YouTubeAdBlocker is a potentially unwanted program that only pretends to block YouTube video advertisements. Instead, the application causes random pop-ups on computers It has been installed on. Furthermore, the program may collect user information and display sponsored as well as targeted advertisements that may lead to suspicious sites. Some of the advertisements may be indicated by caption such as “Ads by YouTubeAdBlocker”. All users who have been affected by this adware should immediately remove it, instructions for which are have provided after this article.
|Short Description||The program displays different types of advertisements to users.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness sudden pop-ups, banners, ad-suppported search results, PC slow-downs and PC-freezes.|
|Distribution Method||Via Bundled installers|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by YouTubeAdBlocker|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss YouTubeAdBlocker.|
YouTubeAdBlocker Ads – How Did I Get It
The most common mean of having this high-distribution rated suspicious program installed on your computer is via other installers that may have included it. This practice is known as bundling, and it is highly recommended not to download programs you often use from sites other than the official website of the software. This is because other sites may bundle applications such as YouTubeAdBlocker for a reason – profit. And some of them do not mind what it is they bundle. This is why it is very important to take your time during installation.
YouTubeAdBlocker Adware – How Does It Work
According to research of Microsoft’s Malware Protection Center once it is installed on the user PC, the application may create the following files:
These modules may display various advertisements that connect the user straight to the third-party site, and this is a potential risk. The ads cannot be controlled in any other way, but by the removal of the modules that display them. Here are several types of advertisements, YouTubeAdBlocker has been reported to display:
Browser advertisements like ad-supported search results highlighted hover web links and site banners.
Ads outside the browser, like pop-ups, balloon adverts, and various notifications.
The program also, creates an uninstaller, called “youtubeadblocker” most likely by creating registry values with data. An example can be the following:
DATA: “ “%AppData\youtubeadblocker\ka5x1it.exe” /s /n /I” “executecommands;uninstallcommands” “%ALLUSERPROFILE%\application data\youtubeadblocker\ka5x1it.exe” ”
It is also reported to create a mutex for the particular device, like this one, for example:
This is most likely done with the purpose to keep only one copy of the threat on the questionable PC, similar to a unique identifier. In general, the application is not malicious. However, there may be some indirect risks associated with it such as collecting user information. Usually, PUPs such as YouTubeAdBlocker aim to.
Remove YouTubeAdBlocker Completely
To be rid of YouTubeAdBlocker, you should know that a simple uninstall may not remove the ads since some leftover files may be left behind after manual uninstall. It is advisable to follow the step-by-step instructions below. It is also highly recommended to use an advanced anti-malware tool that will make sure to detect any malicious files associated with YouTubeAdBlocker or caused by its pop-ups.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall YouTubeAdBlocker in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall YouTubeAdBlocker.
Step 2: Remove YouTubeAdBlocker from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select YouTubeAdBlocker and click “Remove”
After YouTubeAdBlocker is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select YouTubeAdBlocker to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After YouTubeAdBlocker has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on YouTubeAdBlocker
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall YouTubeAdBlocker. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the YouTubeAdBlocker will be removed.