When you launch your web-browser such as Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge, the page named Yapages.ru opens automatically instead of your homepage? Or this annoying web site replaces the new tab page and internet browser’s search engine ? Then most probably your computer has become a victim of the hijacker infection that usually gets installed as a part of some free programs. Do not be surprised, it happens, especially if you are an active Internet user. But this does not mean that you should reconcile with these unwanted redirects. You need to clean your PC system from harmful software such as this hijacker infection ASAP. Because the annoying home page can be a way to infect your PC with more dangerous malicious programs such as viruses and trojans. The instructions which follow, I’ll show you how to delete browser hijacker infection and thereby get rid of Yapages.ru search from your internet browser forever.
A malicious software which changes settings of web-browsers on Yapages.ru homepage usually affects only Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. However, possible situations, when any other internet browsers will be affected too. The Yapages.ru browser hijacker may change the Target property of internet browser’s shortcuts, so every time you run the browser, instead of your home page, you will see a completely different site.
When your PC system is infected, every time you open your internet browser you will see this site. Of course you can setup your home page again, but next time you launch a web-browser you will see that Yapages.ru redirect return. As mentioned above, the browser hijacker may modify the default search engine on this annoying web-page too, so all your search queries will be redirected to Yapages.ru. Thus the authors of the browser hijacker may collect the search terms of your queries, and reroute you to malicious web sites.
The Yapages.ru hijacker infection is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, modifies web browser settings, and blocks them from changing. Also this hijacker can install additional web browser addons, extensions and modules that will display advertisements and popups. And finally, the Yapages.ru hijacker infection can collect a wide variety of personal information like what web-pages you are opening, what you are looking for the Net and so on. This information, in the future, may be transferred to third parties.
We recommend you to free your system ASAP. Use the instructions below that will assist to remove Yapages.ru and ‘ad-supported’ program, which can be installed onto your computer along with it.
How to Yapages.ru hijacker get installed onto machine
Most commonly, the Yapages.ru hijacker is bundled within the setup packages from a free hosting and file sharing web sites. So, install a free programs is a a good chance that you will find some bundled internet browser hijacker. If you don’t know how to avoid it, then use a simple trick. During the installation, choose the Custom or Advanced setup option. Next, click ‘Decline’ button and clear all checkboxes on offers that ask you to install an unknown application. Moreover, please carefully read Term of use and User agreement before installing any software or otherwise you can end up with another unwanted application on your machine like this browser hijacker.
How to manually remove Yapages.ru
This useful removal guide for the Yapages.ru startpage. The detailed procedure can be followed by anyone as it really does take you step-by-step. If you follow this process to remove Yapages.ru let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
- Uninstall Yapages.ru associated software by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove Yapages.ru homepage
- Remove Yapages.ru startpage from Google Chrome
- Get rid of Yapages.ru from Mozilla Firefox
- Get rid of Yapages.ru from Microsoft Internet Explorer
Delete Yapages.ru associated software by using Windows Control Panel
We recommend that you begin the PC system cleaning process by checking the list of installed applications and remove all unknown or suspicious software. This is a very important step, as mentioned above, very often the dangerous applications such as ‘ad supported’ software and browser hijackers may be bundled with free software. Remove the unwanted applications can delete the annoying advertisements or internet browser redirect.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Windows XP, Vista, 7
Next, press “Uninstall a program” It will display a list of all programs installed on your PC system. Scroll through the all list, and delete any suspicious and unknown applications. To quickly find the latest installed programs, we recommend sort applications by date in the Control panel.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove Yapages.ru homepage
Click the right mouse button to a desktop shortcut which you use to run your internet browser. Next, select the “Properties” option. Important: necessary to click on the desktop shortcut for the web-browser which is redirected to the Yapages.ru or other unwanted web-site.
Further, necessary to look at the text that is written in the “Target” field. The browser hijacker infection can rewrite the contents of this field, which describes the file to be launch when you start your web-browser. Depending on the internet browser you are using, there should be:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
If you are seeing an unknown text similar “http://yapages.ru/?from=” which has been added here, then you should remove it, as shown on the screen below.
Next, click the “OK” button to save the changes. Now, when you run the internet browser from this desktop shortcut, it does not occur automatically reroute on the Yapages.ru web-page or any other annoying sites. Once the step is finished, we recommend to go to the next step.
Remove Yapages.ru startpage from Google Chrome
Open the Google Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Next, click to “Settings” option.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, as shown below and click the “Reset settings” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
Get rid of Yapages.ru from Mozilla Firefox
If the Mozilla Firefox settings like start page and search provider by default have been replaced by the hijacker, then resetting it to the default state can help.
First, start the FF and click button. It will display the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web browser. Further, press the Help button () as shown in the figure below
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the web browser adress bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown on the screen below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will open the confirmation dialog box. Further, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Mozilla Firefox will begin a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the Yapages.ru browser hijacker. Once, it is done, click the “Finish” button.
Get rid of Yapages.ru from Microsoft Internet Explorer
To restore the start page and search provider by default you need to reset the IE to the state, which was when the Windows was installed on your machine.
First, run the Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will show the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the web-browser, then click the “Internet Options” as shown in the figure below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then click the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” prompt. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, press the “Reset” button as shown in the figure below.
Once the procedure is done, click “Close” button. Close the Internet Explorer and restart your personal computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web browser’s homepage, new tab page and search engine by default to default state.
Get rid of Yapages.ru redirect with Malwarebytes
Remove Yapages.ru manually is difficult and often the hijacker is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your computer. Moreover, the free program will help you to remove malware, ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) and toolbars that your PC may be infected too.
Download Malwarebytes by clicking on the link below.
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Update: April 15, 2020
Once downloaded, close all applications and windows on your personal computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mbam-setup as on the image below.
When the installation starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your system.
Once installation is finished, you will see window as shown in the figure below.
Now press the “Scan Now” button to start checking your personal computer for the browser hijacker which cause a redirect to Yapages.ru. This task can take some time, so please be patient.
When the scan is complete, make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will start removing Yapages.ru browser hijacker related files, folders, registry keys. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to reboot your system.
The following video explains instructions on how to remove browser hijacker with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
How to block Yapages.ru
To increase your security and protect your system against new annoying ads and malicious pages, you need to use program that blocks access to harmful ads and web-pages. Moreover, the software can block the display of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of web sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Download AdGuard application from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
- When downloading is complete, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- When the installation is finished, click “Skip” to close the installation application and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you run your system, AdGuard will launch automatically and block popup ads, sites such Yapages.ru, as well as other harmful or misleading pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon named AdGuard, which is located on your desktop.
If the problem with Yapages.ru redirect is still remained
If MalwareBytes Anti-malware cannot delete this hijacker, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for browser hijackers, adware, PUPs, toolbars.
- Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below. AdwCleaner download
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: October 9, 2020
- Double press the AdwCleaner icon. Once this utility is opened, press “Scan” button . This will begin scanning the whole computer to find out Yapages.ru hijacker infection.
- Once the scan is complete, the AdwCleaner will open a scan report. Review the report and then click “Clean” button. It will open a prompt, click “OK”.
These few simple steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Now your computer should be free of the Yapages.ru redirect. Uninstall AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop-up ads and annoying harmful web-pages) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your computer for new browser hijackers, malware and adware). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove Yapages.ru search from the Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Edge, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.