Tube Dimmer Virus

Also Known As: Tube Dimmer Ads
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium
Distribution: High
Damage Level

Tube Dimmer virus removal guide

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 virus

Tube Dimmer is similar to other potentially unwanted applications, which infiltrate Internet browsers via free software downloads. Examples include WebsteroidsSearch 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.

Tube Dimmer virus removal:

Tube Dimmer uninstall from Control Panel

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". Locate "Programs and Features".

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.

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Remove Tube Dimmer from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Remove Tube Dimmer from Internet Explorer:

Removing Tube Dimmer from Internet Explorer extensions step 1

Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Tube Dimmer" and disable it.

Removing Tube Dimmer from Internet Explorer extensions step 2

Optional method:

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.

Remove Tube Dimmer from Google Chrome:

Removing Tube Dimmer from Google Chrome step 1

Click the wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Tube Dimmer", select it and click the trash can icon.

Removing Tube Dimmer from Google Chrome step 2

Remove Tube Dimmer from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Tube Dimmer from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click "Firefox" (at the top left of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Tube Dimmer".

Removing Tube Dimmer from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with removal of Tube Dimmer can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top left corner of the main window click "Firefox", in the opened drop down menu choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.

Summary:

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:

Free software download clients used in adware 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:

Using decline button to avoid installation of adware

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:

Using custom installation when downloading free software
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Tube Dimmer Virus from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

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