SkipAds for Youtube adware (virus) - Free Guide

SkipAds for Youtube adware Removal Guide

What is SkipAds for Youtube adware?

SkipAds for Youtube is a bogus browser extension that generates ads instead of blocking them

SkipAds for Youtube adwareBogus browser extensions can cause unwanted symptoms

SkipAds for YouTube is a software application that is advertised as a tool to help users disable advertisements on YouTube videos. However, it has been found that the software does not deliver on its promises, and instead, it behaves as adware.[1] It refers to any software that automatically displays or downloads advertising material on a user's device, without the user's consent or knowledge.

Using SkipAds for YouTube may lead to an increase in the amount of commercial content, such as pop-up ads, banners, and redirects. These ads can be intrusive and disruptive, interrupting the user's browsing experience and causing frustration. The increase in advertising content may also slow down the user's device and consume additional data.

It is important to note that installing adware on a device can also pose security risks. Adware can collect sensitive data from a user's device, such as browsing history, search queries, and login credentials. This data can then be used for targeted advertising or even identity theft.

NAME SkipAds for Youtube
TYPE Adware
SYMPTOMS Annoying pop-ups and other types of advertisements start appearing on the screen
DISTRIBUTION Shady websites, deceptive ads, freeware installations
DANGERS Links embedded in the ads might lead to dangerous websites
ELIMINATION Eliminate the extension through your browser settings; scanning the machine with anti-malware tools is recommended
FURTHER STEPS Use FortectIntego to get rid of any remaining damage and to optimize the machine

Distribution methods

Fake download pages are a common source for apps like SkipAds for YouTube. These pages use social engineering techniques to trick users into thinking they need to install a browser plugin to do certain things.

To avoid falling victim to such tactics, avoid visiting unfamiliar websites and avoid clicking on random links or advertisements, which may lead to malicious websites. It is also advised to avoid websites that engage in illegal activities, such as unregulated illegal streaming platforms.

When downloading applications, it is best to use official web stores and developer pages to ensure safety. Although apps listed on digital marketplaces go through a rigorous review process, it is still necessary to conduct research because some malicious actors manage to get their add-ons listed. Reading reviews, comparing ratings, and looking at the number of users can provide useful information and help you avoid potential threats.

SkipAds for YoutubeAlways do your research before downloading any apps

Freeware installations can result in infections

SkipAds for YouTube may also appear in a user's browser without their knowledge. This is common when freeware distribution platforms include additional programs in the installer to generate revenue. Because most people skip the installation process, they may overlook the bundled software.

To avoid such situations, use the “Custom” or “Advanced” installation methods, carefully read the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use, and double-check the file list. Before beginning the installation process, users should uncheck the boxes next to any unrelated applications. While getting programs from official sources may be more expensive, it can save users money in the long run by keeping their system running smoothly.

Remove SkipAds for Youtube adware

SkipAds for Youtube adware can be removed by going to the browser settings and looking at the extension list. We recommend removing plugins one by one to see if you notice any changes.

Google Chrome

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

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 extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

MS Edge (Chromium)

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

Mozilla Firefox

  • Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  • Select Add-ons.
  • In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox


  • Click Safari > Preferences…
  • In the new window, pick Extensions.
  • Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Protect your privacy

Most websites and web applications now require users to accept cookies[2] by displaying a prominent prompt that obstructs the view. Many users, feeling frustrated, click “Accept” without much thought, just to proceed as quickly as possible. Cookies can store various data, such as the websites visited, links clicked, search terms used, and online purchases made.

This information can be sold to advertising networks or other third parties, compromising user privacy. To mitigate this risk, we recommend using a repair tool such as FortectIntego, which can automatically clear cookies and cache, free up storage space, fix corrupted files and system errors, and optimize device performance.

Scan your system with anti-malware tools

If you followed all of the previous steps but still have unwanted symptoms, you should check your system for additional PUAs (potentially unwanted applications).[3] We recommend using SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes anti-malware tools to scan your machine, remove it, and prevent future infections by warning you before a PUP can make any changes.

Manual removal of potentially unwanted programs can sometimes result in the infection resurfacing because users frequently fail to remove all related files and entries. Furthermore, crooks frequently disguise them as “useful” tools, making it difficult to identify them. If you still prefer manual removal, we have instructions for both Windows and Mac machines:

Windows 10/8:

  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 the entry of the 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

Windows 7/XP:

  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.


  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove an unwanted app, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files.Uninstall from Mac 2
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How to prevent from getting adware

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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