I wrote this article to help you remove Youhomepage.org. This Youhomepage.org removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Youhomepage.org is a search engine of Russian origin. The domain has double functionality, as it works as a search provider and a news platform. Youhomepage.org does not have extended options. You can only use the website to look up keywords and phrases. There are no filters. The news feed is arranged per date. The newest articles are at the top. The items are not archived or sorted by topic. An additional feature of Youhomepage.org is a weather report. You can check what the forecast for your area is. Most users do not find the website convenient. There is a scenario where you would be forced to use the platform. If this happens, it means there is a browser hijacker in your system.
The presence of malware is a red flag you should never ignore. Even if you do not see the results from the activity of the rogue software, there will be consequences. The Youhomepage.org hijacker uses the computer as a pawn of its malicious agenda. The ultimate purpose of the hijacker is to make proceeds for its developers. To achieve its goal, the insidious program does not hesitate to put users’ security at stake. The techniques used require Youhomepage.org to be set as your homepage and default search provider. The hijacker will enforce these settings. Any attempts to change them will be futile.
The main activity of the Youhomepage.org hijacker is to insert sponsored content amid the legitimate search results. It forwards to platforms, belonging to online advertisers. Many website owners pay to have their content supported. The proprietors of the hijacker receive commissions for leading users to sponsored websites. This monetizing technique is called the pay-per-click system. It should be noted that online advertising services are legal. As all other activities, they are subjected to certain laws and regulations. The Youhomepage.org hijacker does not protect people’s security in any way. The shady program does not scan the sponsored websites before bringing them to the end user.
The main tool for the hijacker are advertisements. The program displays ads in different shapes and sizes. The two core formats are pop-ups and pop-unders. They have their variations, with the former being divided into banners, coupon boxes, freebies, full-screen windows, and others. The only major difference between them is their size. Pop-unders are more diverse. There are windows which move around in the page, following the user’s scrolls. Floating and transitional ads belong to this category. The more subtle content, like interstitial, contextual, and inline ads, will just be embedded within the page and stand still. They won’t hinder your work. In-text links are an interesting case. They underline a word or phrase from the text on the page and show a window when you hover over them. You may not realize that all advertisements derive from the same source. Having the Youhomepage.org website set to your browser indicates that this is the case.
Our advice is to avoid suspicious ads in general. They could take you to corrupted websites, spreading malware. There is another threat you need to be aware of. The Youhomepage.org hijacker will track your sessions and extort various details from your web browser. The covert program can record your history, keystrokes, and cookies. This input will in turn reveal your user names and passwords. Other vulnerable data includes your IP address, geographic location, area code, email, phone number, and demographic details. The owners of the hijacker can sell your private information without asking for permission. There are markets on the darkweb where cyber criminals offer and sell personal data.
The Youhomepage.org hijacker can enter your machine in a couple of ways. Freeware, pirated tools, and other types of unlicensed applications provide the easiest entry point. The furtive software can be installed together with another program. It will be included in its terms and conditions. You need to take precautions, like reading the end user license agreement (EULA) of the utilities you add to your system. Do not accept extra tools. The general rule you should follow is not to download programs from unconfirmed sources.
The other propagation vector is spam emails. The installer of the Youhomepage.org hijacker can be hidden behind an attached file, like a document, an image, or an archive. Using a macro or a script can automatize the distribution process, so that opening the file would prompt the download and install of the secluded program. Spammers can make a bogus message resemble a genuine notification from a reputable sender. They can use the logo of the organization and register an email account which looks legitimate. To proof the reliability of an email, visit the official website of the entity it is stated to be from and consult the contacts page.
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.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
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.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must perform to remove the hijacker from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
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).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start 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.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Youhomepage.org from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.