Thursday, April 3, 2014

Remove YoutubeAdblocker Adware and Extension – Is It Non-Removable and Based on PUP.YoutubeAdBlocker?




Do I Have YoutubeAdblocker Virus?


YoutubeAdblocker adware/extension plays dodgy and makes victims experience some new stuff:

  1. Advertisements fly all over the place where it previously wasn't - mainly payday loan, gambling and mail order bride sites. 
  2. Clicking on a link, another page with ads opens up in front of the intended page.
  3. On some sites, some words are suddenly green in colour, underlined a couple of times and clickable to take to advertising sites.
As what YoutubeAdblocker states, it helps block video ads, which it does, but that doesn’t indicate that it would not publish other kind of ads. But one thing can be confirmed is that YoutubeAdblocker is not a virus, it is a PUP geared by PUP.YoutubeAdBlocker.



Why YoutubeAdblocker Pops up?


YoutubeAdblocker adware is an advertising platform to help publish products for its operators. To make it plain, it is a money generation tool. As we know that YoutubeAdblocker is a freeware, it needs funds to support operation. This well explains the reason why YoutubeAdblocker pops up ads while claims to help block video ads.



Steps Failed to Remove YoutubeAdblocker

  1. Remove the file C:\Users\YOUNAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions will not help remove YoutubeAdblocker’s extension.
  2. Find and remove YoutubeAdblocker’s ID from C:\Users\YOUNAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default will not stop YoutubeAdblocker from popping up.
  3. Enable popup blockers can only block content.
So if YoutubeAdblocker is not virus, why and how it is capable of surviving all the removal means? To get more funds for operation, YoutubeAdblocker has to find every means to stay on a machine for traffic interception and PPC. BHO, ActiveX and Script technologies will help with that by preloading executable, dll and dat files into system configuration. With combination of several components, YoutubeAdblocker extension will not be removed easily unless all the pivotal parts are removed altogether.



Anything Needs Attention to YoutubeAdblocker?


ActiveX and Script technologies will be controlled to track down for targets’ preference so as to provide favorable ads to promote sales. Once other infections gets onto the same machine, the technologies will be utilized maliciously to track down people’s online whereabouts and record input information.
As a matter of fact, it is quite easy for a machine plagued by YoutubeAdblocker ads and extension for the below reason:
What YoutubeAdblocker takes people to are some advertising sites; as a platform to show product, it doesn’t require advanced programming and it needs to be pushed as soon as possible; thus, bug can be easily found to be exploited by infections concealed in the Internet.

It is not worth of taking the risk of being attacked by any possible infections, thus it is highly recommended to remove YoutubeAdblocker ads and extension as soon as possible. Do not think that YoutubeAdblocker popup issue is just about browser. Follow the below instruction and you’ll know that it is also about the system. Should you run into any difficulty in removing YoutubeAdblocker and its extension due to deficient computer knowledge and skills, please do feel free to get expert help by contacting a recommended PC Technology Support Center.
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Remove YoutubeAdblocker Adware and Extension from Chrome


Since there’s no reports on YoutubeAdblocker happening on other browsers, the below instruction mainly tells how to remove the adware and extension from Chrome.


1.Find YoutubeAdblocker’s extension ID.
Spanner icon > Tools > Extensions > locate YoutubeAdblocker > check “Developer mode” > note down its ID.



2.Remove YoutubeAdblocker’s extension from Database.
Win+R key combination > Run box > type “regedit” > Enter key > Ctrl+F key combination > paste YoutubeAdblocker’s extension ID into the find box > hit Enter button > delete the detected ones.
Navigate to the following entries and remove anything related to YoutubeAdblocker:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\[the browser that has YoutubeAdblocker]
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Microsoft\[the browser that has YoutubeAdblocker]
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\Extension.DLL
HKCU\Software\ YoutubeAdblocker
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{random number}



3.Use Chrome://policy/ to get YoutubeAdblocker’s value.
Type “Chrome://policy/” on Chromes URL address > Enter key > locate YoutubeAdblocker > click “Show Value” > note down path.



4.Show hidden files and folders to remove items related to YoutubeAdblocker.

Windows 7/XP/Vista
Control Panel > user accounts and family safety > Folder Options > View tab > tick ‘Show hidden files and folders’ > non-tick ‘Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)’> ‘OK’ button.

Windows 8
Windows Explorer > View tab > tick ‘File name extensions’ and ‘Hidden items’ > “OK” button.
Remove the files and folders:
C:\ProgramData\youtubeadblocker
C:\ProgramData\youtubeadblocker\OcvsP9Xje.exe
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions
%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions
C:\Windows\System32\GroupPolicy\Machine


5.Remove YoutubeAdblocker’s extension.
Spanner icon > Tools > Extensions > locate YoutubeAdblocker > remove it.



6.Remove YoutubeAdblocker from Control Panel.

Windows 7/XP/Vista
Start menu > Control Panel > “Add/Remove programs” > uninstall YoutubeAdblocker.

Windows 8
Unpin button > Control Panel > Programs and Features > uninstall YoutubeAdblocker.




VilmaTech Online Support has also found one YoutubeAdblocker variant prevailing on the Internet which is UUTUberAdBloiCkere. Usually, such extension or ads worm into a machine through vulnerability/loophole/ bugs on some sites. In other word, getting YoutubeAdblocker ads without knowledge can indicate that the target machine is poorly protected and the user does not always follow good PC practice when surfing online. Actually, YoutubeAdblocker can also pop up on a machine after some third-party program is installed with “recommended” installation method. 

As stated in this article that YoutubeAdblocker could be potentially dangerous. If additional items get into the same machine thereafter, additional steps are required to be involved for complete removal. It is not strange that some offered path/ directory cannot be found on your machine due to different OS, versions and structure. Thus certain level of computer knowledge and skills are necessary to carry out the whole procedure smoothly. 
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Reference:

Remove YouTubeAdBlocker Chrome Extension Completely – Expert Guide

Potentially Unwanted Program – Wiki

PPC (pay-per click) – Wiki




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