Yapages.ru is a potentially harmful website that features a questionable search engine as well as unreliable third-party ads and other content we do not advise you to engage with. If you find this website or any related sites you have been redirected to, it is most likely that you have been infected with a browser hijacker. This malware infection can present you with harmful third-party content as well as questionable search results which both can end badly for you if you were to engage with them. You may infect your computer with more malware programs or get scammed by crooks who could steal your money. When you find this or related websites in your browsers, it is also quite possible that you will find other malware infections on your system as well. Therefore, we suggest that you do not hesitate to remove Yapages.ru from your PC if you want to avoid further complications and headaches.
Our research shows that this browser hijacker is quite similar to other Russian hijackers, including Pesonal-Spage.com and Loadblanks.ru. This malware infection is most probably spread in free software bundles, which means that you may not even realize that you install it since these third-party installers are usually designed in a misleading way. It is possible, for example, that you have installed free software recently and did not notice that you are installing other applications as well in one go. This can happen when you go for the quick installation option. Whenever you are offered to, you should select the custom or advanced option because the real and full content of a bundle may only be disclosed then. This would give you a chance to stop multiple malicious threats from entering your system. Such a bundle can hold a number of adware programs, browser hijackers, fake alerts, backdoors, and potentially unwanted applications. It should be obvious that even if you delete Yapages.ru from your system, there could be other infections still endangering it.
Apart from downloading free software from shady file-sharing sources, such as torrent and freeware pages, you may also be introduced to unsafe third-party advertisements that could drop such malicious bundles or redirect you to malicious pages that would infect you with such packages. Therefore, it is vital that you stay away from suspicious websites that annoy you with several shady-looking or even invisible third-party contents, including banner and pop-up ads, false notifications, fake buttons, and fake updaters. Also, you should never click on any random advertisements if you want to make sure that you are on the safe side. This way you can partly protect your PC from malicious attacks. However, if you have noticed this browser hijacker in your browsers, we recommend that you act now and scan your system with a trustworthy online malware scanner so that you can identify all possible threat sources after you delete Yapages.ru.
This browser hijacker seems to operate through modifying shortcuts on your computer and promoting itself through them by injecting “yapages.ru/?from=ic1ua” as the home page and an instruction to open your respective browser with this. Once your browser launches, this page may redirect you to various websites that show potentially unsafe third-party ads or ask you to register. This browser hijacker promotes this Russian website that is filled with questionable advertisements, a risky search engine, and all kinds of news articles. In addition to all this, there is also a menu panel on the left-hand side that leads to online radio stations, maps, and so on. All in all, at first sight it may appear to be a useful site if you forget about the annoying ads, of course. However, our tests show that you should not engage with any content that comes from or through this browser hijacker.
This hijacker can make easy revenue by promoting affiliates through advertising as well as its search engine. In fact, this search engine redirects you to a customized Google results page, cse.google.ru, where you could also be exposed to risky content since this infection may manipulate the results by inserting third-party ads and sponsored links that might come from uncontrolled and unreliable sources, such as cyber criminals. If you were to click on any questionable content, there is a chance that you infect your computer with malicious programs, but you could also open new tabs and windows with malicious content. We do not think that you would like to experience being scammed by crooks and lose money in any kind of online scam, such as a fake online shop. Therefore, we suggest that you remove Yapages.ru from your system as soon as you can say “browser hijacker on board.”
This malware infection is a bit different from your usual browser hijackers that change your browser settings or the Target line of your shortcuts. This threat actually hijacks your shortcuts; therefore, you need to locate and delete all newly created shortcuts and folders related to this attack. Please follow our instructions below if you need help with identifying these. However, you should also think about the fact that such an infection as well as others may have entered your virtual world with such an ease. Therefore, it may be time to take care of your virtual security if you cannot handle it manually yourself. We advise you to employ a reliable anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter. This tool will automatically filter out malicious programs and attacks and safeguard your system. If you want to be even more effective, you should keep all your drivers and software regularly updated, which can further lower your vulnerability to cyber attacks, too.