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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- Guide 1: How to Remove VLC Addon from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of VLC Addon from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove VLC Addon from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase VLC Addon from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall VLC Addon from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove VLC Addon from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate VLC Addon from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove VLC Addon from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove VLC Addon
Step 2: Uninstall VLC Addon 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 VLC Addon 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 VLC Addon there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of VLC Addon from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall VLC Addon 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 VLC Addon 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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove VLC Addon 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 VLC Addon 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 VLC Addon 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 VLC Addon 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 VLC Addon will be removed.
Eliminate VLC Addon 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.