How to remove Yontoo Layers (Uninstall Guide)

Yontoo Layers is an adware program, which is promoted via other free downloads, and once installed it will display advertisements that appear to be from the website that you are visiting, even though they are usually delivered from entirely different ad networks.
[Image: Yontoo Layers virus]
Yontoo Layers is an extension for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome that is typically added when you install another free software (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that had bundled into their installation this adware program. When you install these free programs, they will also install Yontoo Layers as well. Some of the programs that are known to bundle Yontoo Layers include , PageRage, TornTV, 1ClickDownloader, Text Enhance, Strong Vault, CoupnDropDown, DropDownDeals and many other programs.

For example, when you install FLV Player, you will also agree to install Yontoo Layers, however when you will uninstall this program, Yontoo Layers will not be removed from your computer. This means that you’ll manually have to remove Yontoo Layers from your browser and computer.

Once installed, the Yontoo Layers program will displays offers, coupons and advertisements via a pop-up boxes and javascript on the websites that you are visiting.
[Image: Yontoo Layers Client adware]

You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this Yontoo Layers. Be very careful what you agree to install.
Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

Yontoo Layers – Virus Removal Instructions

STEP 1 : Uninstall Yontoo Layers program from your computer

Yontoo Layers is developed by Yontoo LLC or Yontoo Layers Client, and comes bundled within the installation of free software.
In our case Yontoo Layers was installed with other three additional programs (Yontoo, Delta Toolbar, BrowserProtect, and MixiDJ), which we will need to uninstall.

  1. To uninstall Yontoo Layers programs from your computer, click the Start button, then select Control Panel, and click on Uninstall a program.
    If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for “control panel“. Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control Panel from there, then select Uninstall a program.
    [Image: Uninstall a program]
  2. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and uninstall Yontoo, Yontoo Runtime, Yontoo Layers, BrowserProtect, Desk365 and any other unwanted or unknown programs from your computer.
    [Image: Uninstall Yontoo Layers program]

Depending on what program has installed this adware, the above programs may have a different name.
We recommend that you uninstall any software developed by Yontoo LLC or Yontoo Layers Client, and any other unknown programs.


STEP 2 : Remove Yontoo Layers residual damage from your browser

Remove Yontoo Layers from Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the gear icon [Image: icongear.jpg] (Tools for Windows XP users) at the top (far right), then click again on Internet Options.
    Internet Options in IE
  2. In the Internet Options dialog box, click on the Advanced tab, then click on the Reset button.
    Reset Internet Explorer
  3. In the Reset Internet Explorer settings section, check the Delete personal settings box, then click on Reset.
    Internet Explorer back to its default settings  to remove Yontoo Layers
  4. When Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click Close in the confirmation dialogue box and then click OK.
  5. Close and open Internet Explorer.

Remove Yontoo Layers from Mozilla Firefox

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button, go over to the Help sub-menu (on Windows XP, click the Help menu at the top of the Firefox window), and select Troubleshooting Information.
    Firefox Troubleshooting Information
  2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
    Firefox default settings  to remove Yontoo Layers
  3. To continue, click Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
  4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish

Remove Yontoo Layers from Google Chrome

  1. Remove Yontoo Layers extensions from Google Chrome.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button on the browser toolbar, select Tools and then click on Extensions.
    Google Chrome Extensions
    In the Extensions tab, remove (by clicking on the Recycle Bin) the Yontoo, Yontoo Layers, BrowserProtect, MixiDJ and any other unknown extensions from Google Chrome.
    [Image: Yontoo Layers Chrome extension]
    NOTE: Yontoo Layers Chrome extension may have added other extensions which you will need to remove.
    We recommend that you remove any unwanted or unknown extensions from Google Chrome.
  2. Set Google Chrome default search engine to Google.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button, then select Settings and click on Manage search engines in the Search section.
    In the Search Engines dialog that appears, select Google and click the Make Default button that appears in the row.
    [Image: Remove Yontoo Layers search hijack]
    Search for any unwanted search engine in the Search Engines list, and click the X button that appears at the end of the row.
  3. Change Google Chrome homepage to its default.
    Yontoo Layers may modify your Google Chrome settings so that whenever you open your web browser, your homepage will be set to Yontoo homepage.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button, then select Settings and click on One the New Tab page in the On Startup section.
    [Image: Change Google Chrome homepage to its default]

STEP 3: Remove Yontoo Layers registry keys with AdwCleaner.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK
     (This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer)
  2. Before starting this utility, close all open programs and internet browsers.
  3. Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  4. Click on Delete, then confirm each time with Ok.
    Adwcleaner utility
  5. Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
  6. NEXT, double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  7. Click on Uninstall, then confirm with yes to remove this utility from your computer.

STEP 4: Run a computer scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to remove Yontoo Layers malicious files

  1. You can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free from the below link, then double click on it to install this program.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a download page in a new window from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)
  2. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the setup process. DO NOT make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, make sure you leave both the Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware checked, then click on the Finish button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware final installation screen]
  3. On the Scanner tab, select Perform quick scan and then click on the Scan button to start scanning your computer.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan]
  4. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer as shown below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scanning for Yontoo Layers]
  5. When the Malwarebytes scan will be completed, click on Show Result.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan results]
  6. You will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware has detected.Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image. Make sure that everything is Checked (ticked) and click on the Remove Selected button.
    [Image:Malwarebytes removing malware]

STEP 5: Run a computer scan with HitmanPro to remove Yontoo Layers adware

  1. Download HitmanPro from the below link, then double click on it to start this program.
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download HitmanPro)
  2. HitmanPro will start and you’ll need to follow the prompts (by clicking on the Next button) to start a system scan with this program.
    HitmanPro installation
  3. HitmanPro will start scanning your computer for malware, as seen in the image below.
    HitmanPro scans for Yontoo Layers
  4. Once the scan is complete,you’ll see a screen which will display all the infected files that this utility has detected, and you’ll need to click on Next to remove these malicious files.
    HitmanPro scan results
  5. Click Activate free license to start the free 30 days trial and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    HitmanPro 30 days activation button

If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove Yontoo Layers from your computer, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

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ABOUT STELIAN PILICI

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I live in Bucharest (Romania), where I run my own local computer repair shop.
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  • noone

    It worked for me, thank you!

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  • Thinh Doan

    Oh MY GOSH! THANKYOU SO MUCH! :D Yontoo is gone. I HATE THAT PROGRAM. I had like blue screen 3 time & finally I know what been happening to my laptop. You made my day & God Bless. THANKYOU 100 TIMES! :D

  • JM

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  • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

    Hello,

    Lets try to remove this nasty program:

    STEP 1: Run a scan with AdwCleaner

    Please run AdwCleaner (as seen on STEP 3) to remove this infection!

    STEP 2: Run a scan with Junkware Removal Tool

    1.Download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop from the below link:

    JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL : http://thisisudax.org/downloads/JRT.exe

    2. Double-click on the JRT.exe icon to start this utility.

    3. The tool will open and start scanning your system. Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system’s specifications

    Waiting for your reply to see how everything is running…

    • flower power

      You little star! I even saw in the txt report which other user on my pc appeared to have brought in the Babylon virus. Everything now looking nice and clean and appears to have gone from the program list….im off to string a certain someone up now…..many thanks

  • Greenbo

    Thank you! It worked perfectly!