Pro Video Downloader Plugin

Also Known As: ProVideoDownloader Ads or Pro Video Downloader Virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Pro Video Downloader plugin removal instructions

What is Pro Video Downloader?

Pro Video Downloader is a potentially unwanted application developed by Data Beat Solutions LLC. The application claims to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by allowing video download from various video sharing websites. Whilst such added functionality may seem legitimate, Pro Video Downloader is categorized as adware since it installs on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' consent using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Commonly, users install this plugin inadvertently with free software downloaded from the Internet.

Pro video downloader ads

After successful infiltration, this add-on tracks users' Internet surfing activity by recording IP addresses, unique identifier numbers, operating systems, browsers, installed software information, web page URLs visited, and search queries entered. This tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or identity theft. Furthermore, the Pro Video Downloader plugin generates intrusive ads, including banner ads, in-text ads, and interstitial advertisements - behavior that can lead to malware and virus infections. Computer users should be aware that downloading videos from online video sharing websites is in most cases illegal and considered an infringement of copyright law.

Pro Video Downloader is similar to other adware, which infiltrate users' Internet browsers through free software downloads. Examples include Search highlighter, Tube Dimmer, and Search Donkey. These browser extensions add no significant value and cause intrusive ads when surfing the Internet. To avoid installation of Pro Video Downloader, or other potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), computer users should express caution when downloading and installing freeware. Today, most free software download websites use 'download clients' - small programs offering installation of advertised browser plug-ins together with the chosen free software. Thus, reckless freeware downloading can result in adware infections. If your download is managed by a download client, opt-out of installation of advertised browser plug-ins by clicking the 'decline' button. Internet users who have already installed this adware should use the removal guide provided to eliminate this potentially unwanted application from their Internet browsers.

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Quick menu:

Pro Video Downloader plugin removal:

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.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.

Mac 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.

pro video downloader uninstall

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

After uninstalling Pro Video Downloader plugin, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.

Remove Pro Video Downloader from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Pro video downloader removal from Internet Explorer extensions step 1

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "ProVideoDownloader" and disable it.

Pro video downloader removal from Internet Explorer extensions step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the provideodownloader ads or pro video downloader virus, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Pro video downloader removal from Google Chrome extensions step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "ProVideoDownloader", select it and click the trash can icon.

Pro video downloader removal from Google Chrome extensions step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the provideodownloader ads or pro video downloader virus, 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:

Pro video downloader removal from Mozilla Firefox extensions step 1

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "ProVideoDownloader".

Pro video downloader removal from Mozilla Firefox extensions step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with provideodownloader ads or pro video downloader virus 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 provideodownloader ads or pro video downloader virus, 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:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove provideodownloader ads or pro video downloader virus from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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