KeepVid is a program, which allows users to download videos from various popular platforms like YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Metacafe, Dailymotion, MySpace and lots of others. The program is free and can be downloaded from the official website, on which you can alternatively only download the videos you like by pasting their URL in the designated bar.
It’s all pretty legit, but users have encountered some problems with having the program on their computers, which is why most would refer to it as a potentially unwanted program or a PUP. If you are already familiar with this type of freeware (which you probably are, since you’re on this page), you may have noticed the large amount of advertisements that have started plaguing your browser. These may come in the forms of pop-ups, banners, perhaps you may be experiencing annoying page redirects, and all of this must have surely made you weary of KeepVid by now.
In the following guide we have included simple steps, which will allow you to safely uninstall KeepVid from your computer, as well as remove all the unnecessary features that came along with it. Before that, though, we would also tell you a little bit more about the program itself, what it does and how it is often distributed, so you will be able to successfully avoid it in the future.
The KeepVid Virus
As already pointed out, the KeepVid Virus can be downloaded by anyone at any given time from the official website and it can come with a browser extension, if you like. However, most times this freeware is distributed by third parties through program bundles and users are often not informed of its presence, until they realize it themselves, once The KeepVid Virus has already been installed.
This is one of the main reasons why so many people are unhappy with KeepVid and tend to think of it as something dangerous or a “virus” even. First, we would like to assure you that it certainly isn’t a virus or malware of any kind (those would be things like Trojans and ransomware, for example).
Apart from generating the multitude of ads, KeepVid also has the tendency of acting in a manner reminiscent of a browser hijacker, which is also an issue users complain about in reviews on various sources. What this means is that once the program’s browser extension has been installed, it can change the settings of your browser, like your homepage, default search engine and the page you see every time you open a new tab. In addition to this, your search results may begin to include sponsored links. The KeepVid browser extension can affect all of the most popular browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Another noteworthy point, which has been reported over and over again, is the substantial slacking in your computer’s performance, which often times comes following the installation of KeepVid. Naturally, with the amount of ads that are generated and all the additional operations that are now executed in your browser, your PC is bound to run slower than usual and this may sometimes even result in your browser crashing.
Now aside from the obvious intentional downloads of the program from the official page or from some other source, we already mentioned this thing called program bundling. It means that KeepVid (in this case) is being ‘bundled’ into another software, freeware, shareware or what have you by third parties. So, when you find the software you would like to have and download it, you are unknowingly also downloading KeepVid, because this information is nowhere to be found. What happens next is that in order for you to use the program in question you need to obviously install it, and before you do that you can choose the setup option, which is one of two: default or custom (advanced). Most users opt for the former and end up in the same situation as you are in now. If you, however, choose the custom or advanced setup option, you will be able to see what additional programs have been bundled in, which would be KeepVid in our case. Typically, there will be a box beside it, which will already be ticked, implying that you want it installed as well. Therefore, in order to prevent that from happening, you need to untick that box and proceed with the steps in the setup process. It’s that simple.
|Symptoms||Homepage may be changed, together with search engine; you may be seeing a large amount of ads.|
|Distribution Method||Download from the official website, but commonly distributed by third parties through program bundles.|
|Detection Tool||KeepVid may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
How To Remove KeepVid From Chrome
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the first preparation.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
The first thing you absolutely must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.
- Do not skip this. KeepVid may have hidden some of its files and you need to see them.
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. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
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.
- Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.
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.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
- This step is very important, because you can catch other threats (like Ransomware and Spyware) while looking for the Adware process.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show 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 all the prior steps fail to help you or you have reason to believe your system is exposed to threats like Ransomware, we advise you to download a professional scanner and remover.
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!