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.
Remove Video DownloadHelper PUP
Our first step here is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:
Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 10 Users:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
Continue with Step 2.
Hold the Windows Key and R and copy + paste the following, then click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Now hold the windows Key and R again but type %temp% in the field and hit enter. Delete everything in that directory.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Video DownloadHelper . Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
Video DownloadHelper should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Go to STEP 3.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the virus and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
Go to STEP 3.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Go to STEP 3.
Right click on each of the malware processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a malware, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to. There’s a good chance CoreBot is hiding somewhere in here.
A BIG WARNING HERE! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Doing this can damage your PC significantly if you make a big mistake. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional Video DownloadHelper remover. Additionally, accounts connected to your credit cards, or important information, may be exposed to the virus.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the malware’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random