YourSites123.Com Browser Hijacker Complete Removal Instructions

YourSites123.com is a browser hijacker which changes your search engine and homepage. It is usually very hard to remove from your computer as it tends to come back after a while. This is due to additional programs installed which monitor for changes and revert them.

YourSites123.com website is not a real search engine. Instead, it redirects all your queries to other providers like Yahoo and Google. Therefore, every time you search for something you earn the adware creators money without getting any value for yourself. YourSites123.com is also monetized by using various affiliate links, banners and hidden content. It can track your browsing activity and use this information for unknown purposes later.

While this adware is not technically a virus due to its distribution methods, it displays a parasitic behavior and should be removed from your system to restore normal browsing experience. We recommend using the automatic tool provided below which will not only scan your computer and remove this and any other threats but also protect your system in the future.


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What is YourSites123.com browser hijacker?

While for most users this website might look like a virus due to difficulties removing it, technically YourSites123.com is a potentially unwanted program. This is because the program uses a bundling distribution method and users install the software “willingly” (although in many cases unknowingly). Whenever you download a free software from the internet additional adware programs might be hidden deeply in the setup process. If you click “Accept” you might install browser hijackers, adware, scareware and other unwanted programs.

You should always follow setup processes carefully in order to avoid installing additional programs which use such unethical distribution methods. It is much easier to avoid installing adware than to remove it afterwards. Most browser hijackers have additional software which runs in the background and makes sure there are no changes made to the browser settings. They also change program shortcuts and the removal process becomes very complicated. This results in many users simply giving up on trying to eliminate this adware.

At the moment the website is estimated to receive well over 300,000 pageviews per day. This means that there are probably many computers infected and it is viable for the creators to continue distributing this adware.

YourSites123.com includes a common text seen on many other similar browser hijacker websites:

By accessing multiple search engines for each query, Yoursites123.com provides you with a richer 
and more relevant spectrum of results than you would from using any single search engine.

However, in reality there is no such functionality as the website simply redirects your queries to one search provider and does not have any algorithms to improve your experience.

YourSites123.com is designed to generate profits for its creators by monetizing the traffic received from infected browsers. This is why it has various banners, affiliate links and other unwanted advertisements. Moreover, it can start redirecting you to other websites and software installation offers leading to more adware on your computer.

Since all your queries go through an unknown website there is a high risk of being spied on. The website might collect data about your browsing and use it for marketing purposes or even sell it to third parties. This is why you should eliminate the adware as soon as possible in order to protect your privacy as well as restore normal system speed and browsing experience.

We recommend using the automatic tool provided above. It is the most reliable and easiest way of eliminating browser hijackers and any other threats that could be found on your system. It will also protect your computer in the future by acting as a full antivirus solution. We also have a manual guide. However, it requires Windows system knowledge and does not guarantee protection afterwards.

Screenshots of YourSites123.com browser hijacker:

    


 Manual Removal Instructions:

NB: Make sure you are familiar with editing important Windows settings and files. In order to not only remove the symptoms but also any possible leftovers of the adware as well as other possible infections we recommend using the automatic tool provided above.

Bookmark this page, print it out or simply open on another device in order to access it after a browser or computer restart which will be required during the removal process.

Step 1:

Remove any suspicious programs that might contain the adware.

Start by opening the Programs and Features window using the following method:

Hold Windows () key and click R key while holding.

Enter the following in the field:

appwiz.cpl

Click OK.

You might have to wait a bit before the list of all programs is loaded as it displays a list of all programs installed on your PC.

We recommend sorting the programs by “Installed On” column (simply click on the column name in order to sort by this value).

Look for any recently installed suspicious programs that might contain the adware as a bundle or could be the adware itself. Such programs also have the word “search” in their name. If you have never seen or used an app chances are that it is an unwanted software.

Example of a program name:

Yoursites123

Uninstall all suspicious programs by right-clicking on them and choosing Uninstall…

Repeat this process until no more suspicious programs are left.

Step 2:

Delete registry values created by this adware.

Press and hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

regedit.exe

Click OK.

 

Search for virus entries by pressing keyboard buttons CTRL + F and entering the virus name. Here is an example:

yoursites123

Click Find Next.

Delete any registry entries associated with the virus.

Repeat the search until all entries are cleaned.

Step 3:

Clean up Windows temporary files.

You can safely remove all temporary files without posing any risk to your computer.

Hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

%Temp%

Click OK.

All temporary files will be listed in the directory.

Select all temporary files by simultaneously pressing CTRL + A and delete them.

Step 4:

Remove suspicious programs from your startup config so they would not launch as soon as you boot your computer.

Hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

msconfig.exe

Click OK.

Go to the Startup tab and uncheck all suspicious entries. Look specifically for “Yoursites123” as well as other similar programs.

You will see locations of the files in “Command” column. Navigate to the location and delete it if a suspicious file is found.

If you are unsure you can simply leave it unselected but not delete it.

Click OK when you are finished unselecting and deleting all potentially dangerous processes.

Step 5:

Delete the shortcuts for all browsers on your computer as they might have been changed by the hijacker.

Remember that there are shortcuts not only on your Desktop but also in other places (for example, Start Menu).

Then create them again in order to have clean browser start.

Alternatively, you can click Properties on each of the shortcuts and remove any additions made to the Target field by the adware.

Step 6:

IMPORTANT: Now you will have to reset browser settings for each browser individually that you have installed on your computer. Alternativelly, you could simply reinstall them.

The unwanted addons are usually named similarly to the program you have just uninstalled using Add or Remove Programs.

 Google Chrome:

Launch the browser and select More Tools, then click Extensions.

Check for any suspicious extensions.

Click Remove From Chrome for each unwanted or suspicious toolbar or extension (the trashcan icon on the right).

Go to Settings.

Scroll to the very bottom of the settings page and click Show advanced settings…

Scroll to the very bottom again and click Reset settings.

Click Reset.

 Mozilla Firefox:

Launch the browser and go to Add-ons.

Search for any suspicious toolbars and add-ons and Remove them.

We recommend going to Options (input about:preferences in your address field and press Enter) and clicking Restore to Default near the Home Page field.

You can also completely refresh the browser settings by entering the following in the address (URL) field:

about:support

Press Enter.

Click Refresh Firefox… and then click Refresh Firefox again.

 Microsoft Edge:

Since Microsoft Edge is not a separate program and is a core component of Windows 10 you should backup your computer or at least create a Restore Point before continuing.

Navigate to the following folder (where %username is your computer user name):

C:\Users\%username\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe

Clear all contents of the folder. Click CTRL + A to select everything and delete the contents.

Click Start (Windows logo).

Search for Windows PowerShell.

Right-click on the result.

Choose Run as administrator.

Paste the following command:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}

Press Enter.

The settings should now be reset to default.

 Internet Explorer:

Press and hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

cmd

Click OK.

Enter the following command in the appeared window:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ResetIEtoDefaults

Press Enter.

Check Delete personal settings.

Click Reset.

Alternatively you can run this command to delete all caches and settings:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 4351

After removing the virus

When you have finished removing the “YourSites123” adware and reverting your browser settings make sure to protect your computer by installing a good antivirus suite that would identify the threats online and in programs you have downloaded. Also, never install suspicious programs. If you are installing a new software, make sure it has nothing bundled in it by following the install wizard as well as searching for user reviews online.

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