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Remove YTD Toolbar and Spigot Ads (Browser Hijacker Removal Guide)

YTD toolbar appears within your web browser and search homepage changed to yahoo search but with various ads banners and popup ads? In this article you will find how to get rid of YTD toolbar hijacking issues and related PUP or adware with a step by step removal guide.

 

What is YTD Toolbar? 

 

YTD toolbar is a browser hijacker to promote advertisements. It hijacks the web search with homepage changed to search.yahoo.com and default search engine modified to yahoo. It displays various ads banners and popups by Spigot by attaching various browser extensions. Bear in mind, browser hijackers are all unsafe to use. Remove this YTD toolbar and related PUPs upon sight.

 

The image of YTD toolbar and search hijacking page.

ytd toolbar bundled spigot adware

As you may see from the snapshot of this YTD toolbar hijacking homepage with url shown as http://search.yahoo.com/?type=937811&fr=spigot-yhp-ff instead of neat yahoo.com, random ads banners at the page head and other items under the Yahoo search box added to fill the blank space with various ads. If you use it to search, you may detect that real search results from Yahoo are displayed but something look weird if you check up the search URL.

yahoo search results by default search

 

In view of YTD toolbar being a browser hijacker serving as an ads promoter, it attaches various browser extensions such as Slick Savings, Ebay Shopping Assistant by Spigot, Amazon Shopping Assistant by Spigot, besides other YTD toolbar and domain error assistant, etc, for advertising or promoting advertising. Take a close look, and you may find that this YTD toolbar just utilizes real search results of Yahoo to confuse users with the real and only purpose of tracking users behaviors and promoting advertising.

 

YTD toolbar and related search redirect leads to not only floods of ads by spigot, but also risks of privacy theft and various infections. This kind of browser hijacker is nothing but unwanted to remove and keep safe away from.

 

domain error assistant extension permission in chrome

 

 

How Does YTD Toolbar Come into Computer? 

 

Typically YTD toolbar comes bundled with other freeware downloaded from the Internet. These freeware can be audio/video player, PDF converter, download manager, software informer, etc.

Remember many PUPs or browser hijackers like this YTD toolbar are frequently used by cyber crooks to spread infections. Whenever you detect YTD toolbar or Yahoo search by Spigot search redirects within your web browser, immediately check up your system and web browser for any other unwanted programs or browser settings modified without your permission.

 

—-To keep safe away from this browser hijacker and related adware, you can take below tips into practice: 

 

1. Use caution when browsing the Internet. Basically, you should ensure turn on security features of your web browser. See detailed instructions to turn on security features of IE, Firefox and Chrome. Plus. some tools like Anvi Ad Blocker would do a good job to help you filter most malicious/phishing websites and pop up ads. Anvi Ad Blocker download: www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html. See more details on Easy Ads-free Surfing with Anvi Ad Blocker.

2. Take extra caution when you are required to download some browser updates, or adobe flash players. These are very likely to lead you to malicious downloads.

3. Pay attention when clicking a superlink or opening an email from unknown people and express company. It is too careful to open an attachment contained in a spam email or peer-to-peer shared files from the Internet.

4. Regularly clean up system files to maintain a healthy system. And also clean browser data including browser history and browser cookies on regular basis to better protect your online privacy.

5. Keep your system and installed programs up to date.

6. At any rate, the best way to protect computer from infections would be always security tools including firewall, antivirus, antimalware like Anvi Smart Defender.

Please note, uninstall the YTD toolbar and related program from computer will not repair the browser issues. To get rid of YTD toolbar & Spigot Search and Ads, you also need to repair browser settings after the uninstall. Below is a removal guide with step by step details on this subject for your reference. -–Maware Prevent Tips 

 

 

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How to Get Rid of YTD Toolbar and Search Redirects (Browser Hijacker Removal Gudie)

 

Step 1. Remove hidden components using Antimalware

Step 2. Uninstall related PUPs from computer

Step 3. Remove search redirects from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome

Step 4. Remove tracking cookies, key leftovers and maintain system performance

Step 5. Block malicious websites and pop up ads using Anvi Ad Blocker

 

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Step 1. Remove hidden components using Antimalware

 

To facilitate the afterward removal and ensure the computer is clean from any hidden components of the infection, it is necessary to use Antimalware/antivirus scan and removal. Here we use the antimalware Anvi Smart Defender as an example for demonstration purpose. You can also take a try by following below steps:

1. Download and install Anvi Smart Defender

Free version Download: www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html

(If you want more protection of Anvi Smart Defender like to immune to future threats, you may upgrade it here. )

2. Switch to the second tab-the scan tab and click on Full Scan button.

3. Remove the malicious results scanned by Anvi Smart Defender antimalware.

remove spigot components using Anvi Smart Defender

 

 

 

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Step 2. Uninstall related PUP from computer

 

Choose an option you prefer to uninstall:

Option 1. Automatic Uninstall–Uninstall Related PUP using Anvi Uninstaller

Option 2. Manual Uninstall–Uninstall Related PUP from Control Panel 

 

 

Tips: If you can not figure out which software is related to Search.jzip.com redirects, it is a good idea to remove all programs installed on the date that you firstly detect the presence of Search.jzip.com hijacking within your web browser.

 

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Option 1. Automatic Uninstall

 

Anvi Uninstaller featured in Cloud System Booster contains a Recently Installed Tab can help you conveniently find the related PUP from recently installed program list to uninstall.

To use Anvi Uninstaller, you can follow below steps:

1. Download and install the Cloud System Booster.

Free version downloadwww.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

2. Start it and click on Toolbox at the bottom of the main screen to access where you can locate Anvi Uninstaller to Download and Run. and then Locate the Recent Installed tab and then find the related programs to uninstall.

uninstall in cloud system booster

 

Note:  The related PUPs would be multiple. Ensure uninstall all PUPs related to the browser hijacker or PUP.

 

YTD toolbar downloader

 

Then you will see below window

Anvi Uninstall

delete leftovers after uninstall YTD video download

 

Please note that here the process 3 is only available for Pro version users. This step can help you clean out those left files, mainly registry entries of the uninstalled PUP.

And if you want this, you can conveniently purchase the Cloud System Booster here:  http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php

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Option 2. Manually uninstall Related PUP from Control Panel

 

Note: The related PUPs would be multiple. Ensure uninstall all PUPs related to the adware. The related PUPs could be Slick Savings, Hotspot Shield, etc.

 

For Win 8 users: Click Windows key  > Start Menu > Control Panel ,  Find and click dubious program related, click Uninstall.

For Windows 7/Vista: Click Start windows key > Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall a program,  find and locate dubious program related to right click the item, click Uninstall/Change. If there comes an confirmation, click Yes to proceed.

uninstall YTD downloader and related PUP from control panel

 

For Windows xp:  Click Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs, find and click dubious programs related, and then right click the item to click Remove to proceed the uninstall.

 

 

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Step 3. Remove YTD toolbar and search redirects from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome

 

Choose an option your prefer below:

Option 1: Automatic Repair using Anvi Slim Toolbar

→ highly recommended for users using multiple web browsers

Option 2. Manual Repair

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Option 1. Automatic Repair using Anvi Slim Toolbar

 

To remove search redirects from web browser, generally there are mainly three aspects in fixing browser settings in IE, Firefox and Chrome: remove add-on and related search engine, fix the homepage. Now to conveniently repair the browser settings, you can use this tool-Anvi Slim Toolbar.

 

a. Download and install

Anvi Slim Toolbar download: www.dotfab.com/download_ast.html 

b. Close all opened web browsers. Then start the program and click Manage on its main screen.

c. Find and locate related/unwanted browser add-on and remove it from the appeared list.

remove YTD download toolbar using Anvi Slim toolbar

 

e. Switch to the main screen and click Repair button to repair the homepage and search engine.

 

Slim toolbar browser repair delta search

 

 

After all done, reopen your web browser to check.

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Option 2. Manual Repair

 

For Google Chrome users

For Mozilla Firefox users

For Internet Explorer users

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chromeGoogle Chrome

 

1. Remove extension

Open Google Chrome and click bars icon to navigate to toolbars and extensions, find related or unwanted extensions to locate and click on the Trash can icon to remove it.

 

remove YTD related extensions from Chrome

 

2. Remove startup page 

Click Settings at the left menu, find On startup area and click set page

change startup page in chrome

 

Then locate it and click X to remove the  startup page.

remove startup page

 

3. Remove homepage

Then locate the Appearance area, click Change.
remove homepage from chrome 1
Then remove the url from the text box. Click OK to save the change and exit.

remove homepage from chrome 2

 

4. Remove related search engine

Browser hijacker also changes your default search engine in chrome. Check it and choose your preferred search engine as default.

Find Search area, click manage search engines… button.

manage search engine in chrome

Then,  make your preferred search engine, like Google.com, as default and then remove any other suspiciously related search engine from chrome by locating it and clicking X as it shows.

manage search engine in chrome 2

When finished, open Chrome to check if the issue is gone.

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Firefox  Mozilla Firefox

 

1. Remove add-on

Open Mozilla Firefox, click on Firefox button on the top left of the window to open a dropped menu where you need to select Add-ons to open the mange add-ons window.

Firefox add-ons1

 

On the opened window of manage add-ons, locate the Extensions tab to locate related add on and click Remove button to remove it.

remove ytd add-ons and related add-ons from firefox

 

Besides, you also need to check for the plugin tab on the add-on manage window, where you may also find other unwanted plugin and if any, make sure remove it as well.

 

2. Reset homepage

Click Firefox button to select Options->Options from the dropped menu.
Firefox homepage reset 1

 

On the opened window, locate General tab and reset the homepage by either entering your desired homepage like www.google.com or click on Restore to Default button. When finished, click OK to save the change and exit.
firefox homepage reset

 

3. Repair search engine

In the opened Firefox window, click the right place besides the search box as shown in below image to drag out a dropped menu from there to select Manage search engines…

remove fupa games search engine from firefox 1

Then there will comes out a windows as shown in below picture. Click on suspiciously related search engine...locate it and then click Remove to remove it. Or you can just click restore to default button to repair it. Click OK to save the change and exit the window.

remove fupa games search provider from firefox 2

 

4. Reconfigure Firefox

Open a new blank tab in your Firefox, and type about:config in the address bar to open a window as shown in below picture.

 

Firefox configuration

 

Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue.

 

Then,  on the appeared window, type YTD  and Spigot respectively  in the search box to find any items with value containing the keywords of the PUP from list there and highlight the item, right click on it to select Reset, one by one.

 

reset firefox from spigot adware

 

When finished, restart the Firefox to check. That’s it.

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IE Internet Explorer

 

1. Remove add-on 

Open Internet Explorer, click Settings icon to select Manage add-on

IE manage add-on

 

There will open a window of Manage add-ons, where you need to locate on Toolbars and Extensions tab, search through the list to find related add-on. Click the item to disable and remove.

remove YTD toolbar from IE

 

Note: Some PUP’s inserted add-on/plugin in IE can only be removed through control Panel, that is to say, if you uninstall it from the Control Panel, this add-on will automatically disappear in IE.

 

2. Remove Search provider

Still on the window of manage add-ons, switch to Search Providers tab, and then search for related or unwanted search provider to locate it and click on Remove button at the bottom to get rid of it. (Please note if the search provider to remove is set as default, firstly you need to set other search engine like bing or google as default and then proceed the removal. )

 

remove fupa search engine from IE default search provider

 

3. Reset homepage

Click on Settings icon and then select Internet Options. On the coming up window, locate → General tab → Home page area, you can either click on the Use Blank button or type your desired homepage like www.google.com in the edit box. Then, click OK to save the change and exit. That’s it.

reset homepage in IE

 

Restart the Internet Explorer to check. That’s it.

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Step 4. Remove tracking cookies, key leftovers and maintain system performance

 

Since this Search.jzip.com can inject its tracking cookies or use other means to track your online search habit and access to all your browser data, it is necessary to remove the related browser data including its tracking cookies and browser history to prevent its survival. In this regard, Cloud System Booster would be helpful. Not only will it help you automatically clean the browser data, but also it will maintain your system performance in order to return a smooth uncluttered OS.

Cloud System Booster download: www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

Instructions: 1. Download and install.

2. Click Disk Cleaner button on the main screen and then on the left navigator, locate the web browser like Internet Explorer or Google Chrome that you use, and then select item of removing cookies. It is recommended to select all web browsers that you have on your PC.

clean cookies in cloud system booster

 

2. Click Home button to back on home page and click Quick Care button and the system maintenance begins.

Cloud System Booster 3.1-toolbar manage

Cloud System Booster 3.1 system cleaning

 

Recommended for a slow PC→

 -Anvi Ultimate Defrag

If you want deep optimization, it is a good idea to defrag your hard disk using Anvi Ultimate Defrag:

This is a trial version of Anvi Ultimate Defrag download: www.dotfab.com/download_aud.html

 

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Step 5. Block malicious websites and pop up ads using Anvi Ad Blocker

 

To block malicious websites and pop up ads for safer surfing online, some tools like Anvi Ad Blocker would be a nice choice. It provides a huge online database to help you filter most malicious/phishing websites and annoying advertisements.

ad blocker

Anvi AD Blocker download: www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html

Please note this is a trial version of Anvi Ad Blocker for 15 days free use. If you want it for longer time, you can conveniently buy it here.

 

Not only can this tool help you block those malicious, phishing websites and most advertisements to reduce risks of getting infected, but also it can assist you in filtering those unwanted URLs like this Search.jzip.com by adding the URL into its black list.

block unwanted websites using Anvi Ad Blocker

 

>> See more on Safer Surfing online with Anvi Ad Blocker

 

If any question in the process, leave it below.

 

 

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Adware/Malware Prevent Tips

–Tips to Prevent Adware and Potential Malware Infiltration

 

1. Keep your system and installed programs updated to latest version.

2. Use caution when surfing online. Basically, you are suggested to turn on security features of web browsers. (See steps to turn on security features of IE/Firefox/Chrome).

3. Some tools like Anvi Ad Blocker can help you block most malicious/phishing websites and pop up ads with a real-timely updated database. Anvi AD Blocker download: www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html

ad blocker

 

4. At any rate, the best way to prevent adware or malware infections is always security tools including firewall, antimalware or antivirus, etc. If you have not an trustful antimalware yet, then Anvi Smart Defender (download) would be a good choice to offer protection from mushrooming threats online.

Anvi Smart Defender guard

 

5. To prevent unwilling install of some PUPs that bundles browser toolbars or adware, ensure the superlink of download you click is safe and clean. Plus, during the install, always choose custom install instead of continuing hitting Next to recklessly ignore the pre-check boxes and finally find unwanted programs else installed.

6. Chances are you take all measures to protect your computer but still end up with unknown infections, then the last solution is to take precaution on various cyber scams and remove the infection once and for all.