How to remove the Video Ad Remover adware from a computer
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What kind of program is Video Ad Remover?
We have discovered Video Ad Remover while examining various untrustworthy websites claiming that it may be necessary to install this app. After downloading and installing Video Ad Remover, we found that it is an advertising-supported application - it bombards users with intrusive advertisements.
Video Ad Remover in detail
Clicking advertisements generated by Video Ad Remover can open various scam websites, download sites for other untrustworthy applications, or even malicious pages. In some cases, adware displays ads designed to run certain scripts and download (or even install) unwanted software. Thus, it is highly advisable not to click on ads displayed by apps like Video Ad Remover.
We have inspected numerous advertising-supported apps and found that they can hijack web browsers. In such cases, they promote fake search engines by replacing the default search engine, homepage, and new tab page with the address of a fake search engine. Using fake search engines can lead to untrustworthy websites and cause other problems.
|Name||Ads by Video Ad Remover|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|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 is software designed to deliver various advertisements (e.g., banners, coupons). It is common for adware to be downloaded and installed unknowingly. It is important to know that adware can be used to collect sensitive information that may be misused for malicious purposes. More adware examples are Prime, Watch It, and Ads Skipping.
How did adware install on my computer?
It is known that Video Ad Remover is promoted through a shady website that downloads a file designed to install Video Ad Remover. It is also common for adware to be bundled with other software. It installs after completing installations without changing "Advanced", "Custom", or similar settings. In some cases, adware is distributed via advertisements by designing them to execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Do not click on shady advertisements (especially when they appear on questionable pages) or allow websites of this kind to show notifications. Download applications from legitimate sources (official pages). Avoid using P2P networks, shady pages, third-party downloaders, etc., as sources for downloading any software or files.
Deselect unwanted applications using the provided settings before downloading/installing software. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Shady website offering to install Video Ad Remover:
Official download page:
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 Remover?
- 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 Video Ad Remover adware using Combo Cleaner:
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 Remover" and other suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by video ad remover, 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 remover 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 remover, 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?
Usually, adware displays advertisements that conceal the contents of visited websites. In addition to diminishing the web browsing experience, adware can slow down a computer and even invade privacy.
What does adware do?
Adware is advertising-supported software. It means that it generates advertisements. Also, it can hijack a web browser and (or) collect data.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
In most cases, they generate revenue through affiliate programs. They promote various products, services, websites, etc.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Video Ad Remover adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can remove adware and other unwanted software. It is worth mentioning that manual removal does not always work since files belonging to adware remain in the operating system even after the removal.
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