The Yearstarter.com site appeared on your PC system without any notice? After that, you are faced with the fact that your web browser is now redirected to other undesired web sites and filled with a variety of ads and banners. The cause of all your problems with your computer is ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) that has been installed on many computers around the world without users permission, so you are one of many. Most probably, you do not even know how and where this ad supported software has got into your computer. In the few simple steps below, we will explain all the general features of ad supported software and its typical behavior on the computer, as well as effective methods for manually removing it from your personal computer.
Technically, the adware is not a virus, but it does bad things, it generates lots of pop-up advertisements. It may download and install on to your system other malicious and unwanted applications without your permission, force you to visit misleading or harmful web pages. Moreover, the adware can install browser hijacker. Once installed, it’ll rewrite your web-browser setting like home page, newtab and search engine by default with an unwanted web-page.
In addition to that, as was mentioned earlier, some adware to also change all web-browsers shortcuts that located on your Desktop or Start menu. So, every infected shortcut will try to redirect your internet browser to intrusive ad sites like Yearstarter.com, some of which might be harmful. It can make the whole machine more vulnerable to hacker attacks.
Instructions which is shown below, will help you to clean your computer from the adware as well as remove Yearstarter.com intrusive pop up advertisements from the Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox and Edge and other internet browsers.
Table of contents
- What is Yearstarter.com
- How to remove Yearstarter.com ads
- How to manually delete Yearstarter.com
- Delete suspicious programs using Windows Control Panel
- Clean up the web browsers shortcuts that have been hijacked by ad-supported software
- Remove Yearstarter.com redirect from Google Chrome
- Get rid of Yearstarter.com advertisements from Firefox
- Remove Yearstarter.com ads from Internet Explorer
- Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
- How to automatically remove Yearstarter.com pop up ads
- How to manually delete Yearstarter.com
- How to stop Yearstarter.com advertisements
- Where the Yearstarter.com popup advertisements comes from
- Finish words
How to remove Yearstarter.com ads
There are several steps to uninstalling the ad supported software which cause intrusive Yearstarter.com popups to appear, because it installs itself so deeply into Microsoft Windows. You need to uninstall all suspicious and unknown software, then delete malicious extensions from the FF, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge and other browsers you’ve installed. Finally, you need to reset your browser settings to delete any changes the adware has made, and then check your personal computer with Zemana Anti-malware, Malwarebytes or AdwCleaner to ensure the ad supported software is fully removed. It will take a while.
How to manually delete Yearstarter.com
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually remove Yearstarter.com popup ads from the Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, FF and MS Edge.
Delete suspicious programs using Windows Control Panel
It’s of primary importance to first identify and remove all PUPs, ad supported software software and browser hijacker infections through ‘Add/Remove Programs’ (Windows XP) or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Windows 10, 8, 7) section of your Microsoft Windows Control Panel.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Windows XP, Vista, 7
Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It will display a list of all applications installed on your machine. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown programs. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort software by date in the Control panel.
Clean up the web browsers shortcuts that have been hijacked by ad-supported software
Unfortunately, the adware can also hijack Windows shortcuts (mostly, your web browsers shortcuts), so that the Yearstarter.com ad web-site will be displayed when you start the Chrome, FF, Internet Explorer and Edge or another web browser.
To clear the web browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text similar “http://site.address” which has been added here. You need to delete it.
When the text is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your web-browsers, as they may be infected too.
Remove Yearstarter.com redirect from Google Chrome
Reset Chrome settings is a easy way to delete the browser hijackers, malicious and ‘ad-supported’ extensions, as well as to recover the web browser’s newtab, homepage and search provider by default that have been modified by ‘ad supported’ software which cause annoying Yearstarter.com pop up advertisements to appear.
- First, run the Chrome and press the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will display the Chrome main menu, click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, press “Show advanced settings” link, that located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, click the “Reset settings” button.
- The Google Chrome will open the reset settings dialog box as shown on the image above.
- Confirm the web-browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the blog post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Get rid of Yearstarter.com advertisements from Firefox
If your Firefox browser is rerouted to Yearstarter.com without your permission or an unknown search engine opens results for your search, then it may be time to perform the web browser reset.
Click the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and press the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu as displayed in the following example.
A small menu will appear, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, click “Refresh Firefox” button as displayed in the figure below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to revert back your Mozilla Firefox browser settings to its original state.
Remove Yearstarter.com ads from Internet Explorer
In order to restore all browser newtab page, home page and search engine by default you need to reset the Internet Explorer to the state, that was when the MS Windows was installed on your system.
First, launch the Internet Explorer, click ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” like below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The IE will display the Reset Internet Explorer settings dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to restart your PC for the changes to take effect. It will get rid of Yearstarter.com pop up advertisements, disable malicious and ad-supported web browser’s extensions and restore the Microsoft Internet Explorer’s settings like newtab page, homepage and search engine by default to default state.
Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the ad supported software can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you open your machine, it will open Yearstarter.com undesired site. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all harmful tasks which have been created by adware.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard at the same time. It will show a dialog box that called Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, press “Task Scheduler Library”, like below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be show just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something such as “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need remove this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it is a component of the adware, then this task also should be removed.
Further click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ software. Once is complete, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to automatically remove Yearstarter.com pop up ads
Many antivirus companies have created programs that help detect ad supported software and thereby delete Yearstarter.com from the Firefox, Chrome, IE and Microsoft Edge browsers. Below is a a few of the free programs you may want to run. Your system may have a large number of PUPs, ad-supported software and browser hijackers installed at the same time, so we recommend, if any unwanted or malicious application returns after rebooting the computer, then boot your personal computer into Safe Mode and run the anti-malware tool again.
Run Zemana Anti-malware to remove Yearstarter.com pop-up advertisements
We advise you to run the Zemana Anti-malware that are completely clean your computer of Yearstarter.com pop-up advertisements. Moreover, the utility will help you to get rid of PUPs, malware, toolbars and browser hijackers that your computer may be infected too.
Download Zemana on your system by clicking on the link below.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
Once the download is finished, close all applications and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup as shown in the figure below.
When the install starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you set up Zemana Free on your PC.
Once installation is finished, you will see window like below.
Now press the “Scan” button . This will begin scanning the whole PC system to find out ad supported software that causes multiple unwanted ads and popups. This task can take quite a while, so please be patient. During the scan it will detect all threats exist on your machine.
After the scan is finished, a list of all threats found is produced. Review the scan results and then press “Next” button.
The Zemana Free will remove adware that causes lots of annoying Yearstarter.com pop-ups.
Delete Yearstarter.com advertisements with Malwarebytes
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install Malwarebytes to detect adware and thereby get rid of Yearstarter.com advertisements from your web-browsers. When installed and updated, the free malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the PC system.
Download Malwarebytes Free by clicking on the link below. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 20, 2018
After the download is finished, run it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the Malwarebytes will try to update itself and when this procedure is finished, press the “Scan Now” button It’ll scan through the whole PC system for the adware that causes multiple unwanted ads and popups. A system scan may take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your computer. While the program is checking, you can see number of objects it has identified as threat. When you’re ready, click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes is a free program that you can use to delete all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about this malicious software removal utility, we suggest you to read and follow the step-by-step tutorial or the video guide below.
Run AdwCleaner to remove Yearstarter.com pop up ads from browser
AdwCleaner is a free portable program that scans your system for ‘ad supported’ software that created to redirect your web browser to various ad sites such as Yearstarter.com, PUPs and browser hijackers and allows remove them easily. Moreover, it will also help you remove any malicious web browser extensions and add-ons.
- Download AdwCleaner from the following link. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: April 30, 2018
- Select the folder in which you saved it as Desktop, and then press Save.
- When the download is done, run the AdwCleaner, double-click the adwcleaner_xxx.exe file.
- If the “User Account Control” prompts, click Yes to continue.
- In the AdwCleaner window, click the “Scan” to perform a system scan for the ad-supported software that causes browsers to show intrusive Yearstarter.com pop-up advertisements. This process can take quite a while, so please be patient. During the scan it’ll detect all threats exist on your system.
- Once it completes the scan, it will display a list of detected items. When you’re ready, click “Clean”. If the AdwCleaner will ask you to restart your machine, press “OK”.
The guidance shown in detail in the following video.
How to stop Yearstarter.com advertisements
In order to increase your security and protect your system against new annoying ads and malicious web-pages, you need to run ad-blocker application that blocks an access to harmful advertisements and web-pages. Moreover, the program can stop the open of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link and save it directly to your Windows Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
When downloading is done, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen like below.
Follow the prompts. After the installation is complete, you will see a window as shown on the screen below.
You can click “Skip” to close the installation application and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will help you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you run your personal computer, AdGuard will launch automatically and block pop-up ads, pages such Yearstarter.com, as well as other harmful or misleading web pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that is located on your desktop.
Where the Yearstarter.com popup advertisements comes from
The ad-supported software is usually is bundled within free software and install themselves, with or without your knowledge, on your system. This happens especially when you’re installing a free applications. The program setup package tricks you into accepting the install of optional programs, that you do not really want. Moreover, some paid applications may also install optional programs that you don’t want! Therefore, always download free software and paid software from reputable download web-sites. Use ONLY custom or manual install mode and never blindly click Next button.
Once you’ve finished the few simple steps above, your personal computer should be free from malicious software and ad supported software that causes browsers to show annoying Yearstarter.com popups. The Google Chrome, Firefox, IE and Edge will no longer redirect you to various unwanted sites. Unfortunately, if the step-by-step instructions does not help you, then you have caught a new adware, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.