Youtubedownload[.]video redirect removal instructions
What is youtubedownload[.]video?
Youtubedownload[.]video, as its domain name suggests, is an online YouTube video downloader. People who use this website/its video downloading service often get redirected to a variety of questionable websites. It is because youtubedownload[.]video uses rogue advertising networks. Also, it is worth mentioning that it is not legal to download videos from YouTube.
At the time of the research youtubedownload[.]video led to a couple of questionable websites that promoted potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) that are categorized as browser hijackers. Apps of this type should not be trusted, they promote fake search engines by changing certain browser's settings. Also, apps of this type gather various data, for example: entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, addresses of visited web pages, geolocations, etc. In some cases they might be designed to record personal, confidential information too. Quite often gathered data is misused by their developers (and/or third parties), they misuse it to generate revenue. Youtubedownload[.]video may lead to pages that are used to promote other PUAs, like adware. Adware is a type of software that, if installed, serves unwanted, often deceptive ads. If clicked, those ads open untrustworthy websites. Sometimes they execute scripts that cause downloads or even installations of other PUAs. Furthermore, it is very likely that youtubedownload[.]video could open various scam pages like apple.com-mac-optimization[.]live. Typically, these pages are used to trick visitors into installing questionable software. Those pages inform visitors that they have detected various viruses on their computers and encourage to remove them with one or another shady app. Simply put, none of the pages that get opened through youtubedownload[.]video or apps that are advertised on them should be trusted. Additionally, youtubedownload[.]video asks for a permission to show notifications. We do not recommend to give it a permission to do so. Typically, pages of this kind, if allowed, start to feed people with various notifications that contain shady advertisements and other questionable content.
|Name||Ads by youtubedownload.video|
|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||dl5.youtubedownload[.]video, dl4.youtubedownload[.]video, dl3.youtubedownload[.]video, dl2.youtubedownload[.]video, dl6.youtubedownload[.]video, dl1.youtubedownload[.]video.|
|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.|
To eliminate Ads by youtubedownload.video our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
There are more websites like youtubedownload[.]video, some examples are mp3-youtube[.]download, convert2mp3[.]net and onlinevideoconverter[.]com. Typically, they contain ads that lead to untrustworthy websites and/or redirect to such pages by themselves. In most cases opened pages are used to advertise various potentially unwanted software, some of them advertise it using deceptive methods (by displaying fake virus notifications and so on).
How did adware install on my computer?
There are PUAs that are advertised on various, usually questionable pages and can be downloaded from there. However, quite often people download and/or install them unintentionally: through clicked deceptive ads or setups of other programs. The second distribution method is called "bundling". Developers include PUAs in setups of other programs and present them as additional offers. In most cases offers to download and/or install additional (potentially unwanted) software can be found in settings of setups such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. Nevertheless, not all people check and change those settings, it means that they agree with offers to download and/or install various PUAs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is not recommended to trust unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule, third party downloaders, installers and other sources of this kind to download or install any software. The safest way to download files and programs is by to use official websites and direct download links for that. Also, quite often download and installation setups have settings like "Custom", "Advanced" in them. These settings should be checked and offers to download and/or install unwanted software dismissed. Furthermore, we advise to avoid clicking intrusive advertisements, especially if they are displayed on shady pages. For example, on pages related to adult dating, pornography, gambling, etc. Those ads open untrustworthy websites or cause unwanted downloads, installations. And finally, we recommend to uninstall all unwanted, unknown or suspicious extensions, add-ons and/or plug-ins from a web browser and programs of this kind from the operating system. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
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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
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- What is youtubedownload[.]video?
- 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 youtubedownload[.]video 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 youtubedownload.video, 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 youtubedownload.video, 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 youtubedownload.video 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 add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots 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".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset 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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