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How to remove the Ad Video Blocker adware?

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

What is Ad Video Blocker?

Ad Video Blocker is the name of a potentially unwanted application (PUA) that generates advertisements. In other words, Ad Video Blocker is an advertising-supported software (adware).

As a rule, users download and install apps of this type accidentally. That is the reason why they are called potentially unwanted.

Another common problem with apps like Ad Video Blocker is that they can be designed to collect information related to web browsing activities or other data. Either way, it is highly advisable not to trust apps like Ad Video Blocker.

Ad Video Blocker ads

Usually, the main purpose of adware-type applications like Ad Video Blocker is to generate their developers revenue by showing pop-up ads, banners, coupons, surveys, or other advertisements. Quite often, these apps generate ads designed to promote questionable, potentially malicious websites.

For example, download websites for other potentially unwanted applications, untrustworthy pages like "Chance To Win The Brand New Playstation 5", "Your System Detected Some Unusual Activity", and other pages of this kind. Sometimes their ads can be designed to run certain scripts and cause unwanted downloads, installations.

In one way or another, it is not safe to click ads that apps like Ad Video Blocker display. It is common that apps like Ad Video Blocker gather various information as well.

Usually, they target details like Internet Protocol addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, visited websites, etc. Although, there are many apps of this type that can access sensitive details (e.g., passwords, telephone numbers, credit card details).

Apps that can read sensitive information may be used as tools to steal personal accounts, identities, make fraudulent purchases, transactions, and so on. Additionally, adware can be used to promote some fake search engine (its address). In such cases, it changes browser's settings such as the address of a default search engine, homepage, and new tab.

In most cases, users can remove unwanted address from browser's settings only when the app that changed them is no longer installed.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by Ad Video Blocker
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
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, questionable websites, third-party downloaders, installers
Damage Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
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In conclusion, most adware-type applications are useless to their users and can cause various problems (e.g., issues related to online privacy, browsing safety, monetary loss). It is worthwhile to mention that apps like Ad Video Blocker often are advertised as useful tools that are supposed to have certain features to improve the browsing experience.

In one way or another, it is strongly recommended not to have any adware installed on a browser or the operating system and remove already installed PUAs as soon as possible. More adware examples are Coupon Printer, Steam Sheriff, and Facebook Account Hack 2021 #1 Fb Hack App.

How did adware install on my computer?

It is popular for potentially unwanted applications to be distributed by bundling them together with other programs. In other words, by including those applications in downloaders, installers for other programs as extra offers. Typically, users download and install PUAs together with other programs when they do not decline unwanted offers. Typically, it can be done by unticking ticked checkboxes or changing "Custom", "Advanced", or other similar settings. It is common that users forget to check those settings, or they are not aware that the aforementioned settings can be used to opt out bundled apps. Sometimes users cause unexpected downloads, installations through deceptive ads - by clicking advertisements designed to execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Third-party downloaders, installers, unofficial pages, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), and other channels can be used to distribute unwanted, even malicious applications. For this reason, programs and files should be downloaded only from official websites and via direct download links.

Downloaders and installers with settings like "Custom", "Advanced" or ticked checkboxes often have PUAs included in them. It is recommended to check those downloaders, installers for unwanted offers and decline them before finishing download, installation processes.

Advertisements on questionable pages should not be clicked as well. More often than not, those ads are designed to promote other pages of this kind.

It is known that there are ads that can run certain scripts and cause unwanted downloads, installations as well. Unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins, or add-ons installed on a browser should be removed.

The same applies to programs of this kind installed on a computer. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Download page for the Ad Video Blocker adware:

ad video blocker adware promoter

Browser notification asking whether Ad Video Blocker should be installed:

ad video blocker adware browser notification

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Quick menu:

Adware removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

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:

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.

Ad Video Blocker adware uninstall via Control Panel

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 Ad Video Blocker 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:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Ad Video Blocker  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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons ("Ad Video Blocker") and remove them.

Removing Ad Video Blocker ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by ad video blocker, 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Ad Video Blocker 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing Ad Video Blocker ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by ad video blocker 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 ad video blocker, 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 Ad Video Blocker 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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing Ad Video Blocker ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by ad video 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.

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.

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