How to remove YAC (Virus Removal Guide)
Yet Another Cleaner (YAC)
The YAC virus (also searched for as YAC Cleaner, Yet Another Cleaner virus, Elex do Brasil Participações Ltd) is a term used to identify a potentially unwanted program that has been categorized as a ‘fraud tool’ and scareware by reputable Anti-Malware products, such as Malwarebytes. The potential rogue program is promoted as an unregistered (free) and registered (full) Microsoft Windows cleaner and optimizer tool. YAC is essentially considered a non-beneficial Windows Optimizer and Antivirus by reputable security experts. The program is known to perform fraudulent computer scans in order to create customers and collect personal user information.
YAC promotes a free trial is a that displays misleading information, misleading scan results, including a quick clean scan, deep clean scan, system boost, and more.
Once installed, the non-beneficial YAC cleaning software will begin to perform a scan without authorization. The scan will then claim that there are a numerical amount of problems detected, and will also claim that a certain amount of them are not safe. Most of the time the malicious results shown do not exist on the computer system and is fabricated by the software.
Potential YAC malware also opens internet browser windows and cause unwanted pop-ups to appear, as well as change your homepage, default search engine, and start page causing your internet browsers to constantly start up on and redirect to search.yac.mx and other websites when users search the web, open a browser window, open a new browser tab, and perform similar tasks. In Google Chrome, YAC hijacks the startpage settings, home page settings (as well as causes the home button to appear), and default engine.
Yet Another Cleaner adware is usually contracted without user knowledge alongside free downloadable content from a variety of locations on the web. Free downloadable content includes freeware, shareware, torrents, email attachments, and more. This adware can also be manually downloaded from a variety of locations.
Those who wish to install freeware may be given a “custom installation” option to accept or decline an offer to install Yet Another Cleaner adware and similar products during the installation; However, the user request to decline the adware from installing can be ignored by the program or presented in a confusing manner.
In some cases, Yet Another Cleaner and other unwanted programs are deceptively promoted through questionable advertisements. These advertisements may be dishonest, misleading, and cause the program to automatically download and install once clicked on.
In 2015, YAC was caught stealing from Malwarebytes and lost their certifications: https://blog.malwarebytes.org/fraud-scam/2015/03/yet-another-cleaner-yet-another-stealer/
How to remove Yet Another Cleaner (Removal Guide)
- Step 1: Remove unwanted add-ons and extensions
- Step 2: Uninstall Yet Another Cleaner
- Step 3: Remove Yet Another Cleaner malware with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
- Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner by Piriform
Step 1: Remove Yet Another Cleaner add-ons and extensions
1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon on the top menu and navigate to More tools > Extensions.
2. Search for suspicious extensions in the list. Remove unwanted browser extensions individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to each one.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. Search for suspicious add-ons on the Extensions and Plugin tab. Highlight each one individually and click remove.
Step 2: Uninstall Yet Another Cleaner
1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.
2. On Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.
3. Search for Yet Another Cleaner and other unwanted programs in the list of installed programs. Once an unwanted program is located, double click the item or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button.
Step 3: Remove Yet Another Cleaner malware with Malwarebytes
1. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.
2. Open the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program.
3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.
4. Once the malware scan is complete, click the Remove Selected button and reboot your computer.
Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner
1. Download and install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.
2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.