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How to remove Video Search adware and the ads it delivers?

Also Known As: Ads by Video Search
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is Video Search adware?

Video Search is a piece of rogue software, endorsed as a tool for quick search of multiple video-hosting platforms (e.g., YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Google Video, and Bing Videos) straight from the browser. Video Search is classified as adware due to running intrusive advertisement campaigns.

In other words, it delivers various misleading and even malicious ads. Furthermore, Video Search spies on users browsing activity and collects sensitive information extracted from it. Since most users download/install adware unintentionally, apps within this classification are also considered to be PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).

Website used to promote Video Search adware

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.) seriously diminish browsing quality by limiting webpage visibility and browsing speed.

Intrusive adverts pose a threat to device/user safety. Since upon being clicked, the advertisements redirect to a variety of untrustworthy/malicious websites and some can stealthily download/install software (e.g., PUAs). Most PUAs have data tracking abilities, and Video Search is not an 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 being shared with and/or sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals).

In summary, presence of unwanted software on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, 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.

Threat Summary:
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)

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Screenshot Tool and EditorCheckEmailsQuickerBest File Converter, and WikiNow are some examples of adware. This software appears legitimate and harmless. Users are lured into download/installation with offers of various "useful" functionalities.

However, the promised features are rarely operational. In fact, this applies to nearly all PUAs. The only goal of unwanted applications is to generate profit for the developers; hence, functionality and user safety are irrelevant. PUAs are designed to 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 pushed through various deceptive/scam pages. Some of these websites endorsed fake Adobe Flash Player updaters/installers containing Video Search. Select sites were notably hosted using the legitimate Amazon AWS service provided by Amazon.

However, PUAs are more commonly distributed via download/installation setups of other programs. "Bundling" is the name of this deceptive marketing technique of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions.

Rushed downloads/installations (e.g., ignored terms, skipped steps, etc.) increase the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the system. Intrusive advertisements proliferate PUAs as well. Once clicked on, the ads can execute scripts to download/install these applications without user permission.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is important to research software before download/installation and/or purchase. Only official and verified download channels must be used. Untrustworthy sources, e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, and other third party downloaders - often offer harmful and/or bundled content.

When downloading/installing, it is advised to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from additional apps, tools, features, and so forth. Intrusive adverts appear ordinary and innocuous; however, they redirect to highly questionable webpages (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).

In case of encounters with such ads and/or redirects, the system must be inspected and all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - removed from it without delay. 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 to be permitted to track browsing data:

Video Search adware asking for permissions

Deceptive/Scam websites used to promote Video Search adware:

Deceptive website used to promote Video Search adware 1 Deceptive website used to promote Video Search adware 2 Deceptive website used to promote Video Search adware 3

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Quick menu:

Video Search adware removal:

Windows 10 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.

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.

macOS (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.

Video Search adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Video Search", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which 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:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Video Search  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 "Video Search", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing Video Search ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

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 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Video Search 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 "Video Search".

Removing Video Search ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

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, 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

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 Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Video Search 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 "Video Search", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing Video Search ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

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.

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

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:
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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

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