What is You-boost?
If you want a tool that helps you enhance the download speed for multimedia files, we advise you to avoid You-boost. According to our malware experts at Anti-Spyware-101.com, this application poses an indirect threat to your computer’s security; therefore, it has been labeled as a PUP, i.e., a potentially unwanted program. This application may sound like a useful one at first, but once you know how it operates, we are sure that your opinion will suddenly change. Many users do not even take PUPs seriously since they are not aware of the potential risks such applications may hold for them and for their operating systems. That is why we are here to share the story behind the cover. Our experts say that you are better off removing You-boost from your PC because, before long, you may be introduced to annoying third-party ads and unsafe content through them. Please read our article for better understanding and solutions regarding this PUP.
Where does You-boost come from?
It is quite unlikely that you download this application through its official web page (you-boost.com) because there is no download button at all. As a matter of fact, that whole web page is rather suspicious since you cannot find any legal documents, menu, or anything really apart from a title and two lines of description. What’s more, if your browsers are up-to-date, it is quite possible that you cannot even view this page as it may get blocked by your browser due to potentially unwanted content. This is very suspicious behavior from a promotional page and makes you wonder about the reliability of the product itself. But this is not all, of course. According to our specialists, this PUP is mostly spread in free software bundles in Europe and in the United States as well.
You need to know that bundles cannot always be trusted. In fact, nowadays they are one of the main headaches of computer users because a lot of them contain malware infections, such as browser hijackers, adware programs, Trojans, and, of course, potentially unwanted programs as well. Since hundreds of thousands of people search for free applications on the web every day, you can imagine how many misleading or downright fake websites emerge that are operated by schemers. These file-sharing websites hold dangers that most inexperienced users do not know about. That is why and how they end up infecting their computers – sometimes behind recognition. If you visit an unreliable freeware site and you click on any content, it could be just enough to download a malicious bundle. If you have visited such sites recently, we recommend that you delete You-boost and run a full-system malware scan to find out how many more threats are challenging your system security.
How does You-boost work?
Research shows that this PUP does not even have a graphical user interface, so you cannot even see this program running. Unless you check your Task Manager because among the processes you may find "ybint.exe" and "amon.exe," which are the executable files this PUP uses to operate through. Our experts have discovered that these files can connect to the internet without your noticing it and install a chromium browser. While this browser is a reliable and authentic program, this PUP uses it to show potentially harmful third-party advertisements to you. It has also been noticed that apart from displaying ads, including pop-up ads, this PUP can also play YouTube videos. Obviously, this application can be used to promote certain videos to generate views. It is also possible that this PUP will use your installed browsers to play YouTube videos. This is rather distractive but, at the same time, quite risky as well since you can never be sure that the content you are presented with can be trusted or not. If you click on unreliable content, it is possible to land on all kinds of malicious websites run by criminals. If you infect your computer with more malware programs, you can call yourself lucky because you may well be scammed to reveal personal information, including your banking details. If you do not want to find out how such a visit to unsafes website may end for you, we think you should delete You-boost.
How can I delete You-boost?
The good news in this sad story is that we can offer you more than one way to get rid of this PUP. If you are an experienced user, you can manually clean You-boost from your computer. All you need to do is locate and delete all the related Windows Registry keys, folders, and files from your computer. You can use our instructions below as a reference, but please follow the steps with utmost care since the registry is a very sensitive database. We could say, in all fairness, that one wrong move might lead to a malfunctioning operating system or worse. Therefore, we only recommend the manual way for those who are confident users. If you are not really experienced, you can still eliminate this threat source by running its uninstaller in Control Panel. If you are unfamiliar with the steps of uninstalling applications, please use our guide below.
You can do a lot for the security of your computer if you avoid suspicious websites and content, not to mention clicking on advertisements. Try to use familiar and reliable websites for downloading software. In order to lower the vulnerability of your operating system, you should also keep all your programs, browser included, and drivers updated.
Delete You-boost Manually
- Tap Win+E.
- Find and remove the following folders: C:\Program Files (x86)\You-Boost (64-bit!) and C:\Program Files\You-Boost.
- Find C:\Windows\SysWOW64 (64-bit!) and C:\Windows\System32, and remove these files: bhnd.vbs, mscl.exe, slp.bat, chdl.zip, and updbrw.vbs.
- Tap Win+R and enter regedit to open the Windows Registry Editor. Press Enter.
- Find and delete these registry keys:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\YouBoost Manager (64-bit!)
- Close the editor.
- Restart your computer.
Remove You-boost from Windows
Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10
- Press Win+I and choose Control Panel.
- Pick Uninstall a program.
- Select the application and click Uninstall.
Windows Vista/Windows 7
- Click on the Windows button on the Taskbar and open Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Select the application and click Uninstall.
- Access the Start menu and go to Control Panel.
- Pick Add or Remove Programs.
- Select the application and click Remove.
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