Having difficulties getting rid of annoying ads in your browser every time you try to use the it? We can help you with this inconvenience. However, let us first explain what is causing the constant appearance of random advertising messages, page-redirect links and banners all over your browsing screen. The culprit isn’t a Trojan Horse, a Ransomware cryptovirus or some other dangerous program that can cause harm so there’s no need to worry. Instead, what you are most likely dealing with is a browser redirect app or, in other words, a browser hijacker. These apps are similar in functionality and appearance to most other add-ons for Chrome, Edge, Firefox or any other popular browser. They can be added to the browser and they operate as a part of it. They may also introduce certain changes among which are adding a custom search engine or frontpage as well as introducing new buttons to your browser’s toolbar. On paper, this doesn’t sound all that bad but the problem is that those changes are normally introduced to the browser not so much to help you and more to allow the hijacker to spread different ads and to redirect the users to sites which it is tasked with promoting. All in all, the purpose of this types of software is to earn income on the back of the users by spamming their screens with ads that are linked to Pay-Per-Click campaigns. The same goes for the pages a hijacker may redirect you to – the more visits they get, the greater the profit for the hijacker’s creators. The only way out of this is to uninstall the pesky app from your system and all the browsers that are installed in it. Iyfsearch.com is probably the hijacker software that made you look for help and thus brought you to this article. The guide you will see next will enable you to remove Iyfsearch.com “Malware” from your computer.
And remember to be careful from now on!
The number one reason why people get hijackers added to their browsers is the fact that most users are negligent with their online behavior. They install obscure apps and programs from questionable sources, they visit questionable sites, they click on misleading and fake ads that get shown on random obscure pages and they download pirated software. All of that is risky behavior and could land you software far worse then hijackers like Iyfsearch.com – we are talking about viruses and malicious programs like Ransomware, Rootkits and Trojans that can deny you the access to your most important files or even to your whole computer or mess up your system to the point where you could no longer use your computer. Compared to them, a hijacker really isn’t all that problematic. Nevertheless, you still probably don’t want any more encounters with apps such as Iyfsearch.com “Malware” which is why we advise you to be more careful with your behavior on the Internet. Another great tip is to always take a careful look at the details and the settings in the installer wizards for new software, especially if there’s an advanced setup menu. In case you see something there you consider as a potential hijacker, it’s best to uncheck it before launching the installation process for the main program of the installer.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Pesky ads all over the screen of your main browser are a sure sign you have a hijacker on your hands.|
|Distribution Method||Usually low quality programs that are distributed for free have hijackers added to their installers.|
Remove Iyfsearch.com “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 Iyfsearch.com 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.
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 Iyfsearch.com 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 Iyfsearch.com 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 Iyfsearch.com and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Iyfsearch.com 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.