- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Yougoo.fr is definitely not the search engine that you want to find in your browser when you open it. As a matter of fact, this page may be set as your home page and default search engine in the major browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Google Chrome, but it does not seem to affect Microsoft Edge. Because of its behavior and capability to modify browser settings this infection has been categorized as a browser hijacker. If the setting changes take place without your permission or knowledge, this act counts as a privacy breach. You may not remember letting this infection on board and think that you have been infected with this malware. But, with all fairness, most users do not realize that they are actually offered a choice to opt out of these modifications as they tend to skip this and rush to install their new software. It is important to understand the potential risks that come with this browser hijacker or otherwise you may just keep it on your computer and consider it innocent. We definitely believe that you should remove Yougoo.fr if you do not want to deal with more complication and system security issues.
The most probable way for you to get infected with this malware is via freeware bundles. We have not found any websites to promote this tool as a standalone file. When you cannot find any official information about a tool or application, let alone a possibility to download it, you may question it and its intentions. Traveling in bundles is a rather questionable method as well. Although we cannot say that all bundles are malicious or harmful since these packages were originally created to help developers support their work. This way they can offer certain applications for free or for a discounted price. However, schemers also prefer to use this method because they can reach lots of computer users. Mainly, because these infected bundles are usually promoted on unreliable freeware and torrent sites, which are visited by several hundred thousand users every day.
Most people get infections by clicking on third-party ads and links, which may be totally misleading if you are unfamiliar with the website or you are inexperienced. It is very easy to get confused and think that you click on a download button, yet you click on a potentially harmful third-party ad that may initiate the download of malicious installers. It is also worth mentioning that even if you download such a package, you can still opt out of the installation of certain components. What most users ignore is the EULA, which usually mentions the additional adware programs, browser hijackers, or potentially unwanted programs that will also be installed if you accept the agreement. If you fail to opt out, you may infect your computer with several malware threats. This is a typical situation that cannot be solved by simply removing Yougoo.fr. It will be important to scan your computer with a reliable online malware scanner as well.
This search engine should not be used for web search because the results it displays could be altered in order to contain potentially unreliable third-party ads and links. Yougoo.fr generates money through ads and links promoting affiliated websites. That is why we advise you to always use a reputable search engine, including Google, Yahoo!, and Bing. If you use a no-name search engine like Yougoo.fr, there is a good chance that you will be exposed to potentially unreliable third-party ads and sponsored links all the time. So it is simply a question of time when you end up on a malicious website and cause more security issues for your computer. You should delete Yougoo.fr if you want to protect your PC and avoid the complications such an infection may hold for you.
Since this browser hijacker can change your browser settings, the quickest way to get rid of all these unwanted modifications is to reset all your browsers. Although, if you want to keep certain settings, you may want to restore the home page URL and the default search engine settings separately for each browser, which takes more time and might leave some leftovers. Therefore, we have included a guide to assist you if you do not know how to reset browsers. Also, remember that you need to keep your operating system and browsers updated to protect them from the attacks by cyber criminals. But the best protection is always an automated security tool that will remove and block every existing threat.
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