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Video Downloader for YouTube Malware


Video Downloader for YouTube

Video Downloader for YouTube is one of the latest browser hijackers you may find on the Internet and also one of the most irritating and intrusive. In general, Video Downloader for YouTube can introduce unwelcome web browser improvements, such as a new search engine, a new homepage address or some other components that may redirect users to pages full of ads, pop-ups and banners.

Video Downloader for YouTube

The Video Downloader for YouTube malware will display pop up ads and try to redirect you to other phishing websites

The Video Downloader for YouTube App

The most probably way that you could have landed with the Video Downloader for YouTube app on your computer is if you have recently downloaded and installed some new program or a software bundle inside your computer, without carefully paying attention to its “Advanced” settings and the automatic checkmarks inside its installer. This is a common way of distribution for many browser hijackers like the Video Downloader for YouTube app, Me.fo, Agame.best, since they typically are promoted as additional or bonus installs to some other application.

As soon as you complete the setup of the desired app without customizing it, however, the hijacker gets installed by default and starts making weird changes to the search engine of your browser, its toolbars, its homepage address and some other key elements that are responsible for its behavior. Still, these changes are not a reason to worry because the browser hijacker that makes them is not some nasty malware or a computer virus that seeks to corrupt your machine.

Technically, the hijackers are not in the same malware category as Trojans, worms, ransomware, etc. The major problem with having software of this type on the system is that when you are surfing the web, your Chrome, Firefox or any web browser that you are currently using as default may flood you with random page-redirect prompts, ads, banners and similar aggressive notifications that you may not want to see. And, while this might not seem like a lot of trouble to some users, there are people who see the activity of apps such as Video Downloader for YouTube as unbearable. That’s why, below we have come up with a removal guide that gives them the instructions that they need to remove this browser hijacking software.

If you also share the opinion that the browser interface updates that Video Downloader for YouTube makes coupled with the intrusive ads all over your screen is unbearable and really get on your nerves, then you are welcome to use the instructions below.

Treat random web ads with caution!

You can never be 100 % sure if a specific online ad or a pop-up isn’t dangerous to click on, and more so while talking about ads displayed by browser hackers. Indeed, apps like Video Downloader for YouTube might not be interested in harming your computer on their own, but by clicking on its irritating ads you might potentially endanger your PC protection. Many malware developers and many online scammers depend exactly on random pop-ups, redirect links and obscure advertisements to trick users into clicking on something malicious and insert Trojans, Ransomware viruses and other malware to get their computers infected.

Now we surely don’t claim that all Video Downloader for YouTube advertisements are dangerous and will infect you with computer threats. However, this should be enough to make you carefully consider the potential effects of keeping a browser hijacker on your system and the risks that may come from the website redirects, the random ads and the unwanted browser changes that such software may introduce.  

SUMMARY:

Name Video Downloader for YouTube
Type Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Random web ads all over the screen, new search engine, new toolbar, a change in the homepage address.
Distribution Method Torrents, spam, freeware sites, and different file-bundles may often distribute Browser Hijackers.
Detection Tool

Remove Video Downloader for YouTube

To try and remove Video Downloader for YouTube 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 Video Downloader for YouTube extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Video Downloader for YouTube by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Video Downloader for YouTube and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Video Downloader for YouTube 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.

    DNS

    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 Video Downloader for YouTube 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 Video Downloader for YouTube from Firefox:

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

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Video Downloader for YouTube 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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