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How to remove "Youtube Ad Blocker" adware and the ads delivered by it?

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

What is Youtube Ad Blocker?

Youtube Ad Blocker is a rogue browser extension classified as adware. It is endorsed as a tool to eliminate advertisements on the YouTube video-hosting platform.

However, instead of blocking ads - this piece of software delivers intrusive advert campaigns. Additionally, Youtube Ad Blocker spies on users' browsing activity. Due to the dubious methods used to distribute adware-type products, they are also categorized as PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).

Youtube Ad Blocker adware asking for data-related permissions

Youtube Ad Blocker adware in detail

Adware enables the placement of third-party graphical content on any visited website and/or different interfaces. This software can deliver various pop-ups, surveys, banners, coupons, and other intrusive ads. They seriously diminish the browsing experience by overlaying webpage content and slowing down the browsing speed.

Intrusive advertisements endorse a variety of sale-based, untrustworthy, rogue, deceptive/scam, compromised, and even malicious sites. Furthermore, some of these adverts can infiltrate software (e.g., PUAs) into systems - when they are clicked on.

Adware usually has data tracking abilities, and Youtube Ad Blocker is not an exception to this. Targeted information includes: visited URLs, viewed pages, searched queries, IP addresses/ geolocations, personally identifiable details, finance-related data, and so forth. The collected data is then shared with and/or sold to third-parties.

In summary, the presence of unwanted software on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft. To protect device integrity and user privacy, all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by Youtube Ad Blocker
Threat Type Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus
Browser Extension(s) Youtube Ad Blocker
Supposed Functionality Advertisement blocking on YouTube
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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Adware in general

PC CleanerOxford DictionaryRetina Defense, and Flow are a few examples of adware. This software looks legitimate and innocuous. Adware entices users into download/installation with various "useful" functionalities. However, the promised features are typically nonoperational.

In fact, practically all PUAs advertise nonexistent features. Functionality and user safety are irrelevant, since the only aim of unwanted apps is to generate profit for the developers. PUAs are designed to run intrusive advertisement campaigns, cause redirects, modify browsers (browser hijackers), and collect private information.

How did Youtube Ad Blocker install on my computer?

Select PUAs (e.g., Youtube Ad Blocker) have "official" promotional sites from which they can be downloaded and/or purchased. Intrusive advertisements are also used to spread these applications. Once clicked on, the adverts can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user permission.

PUAs are most commonly proliferated via downloaders/installers of other programs. "Bundling" is the name of this false marketing tactic - pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions. These supplements can be left unmentioned entirely or hidden within the "Custom/Advanced" settings.

Therefore, by rushing through download/installation processes (e.g., ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, using "Easy/Express" settings, etc.), users risk unintentionally allowing bundled content into their devices, thereby endangering the systems with potential infections.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is advised to 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., Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, unofficial and freeware websites, and other third-party downloaders - often offer bundled and harmful content.

When downloading/installing, it is recommended to read terms, study possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings to opt-out from supplementary apps, features, and so forth. Intrusive adverts appear legitimate; however, they redirect to unreliable and dubious sites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).

Should users encounter ads and/or redirects of this kind, they must check their devices and immediately remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Youtube Ad Blocker, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

Website used to promote Youtube Ad Blocker adware:

Youtube Ad Blocker adware promoting site

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Quick menu:

Youtube Ad Blocker 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.

Youtube Ad Blocker adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Youtube Ad Blocker", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

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

Remove Youtube Ad Blocker adware from Internet browsers:

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

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Youtube Ad 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 "Youtube Ad Blocker", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing Youtube Ad Blocker ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by youtube ad 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Youtube Ad 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 "Youtube Ad Blocker".

Removing Youtube Ad Blocker ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by youtube ad 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 youtube ad 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.

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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