What is Video Search adware?
Video Search is rogue software endorsed as a tool for quick searching of multiple video-hosting platforms (e.g., YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Google Video, and Bing Videos) straight from the browser.
In fact, Video Search is classified as adware, since it runs intrusive advertisement campaigns. I.e., it delivers various misleading and even malicious ads.
Furthermore, Video Search monitors users browsing activity and collects private, sensitive information extracted from it. Since most users download/install adware unintentionally, apps within this category are also classified as Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUAs).
Adware enables the placement of third party graphical content, typically on any visited website. The delivered ads (e.g., pop-ups, surveys, banners, coupons, full-page, etc.) significantly diminish the browsing experience by limiting web page visibility and browsing speed.
Intrusive ads pose a threat to device/user safety. When clicked, they can redirect to various untrusted/malicious websites and some can stealthily download/install software (e.g., PUAs).
Most PUAs have data tracking capabilities, and Video Search is no exception to this. Information of interest includes: URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, IP addresses, geolocations, and other personally identifiable details. The collected data is then monetized by sharing with and/or selling to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals).
In summary, the presence of unwanted software on devices can lead to system infections, serious privacy issues, financial loss, and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user privacy, all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed immediately upon detection.
|Name||Ads by Video Search|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Browser Extension(s)||Video Search|
|Supposed Functionality||Search tools for multiple video-hosting platforms|
|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, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|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.
This software may seem legitimate and harmless, and users are lured into download/installation with offers of various "useful" functionality, however, the features promised are rarely operational. In fact, this applies to most PUAs. The only purpose of these unwanted applications is to generate profit for the developers.
PUAs deliver intrusive advertisement campaigns, cause redirects, modify browsers (browser hijackers), and collect private data.
How did Video Search install on my computer?
Video Search has "official" promotional sites from which it can be downloaded. This adware is also promoted through various deceptive/scam pages. Some of these websites endorse fake Adobe Flash Player updaters/installers containing Video Search. Select sites were notably hosted using the legitimate Amazon AWS service provided by Amazon.
PUAs are more commonly distributed via the download/installation setups of other programs. "Bundling" is the name of this deceptive marketing technique of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions.
Rushing download/installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps and settings, etc.) increases the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the system.
Intrusive advertisements proliferate these applications as well. Once clicked, they can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without users' consent
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
You are advised to research all software before download/installation. Use only official and verified download channels. Unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, Gnutella, eMule), and other third party downloaders commonly offer harmful and bundled content, and are therefore untrusted and should be avoided.
When downloading/installing, read the terms, study all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of additional apps, tools, features, and so on.
Intrusive advertisements typically seem legitimate, however, they can redirect to dubious and malicious sites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, and many others). If you encounter ads or redirects of this kind, inspect the system and remove all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately.
Installed programs must be activated and updated with tools or implemented functions that are provided by the official developers. No other third party, unofficial tools should be used.
Note that it is illegal to activate licensed software with ‘cracking’ tools. Files and programs should be downloaded from official websites and via direct download links. Avoid third party installers and the tools/sources mentioned above.
Do not open website links or files in irrelevant emails that are received from unknown, suspicious addresses. These bogus emails are often disguised as official and important. Regularly, scan your computer with reputable, up-to-date antivirus or anti-spyware software.
If your computer is already infected with Video Search, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Video Search adware asking permission to track browsing data:
Deceptive/Scam websites used to promote Video Search adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Video Search?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Video Search application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Video Search ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove 'Ads by Video Search' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove Video Search extension from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove Video Search adware from Internet Explorer.
Video Search adware removal:
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 "Video Search", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes Video Search ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Video Search adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 "Video Search", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by video search, 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 "Video Search".
Computer users who have problems with ads by video search 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 video search, 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.
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 "Video Search", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by video search, 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.
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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