How to remove YAC (Virus Removal Guide)

Yet Another Cleaner (YAC virus)

YAC virus (Yet Another Cleaner virus) is a malicious and fraudulent Windows optimization and security program that is detected as a ‘fraud tool’ for stealing a competitors database and scareware by reputable Anti-Malware products. The 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.

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Once YAC is installed, the non-beneficial 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.

The YAC virus also opens internet browser windows and causes 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 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 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 unwanted program from installing can be ignored by the program or presented in a confusing manner.

1. Remove Yet Another Cleaner with Malwarebytes

1. Download and Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

2. Open Malwarebytes and click the Scan Now button – or go to the Scan tab and click the Start Scan button.

3. Once the Malwarebytes scan is complete click the Remove Selected button.

4. To finish the Malwarebytes scan and remove detected threats click the Finish button and restart your computer if promoted to do so.

2. Perform a second-opinon scan with HitmanPro

1. Download and Install HitmanPro by Surfright.

2. Open HitmanPro and click Next to start scanning your computer. *If you are using the free version you may chose to create a copy or perform a one-time scan.

3. Once the HitmanPro scan is complete click the Next button.

4. To activate the free version of HitmanPro: enter your email address twice and click the Activate button.

5. Click the Reboot button.

3. Uninstall unwanted programs from Windows

1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.

2. In the Programs section click Uninstall a program. In earlier versions of Windows this is listed as “Add and remove programs.”

3. Search for Yet Another Cleaner  in the list of installed programs and double click it to initiate the manual uninstall process.

4. Once you have uninstalled Yet Another Cleaner, search for other unwanted programs that may be installed on your computer and uninstall them as well.

4. Remove unwanted add-ons and extensions

Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon and go to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the unwanted extension in the list and click the trashcan icon.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Menu and click Add-ons.

2. Search for the unwanted add-on and click Remove.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

1. Go to Tools (Alt+X) and click Manage add-ons.

2. Search for the unwanted add-on in the list, select it with your mouse, and click Remove.

Apple Safari

1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions.

2. Search for the unwanted extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.

5. Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

1. Download and Install CCleaner by Piriform.

2. Open CCleaner and go to the main Cleaner screen. Click the Analyze button. When the process is complete, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

3. Go to Tools > Startup and search for suspicious entries in each tab starting from Windows all the way to Content Menu. If you find anything suspicious click it and click the Delete button to remove it.

4. Go to the Registry window and click the Scan for Issues button. When the scan is complete click the Fix selected issues… button and click Fix All Selected Issues.

How to stay protected against future infections

The key to staying protected against future infections is to follow common online guidelines and take advantage of reputable Antivirus and Anti-Malware security software with real-time protection.

Real-time security software

Security software like Malwarebytes and Norton Security have real-time features that can block malicious files before they spread across your computer. These programs bundled together can establish a wall between your computer and cyber criminals.

Common Online Guidelines
  • Backup your computer and personal files to an external drive or online backup service
  • Create a restore point on your computer in case you need to restore your computer to a date before infection
  • Avoid downloading and installing apps, browser extensions, and programs you are not familiar with
  • Avoid downloading and installing apps, browser extensions, and programs from websites you are not familiar with – some websites use their own download manager to bundle additional programs with the initial download
  • If you plan to download and install freeware, open source software, or shareware make sure to be alert when you install the object and read all the instructions presented by the download manager
  • Avoid torrents and P2P clients
  • Do not open email messages from senders you do not know

Sean Doyle

Sean Doyle is an engineer from Los Angeles, California. Sean's primary focuses include Internet Security, Web Spam, and Online Marketing.

Comments ( 18 )

  1. ReplyRok
    Thank you!! It worked with 1st program !
  2. Replykuki
    it worked with 1st program ! Thank You !!
  3. ReplyAdit
    To remove YAC (blocks my internet access) start your computer in safe mode and delete the directory contains YAC all together. Then reboot your computer and use Revo uninstaller to remove the traces from registry. It must works. Simple...
  4. ReplyAnonymous
    Help, windows 10 can't manual uninstall :c and dunno how to work malwarebytes
  5. ReplyDark Lord Drewcifer
    This was a pain to remove. What I did was use CCleaner to get rid of the registry for 'YAC'. However, it wouldn't let me delete the program because it said I needed to be Administrator, which is BS. So, after i deleted the registry, I found the file was under the name 'Elex-Tech' in my Programs(x86). It wouldn't let me delete the file, and it didn't show up in Safe Mode. What worked: I cut the folder out of my Programs File, and pasted it to the Desktop. Then I could delete it! Then I ran my malware programs for safe measure. Hope this helps.
  6. ReplyJani
    Cannot install malware, cannot open msconfig?
  7. ReplyAnonymous
  8. ReplyDeividas
    Yee!! It works using Piriform CCleaner! THANK YOU!
  9. ReplyFrogimen
    HELP PLZ I cant manualy uninstall this sh*t, becouse its keep instaling again and again!
    • ReplyAnonymous
      Exactly! I've uninstalled this damn thing 3 times today, and every time it comes back up! Someone please tell me how to get rid of it...
      • ReplyAuthorSean Doyle
        Check out the links listed at the end of the article that detail troubleshoot options if it re-installs itself.
    • ReplyZane Young
      Because you are just a piece of shit
  10. Replyabdi
    1000 times thank you so much.
  11. ReplySteve
    Thanks for the uninstall video! I had an infected computer that had the Brazillian version installed, and there were was no text on the buttons, so I was completely 'blind'. Thanks to your video, I was unable to uninstall it by following your mouse over the relevant buttons!
  12. Replymatt
    thanks a lot, got this and when i went to unistall it no text appeared, the vid helped ,me navigate the menu and get this crap off my computer. like vincent w norton, which has been very reliable, didnt manage to stop it. thanks a lot for helping me get this crap off my computer
  13. ReplyVincent W
    Amazing that Norton (which I have installed for many months) did not catch and block this.
  14. Replysum
    YAC is the worst... got on my computer somehow and would not get off. Thanks!
  15. Replynelleke
    thank you. this post has been a great help.