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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 ReimageIntego 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 adwareYTD 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 virusYTD 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 ReimageIntego.

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:

To remove YTD Video Downloader 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 YTD Video Downloader (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.

Delete YTD Video Downloader from Mac OS X system

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

Remove YTD Video Downloader from Applications folder:

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

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:

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 YTD Video Downloader 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 YTD Video Downloader removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate YTD Video Downloader 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 YTD Video Downloader-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

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:

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 YTD Video Downloader 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 YTD Video Downloader 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 YTD Video Downloader removal.Reset Firefox 2

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:

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 YTD Video Downloader 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 YTD Video Downloader-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 YTD Video Downloader removal.Reset Chrome 2

Get rid of YTD Video Downloader 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 YTD Video Downloader 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

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