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YT Adblocker. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Adware

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

Showing YT Adblocker ads

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.

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 Reimage.

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.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove YT Adblocker, follow these steps:

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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.

  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 YT Adblocker and related programs
    Here, look for YT Adblocker 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'
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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.

  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 YT Adblocker 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'
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Get rid of YT Adblocker from Internet Explorer (IE)

  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 YT Adblocker 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 YT Adblocker removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Erase YT Adblocker from Microsoft Edge

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, YT Adblocker should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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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.

  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 YT Adblocker 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 YT Adblocker removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Remove YT Adblocker from Google Chrome

  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 YT Adblocker 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 YT Adblocker removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Eliminate YT Adblocker 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 YT Adblocker 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 YT Adblocker removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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