Less Annoying Youtube

There are two things that that annoy me about youtube these days, everytime I play a video I get these semi-transparent signs saying “SUBSCRIBE SUBSCRIBE SUBSCRIBE” and then the other thing are captions telling you something you don’t even care about. I’m here to watch the damn video let me enjoy my 3 to 5 mins in peace without getting blasted by crap.

I thought there was no way to stop and previously there wasn’t but thank you Google for giving so many options, after a little digging in the youtube settings you can switch it all off forever!

Follow these simple steps:

You still get the standard Ads but at least the whole screen isn’t cluttered with crap that just blinds you and you can tell what the hell video is playing. So go in do it save your settings and enjoy Youtube once again.

(Yes I have watched Gangam Style at least 1000 times, this song is as addictive as cocaine, once its in your head it never leaves)

Browser Hacked – Yandex.RU Hack

YANRUSSIA

I am very careful with my machines, I update them constantly and I do regular scans. Sometimes some software crashes or a machine crashes, that happens every once in a while. But I am very careful of what I install or download, so when something weird starts happening I go into lock down mode. The day before my machine was acting fine when the next day any website I enter gets redirect to “Yandex.ru/blahblahblah” I didn’t know why. Some websites would stay but regular websites get redirected.

Googling it on the infected machine was useless because it kept getting redirected so I used a different machine to Google if this happened to anyone. Turns out there is a hostile bot that hijacks websites and automatically redirects them to Yandex.ru which is a Russian search engine/mail provider.

First Step:

  • Turn Off All Add-Ons on Firefox and Chrome
  • Run AVG Virus Scanner & Windows Maleware Defender

Result:

  • The scanners didn’t find anything and the websites didn’t find anything

Next Step:

  • Update Windows, Firefox, Chrome, AVG Definitions, Windows Defender, Chrome & Firefox Add-Ons, Flash, & Java

Result:

  • Still getting redirected

Next Step:

  • Deleted All Cookies, Cleared All Forms, All History from Chrome, Firefox, & Internet Explorer

Result:

  • Thing went back to normal

I won’t lie I was a bit freaked out after each step and I was getting pissed, I thought some random Russian was messing with me and I wanted to punch him. So these are the automatic steps that I took and luckily things cleared up. And usually if worse comes to worse, I would format the machine after trying everything, I would have gotten paranoid that somebody really got into it, but it didn’t reach that point.