youtubeconverter[.]io redirect removal instructions
What is youtubeconverter[.]io?
The youtubeconverter[.]io website allows visitors to download YouTube videos and convert them to MP3, MP4, and other formats. Note that it is illegal to download videos from YouTube. Furthermore, youtubeconverter[.]io employs rogue advertising networks and redirects users to dubious, deceptive websites. Do not visit or use this website.
When opened, youtubeconverter[.]io causes redirects to other untrustworthy websites. An example is a deceptive web page that displays a fake virus alert notification. This often tricks people into believing that their computers are infected and encourages them to download a dubious application, which supposedly removes the 'installed viruses'. Never trust these sites or applications advertised through them. Furthermore, youtubeconverter[.]io causes redirects to dubious web pages that contain deceptive ads and promote unwanted applications. Examples of apps that are often distributed through these web pages are browser hijackers, adware, and so on. Having apps of this type installed on your system can lead to unwanted downloads, installations, problems with browsing safety, privacy, etc. Note that youtubeconverter[.]io demands permission to show notifications. Do not allow dubious websites to show them. If allowed, they usually serve unwanted ads, irrelevant notifications, and feed users with other unwanted content. In summary, it is not safe to visit or use websites such as youtubeconverter[.]io.
|Name||Ads by youtubeconverter.io|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.|
|Detection Names||Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||22.214.171.124|
|Observed Domains||dl39.youtubeconverter[.]io, dl113.youtubeconverter[.]io, dl127.youtubeconverter[.]io, dl100.youtubeconverter[.]io, dl107.youtubeconverter[.]io, dl111.youtubeconverter[.]io, dl105.youtubeconverter[.]io, dl112.youtubeconverter[.]io, dl45.youtubeconverter[.]io|
|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)||
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More examples of web pages similar to youtubeconverter[.]io are mp3-youtube[.]download, convert2mp3[.]net, and onlinevideoconverter[.]com. Typically, they contain dubious ads and/or cause redirects to other untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites. People who use these sites risk unwanted downloads and installation of various potentially malicious applications.
How did adware install on my computer?
In most cases, unwanted downloads/installations are caused through clicked intrusive, deceptive ads and when software developers include unwanted apps in download and installation set-ups. Typically, they hide information about the inclusion of these apps in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar sections. This distribution method is called "bundling" - developers use it to trick people into downloading and installing unwanted applications with other, regular software. Generally, unwanted apps are installed when people download and install programs without checking settings that are included in the set-ups.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
The safest way to download software is using official websites and direct links. Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule and other such tools), third party downloaders, installers, unofficial websites and other similar sources/tools are often used to distribute unwanted applications. In summary, they could lead to unwanted downloads and installations. Additionally, install and download software properly, especially if it is free. Check all available "Custom", "Advanced", and other settings that are included in any download or installation setup. These sections often include offers to download or install unwanted apps. Intrusive ads commonly redirect people to untrustworthy websites or cause download/installation of unwanted applications. Do not click these ads, especially when visiting web pages relating to gambling, adult dating, etc. If your browser opens untrustworthy web pages automatically, or various ads appear on any visited website, it might be infiltrated by adware or another unwanted app. To stop the browser from causing unwanted redirects and/or displaying ads, remove all unwanted, suspicious extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins that are installed. It might also be necessary to remove programs of this kind installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of youtubeconverter[.]io website using dubious ad networks to redirect users to other rogue sites (in this case, the site displays a fake error message - Your system is seriously damaged, found (4) viruses!):
Screenshot of browser notifications displayed by youtubeconverter[.]io website:
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:
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- What is youtubeconverter[.]io?
- 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 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 10 and 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.
Mac 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 youtubeconverter[.]io 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 youtubeconverter.io, 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 youtubeconverter.io, 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 youtubeconverter.io 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 youtubeconverter.io, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by youtubeconverter.io from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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