Do you know what Youndoo is?
It is possible that you find Youndoo in your browsers upon launching and this comes as a surprise since you cannot recall installing this search page. Because of its questionable behavior and the potential risks it may introduce to you, our researchers have categorized it as a browser hijacker. Although this hijacker cannot cause direct harm to your computer, it is still possible that it can redirect you to unreliable or downright malicious websites through advertisements and modified search results links. Another threat source in connection with this browser hijacker is the bunch of malicious software installers it may come on board with. You should not tolerate this invasion for a second if you do not want to be flooded by a flow of harmful third-party ads and malicious website redirections. It is important that you remove Youndoo and all other infections you may find on your computer if you want to clean your PC and make it secure again.
According to our researchers, this browser hijacker mainly spreads via freeware bundles. This is why it is possible that you will find a number of other malware infections as well on your system. Such a software package can hold several programs, including adware applications, browser hijackers, Trojans, and potentially unwanted programs as well alongside legitimate free software. You can download such a package if your computer has been infected with adware or you visit a questionable website full of third-party ads. Whenever you are presented with third-party ads, including banners and pop-ups, there is a risk of infecting your computer with malware if you click on them. So beware of this threat when you land on a suspicious file-sharing or gaming website next time. One click could be enough for you to cause severe damage to your system health or allow Youndoo onto your system.Youndoo screenshot
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What many computer users do not know is that it is normally possible to opt out of installing unwanted components of such a malicious package. Although the installers are designed to be misleading to make sure that all or most of the content gets installed by default, there is usually a step in the installation wizard where you can untick certain checkboxes to make sure that those changes or programs do not get installed. Sometimes you need to cancel the whole process if you do not want to let suspicious programs on board because the installer is too pushy. It is quite likely that this is how Youndoo entered your computer, too. That is why we suggest that you run a deep malware scan on your PC after you delete Youndoo.
Our researchers have found that this browser hijacker is indeed identical to yessearches.com and search.startjoysearch.com. This search page has also been found to share the same domain with adware programs and other unreliable search engines, such as walasearch.com and chrom1um.net. Unfortunately, Youndoo could not care less about providing you with the best and quickest possible search results. Its main goal is obviously making money for its creators. This can be done by promoting third parties through ads and sponsored links that can be integrated into the manipulated search results. This browser hijacker uses Google as its deception. It redirects all your queries to a new tab Google search results page. But you should be careful about engaging with any content that comes through this hijacker. If you click on an infected ad or link, you could end up on an unsafe webpage that may drop malware infections onto your PC or even try to scam you to reveal your banking details. This is rather risky because you may lose money and you may also lose your identity that can be used by cyber criminals to commit online fraud. We believe that it is important that you remove Youndoo if you want to avoid such horrible scenarios.
Our research showed that the uninstaller of this tool may not work properly; however, it could be dependent on the version of this hijacker you download. It is still worth a try to delete Youndoo by running its uninstaller via Control Panel. If you want to make sure that there are no leftovers remaining, you can use our manual removal guide below. Please follow our instructions if you need assistance with these processes. For effective protection, please consider using a professional anti-malware application.
Remove Youndoo from Windows
- Open the Start menu and go to Control Panel.
- Click Add or Remove Programs.
- Select the application and press Remove.
Windows Vista/Windows 7
- Tap Win+R and enter Control Panel. Click OK.
- Access Uninstall a program.
- Select the application and press Uninstall.
Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10
- Tap Win+X and choose Programs and Features.
- Select the application and press Uninstall.
- Press Win+Q and type in regedit. Hit the Enter key.
- Delete these registry keys where the value name “DisplayName” has a value data of “Youndoo[random characters]”:
- Delete these registry keys:
- Exit the registry editor.
- Press Win+E.
- *The Youndoo folder can be random, but it is the same you find in the Uninstall registry key. Bin these folders:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Plunasystagedom* (64-bit)
- Empty your Recycle Bin.
- Restart your computer.
In non-techie terms:
Youndoo is a new threat that can infiltrate your computer without your knowledge and put your virtual security at risk. Our researchers say that this is a browser hijacker that may change your browser settings without your consent and expose you to potentially unreliable third-party web content through advertisements and manipulated search results. Engaging with such content could pose a threat to your privacy and your operating system as well. Since this browser hijacker can spread along with other malware infections, it is likely that your computer is facing multiple security issues right now. Therefore, we suggest that you remove Youndoo and all other possible threats from your PC if you want to feel secure while it is switched on. If you want proper protection, we recommend that you install a reliable anti-malware tool to take care of all security-related issues automatically.