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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

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 For example, after convincing you that some of your programs are outdated, they will trick you into installing another adware-type program on the system.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 ReimageIntego 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 ReimageIntego 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 adwareHDTube - adware which collects browsing activity-related information.

Adware distribution techniques are closely related to social engineering

According to cybersecurity experts from NoVirus.uk[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 PUPHDTube 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:

To remove HDTube from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to HDTube (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Erase HDTube from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for HDTube and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete HDTube removal.Reset Internet Explorer

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:

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the HDTube-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Uninstall HDTube from Google Chrome

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

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to HDTube by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the HDTube-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete HDTube removal.Reset Chrome 2

Eliminate HDTube from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to HDTube and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are

There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.

Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

Data backups are important – recover your lost files

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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Linas Kiguolis
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