Tube Dimmer Virus
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
Tube Dimmer virus removal guide
What is Tube Dimmer?
Tube Dimmer is a browser add-on created by Creative Island Media LLC. It promises to enhance viewing of videos by allowing users to 'toggle the lights on and off'. Such added functionality may appear useful, however, Internet users should be aware that the Tube Dimmer plugin is categorized as a potentially unwanted application or adware. The plugin installs on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' consent and generates various intrusive ads including in-text ads, interstitial ads, and pop-up advertisements. Moreover, it tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording IP addresses, unique identifier numbers, operating systems, browsers, software installed, web page URLs visited, search queries entered, and other information.
Commonly, Internet users install Tube Dimmer when downloading free software and, today, most freeware download websites use deceptive 'download clients' offering installation of additional browser extensions with the chosen free program. Thus, reckless free software downloading can result in adware infections. The presence of Tube Dimmer can also lead to high-risk malware infections and identity theft, and therefore, you are advised to eliminate this adware from your computer.
Tube Dimmer is similar to other potentially unwanted applications, which infiltrate Internet browsers via free software downloads. Examples include Websteroids, Search Donkey, and Spy Alert. To avoid installation of this adware, be attentive when downloading free software. Today, most freeware download websites (including popular sites such as download.com and softonic.com) use download clients to monetize their free services. Download clients are small programs used to offer installation of additional browser plug-ins with the chosen free program. When downloading free software, look for these offers and opt-out of installation of advertised browser plug-ins by clicking the 'decline' button. Computer users who observe Tube Dimmer ads when surfing the Internet should use this removal guide to eliminate adware from their Internet browser/s.
- What is Tube Dimmer?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Tube Dimmer application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Tube Dimmer add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Tube Dimmer plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Tube Dimmer extension from Mozilla Firefox.
Tube Dimmer virus removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start," choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".
Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window, look for "Tube Dimmer", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling Tube Dimmer, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove Tube Dimmer from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Tube Dimmer from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Tube Dimmer" and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with the removal of Tube Dimmer, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl" In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".
In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.
Click the "Reset" button.
Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove Tube Dimmer from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Tube Dimmer", select it and click the trash can icon.
If you continue having problems with the removal Tube Dimmer add-on you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click the "Reset browser settings" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove Tube Dimmer from Mozilla Firefox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Tube Dimmer".
Computer users who have problems with removal of Tube Dimmer can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click the Firefox menu,in the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,
Select "Troubleshooting Information".
In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Tube Dimmer Virus is an adware program that tracks user's Internet browsing and generates intrusive online advertisements. Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads. Internet users should know that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients to manage their freeware download process, unfortunately some of the mentioned download clients don't properly disclose the fact that advertised browser plugins or toolbars will be installed together with the free program that users have decided to download.
Download clients and installers that are used to distribute adware commonly hide the “decline” button that can be used to opt-out of installing the advertised potentially unwanted applications. Some of the malicious free software download websites doesn't allow to download the chosen freeware if users decide to decline the installation of promoted software. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it's developers website. Screenshot of the free software download clients that are used in Tube Dimmer Virus distribution:
To avoid installation of Tube Dimmer Virus be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins and toolbars:
When installing the already downloaded free program choose “custom” or “advanced” installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program:
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