Applications like Iyf Search “Virus” are typically regarded as unpleasant and undesirable pieces of software due to their obstructive behavior when they get attached to a given browser. That’s why, below we will discuss everything that you need to know about Iyf Search and about the software category to which it belongs. Most security experts classify Iyf Search as a representative of the browser hijacker category and its behavior completely justifies that. This new application may introduce changes in your Firefox, Chrome, Explorer and other browsers, which may enable the generation of various aggressive ads, sponsored links, banners, pop-ups and similar commercials on your screen. We are talking about modifications in the homepage as well as the installation of unfamiliar search engine tools, new toolbars and redirect buttons, which, without your knowledge and informed permission, may replace your default settings. Perhaps you have already seen for yourself what Iyf Search “Virus” can do once it gets installed in your browser and you are now probably seeking ways to remove those changes and to uninstall all the unwanted components that have been imposed without your approval. If this is the case, then, in the next lines, you will find detailed instructions with screenshots that will help you to get rid of the unwanted software step by step. Before you scroll down to the removal guide section, however, let us tell you that you are not dealing with a virus or some nasty Ransomware or Trojan-based malware. That’s why your chances of handling this unwanted app without serious consequences are actually rather good. Luckily, most browser hijackers lack the malicious capabilities of the typical computer threats and are not interested in causing you harm. These pieces of software essentially serve the online marketing industry, but still, they may be linked to certain security risks. That’s why we suggest you remove Iyf Search as a precautionary measure.
The main goal of applications like Iyf Search “Virus” is to generate and display a large number of online advertising materials within your browser. Such software may spam the screen with redirect links, ads, plain text, pop-up windows, banners and more in an attempt to make you click on them and visit certain sponsored sites. A number of software manufacturers and distributors of different items and online services employ browser hijackers as tools that can directly deliver their ads on the users’ monitors. Therefore, they often make deals with the developers of applications like Iyf Search to promote their advertising content in exchange for a small fee, usually on a Pay-Per-Click basis. In this regard, a number of strategies get implemented to increase the exposure to more ads and improve the chances that the users would clicks on them. Changing the search engine tools, installing new homepage and new new-tab domains and initiating automatic page-redirects to the sponsored websites are just some of these tactics. The random exposure to different links and web locations, however, may also lead to potential encounters with security hazards such as viruses and malware. That’s why staying away from the ads and uninstalling their source is a good way to prevent an unexpected encounter with threats like Trojans, Ransomware and more.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||This program may initiate automatic page-redirects to different sites and ads platforms.|
|Distribution Method||Shareware sites and freeware platforms are common sources of this program, as well as some free software bundles and torrents.|
Remove Iyf Search “Virus”
Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
Mac user, please use our Mac Malware Removal guide.
The following guide will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Iyf Search software. Follow the instructions and complete each step for best results. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them using our comment section down below.
Preparation: Entering Safe Mode and Revealing Hidden Files and Folders
Before you proceed with the actual removal instructions, you will need to take two extra steps in order to ensure that the guide has maximum effect.
For best results, we advise our readers to boot into Safe Mode prior to attempting to remove the virus. If you do not know how to do that, here is a separate How to Enter Safe Mode guide.
Also, in order to be able to see any potentially undesirable files, you should reveal any hidden files and folders on your PC – here is how to do that.
Removing Iyf Search
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Open your Task Manager by using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys and go to the Processes tab. Look for any suspicious processes. For example, any unfamiliar process that uses high amounts of RAM and/or CPU. If you aren’t sure if a certain process comes from malware, tell us in the comments.
Right-click on any process that you consider shady and select Open File Location. Delete anything from the file location of the process.
Step 2: Disabling Startup programs
Use the Winkey + R keyboard combination to open the Run search bar and type msconfig. Hit Enter and in the newly opened window, go to the Startup tab. There, look for suspicious entries with unknown manufacturer or ones that have the name Iyf Search on them. Right-click on those, and select disable.
Step 3: Uninstalling unwanted programs
Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program. Click on Installed On to sort the entries by date from most recent to oldest and look through the programs that come at the top of the list. Right-click on any entries that appear shady and unwanted and then select Uninstall to remove them from your PC. If you see the name Iyf Search in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation.
Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Step 5: Cleaning-up the browsers
You will also have to uninstall any undesirable browser extensions from your browser programs. Here’s how to do that for some of the more popular browsers:
Open Chrome and open its main menu. Go to More Tools > Extensions. Look through the list of extensions and uninstall any that you think could be suspicious. To remove them – click on the trash can icon next to each extension.
You can also use a specialized Chrome CleanUp tool if you cannot manually remove a certain extension. Here is an article where you can learn more about the CleanUp tool.
Open Firefox and go to its Menu. Select the Add-ons button.From the left panel, select Extensions and take a look at the different entries. Remove any of the that might be unwanted.
Once you open your IE browser, click on the Tools button at the top-right corner of the program and from the drop-down menu select Manage Add-ons. Check each one of the four different groups of add-ons and search for anything that seems undesirable. If you find anything, click on it and them select Remove.
Open the main menu of Microsoft Edge and go to Extensions. Find the extensions that you believe could be unwanted and right-click on them. Then, select Uninstall.
Step 6: Checking the Registry Editor
Open the Run search bar again and type regedit in it. Hit Enter and once the Registry Editor opens press Ctrl + F. In the search field type Iyf Search and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Iyf Search in your PC’s Registry.
Step 7: Deleting recent entries
For this step, you will have to open your Start Menu and copy-paste the following lines, one by one:
Hit Enter after each one to open a file directory. In the directories, delete the most recent entries that you find there. In the Temp folder, delete all files.
Step 8: System Restore
In order to be fully sure that the unwanted software has been removed from your machine, you can also try using a Restore Point to roll back your system its last stable configuration. However, in order to do that, you would have to previously had had a restore point created. On most systems, such points get created automatically but this isn’t always the case.
- If you want to learn how to configure System Restore and how to manually create Restore Points, follow this link.
- Open your Start Menu and type System Restore.
- Click on the first result – a setup wizard should open.
- Read the brief description of the process and select Next.
- Now, choose a restore from the presented list. You can also check the Show more restore points option in order to reveal any other restore points that might be saved on your PC.
- Click on Scan for affected programs to see what programs will get deleted or restored after you use the Restore Point. (optional)
- Click on next and take and then select Finish.
- A warning window will appear telling you that once the process starts, it shouldn’t be interrupted. Select Yes and be patient as this might take some time. Do not do anything on your PC throughout the duration of the process.
Step 9: Windows Refresh/Reset
Use this method only if nothing else has worked so far as it is a last resort option. If you do not know how to do it, this separate guide will give you the information that you need.