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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, 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.

  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 VideoStripe pop-up and related programs
    Here, look for VideoStripe pop-up 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'

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.

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for VideoStripe pop-up or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Eliminate VideoStripe pop-up from Internet Explorer (IE)

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

  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 VideoStripe pop-up 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 VideoStripe pop-up removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Uninstall VideoStripe pop-up ads from Microsoft Edge

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

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, VideoStripe pop-up should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete VideoStripe pop-up from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select VideoStripe pop-up and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete VideoStripe pop-up removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of VideoStripe pop-up from Google Chrome

VideoStripe removal requires eliminating suspicious extensions and Chrome reset.

  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 VideoStripe pop-up 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 VideoStripe pop-up removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase VideoStripe pop-up from Safari

These guidelines will show you how to delete the virus 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 VideoStripe pop-up 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 VideoStripe pop-up 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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Gabriel E. Hall
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