The BloCKUTubeAd virus (Block U Tube Ad virus, Block YouTube Ad virus) is potential malware (or a PUP) categorized as adware, a browser hijacker, and spyware that primarily installs to a Microsoft Windows machine and/or attaches to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer as a browser add-on, browser helper object (BHO), and extension without direct user consent.
BloCKUTubeAd is like other browser add-ons and extensions that are promoted as a free browser attachment and claim to block advertisements on YouTube, including YouTube video ads; However, the program generates targeted advertisements of its own by invading a user’s privacy.
Once BloCKUTubeAd malware is installed, the adware will first collect user information such as manually submitted information by the user, email addresses, your name, anonymous information about your system and browser, etc. and will use the collected information to display target advertisements, deals, and offers on any website a user visits.
BloCKUTubeAd advertisements are displayed in a variety of forms. Some are pop-under browser redirects that take up an entire browser window or computer screen, in-text ads that say “Ads by BloCKUTubeAd” on them, or pop-up advertisements that appear in images and say “brought by BloCKUTubeAd” on them.
How does BloCKUTubeAd malware get onto a computer?
Users are sometimes given the opportunity to accept or decline an offer to install BloCKUTubeAd software and other items; However, the request to decline the offer is often ignored or presented in a very confusing manner.
How to remove the BloCKUTubeAd virus
- Automatically remove BloCKUTubeAd virus – Scan for and automatically remove BloCKUTubeAd and third-party malware
- Manually remove BloCKUTubeAd virus – Remove/Uninstall BloCKUTubeAd and third-party malware (if necessary)
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1. Automatic BloCKUTubeAd virus removal
Use the instructions below to automatically remove BloCKUTubeAd and third-party malware, as well as automatically remove unwanted search engines from your installed internet browsers.
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2. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings startup up settings, and uninstall BloCKUTubeAd adware and associated third-party 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 BloCKUTubeAd and other unwanted programs, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for BloCKUTubeAd, etc. in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.
2. Manual BloCKUTubeAd virus removal
Use the instructions below to manually uninstall BloCKUTubeAd and third-party software using Microsoft Windows removal procedures.
How to uninstall BloCKUTubeAd
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 BloCKUTubeAd and other potentially unwanted software. Once the adware program is located, double click the unwanted program(s) or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button. Keep in mind that BloCKUTubeAd may use a different title name than suggested.
How to remove BloCKUTubeAd add-ons and extensions
Use the instructions to remove BloCKUTubeAd add-ons, extensions, plug-ins, and toolbars. Please note, it may be necessary to remove multiple third-party items.
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 BloCKUTubeAd extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the BloCKUTubeAd 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 BloCKUTubeAd add-on and remove it if located.