Tube Dimmer Virus
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Tube Dimmer?
Tube Dimmer is a browser add-on created by Creative Island Media LLC. It promises to enhance viewing of videos by allowing users to 'toggle the lights on and off'. Such added functionality may appear useful, however, Internet users should be aware that the Tube Dimmer plugin is categorized as a potentially unwanted application or adware.
The plugin installs on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' consent and generates various intrusive ads including in-text ads, interstitial ads, and pop-up advertisements.
Moreover, it tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording IP addresses, unique identifier numbers, operating systems, browsers, software installed, web page URLs visited, search queries entered, and other information.
Commonly, Internet users install Tube Dimmer when downloading free software and, today, most freeware download websites use deceptive 'download clients' offering installation of additional browser extensions with the chosen free program. Thus, reckless free software downloading can result in adware infections.
The presence of Tube Dimmer can also lead to high-risk malware infections and identity theft, and therefore, you are advised to eliminate this adware from your computer.
Tube Dimmer is similar to other potentially unwanted applications, which infiltrate Internet browsers via free software downloads. Examples include Websteroids, Search Donkey, and Spy Alert. To avoid installation of this adware, be attentive when downloading free software.
Today, most freeware download websites (including popular sites such as download.com and softonic.com) use download clients to monetize their free services. Download clients are small programs used to offer installation of additional browser plug-ins with the chosen free program.
When downloading free software, look for these offers and opt-out of installation of advertised browser plug-ins by clicking the 'decline' button. Computer users who observe Tube Dimmer ads when surfing the Internet should use this removal guide to eliminate adware from their Internet browser/s.
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- What is Tube Dimmer?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Tube Dimmer application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Tube Dimmer add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Tube Dimmer plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Tube Dimmer extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Tube Dimmer extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Tube Dimmer virus removal:
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 "Tube Dimmer", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling Tube Dimmer, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove Tube Dimmer from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Tube Dimmer" and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the tube dimmer ads, 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Tube Dimmer", select it and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the tube dimmer ads, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Tube Dimmer".
Computer users who have problems with tube dimmer ads 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 tube dimmer ads, 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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