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How to remove the Video Ad Skipper unwanted application

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

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).

Video Ad Skipper 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.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by Video Ad Skipper
Threat Type Adware
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)

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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 adware deceptive page promoting adware

Video Ad Skipper's official website:

video ad skipper adware promoter

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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.

Video Ad Skipper adware uninstall via Control Panel

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:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Video Ad Skipper adware 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 Ad Skipper" or other suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Removing Video Ad Skipper adware from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

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 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 Video Ad Skipper adware 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 Video Ad Skipper adware from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

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, 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 ad skipper, 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.

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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.

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Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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