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Remove YTD Video Downloader (Removal Instructions) - Jul 2019 update

removal by Olivia Morelli - -   Also known as YTD Video Downloader ads, Ads by YTD Video Downloader, YTD Video Downloader adware | Type: Adware

YTD Video Downloader – a questionable tool that has earned the name of adware due to annoying ads provided

YTD Video Downloader

YTD Video Downloader, developed by GreenTree applications, is software that offers downloading videos from the Internet sphere for free. However, some security experts have found out that this tool should be categorized as a PUP (potentially unwanted program) and adware due to the frequent ad display it causes.[1] Additionally if you manage a visit to the official page of YTD Video Downloader virus, you might be offered to purchase its PRO version for a monthly price of $2.49. To create even a better look, the tool suggests downloading videos from popular websites and networks such as Facebook, Bing, Yahoo, Daily Motion, College Humor, and many other similar sources.

Name YTD Video Downloader
Type Adware
Sub-type Potentially unwanted program
Developer GreenTree applications
Price Regular version – free. Advanced variant – $2.49 monthly
Purpose To collect income from users by offering its services and displaying beneficial adverts
Found in On the official website or in software bundled
Remove it You can get rid of the app manually or automatically. Besides, try Reimage Reimage Cleaner for completing a malware scan

YTD Video Downloader is very likely to act as adware if you bring this tool on your computer. The potentially unwanted program might carry various different features but mostly it will supposedly relate in the frequent distribution of advertising content that is often pushed by third-party developers for revenue-gaining tasks.

If you ever run into YTD Video Downloader pop-up ads, they might appear to you in different forms. The most popular forms of ads are usually pop-ups, pop-unders, banner ads, sales' coupons, in-text ads,[2] and similar. If this potentially unwanted program starts dropping adverts on your computer, they can come with these and similar writings:

  • Ads by YTD Video Downloader.
  • Brought by YTD Video Downloader.
  • Powered by YTD Video Downloader.
  • YTD Video Downloader ads.

Some people may find those ads useful as they may deliver various deals, discounts, coupons and similar things. However, this is just a trick used by YTD Video Downloader malware to collect more income from you. It is known that developers use tracking cookies for collecting browsing-related data that include the user's activities and some browser/computer settings.

YTD Video Downloader adware
YTD Video Downloader - an adware program that might travel in bundles of freeware or shareware

If you read the privacy policy provided by YTD Video Downloader, the developers of this tool do truly inform about the possibility of tracking activities and the technologies that might be used for this purpose. However, these people also claim that such tasks are carried out only for service improvement which is not quite true:

When you visit our Services, we may send your computer or mobile device a cookie that uniquely identifies your browser. Cookies that we may use may only be read by the server that placed them there. Our use of cookies is primarily focused on improving the quality of our Services and your use of those Services. 

We have searched the Internet sphere for comments on YTD Video Downloader and found out some negative reviews on this tool. One user claims that he has been using this program for a while now and some type of additional malware has appeared along with it. Antivirus software claims that w32.downloader.gen is found.[3]

Furthermore, YTD Video Downloader might start redirecting you to odd pages that are supported by the same developer. Redirects are more annoying than dangerous themselves but, in some cases, you might accidentally land on potentially infectious pages that might result in bad things, for example, secret malware infiltration.

YTD Video Downloader removal will decrease the risk of getting infected by dangerous viruses, so you should opt for this task right away. Besides, you will prevent the advertising flow from spreading further and keep the developers away from benefiting from you in unfair techniques such as the pay-per-click scheme.[4]

YTD Video Downloader virus
YTD Video Downloader is a potentially unwanted application that might overload the user's desktop with annoying advertisements

Nevertheless, YTD Video Downloader ads might start interrupting your regular work and overload your computer's CPU. If the work of this processor increases and jumps over 90%, you might run into big trouble. The entire system might start struggling and crashing. As a result, even simple tasks would become hard to carry out.

In general, you should avoid installing and keeping programs that are spread using bundling and similar questionable techniques which is valid for this video-downloading tool also. Thus, if you have discovered this program on your computer, you should remove YTD Video Downloader without thinking for long. For scanning the computer, you can try using Reimage Reimage Cleaner .

Secret PUP installation techniques

It's not surprising anymore that freeware is commonly spread filled with additional components. However, sometimes it's still difficult to spot and deselect “optional downloads”. We must admit that in some cases they are indicated in a misleading manner. Thus, if people skip them, they get installed by default. But don't you agree that people are still installing freeware inattentively?

We have noticed a tendency to opt for Quick or Basic installation and accelerate the process by clicking the “next” button all the time without reading notifications. Isn't infiltration of various PUPs after such an installation surprising? We think that it's not. If you want to prevent installing unwanted programs, you should be more careful with your downloads and install them as carefully as possible.

First of all, try to find an official website of the program that you want and download it from a reliable source. Furthermore, before installing it, read its EULA and then select the Advanced or Custom installation option. Afterward, carefully read everything and uncheck ticks that notify about the installation of additional components. According to experts from Virusai.lt,[5] you should always stick to these simple rules and you will maintain your computer's security.

How to remove YTD Video Downloader virus?

You can remove YTD Video Downloader manually and automatically. The automatical elimination method requires only downloading and installing reliable antimalware software. By using these tools, you can succeed easily and get rid of the threat in a couple of minutes of times. Besides, this technique is much safer and effective than searching for the cyber threat on your own and risking to make mistakes during the removal process.

However, if you believe that you have enough skills in the threat elimination field, you can opt for the manual YTD Video Downloader removal technique. We have provided you with simple instructing steps at the bottom of the article. These guidelines work for both Windows and Mac OS X systems. Also, you can clean and optimize infected browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari.

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To remove YTD Video Downloader, follow these steps:

Get rid of YTD Video Downloader from Windows systems

If you have found any components from YTD Video Downloader on your Windows machine, you can terminate them by completing the following steps:

  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 YTD Video Downloader and related programs
    Here, look for YTD Video Downloader 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'

Delete YTD Video Downloader from Mac OS X system

  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 YTD Video Downloader 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'

Erase YTD Video Downloader from Internet Explorer (IE)

You can clean Internet Explorer from all adware-added content and ensure that the infection vanishes. If you are looking for some help, go through the following instructions:

  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 YTD Video Downloader 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 YTD Video Downloader removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate YTD Video Downloader 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, YTD Video Downloader should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove YTD Video Downloader from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Reverse all suspicious changes in your Mozilla Firefox web browser if the adware program has applied any during its active hours:

  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 YTD Video Downloader 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 YTD Video Downloader removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall YTD Video Downloader from Google Chrome

Cleaning Google Chrome from various adware-related components manually is definitely a possibility. All you have to do is follow these guidelines:

  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 YTD Video Downloader 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 YTD Video Downloader removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of YTD Video Downloader 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 YTD Video Downloader 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 YTD Video Downloader removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Olivia Morelli
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