Youtube Ad Blocker Virus
Also Known As: YoutubeAdblocker Virus, Type: Adware, Distribution: High
Damage level: Moderate
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
Youtube Ad Blocker virus removal instructions
What is Youtube Ad Blocker?
YouTube Ad Blocker (also known as YoutubeAdblocker) is a browser add-on claiming to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by blocking advertisements appearing on the youtube.com website. While such functionality may seem legitimate, this browser extension is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application. This plugin does not block any ads, and moreover, generates intrusive third party ads ('Ads by YoutubeAdblocker') including, for example, banner, text, and pop-up advertisements. Clicking ads displayed by YoutubeAdblocker can result in high-risk malware infections.
As well as generating deceptive ads, this bogus browser plugin tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording IP addresses, unique identifier numbers, operating systems, browser information, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered, and other software and hardware information. This unwanted tracking can result in serious privacy issues or identity theft. At time of research, this adware was distributed using deceptive free software 'download clients', which trick Internet users into installing YoutubeAdblocker without their consent. To avoid further damage by poorly-programmed adware, eliminate this potentially unwanted application from your Internet browser/s.
YoutubeAdblocker is similar to other adware, which infiltrates browsers through freeware downloads. Examples include Video Player, Free FLV Converter, and Media Player Enhance. These browser extensions promise to enhance Internet browsing, however, they merely diminish browser performance and cause intrusive ads. To avoid installation of these potentially unwanted applications, express caution when downloading and installing free software since, today, most freeware download websites use deceptive 'download clients' to monetize their free services. Download clients are small programs, which manage the download process and offer additional download of advertised browser plug-ins with the chosen freeware. To avoid adware infections, decline installation of promoted browser extensions. When installing downloaded free programs, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal any intended installation of 'bundled' adware. Internet users who observe ads generated by YoutubeAdblocker should use this removal guide to eliminate this potentially unwanted program from their Internet browser/s.
- What is Youtube Ad Blocker?
- STEP 1. Uninstall "YoutubeAdblocker", "WS-Sustainer", "WS-Booster" and "websavve" applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Youtube Ad Blocker add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Youtube Ad Blocker plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Youtube Ad Blocker extension from Mozilla Firefox.
YouTube Ad Blocker virus removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs" and click "Uninstall a program".
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 lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Programs and Features".
In the uninstall programs window, look for "YoutubeAdblocker", "WS-Sustainer", "WS-Booster", and "websavve", select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs (which cause YoutubeAdblocker ads) scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove YouTube Ad Blocker from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove YouTube Ad Blocker from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "websavve" and "YoutubeAdblocker", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the youtube ad blocker virus, 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 wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove YouTube Ad Blocker from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "YTBouMarek", "Classic for Facebook", "wEbsavve", and "YoutubeAdblocker", select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the youtube ad blocker virus, 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 wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
If any browser add-ons that you wish to remove are greyed-out and you are unable to remove them ("Installed by enterprise policy"), follow this removal guide - how to remove a Google Chrome extension that is "Installed by enterprise policy"?
Remove YouTube Ad Blocker from Mozilla Firefox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "wEbsavve" and "YoutubeAdblocker".
Computer users who have problems with youtube ad blocker virus removal 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 wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Youtube Ad Blocker 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 Youtube Ad Blocker Virus distribution:
To avoid installation of Youtube Ad Blocker 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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