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Remove YT Adblocker (Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge) - Virus Removal Instructions

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YT Adblocker – a malicious Firefox extension that runs JavaScript to display suspicious ads

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YT Adblocker is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that belongs to the “adware” group of cyber infections. It is distributed via drive-by downloads and malicious JavaScrip[1] pop-ups from simplecalculator.xyz dubbed as “Firefox requires a manual update” scam.  Once the user agrees with the installation of the YT Adblocker adware, it injects a malicious extension into Firefox's extensions list and starts performing the subsequent activities.

First of all, YT Adblocker virus should start generating predetermined ads. Not only the advertisements displayed by this adware program are irrelevant. Some of them may be aggressive regarding their amount, frequency and content. In most of the cases, ads that this virus generates promote less favorite online shopping sites, which is not very bad. However, some ads may offer to download suspicious software or take advantage of a free online scanner. Such offers can lead to malware infiltration, so be careful and remove YT Adblocker to prevent this from happening.

Although it happens quite rarely, YT Adblocker virus can act as a browser hijacker. Several people reported that after clicking on a malicious pop-up generated by simplecalculator.xyz domain, they found a start page and search provider replaced by an unknown one. Firefox's redirects to suspicious or even malicious simplecalculator.xyz web domains may follow such behavior.

a picture of YT Adblocker virusYT Adblocker adware removal is vital to protect the system from further malware attacks

It's important to remove YT Adblocker from the system asap to prevent information leakage to unknown third-parties.[2] This extension may be using cookies, which record and store personally non-identifiable information within external servers for an undefined period of time. However, did you know that PC's IP address, your full name, address, email address, approximate geolocation, and browsing history are also considered as non-personal? If you do not approve disclosure of such data to third-parties, do not delay YT Adblocker removal. The best removal option is automatic because all you have to do is to install ReimageIntego.

The only reason why the number of adware infections grow is people's negligence

Adware programs spread in a form of browser add-ons or extensions. Usually, they are hidden under freeware installers and the only way to disguise them is to choose Advanced installation option. All additional installers will be revealed, but sometimes people fall for believing that the “free applications” coming along with the needed one will be useful. However, statistically most adware infiltrate PCs without user's consent.

To prevent bundled installers, you should always keep your guard up.[3] By this we mean that you should install are professional anti-virus, but do that after making a reasearch how powerful its AV engine is. Besides, don't forget to update it regularly.

Extreme carefulness is yet another precautionary measure that you should take when protecting the system from malware. Doyuble-check the download source and opt for Advanced/Custom installation. Then follow each window of the installation wizard and uncheck boxes saying that you agree to install web browser's add-ons, toolbars, extensions or whatnots.

Remove YT Adblocker adware to decrease PC's vulnerability

Although adware programs are not dangerous, they initiate various suspicious activities that can eventually increase PC's vulnerability. Consequently, these vulnerabilities can be easily exploited when visiting dubious websites promoted by YT Adblocker virus.

To keep the system safe, check the list of apps installed on your PC and initiate YT Adblocker removal if needed. The instructions below will explain the removal procedure in details.

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To remove YT Adblocker, follow these steps:

Eliminate YT Adblocker from Windows systems

Those who prefer manual removal of PUPs should carefully check the whole list of programs disclosed in Control Panel. Very often software bundles bring in more than on unwanted program, so check the date of adware infiltration and eliminate YT Adblocker alongside its company.

To remove YT Adblocker 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 YT Adblocker (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.

Uninstall YT Adblocker from Mac OS X system

Delete YT Adblocker from Mac OS X by simply dragging its installer to Trash. However, make sure to check for other potentially unwanted program. Otherwise, you may keep receiving ads.

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

Remove YT Adblocker from Applications folder:

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

Get rid of YT Adblocker 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 YT Adblocker 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 YT Adblocker removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase YT Adblocker 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 YT Adblocker-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 YT Adblocker from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

When the main executable is removed, don't forget to reset Mozilla Firefox. Although YT Adblocker offers prevails on Firefox, check other web browsers as well.

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 YT Adblocker 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 YT Adblocker 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 YT Adblocker removal.Reset Firefox 2

Remove YT Adblocker from Google Chrome

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 YT Adblocker 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 YT Adblocker-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 YT Adblocker removal.Reset Chrome 2

Eliminate YT Adblocker 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 YT Adblocker 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

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

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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