Ads by Cinema Video

Also Known As: Cinema Video adware
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Cinema Video removal instructions

What is Cinema Video?

Cinema Video supposedly improves online video quality - "The Software provides a suite of browser features that customize and enhance your interaction with various websites by rendering graphics, text, or other functional or interactive content in your browser." Although some users may find this application legitimate and useful, Cinema Video is classed as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). These negative associations are made for two main reasons. Firstly, Cinema Video is distributed as a 'bundle' with other software, and therefore, usually installs without users' consent. Secondly, this adware collects various user information and displays intrusive online advertisements.

Cinema Video adware

Cinema Video adware employs a virtual layer to display price comparison ads, coupons, pop-unders/ups, banner, inline text, transitional, and other similar ads. Some of these ads might randomly appear as new browser tabs or windows, thereby increasing the chance of accidental clicks by users. The virtual layer allows placement of various graphical content on any website, however, the displayed content does not originate from the visited site. Generated ads often redirect to commercial websites such as online stores. Users may also be redirected to bogus websites, and therefore, clicking ads may cause further computer infections. Furthermore, the adware collects various software and hardware information which, according to Cinema Video's Privacy Policy, is not personally identifiable. Despite this claim, there is no doubt that details such as Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (to determine geographic locations), websites visited, search queries entered into search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.), pages viewed, and other similar data can contain private information (such as PayPal or bank account logins/passwords). The gathered information is later shared with third parties and could be misused. This behavior can result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft. For these reasons, you should uninstall Cinema Video immediately.

Cinema Video Privacy Policy regarding data sharing:

We may share non personally identifying information (unless specifically indicated otherwise) with third parties, such as trusted suppliers, business partners, advertisers and search engines.

Adware-type applications in general have very similar or identical behavior. There are hundreds of other PUPs that behave identically to Cinema Video including Web Bar, Dig Deep, and WebSearcher - these are just some examples from a long list. Be aware that that adware-type applications give fake promises to trick users to install. Rather than providing the features promised, Cinema Video (and other similar/identical adware) displays intrusive online advertisements and collects personally identifiable information to generate revenue for the developers.

How did Cinema Video install on my computer?

Cinema Video is often distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen software. Many users do not pay enough attention when downloading and installing software, and thus, bundling is very effective. Users often skip the download/installation steps without realizing that bogus applications such as Cinema Video are commonly concealed within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options, and thus, inadvertently install these rogue applications.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

There are two main steps you should take to prevent installation of rogue apps. Firstly, when downloading from a freeware download website, closely analyze each step of the download procedure and opt-out of any third party software included. Secondly, installation of downloaded programs should be performed with the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any bundled apps listed for installation and allow you to opt-out.

Deceptive free software installer used in Cinema Video adware distribution:

Cinema Video adware installer

Intrusive online advertisements generated by Cinema Video adware:

Cinema Video adware generating pop-up ads Cinema Video generating coupon ads sample 1 Cinema Video generating coupon ads sample 2

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Quick menu:

Cinema Video 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.

Cinema Video adware uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Remove Cinema Video adware from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Cinema Video 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 "Cinema Video", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing Cinema Video ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the cinema video adware, 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 Cinema Video  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 "Cinema Video", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing Cinema Video ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the cinema video adware, 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Cinema Video 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 "Cinema Video".

Removing Cinema Video ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with cinema video adware 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 cinema video adware, 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 cinema video adware from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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