HDtube Adware

Also Known As: Ads by HDtube
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

HDtube removal instructions

What is HDtube?

The HDtube browser add-on claims to be an effective tool to improve YouTube video quality. Although this extension may appear useful and legitimate, HDtube is classed as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) or adware. Be aware that this application employs a deceptive free software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen software) to install on Internet browsers without users' permission. HDtube infiltrates Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox and generates intrusive online advertisements including banner, pop-up, search, interstitial, transitional, coupon, and full-page ads. These advertisements often lead to bogus websites containing infectious content, and therefore, there is a high probability that your computer will become infected.

hdtube adware

Furthermore, HDtube collects various user-information that may be personally identifiable. For example: browser data (websites visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.), demographic location, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, unique identifier numbers, and so on. This information tracking may cause serious privacy issues or identity theft. There are several adware-type apps identical to HDtube - 123HD-Plus, 123HD-Ready, and HD-Plus are just some examples. This plug-in is also similar to other dubious applications distributed using the bundling method. For example: Primary Result, Zoom Zoom, Beetween Lines, Pine Tree, and Special Box. All claim to enable various features, however, these add-ons simply deliver intrusive ads and share collected data with third parties to generate revenue. You are strongly advised to uninstall HDtube from your system.

Adware such as HDtube is mostly distributed on freeware download websites (including download.com, soft32.com, softonic.com, etc.) These websites employ small download applications (called 'installers', 'download managers', 'download clients', and so on) to monetize their traffic and free services. Download applications offer installation of additional applications or browser extensions together with the chosen software. According to the developers, these promoted apps are '100% legitimate and virus-free', however, reckless download and installation of freeware often leads to adware or malware infections. To avoid this situation, pay close attention when downloading free software and opt-out of all additionally-included applications. Furthermore, installation of downloaded software should be performed using the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any concealed applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them. The following removal guide will help you to remove HDtube adware.

Deceptive free software installer used in HDtube adware distribution:

HDtube adware installer

Intrusive online ads generated by HDtube adware:

Ads by HDtube HDtube generating ads hdtube adware generating online ads sample 3

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Quick menu:

HDtube adware 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.

hdtube adware uninstall via Control Panel

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

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes HDtube ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove HDtube adware from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing HDtube ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "HDtube", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing HDtube ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by hdtube, 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:

Removing HDtube  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "HDtube", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing HDtube ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by hdtube, 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:

Removing HDtube ads 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 "HDtube".

Removing HDtube ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by hdtube 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 logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset 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 ads by hdtube from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
Medium

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

QR Code
Ads by HDtube QR code
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