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 malware|
|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.
Step 3: Remove YouTubeAdBlocker automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
- Guide 1: How to Remove YouTubeAdBlocker from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of YouTubeAdBlocker on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove YouTubeAdBlocker in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase YouTubeAdBlocker from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall YouTubeAdBlocker from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove YouTubeAdBlocker from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate YouTubeAdBlocker from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable YouTubeAdBlocker Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove YouTubeAdBlocker from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove YouTubeAdBlocker
Step 2: Uninstall YouTubeAdBlocker and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by YouTubeAdBlocker on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by YouTubeAdBlocker there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of YouTubeAdBlocker from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall YouTubeAdBlocker and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove YouTubeAdBlocker via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove YouTubeAdBlocker files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as YouTubeAdBlocker, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove YouTubeAdBlocker from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase YouTubeAdBlocker from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall YouTubeAdBlocker from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove YouTubeAdBlocker from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the YouTubeAdBlocker will be removed.
Eliminate YouTubeAdBlocker from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
Remove Push Notifications caused by YouTubeAdBlocker from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".