Online Video Promoter Adware
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Online Video Promoter?
Online Video Promoter is a dubious application claiming to help users increase the view count of uploaded videos. Some users may find this functionality legitimate and useful, however, Online Video Promoter is classed as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.
These negative associations are made due to a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of third party apps together with regular software) employed by the developers to install Online Video Promoter on Internet browsers without users' consent.
Following infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, Online Video Promoter generates various intrusive online advertisements. These advertisements often redirect to bogus websites, and therefore, clicking them will expose your computer to risk of infection.
Furthermore, Online Video Promoter tracks users' Internet browsing activity and collects various information including IP addresses, websites visited, search queries, pages viewed, and other collected data, which may contain personally identifiable details.
Therefore, having Online Video Promoter installed on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. There are many other adware applications similar to Online Video Promoter and distributed using the bundling method including, for example, UnknownFile, 1Player, CorAdviser, GetitHD, and HQ Video Pro.
These adware-type apps claim to enable various useful functions, however, none are useful to the user - their purpose is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online advertisements and sharing collected data with third parties. You are strongly advised to uninstall Online Video Promoter from your system immediately.
At time of research, adware applications such as Online Video Promoter were distributed using small programs called 'download clients' (also called 'installers', 'download managers', etc.) on freeware download websites including download.com, soft32.com, and softonic.com.
Download clients are employed to monetize these websites' free services and traffic by offering installation of additional programs together with the chosen software. In some cases, third party software is hidden under the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options.
According to the developers, these advertised applications are 'legitimate and virus-free', however, reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections. This situation can be prevented by closely observing each step of the free software download procedure and ensuring that no additional programs are included.
Furthermore, you should install downloaded programs using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them. If you have installed Online Video Promoter, the following removal guide will help you to eliminate this adware from your system.
Screenshot of the Online Video Promoter application:
Online Video Promoter installer set-up:
Deceptive free software installer used in Online Video Promoter PUP distribution:
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- What is Online Video Promoter?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Online Video Promoter application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove unwanted extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove adware from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove unwanted extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Online Video Promoter potentially unwanted program 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 "TWV", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Online Video Promoter ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Online Video Promoter related adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Online Video Promoter did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by online video promoter, 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 "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by online video promoter, 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 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 online video promoter 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 online video promoter, 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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