This article is all about YeaDesktop – an Adware. The main characteristic features of this kind of software that we should point out are the ones mentioned here:
– This program can only influence your browsers: Firefox, Explorer, Opera and/or Chrome;
– After getting infected with YeaDesktop “Virus”, your browser apps may launch the display of a big number of banners, boxes or pop-ups. What’s most irritating – such an intense generation of ads might happen whenever you try to browse the web;
– Other possible consequences from such an infection are the redirecting processes that your browser could start performing. This may result in you at some point ending up loading a page you are not interested in;
– Another result from of the presence of this Adware on your PC is the possible modification of your browsers apps’ homepages and search engines.
Explaining the essence of Adware:
Besides the potential consequences explained in the previous paragraphs, all Adware programs are oriented towards product/service promotion. In general, this means the normal way they function is directly connected to the reason why they have been created in the first place. More precisely, the general goal of any programmer is to make a profit. On the other hand, the manufacturers of various products and the service providers are more than willing to invest great amounts of money into getting their products/ services/ software/ websites properly advertised. Adware is supposed to make the promotion of products successful and efficient.
Any suspicious features YeaDesktop “Virus” might have:
In general, there is really no trait which may connect any version of Adware and any malicious program. Indeed, they have numerous differences. For instance, what distinguishes a representative of Ransomware from a type of an ad-generating product is the ability of the Ransomware to lock up some of your files. On the contrary, YeaDesktop “Virus” never has any access to any of your data. To be more precise, such an Adware-based program may simply access the history of your browsers, gather the details about your most recent search requests, and show you only the ads that are relevant to your current requests. No Adware-like program has ever been able to encrypt any files or corrupt/modify them it in any malicious way. Based on all of the facts above, we can say for sure that the programs similar to YeaDesktop “Virus” are not viruses. Still, they could act in a rather shady way due to the suspicious ways they get installed on your system, and the potential way they may alter your browsers. All of the above has helped this advertisement-related software category be labeled as potentially unwanted.
How your PC could get contaminated by YeaDesktop “Virus”:
Perhaps the following statements may sound rather surprising, however, Adware cannot infect any device automatically. In fact, such a program always has to ask you for your consent first, and only after that can it get incorporated into your system. Despite that, the process of asking you for your approval might be conducted in quite a suspicious way. What we mean is that YeaDesktop “Virus” doesn’t need your knowing permission and may trick you into unknowingly approving the installation process. For the simple purpose of legally tricking you into installing an Adware version, its creators often put such programs inside so-called program bundles. Such products are actually a mixture of various software and may appear very interesting to you. But if you learn to perform a safe installation process of a bundle, you will enjoy ad-free browsing and you will still be able to use the other bundle components.
What may result from conducting a careless installation process of any piece of software?
Normally, any contamination could follow, as a result of employing the quickest and the default installation features, you are likely to incorporate the whole content of a particular bundle along with the ad-causing programs inside it into your PC. Consequently, what we sincerely recommend is to avoid the questionable installer features like the Default, Easy or the Automatic one, when the wizard appears. The safe installation process is the one performed via the Custom or the Advanced features. As a result you get the chance to personally choose what enters your system and what stays behind. Remember the names of these steps and use only them.
How to remove YeaDesktop “Virus”?
Use the Removal Guide below – it contains all the necessary information for performing this task.
YeaDesktop “Virus” Removal
Before you begin completing the steps from the following guide, we advise you to place a bookmark on this page or have it opened on a separate device since some of the following steps will require you to close your browser.
Enter Safe Mode. If you don’t know how to do it, use this guide.
Open the Task Manger by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Go to the processes/details Tab and take a look at the resulting list. If you see a process with the name of the unwanted program or looks shady, right-click on it and select Open File Location. If you believe it is part of the infection, delete the files.
Use the Winkey+R key combination to open the Run window and in the search field type appwiz.cpl. Hit Enter and in the resulting list, look for recently installed programs that look potentially unwanted. If you find anything – uninstall it.
Re-open Run and this tie type msconfig. Hit Enter again and in the resulting window, go to the Startup tab. See if there are any shady programs there and if anything looks suspicious uncheck it and then select OK.
In the Start Menu search field, copy-paste the following line: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts . Open the first result and look at the bottom of the file where it says “Localhost”. If there are any IP addresses below that, tell us what they are in the comments since they might be coming from the unwanted software.
Type Network Connections in the Windows search field and click on the first result. Right-click on the adapter that you are using at the moment and go to Properties > Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP) > Properties.
If the DNS line is not set to Obtain DNS server automatically, make sure to check that option.
Now go to Advanced > DNS tab and remove everything in DNS server addresses, in order of use.
Right-click on your browser’s icon and select Properties. Delete everything in Target that is after .exe”.
For Chrome users
Close Chrome and go to this folder: C:/Users/*Your username*/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. Change the name of the Default folder to Backup Default. Re-open Chrome.
For Firefox users
Open Firefox and click on the Main Menu > Add-ons > Extensions. If you see anything suspicious there, remove it.
For IE users
When you open the browser, go to Tools > Manage Ad-ons and remove the unwanted software if you see it there. Next, go to Tools > Internet options and change the homepage URL to whatever you are normally using.
Open Run (Winkey+R), type Regedit and click on OK. Next, press Ctrl+F and type the malware name. Hit Enter and delete everything that gets found.
If there are no results from the search, manually visit those folders in the Registry Editor.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main
If you find there any suspicious keys that have names with a lot of random letters and numbers, delete them or if you are not sure, tell us in the comments what you saw.