What is youtube-to-mp3[.]org?
Youtube-to-mp3[.]org is a YouTube downloader website. It offers the service of converting YouTube video URLs (links) to MP3 and MP4 files, which users can download. Aside from infringing copyright laws, this page also uses rogue advertising networks. Therefore, by visiting/using youtube-to-mp3[.]org users are forced to visit various unreliable and malicious sites.
It is strongly advised against visiting/using youtube-to-mp3[.]org and similar websites.
Webpages that employ rogue advertising networks can force-open other sites the moment they are accessed. Redirects to the untrustworthy/dangerous websites can be caused when any buttons, links, ads, or other content presented in the rogue site - are clicked on.
The pages promoted through these networks can run various scams, endorse PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications), and lead to visitors experiencing a variety of severe issues. Furthermore, rogue websites typically host intrusive advertisements (e.g., pop-ups, banners, surveys, coupons, full-page, etc.).
When these ads are clicked on, they redirect to misleading/harmful sites and some can stealthily download/install software. PUAs can infiltrate browsers/systems via intrusive adverts. These applications usually appear legitimate and offer "useful" features, which are rarely operational.
What is more, PUAs can have unmentioned, heinous functionalities. Some can force-open dangerous websites. Adware-types deliver intrusive advertisement campaigns (i.e., enable the placement of ads on any visited page). Browser hijackers are another type of PUAs; they modify browser settings and restrict/deny access to them - in order to promote fake search engines.
The promoted web searchers are seldom able to generate search results, so they redirect to Yahoo, Bing, Google, and other legitimate search engines. Most PUAs (regardless of type) can track data. Information of interest includes: browsing and search engine histories, IP addresses, geolocations, and personally identifiable details.
The collected data is then shared with and/or sold to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals). In summary, presence of data-tracking software on devices can cause severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even lead to identity theft. Therefore, it is crucial to remove all dubious applications and browser extensions without delay.
|Name||Ads by youtube-to-mp3.org|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||Quttera (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||126.96.36.199|
|Observed Domains||y1.youtube-to-mp3[.]org; dc-a06b1ec15a92.youtube-to-mp3[.]org; dl2.youtube-to-mp3[.]org; dl.youtube-to-mp3[.]org; dev.youtube-to-mp3[.]org; ww12.youtube-to-mp3[.]org; www.ww12.youtube-to-mp3[.]org|
|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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Using rogue advertising networks is a widespread website monetization method. Hence, there are thousands of such sites on the Web; x2convert.com, moviesjoy, anitube.site, keepv.id, gogoanime.so - are just some examples. Visiting rogue webpages poses a significant threat to device and user safety. It is highly recommended to exercise caution when browsing.
How did adware install on my computer?
Select PUAs have "official" promotional/download pages. However, these applications are more commonly downloaded/installed together with other software. "Bundling" is the name of this false marketing technique, i.e., packing regular programs with unwanted or malicious additions.
Rushed download/installation processes (e.g., skipped steps and sections, used "Quick/Express" settings, etc.) increase the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the device. Intrusive advertisements spread PUAs as well. Once clicked on, the ads can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user consent.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is important to research software before download/installation and/or purchase. Furthermore, all downloads must be done from official and verified channels. Unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, and other third-party download sources - are deemed to be untrustworthy as they often offer harmful and/or bundled content.
When downloading/installing, it is advised to read terms, explore available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, functions, and other additions. Intrusive advertisements appear ordinary; however, they redirect to various unreliable and questionable sites (e.g., adult-dating, gambling, pornography, etc.).
In case of encounters with ads and/or redirects of this kind, the system must be inspected and all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed from it. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Deceptive ads delivered by the youtube-to-mp3[.]org website (GIF):
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- What is youtube-to-mp3[.]org?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
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 any potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes youtube-to-mp3[.]org 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 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 youtube-to-mp3.org, 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 youtube-to-mp3.org 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 youtube-to-mp3.org, 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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by youtube-to-mp3.org, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by youtube-to-mp3.org from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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