Your problem indicates that your computer has been infected by a browser hijacker called YourTV.link. This browser hijacker can overwrite your browser homepage and change the default search engine without any permission. That is why you are always redirected to the website http://yourtv.link and Google custom search page. YourTV.link is not technically a virus, so it may not be able to be detected by a general antivirus program. To completely remove this browser hijacker, you need a specialized tool, such as SpyHunter, to clean up all its related components from your PC.
YourTV.link is a nasty browser hijacker developed to promote its own domain page by taking over users’ browser homepage without asking any approval. Like other browser hijackers, it will change users’ browser settings, Hosts file and registry settings as soon as it gets installed on the targeted computers. Consequently, users keep being redirected to its own domain page whenever they launch their browsers. There is a search box and various links contained in its page (see the screenshot below).
At first sight, users my mistakenly think the search box is Google’s and use it to search the Internet as usual. But after they type the keywords into the search box and click the “Search” button (or press the Enter key), they will be redirected to a search result page provided by “Google custom search” instead of directly by “Google”. Even though users search something via the search bar in top right corner of the browser, they will be also redirected to the Google custom search result page. This is because the default search engine has been changed by the browser hijacker.
The reason why this browser hijacker changes users’ homepage and default search engine is simple: by forcing users to search the Internet via its own site and search engine, it can collect their browsing habits and send the data to third-party vendors for the purpose of advertising. Like many other browser hijackers, YourTV.link collects and uses the data contained in log files. The data in the log files include users’ IP address, ISP, browser’s User-Agent string, the time they spend on its domain site, and which sites they have visited. Third-party vendors can serve ads to users based on this information collected.
Risks of infection:
The browser hijacker will not terribly destroy a user’s whole computer system like what a Trojan horse could do. But this doesn’t mean that it brings no risks. Here are some risks brought by the browser hijacker:
Risk 1: Getting other types of malware infection. This browser hijacker will make changes to the user’s browser settings, which may lower the browser security level and allow other malware to attack the computer easily.
Risk 2: Personal information being revealed to unknown people. The browser hijacker will collect the user’s online data and other types of information in order to analyze his browsing habits and further serve many targeted ads to him. However, this information collected might be sold to or shared with other third parties without the user’s knowledge and consent.
Risk 3: Spending money on useless products or services. This browser hijacker can generate many pop-up ads based on the user’s browsing habits in order to attract clicks. Once the user clicks the ads and goes to the purchasing websites, he might be misled to buying the useless products or services.
Step 1: Run SpyHunter to remove YourTV.link browser hijacker.
Step 2: Run Malwarebytes to detect and remove potential leftovers.
Step 3: Remove YourTV.link from the affected web browsers.
Step 4: Clean the shortcuts from the affected web browsers.
Step 5: Run Max Spyware Detector to restore registry settings.
» Download SpyHunter-installer.exe on your PC by clicking the download link below.
» Locate the file you have downloaded just now, double click the file icon, and click Run when a dialog box pops up.
» Select your preferred language.
» Click CONTINUE button to proceed.
» Accept the End User License Agreement and click the INSTALL button.
» Keep following the wizards to continue the installation until you are prompted that the setup is successful. Then, click the Exit button.
» SpyHunter will now run automatically on your PC. If it begins to download its latest update, allow it to do so.
» When the update finishes, click on the Scan Computer Now button to run a scan for any threats hiding in your system.
» The scan process may take a while and just be patient. Once it comes to an end, you will be shown all detected threats similar to the screenshot below. You can scroll down to check all threats and then remove all of them by clicking on the Fix Threats button.
» Click the link below to download Malwarebytes setup file (you will be redirected to the official site of Malwarebytes) and save it on your desktop.
» Double click on the icon named mbam-setup.exe to start the installation of Malwarebytes.
» Please keep following the wizard to install the program until you see a dialog box saying that setup has finished installing Malwarebytes on your computer. Make sure that you tick the box labeled Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and then click the Finish button.
» Then, Malwarebytes will now run on your PC and start updating its database. Just allow it to do so. When finished, click Scan Now to scan your system for any threats.
» After the scanning is done, you will be shown all threats detected in your computer system. To remove them all, please click the Remove Selected button.
Remove from Internet Explorer:
» Click on the Tools menu or the gear icon ( in the top right corner) and select Internet Options.
» Under the General tab, delete the unwanted website URL http://yourtv.link from the Home Page field.
» Then, enter your prefered website URL (e.g. www.google.com) into the field, click Apply and then click OK.
» Click on the Tools menu or the gear icon again, and click Manage add-ons this time.
» Click the Search Providers tab, set the search engine you prefer as the default and then remove the unwanted search engine from your browser.
Remove from Mozilla Firefox:
» Click on the Open menu in the right top corner of the browser window, and select Options.
» Under the General tab, delete the unwanted URL from the Home Page field.
» Then, type your favarite website URL (e.g. www.google.com) into the field, so as to set it as your browser homepage.
» On the left side, click the Search tab. Under Default Search Engine, set the search engine you prefer as the default.
» Finally, locate One-click search engines, select the search engine you don’t want, and then click the Remove button.
Remove from Google Chrome:
» Click on the Chrome menu in the top-right corner of the browser window, and then click Settings from the drop down list.
» Under Appearance, tick Show Home button, and click on Change.
» In small window that opens, remove the unwanted website URL, enter your favorite one, and then click OK to save the change.
» Under Search, find and click on Manage search engines…
» Then you will be shown all search engines installed on the Chrome browser. You need to first set your preferred search engine as default, and then delete any search engine that may be installed by the browser hijacker.
» Click Start button, find and right click the icon of your browser (IE, Firefox or Chrome), and select Properties.
» Under the Shortcut tab, delete the unwanted website URL http://www.yourtv.link… from the Tartget field and click OK to save the change.
» Repeat the steps above untill you clean the unwanted shortcuts from all affected web browsers.
» Click the download link below to download Max Spyware Detector manager file.
» Double click on the saved file icon to start the installation. Follow the prompts during the process until you complete the installation of Max Spyware Detector.
» Once the installation completes, Max Spyware Detector will automatically run on your PC. On the main screen, find and click Options.
» Click Registry/Hosts File, select all entries or the ones you want to fix under Registry Fix tab, and then click on the Fix button to fix your registry settings.
Once you accomplish the steps above, please restart your PC so as to make the removal take effect. Remmember to run SpyHunter to scan your system again. If any threats are detected, remove them all. If you haven’t download SpyHunter on your PC, you can click the download button below to get it downloaded immediately.
Many computers get malware infection because of the users’ carelessness while surfing online and lack of protection consciousness. If you don’t want to be a victim of malware, then read the security tips below.
- Make sure that you set up your computer for automatic software and operating system updates. This can avoid malware to attack your PC by exploiting vulnerabilities in your installed software and operating system.
- You also need to install protective antivirus software on your PC. Excellent antivirus software can help block malicious attacks from the online world and reduce the chance of getting infected by malware.
- Always be cautious when receiving emails from people you don’t know. Don’t open the email attachments or click the links within the emails. Even if you know the senders, you still need to be careful when you notice that the emails look suspicious. If possible, contact the senders before you open the attachments or click the links.
- Avoid downloading freeware or shareware from untrustworthy websites. Some software looks ligitimate but actually contains installers of malware. Downloading and installing such software will allow malware to be installed on your PC easily.
- Set up your browser’s security features is also an important step to avoid malware infections. Here are the tips for secure browsing with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer.
- Computer Security – a short guide to staying safer online.
- Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe and secure on the Internet
- How Malware Spreads – How did I get infected
The following video offers a complete guide for YourTV.link redirect virus removal. You’d better watch it in full-screen mode!