(Solved!) Here is how to remove "YC.EXE" virus manually: Step by step "YC.EXE" Removal Guide

Full Path:%LOCAL APPDATA%\YC\APPLICATION\YC.EXE

What is YC.EXE?

YC.EXE is a pretty popular virus.
You can get it on your computer while downloading it bundled with some free software.
Sadly, most free downloads do not disclose that other programs will be installed, so you are more likely to get YC.EXE on your PC without your own knowledge.
 

After being downloaded, YC.EXE hijacks your browser and changes search settings.
YC.EXE also causes an appearance of popup ads and browser redirecting.

YC.EXE is very annoying and hard to get rid of.


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You have 2 ways to remove YC.EXE:

You have 2 ways

Remove it automatically1. Remove Automatically.
Remove it manually2. Remove Manually.

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So it was much easier to fix such problem automatically, wasn't it?
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How to remove YC.EXE manually:

STEP 1: Check all shortcuts of your browsers on your desktop, taskbar and in the Start menu. Right click on your shortcut and change it's properties.

http://YC.EXE

You can see YC.EXE at the end of shortcut target (command line). Remove it and save changes.

In addition, check this command line for fake browser's trick.
For example, if a shortcut points to Google Chrome, it must have the path:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe.
Fake browser may be: …\Appdata\Roaming\HPReyos\ReyosStarter3.exe.
Also the file name may be: “chromium.exe” instead of chrome.exe.

STEP 2: Investigate the list of installed programs and uninstall all unknown recently installed programs.

check installed programs to uninstall

STEP 3: Open Task Manager and close all processes, related to YC.EXE in their description. Discover the directories where such processes start. Search for random or strange file names.

Remove YC.EXE virus from running processes

Remove YC.EXE virus from running processes

STEP 4: Inspect the Windows services. Press Win+R, type in: services.msc and press OK.

Remove YC.EXE virus from Windows services

Remove YC.EXE virus from Windows services

Disable the services with random names or contains YC.EXE in it's name or description.

STEP 5: After that press Win+R, type in: taskschd.msc and press OK to open Windows Task Scheduler.
Remove YC.EXE from scheduled task list.

Delete any task related to YC.EXE. Disable unknown tasks with random names.

STEP 6: Clear the Windows registry from YC.EXE virus.
Press Win+R, type in: regedit.exe and press OK.

Remove YC.EXE virus from Windows registry

Remove YC.EXE virus from Windows registry

Find and delete all keys/values contains YC.EXE.

STEP 7: Remove YC.EXE from Google Chrome.
Remove YC.EXE Virus from Chrome Extensions

STEP 8: Remove YC.EXE from Internet Explorer.

Set Internet Explorer Homepage

Set Internet Explorer Homepage

STEP 9: Remove YC.EXE from Mozilla Firefox.

Change Firefox Home Page

Change Firefox Home Page

STEP 10: And at the end, clear your basket, temporal files, browser's cache.

But if you miss any of these steps and only one part of virus remains – it will come back again immediately or after reboot.

Autostart registry keys:
HKLM\Software\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\ShimInclusionList\yc.exe
HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\SHAREDACCESS\PARAMETERS\FIREWALLPOLICY\FIREWALLRULES\{EAD623E8-B704-4E27-8313-2E287F1E06BC}: “V2.27|ACTION=ALLOW|ACTIVE=TRUE|DIR=IN|PROTOCOL=17|LPORT=5353|APP=%LOCAL APPDATA%\YC\APPLICATION\YC.EXE|NAME=CHROMIUM (MDNS-IN)|DESC=INBOUND RULE FOR CHROMIUM TO ALLOW MDNS TRAFFIC.|EMBEDCTXT=YC|”
HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN\YCAUTOLAUNCH_B57FE497D930D3B18C370934C1AB6E27: “”%LOCAL APPDATA%\YC\APPLICATION\YC.EXE” /PREFETCH:5″
HKCU\SOFTWARE\YC\INSTALLERSUCCESSLAUNCHCMDLINE: “”%LOCAL APPDATA%\YC\APPLICATION\YC.EXE””
Related Files:
%LOCAL APPDATA%\YC\APPLICATION\SETUPMETRICS\20171112070822.PMA
%LOCAL APPDATA%\YC\APPLICATION\SETUPMETRICS\20171112070837.PMA
%LOCAL APPDATA%\YC\APPLICATION\YC.EXE
%LOCAL APPDATA%\YC\USER DATA\BROWSERMETRICS-ACTIVE.PMA
%LOCAL APPDATA%\YC\USER DATA\BROWSERMETRICS-SPARE.PMA

File Information YC.EXE:

Virustotal = 16/68
MD5 = D223FBF2A9D0E251A1B3A7AE20D06DDF
File Size: 4018688
OriginalFilename: chrome.exe
FileDescription: Chromium
InternalName: chrome_exe
CompanyName: The Chromium Authors
LegalCopyright: Copyright 2016 The Chromium Authors. All rights reserved.


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