I wrote this article to help you remove Yourconnectivity.net. This Yourconnectivity.net removal guide is working for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Yourconnectivity.net is an alternate search engine. The platform has been built like an ordinary search provider. The only additional feature it has is a links bar. Yourconnectivity.net accommodates quick access to the following websites: Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, Ebay, Aliexpress, Amazon, Gearbest and Banggood. There is no partnership or affiliation established with the owners of the linked platforms. The regular user interface of Yourconnectivity.net is a disguise to make people believe it is a reliable search provider. We need to warn you about the unauthorized activities the website is involved in. The domain is connected to a browser hijacker.
What tasks does the hijacker behind Yourconnectivity.net perform?
As soon as the clandestine program enters your machine, it will render your browser’s settings. It can penetrate the most common web browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge. The hijacker will reset your homepage and default search engine to Yourconnectivity.net. By doing so, the rogue tool gets the ability to manipulate your browser’s tasks. The main target are your search results. The hijacker inserts supported websites amid the regular results. The owners of the sponsored domains pay commissions for the promotional service.
Advertising is the main technique the Yourconnectivity.net hijacker uses to monetize its activity. The developers of the furtive program get paid according to the number of clicks the users generate. This payment method is called the pay-per-click system. Since the hijacker is dependent on users’ activity, the program is set to conduct advertising campaigns in a couple of ways. It changes the search results and displays advertisements. The ads promote exclusive offers for a wide variety of shopping goods, including clothes, technological devices, furniture, accessories, decorations, sports equipment, games, toys and others. The sources for the featured offerings are unconfirmed. It is risky to follow the ads.
The other way for the Yourconnectivity.net hijacker to help its creators make proceeds is by gathering information on users. The secluded program will keep track of your browsing sessions and collect the details, stored in your web browser. The input the hijacker can obtain includes your history, cookies, keystrokes, IP address, geographic location, demographic details, email account, phone number, login credentials and the information you have entered into your online accounts. The gathered data will be sold on dark markets without your authorization. It could fall into the hands of cyber criminals.
How is the hijacker behind Yourconnectivity.net distributed?
Getting to know how the Yourconnectivity.net hijacker is spread is useful. The covert program uses a couple of propagation vectors which a lot of other unreliable tools have adopted. Hackers manipulate software by merging unwanted programs with freeware and pirated applications. You should stick to confirmed programs and sources. Another precautionary measure you should take is to read the terms and conditions of a program when installing it. If it carries extra tools, they would be mentioned.
The other means of transportation for the furtive program are spam emails. The usual procedure is to merge the Yourconnectivity.net hijacker with an attachment. The host file can be a text document, an image, an archive, a zipped folder, a script, etc. In some cases, the spammers disguise the file with a fake extension to lead users astray. You should only open an attachment after you have confirmed the sender’s identity. Spammers often write on behalf of reliable companies and organizations. Check the account the email was sent from. It should be an official contact of the entity in question.
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 follow to permanently remove 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 Yourconnectivity.net from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.