Youfreenews.net: What is it?
Youfreenews.net is a malicious Russian-news website that might appear on the browser all of the sudden. It might become your default homepage, or you might experience being redirects to it when browsing the web suddenly. It usually happen when you incorrectly install freeware or shareware that might be containing ads. This application is known as a potentially unwanted program or a PUP and it usually modify attacked browser’s settings -and because of that, it is also classified as a browser hijacker.
It then replace your default browser into the Youfreenews.net. It is then a sign that your web-browser has become the victim of malicious software infection from the browser hijacker family. It means that an unwanted program has taken over and has modified current settings of internet browsers, without your desire, knowledge or permission. So, if the Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge and IE newtab, startpage and search provider by default has been modified or your internet browser being redirected to the site you never intended to visit, then it’s a solid sign that you are infected with the browser hijacker and that you need to clean up your PC system ASAP in order to delete undesired Youfreenews.net home page.
The Youfreenews.net hijacker infection often affects most common web-browsers such as the Google Chrome, FF, Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Such browser hijackers can infect and is not limited only to those Internet browsers mentioned, but also other browsers by changing its shortcuts like this -adding ‘http://site.address’ into Target field of web-browser’s shortcut. So every time you launch the internet browser, it will automatically open Youfreenews.net page and everything follows. Even if you setup your startpage again or restarting the computer, the annoying Youfreenews.net web site will still be the first thing that you see when you open the web-browser.
Except that the Youfreenews.net can introduce changes to web browser’s homepage and newtab, it also changes your search provider, which leads to the fact that use of the browser’s search becomes uncomfortable. The reason for this is that the search results will consist of a lot of ads, links to unwanted and ad web pages and only the remaining part is search results for your query from well-known search engines such as Google or Bing.
Basically, some hijackers also contain ‘ad-supported’ software or also known as adware, which can be used as a tool to open intrusive advertisements and or collect personal information about you that can be sold to third parties ang definitely generates revenue. Unwanted ads can be displayed as pop-unders, pop-ups, in-text ads, video advertisements, text links or banners or even massive full page ads. Most of the adware is purposely designed to display advertisements, but certain ad supported software is form of spyware that often used to track users browsing history and to gather lots of user data.
So, it is essentially important to clean your PC of browser hijackers as soon as possible or as soon. as you know it’s being infected. You can follow the step-by-step instructions provided below, in order for you to get rid of Youfreenews.net startpage from the Google Chrome, FF, Internet Explorer and Edge and other web-browsers.
How to manually remove Youfreenews.net
Most common browser hijackers may be deleted without any antivirus software if you know how to manually operate the system.
Uninstall malicious and potentially unwanted applications using Windows Control Panel
We highly recommend that you start the computer clean up procedure by checking the list of installed programs and remove all unknown or suspicious applications. This is a very important step, since it’s often the malicious applications such as adware and browser hijackers are bundled with free applications. Remove the unwanted programs can eliminate the annoying ads or browser redirect, thus making your browsing expeirience smooth and fast once again.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then click Windows button, next click Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then click “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It will open the Windows Control Panel.
- Further, click “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- It will open a list of all applications installed on the computer.
- Scroll through the all list, and delete suspicious and unknown programs. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort applications by date.
Clean up the internet browsers shortcuts hijacked by Youfreenews.net
A hijacker may hijack various Windows shortcuts on your desktop which in most cases, and most often, all web browsers shortcuts, so in this step all you need to do is check and clean them by removing the argument such as http://site.address/.
Clear the internet browser shortcut by right-click to it and select Properties. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text similar “http://site.address” that has been added here. You need to delete it. When the text is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your browsers, as they may be infected too.
Elimintae Youfreenews.net from Firefox by resetting browser settings
If the Firefox browser program is hijacked, then resetting its settings can help. The Reset feature is available on all modern version of Firefox. A reset can fix many issues by restoring Firefox settings like newtab, startpage and search engine by default to its default state. It will save your personal information such as saved passwords, bookmarks, and open tabs.
First, open the Firefox and click button. It will show the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web-browser.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the web browser adress bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown on the screen below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will open the confirmation dialog box. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will start a process to fix your problems that caused by the Youfreenews.net browser hijacker. Once, it’s finished, click the “Finish” button.
Get rid of Youfreenews.net homepage from IE
If you find that Microsoft Internet Explorer internet browser settings such as newtab, start page and search provider by default having been hijacked, then you may revert back your settings, via the reset web browser procedure.
First, run the IE. Next, press the button in the form of gear (). It will show the Tools drop-down menu, click the “Internet Options” as shown on the screen below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then press the Reset button. The Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to reboot your system for the changes to take effect.
Remove Youfreenews.net from Google Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a simple way to get rid of the browser hijacker, dangerous and adware extensions, as well as to restore the browser’s newtab page, startpage and search engine by default that have been replaced by browser hijacker.
- First run the Google Chrome and click Menu button (small button in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will open the Google Chrome main menu. Select “Settings” option.
- You will see the Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and click “Show advanced settings” link.
- Scroll down again and press the “Reset settings” button.
- The Chrome will open the reset profile settings page as shown on the image above.
- Next click the “Reset” button.
- Once this task is finished, your internet browser’s new tab, startpage and search engine by default will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Use an anti-malware program
We recommend using SpyRemover Pro, a highly effective and widely used malware removal program to clean your computer of Youfreenews.net. In addition to Youfreenews.net, this program can detect and remove the latest variants of other malware.
SpyRemover Pro has an intuitive user interface that is easy to use. To get rid of Youfreenews.net, the first step is to install it, scan your computer, and remove the threat.
To remove Youfreenews.net from your computer using SpyRemover Pro, you need to perform the following steps:
Basic steps of SpyRemover Pro:
Step 1. Run SpyRemover Pro installer
Click on the .exe file that just downloaded in the lower right corner of your browser window.
Step 2. Click Yes
Click Yes to accept the User Account Control settings dialog.
Step 3. Foll0w setup instructions
Follow the instructions to get SpyRemover Pro set up on your computer and you will be good to go!