What is Yardood.com?
At first glance, Yardood.com may look like a customized version of the Yahoo! Search engine. However, our research shows that the search engine may also change to Google, so it is suspicious already. In fact, we believe that this search engine is most commonly used for browser hijacker infections, so if your default homepage suddenly changed without your permission to Yardood.com, the chances are that your system’s security has been compromised. You should do everything you can to remove all the potential threats from your computer, and it goes without saying that this search engine should be at the top of your “to remove” list.
Where does Yardood.com come from?
If we knew the exact distribution source for this search engine, it would be a lot easier to prevent the infection, but there is no exact website that could be pointed out for this. Instead, Yardood.com can spread around in software bundles or as a redirect. Let us take a look a closer look at both distribution methods.
First, the search engine could come in software packages. It is very common for freeware applications to be distributed in software packages via file-sharing websites. The program is that users are not aware of the fact they are about to install more than just one application on your computers. If you are about to download something from a third-party source, be ready to check all the steps in the installation wizard because there is a good chance you could avoid adding Yardood.com to your browser. You could also scan the installer with a security program you use, or you could refrain from downloading software from unfamiliar sites (which would probably be the best idea).
When the browser hijacker comes through a redirect, it means that you either had a potentially unwanted program on your computer, or you opened a website that was full of pop-ups associated with browser hijacker distribution. It is very often that users enter pages that basically bully them into adding new settings to their browsers. Hence, you would be able to avoid Yardood.com and other similar intruders if you were more careful about the website you visit.
What does Yardood.com do?
The search engine has several domains, including us.yardood.com, uk.yardood.com, and deyardood.com. So, it is possible to see why it has the biggest presence in the United Kingdom and the United States. On the other hand, it does not mean that users in other countries cannot be affected by it.
When this program enters your computer, it will change your default homepage and search engine on all major browsers. Since the engine’s interface looks user-friendly, it might be hard to tell at first that there is something fishy about it. What’s more, Yardood.com allows users to differentiate between Yahoo! Search and Google engines, so it might seem that the program has something in common with the official search providers. Needless to say that it is not true.
On the contrary, Yardood.com will modify your search results depending on the information it has collected about you. Most of the browser hijackers do that because they generate financial profit with each click you make. So if you click a link delivered by this program, you help it make money, but you get nothing in return.
In fact, some of the links might lead you to potentially harmful websites, so by clicking the modified search results, you expose yourself to corrupted content that might be associated with malware. You need to take all the potential risks into consideration and get rid of the unwanted programs that are plaguing your computer.
How do I remove Yardood.com?
This search engine does not have an entry in the list of installed programs, so you cannot remove it via Control Panel. However, our security experts say that restoring your browser settings to default should be enough to get rid of it.
On the other hand, let us not forget other potential threats that might have entered your system together with Yardood.com. For that, be ready to scan your PC with a security application, and then delete all the threats automatically. And if you have more questions about computer security, you can always leave us a comment below.
Manual Yardood.com Removal
- Press Alt+F and go to Settings.
- Click Show advanced settings at the bottom of the page.
- Scroll down and press Reset settings.
- Click Reset.
- Press Alt+T and click Internet options.
- Click the Advanced tab and press Reset.
- Select Delete personal settings and press Reset.
- Click Close.
- Press Alt+H and go to Troubleshooting information.
- Click Refresh Firefox at the top right of the new tab.
- Press Refresh Firefox on the confirmation box and click Finish.
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