Gladvideo is a potentially unwanted program of the browser hijacking category that advertises different websites in your browser without asking for permission. Typically, Gladvideo looks like a regular browser extension but its aim is to generate pay-per-click revenue from the on-screen promotions it displays.
Since you are on this page, you probably already know the typical symptoms of a browser hijacking application, but we have to admit that the hundreds of aggressive pop-ups, box notifications, banners and page-redirect links that Gladvideo generates inside your main web browser are hard to ignore. They are not only very distracting and hard to remove, but also continuously clutter the screen and persuade you to click on various websites. The change of the main homepage and the default search engine are the other obvious symptoms of such software inside your browser. A browser hijacker can integrate with any web browser that you use, including Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera and others and can modify its setting without requesting approval from you. The good news is that, on this page, you will find everything you need to uninstall Gladvideo from your PC together with all of its associated components and browser changes. That is why we suggest that you carefully read the information in the next paragraphs and use the instructions in the removal guide as needed.
It is not difficult to confuse a web browsing intruder such as Gladvideo with a virus or a malicious program because the way it operates is quite aggressive and disturbing. Typically, a browser hijacker can totally take over the system’s main web browser, make some unauthorized changes to its settings and cover it with various sponsored pop-up ads, banner offers and click-prompts that redirect to specific websites. There is no reason to freak out, though, because Hijacker-type programs normally do not pose a serious threat to your computer.
If you are to fear anything, then be on the lookout for Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware and other real viruses that lurk on various web locations and only seek to damage your machine as soon as they manage to sneak inside of it. The presence of such threats in the system can lead to total system corruption and irreparable damage, which, fortunately, is not the case with most browser hijackers.
The worst thing that can happen if you have a browser hijacker like Gladvideo, MeddleMonkey, Fastcaptchasolver in your system is that such software could make changes to your web browser, spam your monitor with ads and redirect you to random sites. Nevertheless, remember that even though most hijacking programs are generally considered non-threatening, they can, at times, still expose you to some security risks that you must know of. For example, they may automatically reroute you to pages containing sketchy or deceptive content. They may also prompt you to click on various deals that sound too good to be real and may potentially be deceptive. That’s why, in general, interacting with this type of content can not only be time-consuming; it can even be risky, because some of the displayed links, pages and messages can conceal viruses and real malware, including ransomware and other problematic online infections.
Naturally, not all ads that the browser hijacker displays are malware carriers, but there is no reason to click on anything that appears on your screen and risk catching an infection. That’s why our best advice is to uninstall Gladvideo and remove its browser changes as soon as possible. You can do that either by using a professional removal tool or by carefully following the instructions in the removal guide at the end of this post.
Remove Gladvideo Virus
To try and remove Gladvideo quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Gladvideo extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Gladvideo by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Gladvideo and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Gladvideo removal guide below.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Gladvideo from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Gladvideo from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Gladvideo from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!