What is Youhomepage.org?
Youhomepage.org is a browser hijacker that is likely to target the most popular browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. According to the analysis conducted by Anti-Spyware-101.com malware researchers, this threat is identical to Newcityinworld.ru and Mans-find.org. These are browser hijackers that we have reviewed in different reports, but, of course, we advise deleting them as well. If you are still not sure whether or not these suspicious tools are reliable, you might be tricked into thinking that there is nothing dangerous about them. Well, that is not true. First of all, these hijackers are completely unpredictable, and they can work in ways that we are not even aware of. Furthermore, the services represented via these hijackers might be unreliable as well. If you have already made the decision to remove Youhomepage.org, you might want to move straight to the last section of the report. If you are still confused, we recommend reading the report to learn more about the suspicious hijacker and the risks that it might expose you to.
How does Youhomepage.org work?
It is very important to discuss the distribution of Youhomepage.org because, depending on how this hijacker was installed, it is possible that other infections have slithered in. Since an official installer was not set up to promote this hijacker, it must be spread in different ways. According to our research, the infection could be introduced to you along with an extension, or it could be spread bundled with third-party software. These bundles are most likely to be promoted on Russian file-sharing websites. Even if the programs packaged along with Youhomepage.org appear to be harmless, we strongly recommend inspecting your operating system to check for malware. Hopefully, more dangerous infections are not found because the hijacker itself requires your attention. This infection does not work as a regular hijacker, and it does not corrupt the homepage or the default search provider. Instead, it creates a scheduled task called “httpyouhomepageorgbirdsm.” If you do not delete this task, the hijacker launches the default browser and displays sponsored content at specific intervals. According to the latest analysis, the hijacker might be active every 5-35 minutes.
The interface of Youhomepage.org is not very suspicious. There is a search dialog box in the center (although it redirects to Google, you should not trust it!), and news articles are displayed below. Surprisingly, there is no legal information supporting this web page, and that is what makes it completely unpredictable. Of course, it is unlikely that you will face this specific interface that often. Instead, you are more likely to face surveys and other promotional content that the developer of the suspicious Youhomepage.org was paid to represent. Even if the pages that you get redirected to look harmless, you should not interact with the content represented via them because that might lead to big security problems. For example, the surveys and prize giveaways could be used to record personal information and then leak it to unreliable parties who could use it to scam you. You could also be redirected to pages promoting fake services or security tools. Overall, Youhomepage.org is dangerous, and the sooner you get rid of it the better.
How to remove Youhomepage.org
We have built a guide that shows how to delete Youhomepage.org. The main task is to eliminate the task that is responsible for the representation of promotional content. We also recommend resetting your web browsers after you eliminate the task to ensure that all traces of the threat are gone. For example, all tracking cookies can be eliminated by resetting the browser. What should you do if multiple infections are running on your operating system at the same time? Our recommendation would be to employ legitimate and reliable anti-malware software. Another reason to install it is reliable protection that it can provide you with against the threats that could try to invade in the future. Needless to say, if you do not install reliable security software, you have to get ready to face potential malware attacks.
- Launch Explorer by tapping Win+E keys.
- Enter %WINDIR%\System32\Tasks (also check %WINDIR%\Tasks\) into the bar at the top.
- Delete the task file named httpyouhomepageorgbirdsm.
- Reset the browser (use the guides below).
- Launch the browser and tap keys Alt+F.
- Select Settings, scroll to the bottom, and click Show advanced settings.
- Scroll to the bottom and click Reset settings.
- Click the Reset button.
- Launch the browser and tap keys Alt+H.
- In the Help menu click Troubleshooting information.
- Move the cursor to the right and click the Refresh Firefox button.
- Click Refresh Firefox again.
- Launch the browser and tap keys Alt+T.
- Select Internet options and then move to the Advanced tab.
- Click Reset and then choose Delete personal settings.
- Click the Reset button.
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