Research indicates that VLC Addon is a suspicious browser add-on (extension) that tricks users into believing it is related to VLC media player. As you might have guessed, it has nothing to do with the developers of the VLC player. Once VLC Addon has sneaked into the system, the user may start experiencing annoying and unwanted advertisements in the form of pop-up windows, banners, in-text ads. Clicking anything brought by VLC Addon is not considered safe and may put the user’s online privacy at risk. Hence, its immediate removal is highly recommended.
Why Do I Have VLC Addon on my PC?
Most commonly, unwanted applications such as VLC Addon sneaked into the system via the well-known bundling method. The extension may have been included in the download packages of a range of freeware products. However, by executing custom installation bundling can be avoided for sure.
VLC Addon may also be available for download on the Web. However, we couldn’t find any pages promoting the browser extension. It is most likely an ‘invisible’ extension that sneaks into the system silently and makes it presence known by displaying advertisements. In fact, VLC Addon may be spread via fake pop-up alerts saying something like ‘Enable required media player’.
Is VLC Addon Threatening to my PC?
As a matter of fact, such dubious applications tend to cause issues related not only to the user’s privacy but also to the behavior of his computer. Once running on the system, the user may encounter any of the following consequences:
- Browser redirects to suspicious or predefined pages.
- Display of pop-up windows, including ones claiming that an update is missing or a prize has been won.
- Collection of user data via tracking technologies – cookies, beacons, LSOs (Flash cookies), etc.
How Can I Remove VLC Addon?
Considering the unclear distribution way of VLC Addon, it is very likely that the application changes the Windows Registry. If it is not found in the list of browser extensions or in Control Panel, running a full system scan to locate and remove it is advisory.
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