Youtube Ad Blocker Virus

Also Known As: YoutubeAdblocker Virus
Type: Adware
Damage level: Moderate
Distribution: High
Damage Level

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 virus

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.

Quick menu:

YouTube Ad Blocker virus removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel." Locate "Programs and Features".

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".

Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".

Youtubeadblocker uninstall using Control Panel

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.

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Remove YouTube Ad Blocker from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove YouTube Ad Blocker from Internet Explorer:

Removing Youtubeadblocker from Internet Explorer step 1

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "websavve" and "YoutubeAdblocker", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing Youtubeadblocker from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of YouTube Ad blocker add-on, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove YouTube Ad Blocker from Google Chrome:

Removing Youtubeadblocker from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options 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.

Removing Youtubeadblocker from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the YouTube Ad Blocker add-on, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options 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.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click the "Reset browser settings" button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

 In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset 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"?

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove YouTube Ad Blocker from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Youtubeadblocker from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon(at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "wEbsavve" and "YoutubeAdblocker".

Removing Youtubeadblocker from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with removal of the YouTube Ad Blocker add-on can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click the Firefox menu,firefox menu iconin the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

Select "Troubleshooting Information".

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset by clicking the

Summary:

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:

Free software download clients used in adware 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:

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
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