Universal Video Downloader Malware


Universal Video Downloader

Universal Video Downloader is one of the latest examples of a browser hijacker you may find on the Internet. In general, Universal Video Downloader can introduce some unauthorized adjustments to your main web browser and is considered as potentially unwanted software that should be removed.

Universal Video Downloader

The Universal Video Downloader malware will display pop up messages and will redirect you to other websites

One of the most common ways the majority of web users end up with a browser hijacker like Universal Video Downloader, Me.fo, Agame.best on their Chrome, Firefox, Edge and other popular web browsers is when they perform careless installations of different free programs and software bundles.

Instead of picking the Advanced set-up and reviewing the bundled components inside the setup package that they have downloaded, most of the people simply go to the “automatic” installation settings and click the “next” button without thinking much.

The Universal Video Downloader Malware

Apps like Universal Video Downloader, however, rely on this method of distribution and the users’ negligence and get installed on the system along with the main software “by default”. As soon as they become part of the OS, most browser hijackers have only one job – to attach themselves to the main browsing app and to make some unauthorized changes to its search engine, its toolbar, its homepage and some other key components. These changes allow the hijacker to facilitate its stream of sponsored advertisements and page-redirects.

One of the very first symptoms that indicate the presence of Universal Video Downloader on the system is the unstoppable stream of different pop-ups, colorful banners, click-bait ads and random links that redirect you to specific web locations as soon as you click on them. Many web users get quite frustrated when they initially get faced with these aggressive ads and they quickly assume that this must be some virus infection. Still, if you have Universal Video Downloader on your PC, you don’t need to worry because this software is not any near to a malware or a computer virus.

Technically, the hijackers are not the same as Trojan, rootkits, worms, ransomware, etc. The most serious problem that you may face if you have a browser hijacker on your machine is that when you are surfing the web, your Chrome or Firefox or any other web browser that are using can flood you with different nagging advertisements and redirect  prompts. From a security point of view, this activity is not directly aimed at causing system damage or destruction of any kind. Yet, for many users, the frustration triggered by the unauthorized browser updates coupled with the aggressive manner in which most of the hijacker’s ads and pop-ups are displayed is a good enough reason to want to uninstall this software.

Besides, you can never be 100 % that the random online ads that an app like Universal Video Downloader can display aren’t  dangerous to click on. There are plenty of misleading pop-ups, intriguing banners and virus-infected web links out there on the Internet and trusting on everything that randomly gets promoted on your screen simply acts against your personal and computer’s safety. After all,  one accidental click on the wrong link or ad may cost you a very close encounter with notorious threats such as Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware and more. And, trust us, the removal of this malware is far more complicated than dealing with a browser hijacker. Thus, you’d better not engage with anything you aren’t sure about and remove or uninstall any software that makes you interact with unfamiliar web materials as soon as you can.

SUMMARY:

Name Universal Video Downloader
Type Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms It is impossible not to see the eye-popping ads, banners and redirect prompts that a Browser Hijacker can display on your browser’s screen.
Distribution Method In many cases, the Browser Hijackers get distributed via free software bundles, spam, ads, and torrents.
Detection Tool

Remove Universal Video Downloader

To try and remove Universal Video Downloader quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the Universal Video Downloader extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Universal Video Downloader by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Universal Video Downloader and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Universal Video Downloader 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


Step1

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).

Step2

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.

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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    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.

    Step3

    Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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    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:

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    Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

    Step4

    Hold the Start Key and R copy + paste the following and click OK:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    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:

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    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.

    1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
    2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
    3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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    Step5

    • 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).

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    Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512 Remove Universal Video Downloader from Internet Explorer:

    Open IE, click IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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    Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

    firefox-512 Remove Universal Video Downloader from Firefox:

    Open Firefox, click mozilla menu ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Universal Video Downloader from Chrome:

    Close Chrome. Navigate to:

    C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

    Rename the Folder to Backup Default

    Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

    Step6

    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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
      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!

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    About the author

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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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