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, rather than eliminating any ads, this browser extension delivers them.
Video Ads Blocker also has data tracking capabilities that are used to collect browsing-related information.
Since most users download/install adware-type programs unintentionally, they are classified as Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUAs).
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 significantly diminish the browsing experience by overlaying page content and limiting browsing speed.
Furthermore, intrusive ads redirect to various untrusted/malicious websites and some can stealthily download/install software (e.g., PUAs).
Potentially unwanted applications have different harmful functionality, and these functions can be varied combinations. For example, PUAs can deliver intrusive advertisement campaigns and 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, serious privacy issues, financial loss, and identity theft. Therefore, you are 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 Combo Cleaner.
Multi AdBlock, Clear History, Image Search, and Free Package Tracker Plus are some other examples of adware. This software may seem legitimate and offers "useful" features, however, the programs rarely work as advertised and, in most cases, are nonoperational. This is typical of most PUAs, since the only purpose of these 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?
PUAs are distributed via download/installation set-ups of other products. This deceptive marketing tactic of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions is called "bundling".
Rushing download/installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps and settings, etc.) increases the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the system.
Some PUAs (including Video Ads Blocker) have "official" download sites. 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 or purchase. All downloads must be done from official and verified sources, since dubious channels such as unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders commonly offer deceptive or bundled content.
When downloading/installing, read the terms, explore all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of supplementary apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive ads may seem normal and harmless, however, they can redirect to various dubious web pages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, and many others).
If you encounter ads or redirects of this kind, inspect the system and remove any suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately.
If your computer is already infected with Video Ads Blocker, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshot of the website used to promote Video Ads Blocker 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 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 Ads Blocker", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that 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 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 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.
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