What kind of application is Video Ad Skipper?
Video Ad Skipper is promoted as an extension for blocking advertisements on YouTube. Our team has discovered at least one deceptive page promoting this application. After downloading and examining the Video Ad Skipper app, we found that it generates advertisements (it functions as adware).
More about Video Ad Skipper
Apps like Video Ad Skipper generate annoying ads (e.g., banners, coupons, surveys) that can open shady websites. Clicking those ads can open various scam websites, download pages for shady apps, or even malicious sites. Moreover, it can cause unexpected downloads/installations.
Our team has inspected plenty of apps similar to Video Ad Skipper and found that part of them can hijack web browsers. They change the web browser's settings such as the default search engine, homepage, and (or) new tab page to promote some fake search engine. Fake search engines can promote shady websites and (or) show results generated by untrustworthy search engines.
|Name||Ads by Video Ad Skipper|
|Symptoms||Your computer becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Adware in general
Adware displays unwanted advertisements and can have the ability to hijack a web browser and (or) collect information about the user. It is highly advisable not to have any adware installed on the operating system or a browser. More adware examples are Ads Skipping, Energy, and Play No Ads.
How did adware install on my computer?
Video Ad Skipper is promoted on a deceptive website stating that "free extension might be required). It installs by following the instructions provided on the page. Also, adware is distributed via deceptive ads and downloaders/installers for other software.
When software is bundled with an advertising-supported app (or another unwanted app), it has "Advanced", "Custom", or similar settings in its downloader/installer. Consent to install adware alongside other software is given when its installation is completed without changing those settings.
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Always use the official pages to download applications or files. Do not use other sources such as unofficial pages, third-party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks, etc. Do not forget to check the settings available in installers before installing programs. Avoid clicking shady ads (especially when such ads are displayed on questionable sites).
If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Deceptive website offering to download Video Ad Skipper:
Video Ad Skipper's official website:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Video Ad Skipper?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
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 any unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the unwanted application, 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 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 Ad Skipper" or other suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by video ad skipper, 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by video ad skipper 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 ad skipper, 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.
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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What harm can adware cause?
The main problem with adware is the contents of websites covered by unwanted ads. Additionally, software of this type can slow down a computer and invade privacy.
What does adware do?
Adware generates advertisements. It displays banners, pop-ups, coupons, surveys, etc. In certain cases, it promotes a fake search engine and (or) collects information.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
They monetize adware by using it as a tool to promote various products, websites, or services. Typically, profit is generated via affiliate programs.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Video Ad Skipper adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and remove adware without leaving any files or other components belonging to it. It can be difficult to completely remove adware manually. Thus, we advise using apps like Combo Cleaner for adware removal.