Youtubnow.com Virus

Also Known As: Ads by youtubnow.com
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Youtubnow[.]com redirect removal instructions

What is youtubnow[.]com?

Youtubnow[.]com is one of the websites that allows its users to download videos from YouTube in a .mp4 video or only audios in .mp3, or .webm formats. This service can be used in the website and in a desktop application. Youtubnow[.]com website is not malicious, however, downloading videos from YouTube is illegal. Besides, this page is using advertising networks. It means that, when used, it displays various pop-up and other ads and opens various questionable pages/causes redirects that might lead to downloads or installations of various potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

youtubnow.com pop-up redirects

When used, youtubnow[.]com causes redirects to various questionable websites, quite often these pages are used to promote various potentially unwanted apps. It is possible that it might cause redirects to scam websites as well, to pages that are designed to trick people into downloading unwanted software or contacting scammers. As a rule, these websites display fake virus alerts, notifications about errors and so on. Simply said, scammers attempt to trick people into believing that their computers are infected, have some errors and so on. They encourage visitors to solve these fake problems by paying money for software or online services. Since youtubnow[.]com is an ad-supportive page, it contains advertisements that, if clicked, might cause unwanted redirects or installations. It is known that there are many ads that, once clicked, run scripts designed to download and install various unwanted applications. These apps might be various adware-type apps, browser hijackers and so on. Another problem is that youtubnow[.]com (and some websites opened by it) ask for a permission to enable/show notifications. Quite often people allow various questionable pages to show their notifications by accident. Giving these permissions often means allowing dubious pages to show various advertisements, irrelevant notifications and so on. These notifications can be really annoying, besides, clicking them may lead to untrustworthy pages or unwanted installations as well. In order to avoid any of these problems we recommend to avoid using websites like youtubnow[.]com.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by youtubnow.com
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Serving IP Address 104.27.148.137
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.
Removal

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Youtubnow[.]com is quite similar to flvto[.]biz, ytmp3[.]cc, clipconverter[.]cc and other websites of this type. What all these pages have in common is that they are not malicious but cause redirects to questionable websites that might be. Additionally, either these or other websites opened by them ask their visitors to show notifications. To sum up, we do not recommend to use these pages or to allow them to show their notifications. It often results in being served with unwanted ads, causes unwanted downloads, installations and so on.

How did adware install on my computer?

Most people download and install various unwanted apps via intrusive ads or together with other software. To trick users into downloading/installing unwanted software developers often use a "bundling" method. Simply said, they include PUAs into setups of other programs. They hide them in download or installation setup's options or settings such as "Custom", "Advanced" and other parts. People who download and install all software (especially free one) without checking/changing any of these settings often allow for unwanted apps to be downloaded and installed together. Intrusive ads cause unwanted installations when they run scripts designed to download and install various apps, however, to do so they must be clicked first.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Avoid using unofficial/questionable websites to download any software Same applies to various third party software downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule, and other sources of this kind. We recommend to use official sources and direct links only. Always check "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar options/settings of any software download or installation setup. In other words, opt-out all additionally included (bundled) apps before finishing any download or installation. Furthermore, we recommend to avoid clicking various intrusive ads, especially if they are displayed on various questionable websites. If unwanted redirects or/and appearing unwanted ads is a current problem, then it is very likely that it is being caused by installed unwanted apps. Check for any unwanted plug-ins, extensions or add-ons installed on a web browser (or programs on a computer) and remove/uninstall unwanted entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Questionable page opened by youtubnow[.]com asking to show notifications:

questionable page opened by youtubnow.com asking to show notification

Another page opened by youtubnow[.]com asking to show notifications:

website opened by youtubnow.com asking to show notifications

Appearance of youtubnow[.]com website (GIF):

youtubnow.com website appearance (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)

Disable pop-up' notifications in Google Chrome web browser

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"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Android Google Chrome web browser

Mozilla Firefox:

  • 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"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Mozilla Firefox web browser

Internet Explorer:

  • 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

Disable pop-up' notifications in Internet Explorer web browser

Microsoft Edge:

  • 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

Disable pop-up' notifications in Microsoft Edge web browser

Safari (Mac):

  • 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

Disable pop-up' notifications in Safari web browser

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Quick menu:

Adware 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 click Uninstall a program.

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 10 and 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 Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

youtubnow.com adware uninstall via Control Panel

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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing youtubnow.com ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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".

Removing youtubnow.com ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

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.

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 wish 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 malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing youtubnow.com  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Removing youtubnow.com ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

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 Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

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

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing youtubnow.com ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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.

Removing youtubnow.com ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

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, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by youtubnow.com from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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