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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