Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is youtubnow[.]com?
The youtubnow[.]com websites allows users to download videos from YouTube in the .mp4 video format, or audio only in .mp3 or .webm formats. This service can be used via the website and a desktop application. Note that youtubnow[.]com is not malicious, however, downloading videos from YouTube is illegal.
Furthermore, this page uses advertising networks. Therefore, it displays pop-up and other ads, opens dubious web pages, and causes redirects that might lead to download or installation of various potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
When used, youtubnow[.]com causes redirects to other dubious websites, which are often used to promote PUAs. The site might also cause redirects to scam websites that trick people into downloading unwanted software or contacting scammers. Generally, these websites display fake virus alerts, notifications about errors, and so on.
Scammers attempt to trick people into believing that their computers are infected, have errors, and so on. They encourage visitors to solve these fake problems by purchasing software or online services. Since youtubnow[.]com is an ad-supportive page, it contains advertisements that, if clicked, might cause unwanted redirects or installations.
Many ads run scripts designed to download and install unwanted applications (if clicked). These apps could be adware-type PUAs, browser hijackers, etc. Note that youtubnow[.]com (and websites opened by it) can demand permission to show notifications. People often accidentally allow dubious pages to show notifications.
Giving these permissions allows dubious pages to display advertisements, irrelevant notifications, and so on. These notifications can be annoying and clicking them can lead to untrustworthy pages or unwanted installations. To avoid these problems, avoid using websites such as youtubnow[.]com.
|Name||Ads by youtubnow.com|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.|
|Serving IP Address||184.108.40.206|
|Sibling Domains||admin.youtubnow.com, admin2.youtubnow.com, admin3.youtubnow.com, dbadmin3.youtubnow.com, dbadmin4.youtubnow.com, node1.youtubnow.com, node2.youtubnow.com, node3.youtubnow.com, node4.youtubnow.com, search.youtubnow.com, search3.youtubnow.com, vds2.youtubnow.com, vps3.youtubnow.com, vps4.youtubnow.com|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications (adware).|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
youtubnow[.]com is similar to flvto[.]biz, ytmp3[.]cc, clipconverter[.]cc, and other websites of this type. They are not generally malicious but cause redirects to dubious websites that might be. Additionally, websites opened by them encourage visitors to show notifications.
Do not use these web pages or allow them to show notifications, since this often results in being served with unwanted ads, unwanted downloads, installations, and so on.
How did adware install on my computer?
Most people download and install PUAs via intrusive ads or together with other software. To trick users into downloading/installing unwanted software, developers often use the "bundling" method. They include PUAs into the set-ups of other programs. They hide them in download/installation options or settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and others.
People who download and install all software (especially free software) without checking/changing these settings often allow unwanted apps to be downloaded and installed. Intrusive ads cause unwanted installations when they run scripts designed to download and install PUAs (to do this, however, they must first be clicked).
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Avoid using unofficial/dubious websites to download software. The same applies to third party software downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule, and other sources of this kind. Use official sources and direct links only. Check "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar options/settings of the software download or installation setup.
Opt-out of all additionally-included (bundled) apps before finishing any download or installation. Avoid clicking intrusive ads, especially if they are displayed on dubious websites. If you frequently experience unwanted redirects and ads, it is likely that this is caused by installed PUAs.
Check for any unwanted plug-ins, extensions, and add-ons installed on your browser (or programs on your computer) and remove/uninstall unwanted entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Dubious page opened by youtubnow[.]com asking to show notifications:
Another page opened by youtubnow[.]com asking to show notifications:
Appearance of youtubnow[.]com website (GIF):
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
- Select "Internet options"
- Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
- Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
- Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
- Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
- Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
- Click the switch under each suspicious website
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is youtubnow[.]com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for any potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes youtubnow[.]com redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by youtubnow.com, 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 malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by youtubnow.com, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by youtubnow.com 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 Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by youtubnow.com, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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