What is Xvidly (Toolbar – Download Manager)?
Xvidly, sometimes referred to as the Xvidly virus or Xvidly Toolbar virus, is potential malware categorized as a browser hijacker that causes problems for many computer users. Xvidly and the Xvidly BHO (Browser Helper Object) are reported to install with or without consent of computer users and associate with third-party malware including adware, spyware, and additional browser hijackers that may display unwanted advertisements and change internet browser settings of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer, including the home page (start page) and default search engine.
Xvidly claims to be a safe and legitimate download manager for hosted files, shared media, and YouTube videos that can be downloaded from xvidly.com. The truth is, many users who have manually and voluntarily installed Xvidly have complained of many unwanted symptoms previously discussed and have faced consequences including excessive email spam (as well as phishing attacks), junk mail, and phone calls from telemarketers and scam artists who may engage in social engineering by providing information collected from Xvidly malware.
Xvidly Toolbar has also been reported to be difficult to remove or uninstall. Since this is the case, we have listed several options to automatically and manually remove Xvidly malware. It should also be noted that Xvidly publicly states that their software supports advertising and the developers hold no responsibility for any harm done by third-parties promoted in Xvidly ads.
Is Xvidly safe?
Xvidly is not considered safe for reasons concerning the invasion of privacy, entrapment, and cyber criminal activity. Xvidly malware and associated third-party items are tied to cyber criminal activity involving credit theft, extortion, and identity theft.
Aside from the more-severe symptoms of Xvidly malware, the Xvidly Toolbar hijacker and third-party malware cause unwanted browser start-ups and redirections to websites such as Conduit and Delta Search.
How did Xvidly Toolbar get on my computer?
Xvidly applications including the Xvidly Toolbar can be manually and voluntarily downloaded from a variety of unethical sources such as xvidly.com, but many report that Xvidly installs without consent or knowledge. Xvidly can infiltrate a computer system and internet browser without authorization via suspicious and/or malicious advertisements and links, such as email spam links or compromised social media posts. Furthermore, Xvidly Toolbar primarily installs alongside third-party software including freeware, shareware, codecs, and torrents. This may include third-party add-ons, extensions, plug-ins, and Toolbars.
How to remove Xvidly malware (Toolbar)
- Automatically remove Xvidly malware – Scan for and automatically remove Xvidly and third-party malware
- Manually remove Xvidly malware – Remove/Uninstall Xvidly (Xvidly Toolbar) and third-party malware
1. Automatic Xvidly removal
Use the instructions below to automatically remove Xvidly and third-party malware, as well as automatically remove unwanted search engines from your home page, default search engine, browser shortcuts, and other hijacked settings.
1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, make sure to do so.
3. On the first tab labeled “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect malware infecting the computer system.
4. Once the malware scan is complete, Malwarebytes may prompt a notice stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer (the image below shows a file that is NOT selected) or click the Delete button to remove quarantined files.
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings startup up settings, and uninstall Xvidly (Xvidly Toolbar) and related software.
1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.
2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.
4. To automatically uninstall Xvidly, related software, and unwanted programs, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for Xvidly (Toolbar), etc. in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the programs as selected.
2. Manual Xvidly removal
Use the instructions below to manually uninstall Xvidly and third-party software using generic Microsoft Windows removal procedures.
How to uninstall Xvidly malware
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.
3. In the list of installed programs, search for Xvidly Download Manager, Xvidly Toolbar, and other potentially unwanted software. Once located, double click the unwanted programs or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button.
How to remove Xvidly add-ons and extensions
Use the instructions to remove Xvidly add-ons, extensions, plugins, and toolbars. Please note, it may be necessary to remove multiple third-party software and titles.
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the Xvidly Toolbar extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to them.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the Xvidly Toolbar add-on and remove it.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the Xvidly Toolbar add-on and remove it if located.
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