What is YoutubeDownloader?
YoutubeDownloader is a piece of rogue software, endorsed as a tool capable of downloading audio and video content from YouTube and Facebook.
The application operates by converting provided YouTube/Facebook video URLs (links) into various audio/video files, e.g., MP3, MP4, WMA, M4A, FLV, WebM, and other formats.
The downloads are stated to be unlimited and free. In addition to infringing on copyright laws, the YoutubeDownloader app is also classified as adware. Following successful installation, it runs intrusive advertisement campaigns. In other words, this adware delivers undesirable, misleading, and even malicious ads.
Since most users install YoutubeDownloader unintentionally, it is categorized as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application) as well.
Adware enables the placement of third-party graphical content on any visited website or other interfaces. This software can deliver pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, full-page, and different intrusive adverts.
These ads severely cripple the browsing experience by overlaying webpage content and slowing down the browsing speed.
Furthermore, the delivered advertisements promote (by redirecting when clicked to) untrustworthy, sale-based (of both legitimate and fraudulent products), rogue, misleading, deceptive/scam, compromised, and malicious sites.
Some intrusive ads can even be triggered (by being clicked on) to execute scripts designed to download/install software (e.g., PUAs) without user permission.
Most PUAs (adware-types included) have data tracking abilities. YoutubeDownloader likely has such functionalities as well. Targeted information includes (but is not limited to): URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, IP (Internet Protocol) addresses, geolocations, and personally identifiable details).
PUA developers monetize the collected data by sharing it with and/or selling it to third-parties, likewise intent on misusing it for profit. To summarize, the presence of unwanted apps on devices - can result in system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft.
Therefore, it is strongly recommended to eliminate all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins without delay.
|Name||Ads by YoutubeDownloader|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Supposed Functionality||YouTube and Facebook video link conversion to downloadable audio/video files.|
|Detection Names (installer)||ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Agent.AR Potentially Unwante), Fortinet (Riskware/Agent), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.AdSearch.gen), Microsoft (PUA:Win32/Presenoker), Panda (PUP/Adware), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Detection Names (application)||AegisLab (Adware.Script.AdSearch.2!c), Jiangmin (AdWare.Script.gh), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Script.AdSearch.gen), Webroot (W32.Adware.Gen), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|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.
Mie Player, InstaQuick, Pictures Lab, and Video Ads Blocker are some examples of adware-type applications. They appear legitimate and innocuous. Users are lured into download/installation and/or purchase with a broad range of features.
However, the functions seldom work as promised, and in most cases - they do not work at all. The sole aim of PUAs is to generate profit at user expense.
Hence, instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs can run intrusive advertisement campaigns, force-open untrustworthy and hazardous websites, modify browsers (browser hijackers), and collect vulnerable and private data.
How did YoutubeDownloader install on my computer?
Some PUAs (e.g., YoutubeDownloader) have "official" promotional webpages from which they can be downloaded. These applications are also proliferated via download/installation setups of other programs.
This deceptive marketing method of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions - is termed "bundling". Rushed download/installation processes (e.g., ignored terms, skipped steps and sections, etc.) increase the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the system.
Once clicked on, intrusive adverts can execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is advised to research software before download/installation and/or purchase. Additionally, only official and verified download channels must be used.
Since untrustworthy sources, e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, and other third-party downloaders - often offer harmful and bundled content.
When downloading/installing, it is recommended to read terms, study all available options, use the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings, and opt-out from additional apps, tools, features, etc.
It is just as important to exercise caution when browsing. Intrusive advertisements appear legitimate and ordinary; however, they redirect to highly questionable sites (e.g., adult-dating, pornography, gambling, and many others).
In case of encounters with such ads and/or redirects, the system must be inspected and all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed from it.
If your computer is already infected with YoutubeDownloader, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
YoutubeDownloader adware's installation setup:
Website used to promote YoutubeDownloader adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is YoutubeDownloader?
- STEP 1. Uninstall YoutubeDownloader application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove YoutubeDownloader ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove 'Ads by YoutubeDownloader' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove YoutubeDownloader extension from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove YoutubeDownloader adware from Internet Explorer.
YoutubeDownloader 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 "YoutubeDownloader", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes YoutubeDownloader ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove YoutubeDownloader adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, YoutubeDownloader did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your 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 youtubedownloader, 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 on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by youtubedownloader 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 youtubedownloader, 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 youtubedownloader, 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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