Video Ads Blocker adware removal instructions
What is Video Ads Blocker?
As its name implies, Video Ads Blocker is endorsed as a video advertisement blocking tool. This fake adblocker is supposedly capable of disabling/removing ads from YouTube and Google. However, instead of eliminating adverts - this browser extension delivers them. Video Ads Blocker also has data tracking abilities that are used to collect browsing-related information. Since most users download/install adware-types unintentionally, they are classified as PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).
Adware enables the placement of pop-ups, coupons, banners, surveys, full-page, and different intrusive advertisements - on any visited website or other interfaces. These ads severely diminish the browsing experience by overlaying page content and limiting browsing speed. Furthermore, intrusive adverts redirect to various untrustworthy/malicious websites and some can stealthily download/install software (e.g., PUAs).
Potentially unwanted applications can have different harmful functionalities, and these functions can be varied combinations. For example, PUAs can deliver intrusive advertisement campaigns and/or force-open dangerous websites. Furthermore, most apps of this type (Video Ads Blocker included) can track data. Information of interest includes (but is not limited to): browsing and search engine histories, IP (Internet Protocol) addresses, geolocations, and even personally identifiable details. PUA developers monetize the collected data by sharing it with and/or selling it to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals). To summarize, unwanted software can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft. Therefore, it is strongly advised to eliminate all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.
|Name||Ads by Video Ads Blocker|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Browser Extension(s)||Video Ads Blocker|
|Supposed Functionality||Advertisement removal from YouTube and Google|
|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 Malwarebytes.
Multi AdBlock, Clear History, Image Search, and Free Package Tracker Plus are some examples of adware. This software appears legitimate and offers "handy" features. However, the functionalities rarely work as advertised, and in most cases - they are utterly nonoperational. This is typical of all PUAs. Functionality and user safety are irrelevant - since the only goal of unwanted apps is to generate profit for the developers. PUAs are designed to run intrusive ad campaigns, cause redirects, hijack browsers, and collect private data.
How did Video Ads Blocker install on my computer?
Select PUAs (e.g., Video Ads Blocker) have "official" promotional webpages from which they can be downloaded. These applications can also be downloaded/installed together with other software. This deceptive marketing technique of packing regular products with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling". By rushing through download/installation processes (e.g., by ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, etc.) - users risk inadvertently allowing bundled content into their devices. Intrusive advertisements proliferate PUAs as well. Once clicked on, the ads can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user permission.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to research software products prior to download/installation and/or purchase. Additionally, only official and verified download channels must be used. Untrustworthy sources, e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (Torrent clients, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), and other third-party downloaders - commonly offer harmful and/or bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is advised to read terms, study all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, features, and so on. It is just as important to exercise caution when browsing. Intrusive adverts appear legitimate; however, they redirect to various questionable sites (e.g., gambling, adult-dating, pornography, etc.). Should users encounter ads and/or redirects of this kind, they must inspect their devices and immediately remove all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Video Ads Blocker, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
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- What is Video Ads Blocker?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Video Ads Blocker application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Video Ads Blocker ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove 'Ads by Video Ads Blocker' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove Video Ads Blocker extension from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove Video Ads Blocker adware from Internet Explorer.
Video Ads Blocker adware removal:
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 "Video Ads Blocker", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Video Ads Blocker ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Video Ads Blocker 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 Ads Blocker", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by video ads blocker, 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 plugins 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 Ads Blocker".
Computer users who have problems with ads by video ads blocker 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 ads blocker, 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 Ads Blocker", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by video ads blocker, 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 video ads blocker from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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