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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is YourTV.link?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that YourTV.link is a browser hijacker. These so-called "hijackers" manipulate your browser(s), for example to change your startpage or searchscopes, so that the affected browser visits their site or one of their choice. This one also installs a bitcoin miner.

How do I know if my computer is affected by YourTV.link?

You may notice this is your new startpage:


and these altered settings:



and this warning:


How did YourTV.link get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was bundled with other software.

How do I remove YourTV.link?

Our program Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.
  • Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to your desktop.
  • Double-click mbam-setup-version.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • At the end, be sure a check-mark is placed next to the following:
    • Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium
    • Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • If an update is found, you will be prompted to download and install the latest version.
  • Once the program has loaded, select Scan Now. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  • Restart your computer when prompted to do so.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of YourTV.link?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes YourTV.link completely.
How would the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware help protect me?

We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this hijacker.

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware would have protected you against the YourTV.link hijacker. It would have warned you before the application could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.


Technical details for experts

Signs in a HijackThis log:

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://yourtv.link
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [HomeTask] C:\ProgramData\HomeTask.exe
O4 - Startup: {username}.exe
Possible signs in FRST logs:

 () C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\{username}.exe
 HKCU\...\Run: [HomeTask] => C:\ProgramData\HomeTask.exe [13665071 2015-07-13] ()
 () C:\ProgramData\Chrome\CHROME.exe
 Startup: C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\{username}.exe [2015-07-15] ()
 HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://yourtv.link
 FF Homepage: hxxp://yourtv.link
Alterations made by the installer:

The installer works in two stages that require a reboot.
Files and folders are created that can be named after these environmental variables: {Username} {Computername} {Name of the OS} 
Here: C:\ProgramData\Unknown\Unknown.exe
and one named after any program that you may have installed. (Chrome\CHROME.exe in this case)

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Scan Date: 7/15/2015
Scan Time: 9:39 AM
Logfile: mbamYourTV.txt
Administrator: Yes

Malware Database: v2015.07.15.01
Rootkit Database: v2015.07.14.01
License: Free
Malware Protection: Disabled
Malicious Website Protection: Disabled
Self-protection: Disabled

OS: Windows 8.1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {username}

Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 341644
Time Elapsed: 25 min, 7 sec

Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Enabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Enabled
PUM: Enabled

Processes: 2
PUP.Optional.HomeTask.A, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\{username}.exe, 3792, Delete-on-Reboot, [f518984a91f9e0569ae59f223cc5768a]
Riskware.BitcoinMiner, C:\ProgramData\Chrome\CHROME.exe, 3948, Delete-on-Reboot, [a8657d655535df57ac88729a24dd44bc]

Modules: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values: 1
PUP.Optional.HomeTask.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN|HomeTask, C:\ProgramData\HomeTask.exe, Quarantined, [e4299d45e4a6ec4aa2dd10b1b84946ba]

Registry Data: 1
PUP.Optional.YourTV.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\INTERNET EXPLORER\MAIN|Start Page, http://yourtv.link, Good: (www.google.com), Bad: (http://yourtv.link),Replaced,[5db031b17d0dca6cfab0f73a4bbabb45]

Folders: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Files: 8
PUP.Optional.HomeTask.A, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\{username}.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [f518984a91f9e0569ae59f223cc5768a], 
Riskware.BitcoinMiner, C:\ProgramData\Chrome\CHROME.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [a8657d655535df57ac88729a24dd44bc], 
PUP.Optional.HomeTask.A, C:\ProgramData\HomeTask.exe, Quarantined, [e4299d45e4a6ec4aa2dd10b1b84946ba], 
PUP.Optional.Agent.BCM, C:\ProgramData\Unknown\Unknown.exe, Quarantined, [a26b2fb39af01026d2ab50714eb3f20e], 
PUP.Optional.HomeTask.A, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\YourTV.link installer.exe, Quarantined, [a667bd25d2b88ea8c7b86e5301003ac6], 
Trojan.FakeAlert, C:\ProgramData\Google\Google Chrome.exe, Quarantined, [d637e200f9910a2c68cb5f0651b237c9], 
PUP.Optional.YourTV.A, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\hpq2vqto.default\prefs.js, Good: (), Bad: (user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "http://yourtv.link");), Replaced,[4cc1eff3fb8f0d29b215d397947133cd]
PUP.Optional.YourTV.A, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\hpq2vqto.default\searchplugins\google.xml, Quarantined, [ca4304de701a3006eb8edf888184f709], 

Physical Sectors: 0
(No malicious items detected)

As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware could have protected your computer against this threat.
We use different ways of protecting your computer(s):
  • Dynamically Blocks Malware Sites & Servers
  • Malware Execution Prevention
Save yourself the hassle and get protected.
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