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Remove VideoStripe pop-up ads (Removal Guide) - Jul 2017 update

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Adware

VideoStripe uses aggressive and misleading marketing strategy to promote movie watching platform

Screenshot of VideoStripe website

VideoStripe claims to be a platform that allows watching movies legally. However, this service is advertised using aggressive tactics, such as adware program. Thus, if your Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer is flooded with pop-ups[1] offering to sign up and watch unlimited movies, you should check your computer’s state.

Usually, adware which is responsible for VideoStripe ads starts bothering you after installing a bundled software.[2] What is more, Media-fire.org advertising platform has also been involved in promoting this software.

VideoStripe virus delivers ads that are misleading messages that are used for promoting affiliate websites and popularizing certain software. These pop-up messages may continuously ask you to sign in and try or download this movie watching application. These offers are extremely annoying because they might be full page advertisements or pop-ups that do not include a close button.

However, before installing it, you have to beware that it's not free. People are offered a VideoStripe free trial for 7 days, but after that, they will have to pay for it. The monthly subscription is around 40€ that is quite expensive. Thus, if you want to watch latest movies, you should choose cheaper and more credible platform, such as Netflix.

Some users claim that they were tricked by the so-called VideoStripe scam. Ads usually tell that this service is free. However, once they sign up, they realize that they need to pay in order to continue watching movies. Indeed, the main purpose of this aggressive marketing campaign is to promote this service and get more users who are willing to pay for the subscription.

All in all, if you have started seeing these pop-up advertisements, we recommend you to run a full system scan with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and remove VideoStripe together with suspicious programs from your computer in order to avoid various inconveniences.

Moreover, we would like to mention that adware, in general, is distributed along with cookies[3] and used for accumulating information about user's browsing habits. We assume that VideoStripe adware is not an exception. We believe that it's not set to collect personally identifiable information;[4] however, you can never know what specific information may be gathered and where it may be used.

Thus, VideoStripe removal also helps to protect your online privacy from unknown third-parties. You can never be sure if aggregated data won’t be shared with unreliable affiliates or evil-minded people. The worst scenario is that some sensitive information might be leaked to cyber criminals. Hence, you might have to deal with serious problems, such as money loss or identity theft.

Questions about VideoStripe pop-up ads

The example of VideoStripe pop-up adsVideoStripe pop-ups offer to sing up and use this video streaming website.

Adware travels and gets inside computer bundled with free applications

As you already know, advertisements promoting VideoStripe are caused by an adware-type program that may get on your computer bundled with free software.If you want to prevent installing such and similar programs, you have to be more careful while installing freeware and shareware on your computer.

Additional components are, usually, disclosed as web browser add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars, and extensions. However, they may be indicated in a misleading manner. In order to opt out of them, you have to:

  1. Choose reliable download sources and reputable developers.
  2. Read the Privacy Policy and EULA before installing software.
  3. Select Advanced or Custom installation option and monitor the entire installation process. This way, you will be allowed to take control over the process.
  4. Uncheck the ticks that notify about the installation of additional components.

According to NoVirus[5] researchers, computer users mostly rely on Quick or Recommended installation settings. However, trusting them is not recommended because most of the time they do not adequately disclose about third-party software and allows their installation without asking user’s permission.

Get rid of VideoStripe virus right now

VideoStripe removal requires finding and deleting all adware-related components from the computer. Thus, you have to uninstall suspicious programs from the Control Panel and unknown browser extensions from each of the web browsers.

If you think about doing this task on your own, you may find our prepared instructions handy. Keep in mind that this PUP may have installed tracking cookies, so you have to reset each of the browsers as well.

If it seems a complicated task, you should remove VideoStripe automatically. This method requires using reputable anti-malware/anti-spyware program. Make sure that you updated your preferred security tool before launching a system scan.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove VideoStripe pop-up ads, follow these steps:

Erase VideoStripe pop-up from Windows systems

Open Control Panel and look up for VideoStripe or other unknown applications. Uninstall them and then check your web browsers.

To remove VideoStripe pop-up 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 VideoStripe pop-up (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.

Remove VideoStripe pop-up from Mac OS X system

if pop-ups are bothering you, you should check whether any suspicious applications were not installed to your PC.

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

Remove VideoStripe pop-up from Applications folder:

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

Eliminate VideoStripe pop-up from Internet Explorer (IE)

Follow the steps below to clean Internet Explorer from the adware-related entries.

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 VideoStripe pop-up 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 VideoStripe pop-up removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall VideoStripe pop-up ads from Microsoft Edge

After the hijack, you need to reset Microsoft Edge as shown below.

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 VideoStripe pop-up-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

Delete VideoStripe pop-up from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove VideoStripe or other unknown extensions from Firefox. They might be responsible for delivering annoying ads.

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 VideoStripe pop-up 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 VideoStripe pop-up 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 VideoStripe pop-up removal.Reset Firefox 2

Get rid of VideoStripe pop-up from Google Chrome

VideoStripe removal requires eliminating suspicious extensions and Chrome reset.

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 VideoStripe pop-up 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 VideoStripe pop-up-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 VideoStripe pop-up removal.Reset Chrome 2

Erase VideoStripe pop-up from Safari

These guidelines will show you how to delete the virus 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 VideoStripe pop-up 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. 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 the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. 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.

 

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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