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How to Remove ProVideoDownloader Browser Extension/Plugin?

 

Suddenly, all kinds of ads show up on any webpage you are visiting? And you noticed a ProVideoDownloader plugin/extension on your web browser? If this is the case, you should go through the removal guide below to remove ProVideoDownloader.

 

 

What Is ProVideoDownloader?

 

 

ProVideoDownloader is defined as a potentially unwanted application by the industry. ProVideoDownloader would be loved by most of computer users if it does what is introduced on its official website. According to this page, it is supposed to enable you to download videos from your favorite video site without sacrificing quality. However, it does far more than that.

 

ProVideoDownloader is ad-supported software. In order to keep ProVideoDownloader free, the developer has partnered with ad providers like OpenApp Media. Thus, you will see in-text ads and/or overlay ads on any webpage after installed ProVideoDownloader. Worse still, it will pop up windows that contain various ads for undesirable software or games. Most of them are potentially unwanted program or even rogueware.

The screenshot of ads on Youtube:

Ads on YouTube

 

The screenshot of pop-up window:

Pop-up Windows

 

You notice that there is an Updater running. That’s something working to feed you with different advertisements on same webpage constantly.

Updater

Anvi Smart Defender-Startup Guard

 

There are pre-checked additional offers bundled in the installer of ProVideoDownloader. Usually, you may an additional search toolbar on your web browser after install ProVideoDownloader, and your default search engine, homepage and/or new tab page are changed, too.

Search Toolbar

 

In most cases, ProVideoDownloader is not downloaded and installed by you with intent. It comes as a special offer or pre-checked option, so that you are even unaware of its installation until you are bombarded by advertisements. So in that sense, people rank low in acceptance of this software.

Follow the guide below to get rid of ProVideoDownloader and those annoying ads and horrifying pop-up windows. Should you have any problem, stop and leave a reply below.

 

 

How to Remove ProVideoDownloader? (Removal Guide)

 

                                                                                                            

Outline of the removal guide:

     Step 1 > Run a system scan to remove malicious files by ProVideoDownloader 

     Step 2 > Uninstall ProVideoDownloader and related malicious program from your computer

     Step 3 > Remove ProVideoDownloader residual damage from IE/FF/Chrome

     Recommended—Clean up and speed up your PC with Cloud System Booster

     Malware Prevention Tips

                                                                                                            

 

 

Step 1 > Run a system scan to remove malicious files by ProVideoDownloader

 

ProVideoDownloader creates malicious files and overwrites registry entries when get installed. And, as mentioned above, it may exposes your computer to other horrible computer infections, so we strongly recommend you to scan your computer with an antivirus or antimalware program to make sure that your computer is safe and clean. Anvi Smart Defender is such a program that you can make use of.

 

1. Download and install Anvi Smart Defender from the link below.

Anvi Smart Defender free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html

 

2. Launch Anvi Smart Defender → click on the gear icon → check the Scan rootkits item → click on the Apply and OK button to complete the setting

ASD-settings

 

3. Go to Scan tap → perform a Full Scan to detect malicious files → after the scan completes, click on the Remove button

Anvi Smart Defender-scan result 1

 

 

Step 2 > Uninstall ProVideoDownloader and related malicious program from your computer

 

For Windows 8 Users:

Move mouse pointer to the bottom right corner of the screen.

Go to Charms bar Settings Control Panel Uninstall a program

Uninstall ProVideoDownloader and related malicious programs

 

For Windows 7/Vista Users:

Go to Start button > Control Panel > Uninstall a program / Programs and Features

Uninstall ProVideoDownloader and related malicious programs

uninstall ProVideoDownloader

 

For Windows XP Users:

Go to Start button >  Settings > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs

Remove ProVideoDownloader and related malicious programs

 

 

Step 3 > Remove ProVideoDownloader residual damage from IE/FF/Chrome

 

If you are still encountering additional ads and pop-up windows, you need to follow this step to check your web browser and remove ProVideoDownloader add-on and restore other browser settings.

 

For Internet Explorer Users
For Mozilla Firefox Users
For Google Chrome Users

 

 

For Internet Explorer Users:

1. To change homepage: click on the gear icon or Tools at the top right corner → select Internet options → hit General tab in the menu → type a preferred domain like http://www.google.com/ or choose Use default

IE-homepage set

 

2. To remove extension: click on the gear icon or Tools → select Manage Add-ons → go to Toolbars and Extensions tab → right click on ProVideoDownloader Toolbars → choose Disable in the drop-down menu → close the window and click on OK button

ProVideoDownloader on IE

 

3. To reset search provider: Switch to Search Providers tab → right click a desired search provider → select Set as default → right click unwanted search provider → select Remove → click Apply and OK to complete the setting

Tuvaro hijacked search provider-IE

 

That’s all for the removal of ProVideoDownloader and restoring hijacked browser setting, if you have only Internet Explorer on your computer.

Next—Clean up and speed up your PC with Cloud System Booster

 

 

For Mozilla Firefox Users:

1. To change homepage: click on the orange Firefox button firefox button → hit Options→ select General → choose Restore to Default.

 

2. To reset default search engine: Click on the inverted triangle in the search bar → choose Manage Search Engines → locate unwanted search engine → hit Remove and OK → click the inverted triangle again → select a preferred search provider as default search engine from the menu

Tuvaro hijacked search engine-Firefox

 

3. To remove Add-ons: click on the orange Firefox button firefox button on the upper left corner of the browser → hit Add-ons → go to Extensions tab → Remove ProVideoDownloader 

ProVideoDownloader on Firefox

Switch to Plugins tab → locate any suspicious plugin → Click on Disable button

 

That’s all for the removal of ProVideoDownloader and restoring hijacked browser setting, if you have only Internet Explorer and/or Firefox on your computer.

Next—Clean up and speed up your PC with Cloud System Booster

 

 

For Google Chrome Users:

Click on Customize icon (Wrench or 3 bar icon) →select Settings

restore Chrome settings

 

1. To reset startup page: hit Set pages → remove hijacked startup page by clicking the X at the end of the bar

Chrome startup page

 

2. To change homepage: hit Change →change homepage to google.com or any other webs you desire

Chrome homepage

 

3. To reset default search engine: click on Manage search engine → set a desired search engine as your default search engine → remove unwanted search engine from the list by clicking the recycle bin

Chrome search engine

 

4. To remove extension: click Extensions above Settings → locate ProVideoDownloader or any other suspicious extensions → click the Recycling Bin to remove it

ProVideoDownloader on Chrome 1

 

That’s all for the removal of ProVideoDownloader and restoring hijacked browser setting.

Next—Clean up and speed up your PC with Cloud System Booster

 

 

Optional Troubleshooting—Remove ProVideoDownloader residual damage from browser with Anvi Slim Toolbar

 

Anvi Slim Toolbar is a tool developed to enable you to manage extensions and toolbars on your web browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome) simultaneously. With Anvi Slim Toolbar you can modify the homepage and default search engine of your installed web browser easily.

 

1. Download and install Anvi Slim Toolbar by clicking the link below.

Anvi Slim Toolbar download link: http://www.anvisoft.com/software/ast/

 

2. Delete unwanted and suspicious extension and add-ons:

Launch Anvi Slim Toolbar → Switch to Manage tab → Chech or tick unwanted and suspicious extension and add-ons → hit Remove button

ProVideoDownloader extension removal

 

3. Empty trash bin:

The removed toolbars and extensions are placed in the trash bin in case you want them back, so you need to empty the trash bin regularly.

Click on the trash bin icon, then you can restore or remove toolbars and extensions there.

Anvi Slim Toolbar-restore center

 

4. Modify browser settings:

Go to Browser Repair tab → chose the browser you are going to repair → set the homepage to your preferred website → select a desired search engine → click on the Repair button

Anvi Slim Toolbar-browser repair

 

 

Recommended—Clean up and speed up your PC with Cloud System Booster

 

Please note that after uninstall malicious programs, there will be many residual files – like invalid registry entries still on your computer. These junk files occupy disk space of your computer and may degrade your computer performance over time. It is complicated to delete them manually, so you may need the help of a system cleaner or system optimizer. We recommend you Cloud System Booster.

 

1. Download and install Cloud System Booster.

Cloud System Booster free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

 

2. Launch Cloud System Booster and click on Boost button to scan and clear residual files.

Cloud System Booster-home

 

3. Click on Clean button when scan finished.

Cloud System Booster-scan

 

 

Malware Prevention Tips                     

 

1. Keep an eye on what you are agree to install and do not just click on Next blindly.

As mentioned above, ProVideoDownloader sneaks into your computer by being bundled in the installer of other free software, so you should be attentive when install such programs and always opt for custom/advanced installation.

 

2. Turn on the security settings of your installed web browser.

If you always encounter the problems such as pop-up ads and redirecting, you may need to check if the available security settings of your web browser are on. You can view Turn on Security Features of Internet Browsers for Safer Surfing Online for tutorial.

 

3. Keep a professional antivirus or antimalware program on and perform system scan regularly.

Adware like ProVideoDownloader may lead you to malicious websites and your computer may be exposed to other horrible computer infections, so we strongly recommend you to scan your computer with an antivirus or antimalware program to make sure that your computer is safe and clean. Anvi Smart Defender is such a program that you can make use of.

Anvi Smart Defender free version download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html

Anvi Smart Defender-Startup Guard

 

There is an Anvi Ad Blocker integrated in Anvi Smart Defender, which can block malicious URLs, phishing websites, pop-up/flash ads as well as your unwanted websites that cannot be distinguished and detected by the browser itself. If you are pro version user of Anvi Smart Defender, it is free to use for you. Also, you can download its trial version to create you a clean and secure online environment.

Anvi Ad Blocker free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html (expires in 15 days)