Blockedvideos Virus

Blockedvideos

Blockedvideos is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that hijacks the default web browser to display pay-per-click advertisements, banners, and pop-ups. Blockedvideos may also alter the browser’s default settings by adding a new search engine or homepage.

Blockedvideos

There are many PUPs in general, and most of them may be mistaken for malware or some virus, but in reality, they aren’t software that can damage a computer directly. However, the machine may still be vulnerable to a wide range of online dangers as a consequence of these changes. That’s why most people who have an application like Blockedvideos, Wave Browser, Free Captcha installed on their computers typically prefer to remove it.

What users whose browsers are hijacked by a program like Blockedvideos may experience is an infinite stream of advertisements in the form of pop-ups, banners, different redirect links, and pop-unders during their web browsing sessions.

This might lead to sluggish, unstable, or unresponsive behavior of the browser if the hijacker is not uninstalled as quickly as possible. Interruptions from a variety of strange advertisements may also be a recurring problem. You might be sent to unknown and potentially hazardous websites. These bogus sites may be used as “phishing” pages to steal your personal information or distribute malware. In this way, if you land in them or click on some of their content, your computer may be infected with viruses, Trojans, and ransomware.

Browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge may all be hijacked through programs like Blockedvideos. In the removal method below, however, you will find out how to delete Blockedvideos and remove all of its components from your computer completely. Ads and unpleasant random redirection should cease as soon as the hijacker is uninstalled.

SUMMARY:

NameBlockedvideos
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Detection Tool

Please follow all the steps below in order to remove Blockedvideos!

How to remove Blockedvideos

  1. First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
  2. Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Blockedvideos in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select Blockedvideos from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps in the removal wizard.

What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:

  • From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
  • Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to Blockedvideos.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Blockedvideos.
  • If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.

Remove Blockedvideos from Chrome

  1. Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
  2. Go to more tools
  3. Now select extensions
  4. Remove the Blockedvideos extension
  • Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
  • Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to Blockedvideos and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
  • Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
  • Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.

How to get rid of Blockedvideos on FF/Edge/etc.

  1. Open the browser and select the menu icon.
  2. From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
  3. Look for the Blockedvideos extension
  4. Get rid of Blockedvideos by removing it from extensions

If using Firefox:

  • Open Firefox
  • Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
  • Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
  • Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
  • Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.

If using MS Edge/IE:

  • Start Edge
  • Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
  • Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
  • Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
  • Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “Blockedvideos” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete Blockedvideos

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the Blockedvideos process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete Blockedvideos
  • Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
  • Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
  • If you don’t see a “Blockedvideos” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
  • Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
  • If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
  • Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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    • If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
    • Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.

    How to Uninstall Blockedvideos

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for Blockedvideos in there
    4. Uninstall Blockedvideos from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Blockedvideos-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat. 
    • Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found. 
    • After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to Blockedvideos in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory. 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random

    How to be safe when using the Internet?


    You might install a browser hijacker if you download and install some software from a program bundle.  Typically, programs like Blockedvideos are included in the main installer with other, more desired applications. They may be found as “extra components” under the “Custom settings” in the installation package. The good news is that, most of the time, just unchecking these potentially unwanted components is enough to keep them from being installed on the system. However, you need to manually go to the Advanced/Custom installation options that most people don’t bother with and uncheck any checkboxes connected to the potentially undesirable software that you don’t want.
    Also, another way to have a close encounter with a browser hijacker is through aggressive pop-ups that different websites offer on your screen when you visit them. That’s why, you should keep an eye out for “captcha” popups, which may look like ads but operate as permission boxes that allow a browser hijacker to take control of your web browser and make changes.
    The best advice is to avoid visiting random websites and properly install any new program using the most detailed settings. In this way, you’ll have a greater chance to stay away from malware like Trojans and Ransomware . Also, we recommend that you think about making a long-term investment in antivirus software since many complex threats can only be discovered and eliminated by such a program.


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    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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