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

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

What is Video Explorer?

Video Explorer is a rogue browser extension promoted as a tool for easy access to video-hosting platforms. This functionality operates by allowing users to search YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook Video, Google Video, and Bing - by highlighting text on any website and opening the right-click menu.

However, following successful installation, Video Explorer begins delivering intrusive advertisement campaigns. In other words, it starts displaying various misleading, untrustworthy, and even malicious ads. Due to this, Video Explorer is classified as adware. Additionally, this piece of software collects browsing-related information.

Due to the dubious methods used to distribute adware-type apps, they are also categorized as PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).

Video Explorer adware asking to be permitted to track browsing data

Adware can place third-party graphical content on any visited website and/or different interfaces. It delivers pop-ups, banners, surveys, coupons, and other intrusive advertisements. The delivered ads severely diminish the browsing experience by overlaying page content and slowing down browsing speed.

Furthermore, these adverts pose a threat to device and user safety. Upon being clicked, intrusive advertisements redirect to dangerous sites, and some can even stealthily download/install software (e.g., PUAs). What is more, Video Explorer has data tracking abilities, and this is typical of all adware-types.

This software primarily targets: URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, IP (Internet Protocol) addresses, geolocations, and even personally identifiable details. The collected data is then shared with and/or sold to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).

In summary, the presence of unwanted software on devices - can result in system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and 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 Explorer
Threat Type Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus
Browser Extension(s) Video Explorer
Supposed Functionality Easy access to 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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Image SearchHistory Wipe CleanInstaQuick, and BookLot are a few examples of adware. Software within this classification appears legitimate and offers a wide variety of functionalities. However, the promised features are rarely operational. In fact, this applies to all PUAs.

The sole purpose of unwanted apps is to generate revenue at user expense. Therefore, instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs can run intrusive advertisement campaigns, force-open untrustworthy and malicious websites, modify browsers (browser hijackers), and collect vulnerable and private information.

How did Video Explorer install on my computer?

PUAs are spread via download/installation setups of other programs. This false marketing technique of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions - is termed "bundling".

Rushed download/installation processes (e.g., skipped steps and sections, used pre-set options, etc.) - increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content into the device. Intrusive adverts are used to proliferate PUAs as well.

Once clicked on, the ads can execute scripts to download/install these applications without user permission. Select PUAs (e.g., Video Explorer) have "official" promotional/download webpages.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to always research software prior to download/installation and/or purchase. Additionally, all downloads must be performed from official and verified sources.

Untrustworthy download channels, e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, and other third-party downloaders - often offer hazardous and bundled content.

When downloading/installing, it is advised to read terms, study 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 ordinary and harmless, despite this - they redirect to various unreliable and highly questionable sites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, and many others).

In case of encounters with such ads and/or redirects, the system must be checked and all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - removed from it without delay.

If your computer is already infected with Video Explorer, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

Screenshot of Video Explorer adware's promised feature (easy access to video-hosting platforms) in use:

Video Explorer adware functionality appearance

Screenshot of the website used to promote Video Explorer adware:

Video Explorer adware promoting website

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Quick menu:

Video Explorer 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 Explorer adware uninstall via Control Panel

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

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Video Explorer ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Video Explorer adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

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

Removing Video Explorer ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by video explorer, 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 Explorer 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 Explorer".

Removing Video Explorer ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by video explorer 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 explorer, 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 Explorer 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 Explorer", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing Video Explorer ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by video explorer, 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:

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