fetchtube[.]com redirect removal instructions
What is fetchtube[.]com?
The fetchtube[.]com website offers a YouTube video download service. There are two issues with this web page: 1) it is illegal to download videos from YouTube, and; 2) it uses rogue advertising networks. People who use fetchtube[.]com are redirected to various untrustworthy websites. For these reasons, fetchtube[.]com should be avoided.
fetchtube[.]com redirects visitors to other dubious websites. For example, those that advertise potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) such as adware, browser hijackers, and so on. They are categorized as PUAs, since most people download and/or install them unintentionally when they are tricked. When installed, browser hijackers change browser settings so that users are forced to visit a dubious website (typically, a fake search engine). Furthermore, apps of this type are often designed to gather information such as, for example, users' IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited pages, entered search queries and other data relating to browsing activity. PUAs also record sensitive details. The data is usually misused to generate revenue by the developers and/or third parties. Adware-type apps display advertisements such as coupons, pop-ups, banners, surveys, and so on. If clicked, these redirect people to untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites or run scripts that download/install other unwanted software. Furthermore, websites such as fetchtube[.]com often redirect users to scam websites that distribute dubious software. They inform visitors that their computers are infected with viruses and encourage them to remove the problem with dubious apps (e.g., Smart Mac Booster). These websites are commonly opened by PUAs that are already installed on the browser and/or operating system. In summary, to avoid being redirected to dubious web pages and tricked into download/installation of unwanted (or even malicious) applications, avoid services offered by fetchtube[.]com and other similar pages.
|Name||Ads by fetchtube.com|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.|
|Detection Names||Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal).|
|Serving IP Address||220.127.116.11|
|Observed Domains||ns1.fetchtube[.]com, ns2.fetchtube[.]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)||
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fetchtube[.]com is one of many websites that use rogue ad networks and offer a video downloading service. Other examples of similar sites are flv2mp3[.]by, y2meta[.]com, and mp3-youtube[.]download. Typically, these sites contain dubious ads that redirect people who click them to untrustworthy web pages, or they redirect them to the pages via PUAs. In any case, do not trust or use these web pages.
How did adware install on my computer?
People often download or install PUAs through intrusive ads that they intentionally or accidentally click, or when software developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". This method is used to trick people into downloading and/or installing unwanted apps together with other, regular software that they download from the internet intentionally. Developers include PUAs into the set-ups of other programs and hide related information in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", etc. Unwanted apps are downloaded and/or installed with regular software when people leave settings included in the setups unchecked and unchanged.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Files and programs should be downloaded from official, trustworthy websites and via direct download links. Do not use Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule), unofficial, dubious websites, third party downloaders, or other similar channels. The same applies to installation through third party installers. Check "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings that are included in the download and/or installation set-ups. Dismiss any offers to download or install unwanted software before completing the download or installation process. Do not click intrusive ads, especially if they are displayed on dubious websites. Remove any suspicious add-ons, extensions, and plug-ins installed on the browser, or 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 fetchtube[.]com website (GIF):
IMPORTANT NOTE! Websites that fetchtube[.]com redirects to ask 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 fetchtube[.]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 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 fetchtube[.]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 fetchtube.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 fetchtube.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 fetchtube.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 fetchtube.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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by fetchtube.com from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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