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Remove HDTube (Removal Guide) - updated Oct 2014

removal by Linas Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

HDTube – a program which is classified as a potentially unwanted one due to its secret infiltration


HDTube is a potentially unwanted program which has been promoted as a useful Youtube helper. Supposedly, this add-on should improve your videos. However, while having this application installed on the system, you shouldn't be surprised after noticing numerous ads offering you:

  • save the money by using special coupons;
  • increase PC's security by downloading specific tools;
  • install Java[1] or similar updates.

No matter how these HDTube ads look useful, you should always remember that they have mostly been used for suspicious activities. For example, after convincing you that some of your programs are outdated, they will trick you into installing another adware-type program on the system. 

Name HDTube
Type Adware
Sub-type PUP
Similar to HDtubeV1.6V16.09
Possible dangers Can take you to a potentially harmful website but is not dangerous itself
Signs Changes system settings, displays aggressive and annoying ads, redirects to sponsored sites
Distribution methods Bundled software, skipped downloading steps, rogue web pages
Prevention Use only Custom/Advanced for installing software, avoid visiting unknown websites
Removal Install Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to detect all unwanted content in the computer

The primary goal of adware-related applications is their ability to redirect users to questionable sites that belong to some third-parties seeking to increase its page rank or sales. If you want to avoid suspicious websites that promote useless products, you should avoid HDTube add-on and stay away from its ads as far as you can. If you started noticing these messages during your browsing, be sure that you must act according to the guide given below this article.

In most of the cases, the PUP is installed after tricking people into believing that it was designed for improving their browsing routine or after installing a free application that was involved in the distribution of HDTube. If you have just installed a suspicious app and noticed annoying pop-up ads on each of your web browsers, don't wait for long and check your computer with reputable anti-spyware[2].

Note that adware-type programs[3] change the browser's homepage and the URL bar to be able to perform their activities. If you want to bring browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, or Edge back to normal, you should remove HDTube virus from your computer system by using reputable anti-malware tools or performing the process manually. Furthermore, we suggest installing Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or any other similar software that will help you detect all PUP-related components in the system.

Moreover, there is one more important reason to perform the HDTube removal. This ad-supported program, just like others of its kind, can collect information that is related to the user's browsing experience. Such data might contain:

  • content from visited sites (pictures, articles, videos, songs, etc.);
  • saved bookmarks;
  • IP addresses;
  • and similar.

HDTube adware
HDTube - adware which collects browsing activity-related information.

Adware distribution techniques are closely related to social engineering

According to cybersecurity experts from[4], adware is spread thru various free downloads and software-sharing sites presenting it as a handy application. However, you can also install such a program on your computer in a bundle with other apps. In most of the cases, adware-related programs are spread in a bundle with download managers, PDF creators[5], and similar software.

Make sure you select Custom or Advanced installation option that will allow you to opt out of this and similar optional downloads. Scroll down through the entire list of incoming programs and deselect all suspicious-looking ones. Additionally, once you are installing software, ensure that no installation steps were skipped or missed.

Moreover, note that adware and similar potentially unwanted programs can spread via rogue websites and their questionable hyperlinks. Make sure that you always pay attention to what kind of website you are entering. If you ever overcome a suspicious-looking one, eliminate it immediately and never return.

HDTube is a potentially unwanted program which often comes bundled with other software from the Internet.

Remove HDTube without any hesitation as it was launched for specific aims

If you delay the HDTube removal, the consequences might get even worse. You can start experiencing even more frequent advertising which might slow down your browsing activity and even cause web browser crash downs. We advise taking care of the ad-supported program as soon as possible. For this purpose, use reliable and expert-tested anti-malware programs that will deal with the process in a couple of minutes.

However, there is a possibility to remove HDTube adware manually. What you will have to do is get rid of all dubious browser extensions and plug-ins from web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, or Safari. Check out our provided instructions which you can find below this article. They might give you a clearer view on how to perform the elimination successfully.

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To remove HDTube, follow these steps:

Eliminate HDTube from Windows systems

Get rid of HDTube adware from Windows operating system by using these instructions:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall HDTube and related programs
    Here, look for HDTube or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Erase HDTube from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for HDTube and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete HDTube removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete HDTube from Microsoft Edge

Eliminate adware from Microsoft Edge with the help of this guide:/GI]

[GI=mozilla-firefox]If Mozilla Firefox got infected by the ad-supported program, you should get rid of all suspicious browser extensions, add-ons, and other components:

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, HDTube should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall HDTube from Google Chrome

You can clean Google Chrome web browser from the adware-type program by performing these steps:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select HDTube and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete HDTube removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate HDTube from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for HDTube or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete HDTube removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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