How to Remove YouTube Virus

How to Remove YouTube Virus

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The so-called is the domain of an online virus that has been detected in active contamination campaigns against online users around the globe. One of the channels used for the spread of the annoying YouTube virus is the giant social platform Facebook. To be more precise it’s the Messenger feature/app that has been misused for the nasty campaigns. Typically, this virus appears as a text message sent by a friend. Since one of its main elements is a thumbnail of a YouTube video it is called YouTube virus. The purpose of this virus is to trick you into visiting questionable web pages that are hosted on different sub-domains of Since those pages may pose a serious danger to your operating system, it is advisable to refrain from loading them in your browser.

In case you experience symptoms of YouTube virus on your computer, keep up with our article and find out how to fully get rid of it.

Threat Summary virus
TypeRedirect, Scam, PUP
Short DescriptionA questionable website that loads deceptive offers. May appear in Facebook Messenger app.
SymptomsYou receive strange message with a fake YouTube video thumbnail that is configured to load the suspicious
Your affected web browser is redirecting you to
Browser slowdowns occur due to increased number of online ads
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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User ExperienceJoin Our Forum to Discuss virus. YouTube Virus – Spread and Impact

The domain has been detected in active malicious campaigns that target online users around the globe. It has been given the name YouTube virus because one of the main techniques used for its spread is a message with a fake thumbnail of a YouTube video. Many affected users reported that the virus has first appeared in their Messenger feature/app. The deceptive message associated with YouTube virus is also known to contain short text and a shocked emoji.

To make you more to click the link cybercriminals could send it via Facebook friend’s profile that they have previously managed to hack. The moment this fake YouTube video is clicked, the questionable website loads in the browser to promote some kind of a deceptive offer. What’s worst is that the website may be set to trigger an unnoticed download process of malicious software on the background of your browser.

Beware that YouTube virus is one of many

How to detect a Facebook Virus? What are the most widely used Facebook Viruses? How to make sure that a Facebook Virus is detected and removed from your PC?
Facebook virus variants out there. Once you are online you need to practice a lot of caution. Otherwise, you risk letting malicious software on your device.

As of the website, it is yet another questionable website that is part of scamming online campaigns. There are many variants of this virus. One particular version redirects to the sub-domain where a business optimization training video is offered:


Another version of virus lands on the sub-domain As it could be seen in the picture below, the web page is configured to offer fitness programs:


Apparently, the virus may be configured to generate different fraudulent offers in order to become able to harvest sensitive credentials, sell rogue applications or even deliver malicious software. In the event that you load such a scam page in your browser, we advise you to avoid entering your information.

Beware that the unexpected appearance of YouTube virus may also be a sign of a present undesired program on your device. When the appearance of this virus redirect is associated with the presence of undesired program (adware, browser extension, browser hijacker, etc.) on your system, you may also start noticing lots of online ads displayed on the websites you visit as well as changes of essential browser settings.

An additional impact that could occur without your knowledge is the collection of various details stored by the affected browser:

  • Visited URLs and websites
  • Browser’s home page
  • Search queries
  • Search queries on the visited web pages
  • Type of used browser
  • Operating system type
  • Internet protocol (IP) address
  • Geographic location
  • The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP)
  • Diagnostic information which describes how their Services are operating on the system

Data records are likely to be transferred to remote servers and then used for the configuration of aggressive advertising campaigns that could flood your browser with lots of annoying advertisements.

Based on all security issues that may come as a result of infection with virus experts recommend its complete removal the moment its presence is noticed.

How to Remove YouTube Virus

In order to remove YouTube virus along with all associated files that enable its appearance in the browser, you should complete several removal steps. In the guide below you will find all removal steps in their precise order. You could choose between manual and automatic removal approaches. In order to fully get rid of this particular undesired program and strengthen the security of your device we recommend you to combine the steps. Have in mind that installed files associated with this redirect may be detected with names different than

Since this specific type of scam can have different capabilities that may record a password change so that the software can be able to regain control over your account, we do advise that you perform the removal in the following methodological steps:

1. Remove the Facebook Nike “Virus” from your devices.
2. Log out all of your Facebook active logins from Settings>Security.
3. Make sure that you change your password immediately after you log out the devices and not only your Facebook password but all the passwords used on your devices as well.

Useful Tip: We strongly suggest that you use a strong password, because it is more difficult for the crooks to crack it.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for three years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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