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Remove YTDownloader (Improved Guide)

removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as YT Downloader | Type: Adware

What is YTDownloader?

YTDownloader (also known as YTDownloader and Converter) is a legitimate browser plug-in, which has been included to the category of potentially unwanted program and adware categories. Usually, it is presented by its developer Goobzo ltd as a program, which can be used for downloading videos from YouTube and watching them on phones, tablets or other devices. However, no matter that this program seems like a great application that can help you to find your favorite music files, it seems that it may also cause unwanted system changes that may lead you to several problems. The most obvious issue that it may cause on your web browsers (this application may affect each of web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and other web browsers) is its commercial pop-up ads, in-text links, banner ads and similar commercial content, which may appear during your browsing. These ads typically announce about discounts, coupons, price comparisons and similar deals. Please, be very careful with them and don’t click them because they may trick you into visiting unknown websites. No one can guarantee that these ads won’t try to redirect you to unsafe or even malicious websites.

Questions about YTDownloader

Besides, you can also see ytdownloader.exe and similar executables in your Task manager that are related to this browser add-on. As soon as it launches them, this program starts another questionable activity – tracking the user and collecting information related to his/hers browsing habits. This information is considered as non-personally identifiable, but we think that you should keep it for yourself. This and YTDownloader’s ability to appear on computers without asking an appropriate permission has already made security experts to include this program to potentially unwanted programs category. If you want to avoid its ads, you should remove it from the system. This can be done with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

An example of YTDownloader main page and pop-up ads

How can I download YTDownloader to my computer?

As we have mentioned, YTDownloader by Goobzo can be downloaded from the Internet just like any other program. However, it may also infiltrate it as an optional component of other software. In fact, adware-type programs and similar applications are actively promoted as optional components of such programs as download managers, PDF creators, video streaming software and similar freeware. These programs are always filled with various ‘components’ that may additionally initiate serious havoc on the system. That’s why we highly recommend you to start monitoring installation of the freeware. For that, you should start selecting Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware. After doing so, you should uncheck all suspicious check marks that allow installation of such components as toolbars, browser add-ons and so on. No matter how it gets on the PC, it may easily modify your PC’s system and then may start displaying various pop-up advertisements during your browsing sessions. Besides, it seems that this program may start monitoring your browsing habits and may also show unwanted banners, offers, and other ads during your browsing. If you are annoyed by them to death and you want to get rid of YTDownloader redirects to unknown places, please follow removal instructions that are given in the next page of this post.

Main facts about YTDownloader virus:

  • This program is capable of spreading in a bundle with other software;
  • YTDownloader has the ability to change computer’s settings according to its needs;
  • It causes commercial pop-up ads and third party advertisements seeking to redirect people to required websites;
  • An application can track its victims and collect non-personally identifiable information;
  • Users can fail when trying to uninstall YTDownloader from their computer.

Fixing computer and removing unwanted programs from the system:

If you have already been convinced to download YTDownloader to your computer, we recommend you uninstalling it because it is a seriously questionable program. For that, you can select one of these removal methods: manual and automatic. If you want to avoid removal-related issues and prevent the additional appearance of this program on your computer, you should think about the automatic removal of YTdownloader. All tools that can be used for that are given below:

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To remove YTDownloader, follow these steps:

Eliminate YTDownloader from Windows systems

  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 YTDownloader and related programs
    Here, look for YTDownloader 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 YTDownloader 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 YTDownloader 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'

Uninstall YTDownloader 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 YTDownloader 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 YTDownloader removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase YTDownloader 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, YTDownloader should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove YTDownloader from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 YTDownloader 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 YTDownloader removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of YTDownloader 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 YTDownloader 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 YTDownloader removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate YTDownloader 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 YTDownloader 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 YTDownloader removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Walt says:
    May 11th, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Your instructions say to use the uninstaller to remove YTDownloader, however, this virus protects itself from uninstall. The windows 8 uninstaller will not remove YTDownloader!
    How do we remove this thing from my windows 8 computer????

  2. Jerry says:
    May 28th, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    This doesnt work on windows 8 Please HELP?

  3. Susan Popkes says:
    July 2nd, 2014 at 12:11 am

    This virus protects itself from uninstall.. Help

  4. Kristin says:
    July 11th, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    I have tried installing McAfee, Spyhunter, Kapersky, and Malwarebytes and they all say the signature is corrupt. When I continue with the install, it eventually says the software will not work with my PC (windows 8)

  5. Kristin says:
    July 11th, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    I have tried installing McAfee, Spyhunter, Kapersky, and Malwarebytes and they all say the signature is corrupt. When I continue with the install, it eventually says the software will not work with my PC (windows 8)

  6. Cat says:
    January 13th, 2016 at 9:00 am

    have used YTD on my Mac for several years and have never noticed any things like the article suggests.
    Could it be that YTD HAS A THING FOR PCs? Jus sayin

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