The presence of the S.ytimg.com website on your browser is never a good sign. It means that somewhere on your computer lurks a nasty adware parasite. It is thanks to this malicious software that the webpage exists. This adware is also responsible for the numerous intrusive advertisements that flood your screen every time you open your browser. It is important to note that its malicious effect will not stop with just one web provider. Any browser that you have on your PC will be infected by this parasite.
As soon as the cyber pest has invaded, you’ll start experiencing troubles with your browsing experience. Lagging and slow internet will become a frequent occurrence. Also, adware may install shady browser extensions, add-ons or toolbar, without needing your permission. Malicious software such as this one is programmed to display as many ads as possible, in order to create revenue via the pay-per-click method. However, adware does not verify the advertisements. Meaning, you may get redirected to suspicious and even dangerous third-party websites that may seek to harm your computer.
Such malicious parasite is often found hiding behind spam emails, fake updates, freeware, torrent files, as well as infected links and shady ads. It is best to steer clear of any spam email messages that you get. Especially if they contain attachments and executable files. More often than not, such emails are infected with malicious software that will launch an attack on your computer as soon as you open them. It is not uncommon for the said emails to claim to be from companies like PayPal, eBay or Amazon.
Always check if the email address matches the official one. If it’s not the same, do not open such emails! If you do, you’ll unknowingly give malware access to your computer. Another thing we recommend doing, is to opt for Custom/Advanced mode in the Setup Wizard when the option is available. This way, you can control which programs are granted access to your computer. If there is any additional software, make sure that you deselect it, since that’s how cyber parasites try to sneak on your PC unnoticed.
Adware can get access to personal information such as but not limited to passwords, bank accounts, credit card numbers, IP addresses, as well as browsing history and search results. The last two are especially valuable to the parasite, as such data helps in the customization of the promoted content, so it looks more attractive to the user. As we already mentioned, adware doesn’t check if the sponsored pages lead to secure sources. Which is why you must avoid clicking on dubious links and ads.
You might be one click away from allowing crooks to steal your personal information and compromise your online security. The longer you stay idle and make no move to remove this parasite, the worse your situation will get. Your browser will soon stop working properly, to the point of it not being able to run at all. You can avoid all of the trouble that comes along with malicious software such as the S.ytimg.com pop-up ads. All you have to do, is to be quick. Get rid of this nasty adware before it is able to do any damages.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you know how to do this, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Please, follow the steps precisely to remove S.ytimg.com from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go to the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still cannot remove S.ytimg.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.