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Remove Videojosmooth.com virus (Removal Guide) - Aug 2018 update

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Videojosmooth.com is a malicious adware which starts showing its ads right after you click the allow button

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Videojosmooth.com is an ad-supported virus which is designed to interrupt its victims with commercial content right after they start browsing online. Researchers note that it is also known as Show Notifications virus which infiltrates the system as an adware[1] program and modifies related web browsers. As a result, users are redirected to the suspicious websites asking them to give permission to show notifications. If the user clicks “Allow,” most popular browsers are filled with annoying ads that can initiate redirects to infected websites. Videojosmooth.com pop-up redirect can make you visit a site hosting cryptominers or lead you to a domain that is filled with other malware. You should NEVER click the Allow button!

Name Videojosmooth.com
Type Adware
Also known as Show Notifications virus
Danger level Medium. It prevents you from changing notification settings once they are configured
Symptoms Users are asked to give permission to show notifications. If allowed, the browser is filled with never-ending ads and redirects to more suspicious websites
Distribution Enters the system as an adware program which might be stealthily installed via bundling technique
Removal You can get rid of intrusive advertisements and uninstall Videojosmooth.com virus with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego 

Once the adware program sneaks into the system, it starts delivering Videojosmooth.com pop-ups. In other terms, users are redirected to a questionable site where they are asked to allow showing notifications. Unfortunately, if they agree, browser settings are modified to deliver Videojosmooth.com ads during browsing sessions. 

Usually, ads by Videojosmooth.com might appear in the following forms:

  • Banners;
  • Pop-ups[2];
  • In-texts;
  • Hyperlinks.

Keep in mind that this potentially unwanted program (PUP) is not only regarded as Show Notifications virus but also as Videojosmooth.com redirect virus. It is because additionally to the previously mentioned advertising features, this ad-supported application also causes redirects to affiliate sites. 

In some cases, redirect by Videojosmooth.com can lead to a less than the reliable website and significantly increase the risk of getting infected with malware. Be aware that the developers of this controversial program are only interested in generating pay-per-click revenue rather than protecting computer users. 

Videojosmooth.com virus illustrationVideojosmooth.com is a virus which is created to generate advertising content during browsing sessions.

Therefore, it is essential to maintain your system's security by yourself. The first step is to remove Videojosmooth.com virus and related programs. For that, we strongly recommend employing Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or another security software to run a full system scan and clean the computer. 

Videojosmooth.com removal will stop notifications and commercial content which is disrupting you during your browsing sessions. Although, if you are having troubles with the elimination procedure, check the guidelines at the end of this article. They are designed to help novice computer users.

The tricky tactic allows adware programs to sneak into the systems unnoticed

As many other potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), adware enters the computer via bundling technique. This is a widely used distribution tactic which allows the developers of ad-supported programs to hide their products inside the installers of third-party applications. 

Usually, users cannot identify a software bundle if the installation is being performed with Quick/Recommended settings. As adware is hidden among the optional components, users skip the steps allowing to reject its installation. For this reason, you can only avoid potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) if you select Advanced/Custom mode. 

Get rid of Show Notifications pop-up by uninstalling Videojosmooth.com virus

Even though most users want to remove Videojosmooth.com manually, it might become a complicated task. Researchers[3] note that after the adware is installed, it prevents from resetting notifications settings once they are configured. Thus, improper elimination of the PUP might not help getting rid of ads. 

An alternative solution for Videojosmooth.com removal would be to get a verified security tool. Keep in mind that experts try their best to deliver software which can uninstall potentially unwanted programs automatically within several minutes. Therefore, try one of the applications below. 

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To remove Videojosmooth.com virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall Videojosmooth.com from Windows systems

You can delete Show Notifications virus from Windows by following these steps:

To remove Videojosmooth.com 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 Videojosmooth.com (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 Videojosmooth.com from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Videojosmooth.com from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Videojosmooth.com-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 Videojosmooth.com, 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 related to Videojosmooth.com and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Videojosmooth.com-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Eliminate Videojosmooth.com 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 Videojosmooth.com 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 Videojosmooth.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Videojosmooth.com virus from Microsoft Edge

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 Videojosmooth.com-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

Remove Videojosmooth.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Get rid of annoying ads from Mozilla by deleting unverified entries.

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Videojosmooth.com and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Videojosmooth.com did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Videojosmooth.com removal.Reset Firefox 2

Delete Videojosmooth.com from Google Chrome

As Videojosmooth.com virus has altered Chrome settings, you must not only uninstall suspicious extensions but also reset the browser.

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 Videojosmooth.com 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 Videojosmooth.com-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 Videojosmooth.com removal.Reset Chrome 2

Uninstall Videojosmooth.com 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 Videojosmooth.com 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

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 from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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