I hope you opened this article only out of curiosity because if not, I really feel sorry for you. The YT5s virus might not be new, but it’s definitely trending right now and claiming to be the most annoying. Ironically, if you caught it on your Mac, you wouldn’t be able to click on this article. You would get redirected to websites of virus choice no matter what you typed in a search bar.
However, if you read this article on your phone in the hope of finding a solution, don’t worry you came to the right place. And to sugarcoat the pill even more kudos for trying to resolve an issue by yourself instead of bringing your Mac to the expensive service. AdLock appreciates proactive users who want to keep control over their devices. Adblocking and web security industries exist only because of people who withstand the global corporations’ control of their personal data. You want the instruments and we give them to you. Basically, you are the reason we exist and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Okay, that was a lyrical digression. Now it’s the time to get rid of the virus.
What is YT5s?
Here is an observation: each time when users got an embarrassing virus, they pretend they don’t know where it came from. I believe it’s not the case now so I’ll gladly and non-judgementally introduce you to the YT5s virus.
There are websites on the internet that allow downloading videos from YouTube to anyone who is reluctant to purchase YouTube Premium. Not only do those websites infringe on copyright laws, they can also infect their users’ gadgets with viruses such as YT5s. The YT5s is not a ransomware virus, but it will cause major discomfort. For example, a virus can redirect you to its motherland site (yt5s.com) instead of the one you typed in a search bar; it can flood your browser with all kinds of ads or even install itself as a browser extension and hide there. This, in turn, may potentially lead you to face more dangerous and malicious viruses.
How Macbook May be Infected with YT5s?
The easiest way to get the YT5s virus is to visit one of the rogue Download from YouTube sites (like yt5s.com, duh) and accidentally click on one of the banners there. Those banners can be distinguished as software notifications or more commonly as download buttons. Then you click the file in your Downloads and begin the installation of the virus.
The other popular way to get your Mac infected is by installing free apps or cracked versions of paid apps with the hidden virus code inside the package. That’s why you should never hesitate to choose Advanced or Manual installation. You’ll see all the additional hidden packages and will be able to prevent unwanted software from being installed on your computer.
Get Rid of YT5s Virus from Mac Manually
Luckily for all Mac enthusiasts, the YT5s virus is not that smart and foxy. It doesn’t harm your system though it may look like this because it won’t allow you to open any sites but its own. The virus hides in your browser extensions. And the moment you spot an extension, you have no memory of installing and deleting it, the mess and redirects will stop instantly. The most important thing is to prevent harm in the future. Keep reading to learn how.
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Stop YT5s virus with AdLock Safari extension:
- Download AdLock from AppStore;
- Press Open settings in the dialog window;
- Tick boxes next to AdLock and AdLock Icon in your Safari settings;
- Enjoy surfing the ad-less web.
Stop YT5s virus with AdLock for Mac:
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Remove Malicious Extensions
Now it’s finally the time to erase that bastard of a virus from your browsers, as I said one paragraph earlier. Why didn’t I explain how to do it right away? I don’t know ask the SEO team.
– Open Google Chrome;
– Click Chrome > More tools > Extensions or find a little jigsaw icon in the bar where your current extensions are showing > Click on it > Choose Manage extensions;
– Find the yt5s.com extension and click Remove;
– Restart Chrome.
From Mozilla Firefox
– Open Firefox;
– Click the three lines button > Add-ons and themes > Extensions;
– Find the YT5s.com extension > Click on it > Remove;
– Restart Firefox.
– Open Safari;
– Click Safari > Preferences > Extensions;
– Select the YT5s extension (or anything else suspicious) > Uninstall;
– Restart Safari.
From Microsoft Edge
You use Microsoft Edge on your MacBook to download videos from YouTube and get it infected with the YT5s virus. You sound really extra; I’d love to listen to your stories. Anyhow:
– Open Microsoft Edge;
– Click the three dots button > Extensions;
– Click Manage Extensions;
– Find the YT5s extensions > Remove;
– Restart Microsoft edge.