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How to Remove Video Download Converter Toolbar and Ask.com Redirect?

 

A Video Download Toolbar added to your internet browser from nowhere and you are constantly redirected to home.tb.ask.com or search.tb.ask.com? If this is the case, your computer is infected by a browser hijacker named Video Download Converter Toolbar. Read on this post to learn how to get rid of this computer infection.

 

 

What Is Video Download Converter Toolbar?

 

Similar to CouponXplorer Toolbar and Daily Bible Guide Toolbar, Video Download Converter Toolbar is a browser extension or plugin by Mindspark Interactive Network that is compatible with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. This toolbar is powered by Ask, and is usually promoted via other free downloads.

 

Once installed, it will add Video Download Converter Toolbar to your installed internet browser, change the homepage, startup page and new tab page of your browser to home.tb.ask.com, and set Ask Web Search (search.tb.ask.com) as your default search engine.

Ask home page

 

Ask.com (Search.tb.ask.com) is actually an ad-supported search engine although looks like a legitimate search engine. It will display advertisements and sponsored links in your search result to earn money. It may also collect your personal information such as your search terms and browsing habits in order to feed you more precise ads.

Ask.com-ads

 

Video Download Converter Toolbar is technically not a virus, but it does interfere with the experience of users by hijacking victims’ internet browser, and slowing down their browser and computer. So in that sense, most of computer users want to remove this browser toolbar and it is classified as PUP (Potentially unwanted program) by the industry.

 

 

How to Remove Video Download Converter Toolbar and Ask.com Redirect? (Removal Guide)

 

                                                                                                           

Outline of the removal guide:

Option 1 Remove Video Download Converter Toolbar and restore browser settings automatically

Step 1 Uninstall Video Download Converter Toolbar with Anvi Uninstaller

     Step 2 Restore browser settings with Anvi Slim Toolbar

Option 2 Remove Video Download Converter Toolbar and restore browser settings manually

     Step 1 Uninstall Video Download Converter Toolbar through Control Panel

     Step 2 Remove residual damages from your internet browser

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

Malware Prevention Tips

                                                                                                            

 

Option 1 Remove Video Download Converter Toolbar and restore browser settings automatically

 

Step 1 Uninstall Video Download Converter Toolbar with Anvi Uninstaller

 

Anvi Uninstaller is a tool integrated in Cloud System Booster which is a system cleaner and optimizer. Anvi Uninstaller will scan and delete leftovers after uninstall a program.

 

1. Download and install Cloud System Booster

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

 

2. To uninstall Video Download Converter Toolbar and related malicious program:

Launch Cloud System Booster → switch to Expert mode → select Toolbox → Download and Run Anvi Uninstaller → switch to Recently Installed tab → locate malicious application → hit Uninstall to remove

Please search for and uninstall VideoDownloadConverter Internet Explorer Toolbar, VideoDownloadConverter Firefox Toolbar, VideoDownloadConverter Toolbar Chrome Extension and any other unwanted or unknown applications that installed around the time your computer is infected by this toolbar.

Anvi Uninstaller

Video Download Converter-uninstall 1

 

Please note that the Prefect Scan function is only available for Cloud System Booster Pro version users. You can use this function by getting a trail license or upgrade to pro version.

Cloud System Booster purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php

 

3. To clean residual files: Switch to Home tab → click Boost button → click Clean button after scan finished

CSB-clean

 

 

Step 2 Restore browser settings with Anvi Slim Toolbar

 

Anvi Slim Toolbar is a tool developed to manage extensions and toolbars on your web browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome). 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 → Check or tick Video Download Converter and browser add-ons by MindSpark → hit Remove button

Anvi Slim Toolbar-scan result

 

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

AST-browser settings

 

Now Video Download Converter Toolbar and Ask.com redirect should have been removed from your computer and internet browser. If you have any question or problem, please feel free to contact us.

 

 

Option 2 Remove Video Download Converter Toolbar and restore browser settings manually

 

 

Step 1 Uninstall Video Download Converter Toolbar through Control Panel

 

Since Video Download Converter toolbar may come bundled with other applications, so you need uninstall not only VideoDownloadConverter Internet Explorer Toolbar, VideoDownloadConverter Firefox Toolbar, VideoDownloadConverter Toolbar Chrome Extension, but also other suspicious programs that are installed around the time your computer is infected by Video Download Converter toolbar.

 

For Windows 8 Users:

Move the mouse pointer to the right side corner → select Search → search for “control panel” to get Control Panel → click on Uninstall a Program → locate VideoDownloadConverter Toolbars and any suspicious application → click on Uninstall button

Or, you can access Control Panel by right clicking on the bottom left hot corner Hot button and selecting Control Panel from the list

 

For Windows 7/Vista Users:

Click on Start button → Select Control Panel → Click on Uninstall a Program / Programs and Features →locate VideoDownloadConverter Toolbars and any suspicious application → Click on Uninstall button

Video Download Converter-uninstall

 

For Windows XP Users:

Click on Start button → Select Control Panel → Click on Add/Remove Programs → locate VideoDownloadConverter Toolbars and any suspicious application → Click on Remove button

 

 

Step 2 Remove residual damages from your internet browser

 

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 → replace http://home.tb.ask.com/ with 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 → click on Mindspark Interactive Network → right click on VideoDownloadConverter → choose Disable All in the drop-down menu → close the window and click on OK button

Video Download Converter on IE

 

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

Ask Web Search on IE

 

That’s all for the removal of Video Download Converter Toolbar and Ask.com redirect virus, 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.

Firefox-homepage setting

 

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

Ask Web Search on 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 VideoDownloadConverter   

Video Download Converter on Firefox

 

Switch to Plugins tab → locate MindSpark Toolbar Platform Plugin Stub and Mindspark VDC Plugin → Click on Never Activate button

MindSpark plugin on Firefox

 

That’s all for the removal of Video Download Converter Toolbar and Ask.com redirect virus, 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

Chrome settings

 

1. To reset startup page: hit Set pages → remove http://home.tb.ask.com/ by clicking the X at the end of the bar

 

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

 

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

 

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

Video Download Converter on Chrome

 

Now, Video Download Converter Toolbar and Ask.com redirect should have been removed completely from your computer. If you have encountered any problem in removing this virus, please feel free to contact us.
 

 

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.

CSB-clean

 

 

 

Malware Prevention Tips

 

As mentioned above, Video Download Converter Toolbar 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.

If you always encounter the problems such as pop-up ads and redirecting, you can make use of Anvi Ad Blocker to further guard your online activities and create a clean online environment. It can block pop up ads and prevent you from landing on malicious websites.

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

Anvi Ad Blocker purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/adbupgrade.php

 

Browser hijackers like Ask.com 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

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