How to remove “Ads by VLC Addon”
What is VLC Addon:
Threat Classification: PUP/adware
VLC Addon or Ads by VLC Addon is a malicious browser add-on, is classified as an adware and a PUP by our security experts. This adware infiltrates systems without owner’s consent by hiding in software bundles. Once activated, the infection starts injecting and displaying various ads on almost every web page you visit, which alters the original appearance of the web page. It is also considered a PUP (potentially unwanted program) and an adware, mainly because of the intrusive web ads it displays and because of its dubious distribution method “bundling“. If your browser starts showing “Ads by VLC Addon”, “VLC Addon Ads”, “By VLC Addon”, “VLC Addon” or “Brought to you by VLC Addon”, you should consider your computer infected. The PUP is capable of regenerating over and over again, making the normal removal and uninstall procedure useless. It is known that it works just fine with all well-known browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
Generally, users that have it installed on their systems might see different pop-ups, banners, search suggestions, sponsored link advertisements displayed on popular pages. The search results could also being altered, displaying information loaded with spam and third-party advertising.
VLC Addon is usually bundled with other free software products and is being installed by default, when the user accepts the EULA, while performing an express/recommended installation of that software. The possible distribution of VLC Addon varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free software products, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking on ads or banners etc..
!!! Please note that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please do not underestimate such threats.
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for regular or novice users) using a Professional Malware Removal Software.
2. Manual Removal (recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Automatic VLC Addon Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect VLC Addon and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but in order to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). You can find SpyHunter’s Installation Instructions here: (LINK) SpyHunter`s free diagnosis offers unlimited free scans and detection. You can then manually remove the detected files, processes and registry entries, however we recommend you to purchase a subscription, which will allow you to perform an automatic removal and to receive free professional help with any malware related queries by an expert technician.
Manual VLC Addon Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove VLC Addon Adware/PUP manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of the interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore this manual removal method is highly recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove VLC Addon Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs` List for any entry related to VLC Addon, VLC Addon, iReview, Obrona Blockads, Media Player 1.1, Video Player, YoutubeAdBlocker, Enterprise Policy, 1ClickDownload, Yontoo, FBPhotoZoom, Mac Free Converter, DP1815, Youtube Downloader HD, DVDX Player 3.2, Fast Free Converter, SafeSaver, Convert Files for Free, Plus-HD 1.3, BetterSurf, Trusted Web, PassShow, Savings Bull, Feven Pro 1.1, Couponpueke, Savings Bull, HD-Plus 3.5, LyricsBuddy-1 or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars. If you find such, double-click on it and try to remove it. Although, please mind that this is an actual infection and you might not be able to remove it directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” Keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit enter.
2. Remove VLC Addon from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that in order to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After IE completes the operation, click the close button and then close IE in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run“. 3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter
1. At the top of the Firefox window (upper-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button (3 horizontal lies), go over to the Help sub-menu (a question mark – ?) and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Reset/Refresh Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Reset/Refresh Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish and Firefox will reopen.
3. Delete any folders or files related to VLC Addon by checking the following locations: