What is Video DownloadHelper and how did it end on your computer? Should you remove it? This article’s goal is to answer all of these questions and also provide an adequate and easy to follow guide if you decide to get rid of Video DownloadHelper.
Video DownloadHelper is an aggressively promoted Ad-on for the most popular internet browsers including Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. It also contains a lot of features present in a category of malicious programs called Adware.
It’s main function is to supposedly help you download HD videos from the Web. Video DownloadHelper also heavily promotes another tool developed by the same company called CouponsHelper and both applications can be downloaded from the site of the company that develops them. Both add-ons are functional and delived what they promise you – although better (and also free) alternatives do exist.
Main issues with Video DownloadHelper
The biggest problem with this Add-on is that it is often installed on people’s computer without their knowledge or willing agreement. Video DownloadHelper is often bundled with all kind of installers for other programs – some containing also Adware and other malicious programs. Thus the Add-on installed on your computer may not be safe if it has been tampered with or there may have been viruses installed alongside it. If you like this Add-on and have found it useful, but did not download it on your own we strongly recommend you uninstall it immediately. Then you can go to the official page and reinstall it to make sure it is safe.
Make sure to scan your computer for viruses if you have Video DownloadHelper on your machine – there is a good chance that you have some form of Adware installed if you have this Add-on added without your knowledge.
If Video DownloadHelper DOES NOT uninstall properly or you are still seeing it’s name after uninstall then you are likely dealing with a tampered version of the Add-on and it should be treated as Malware. Proceed to the removal guide found below to learn how to get rid of Video DownloadHelper.
How to avoid getting random programs like Video DownloadHelper installed without your permission
By far the most common way such programs use is via the help of bundled software. This is essentially an installer that has a couple of programs included in it beside the main one. If you try to run this installer using the default installation it will dump everything into your PC. Sometimes the extra programs will be harmless, but they still take space and system resources and clutter and most often you’ll never really use them. Unfortunately there is a good chance that some of these extra programs to be malicious or utterly useless. To avoid the hassle of finding a way to uninstall them it’s best that you don’t allow them access in the first place. It is rather simple – use the Advanced installation option with every program you install. A couple of clicks on the next button will get you the same functionality and ease of use as the Default, but in the meantime you will be allowed to see what exactly is getting installed AND you can chose to forbid anything you don’t like. The main program will always be installed regardless of what the text implies.
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Remove Video DownloadHelper PUP
You are dealing with a malware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to clean up and reset your browser to its original settings without the malware returning.
You can find the removal guide here.
For mobile devices refer to these guides instead: Android, iPhone