I wrote this article to help you remove Video Abductor. This Video Abductor removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Video Abductor is a program for video downloading. The tool enables the user to save videos from websites like YouTube, Instagram, SoundCloud, and others. According to its official website, Video Abductor is quick and easy to operate with. The application is compatible with all versions of the Windows OS. Since the program is free, it is commonplace for users to casually decide to try it out. You may not think much of it, but you should. There is a saying which claims that when a product is free, the customer is the actual product. This statement was made for a good reason. Software like Video Abductor allegedly exploits the users who have it installed on their computers. By exploit, we mean using their system’s resources for malicious purposes.
Video Abductor is categorized as adware. The rogue program uses the computer’s CPU and RAM memory to generate advertisements. This will slow your machine down to a crawl. You will have to cope working on an inefficient device while the adware is present. Installing the covert tool gives it permission to conduct its operations. The first task we will address is the display of advertisements. Video Abductor generates ads to raise proceeds for its owners. The developers of the adware use the pay-per-click system to make revenue. They get paid to promote third party content. A lot of online advertisers recruit associates for promotional purposes.
To acquire users’ interest, Video Abductor focuses on bargain deals for high-quality goods. The ads come in different formats, including banners, in-text links, coupon boxes, freebies, inline, floating, contextual, interstitial, and transitional windows. The ads show offers for various items, like clothes, accessories, technological devices, furniture, decorative elements, sports gear, gardening equipment, games, and many others. Conducting promotional campaigns is a legal service. However, there are certain regulations governing this practice. The advertising party is required to filter the content it promotes. Video Abductor does not apply filters. The program’s advertisements may redirect you to corrupted websites and ultimately lead to a malware infection.
The other task on the agenda of the adware is to track users’ browsing sessions and gather input on them. The shady tool can record personal information, including your IP address, email, telephone number, geographic location, user names, passwords, and financial details. The owners of Video Abductor do not use the gathered information to break into users’ accounts. However, they sell it to people who can do just that. The data the adware collects gets stored into catalogs. It is traded on darknet markets without permission. You can have your personal information leaked without even knowing it.
Contacting Video Abductor may also happen without your knowledge. The official website of the program, videoabductor.com, provides a download link. The executable, titled VideoABSetup, is 36 megabytes in size. If you have willingly downloaded and installed the adware to your machine, you should remove it without delay. If not, there are a couple of explanations for its presence on your computer. The shady tool may have been bundled with another program. Freeware, shareware, and pirated copies of paid utilities are often used for this purpose since they are unlicensed. The adware would be offered as a bonus. To avoid having unwanted software added to the installation, read the terms and conditions. If there are additional programs included, deselect them.
The other way for Video Abductor to gain entry into your computer is through a spam email. This propagation vector is just as obscure as the other. The sender will hide the rogue program behind an attachment which he will describe as an important document. Be advised that opening the file may initialize the download and install of the adware. Before accessing an attached file, make sure the sender is who he claims to be. Look up the contacts he has provided in the letter. If he is writing on behalf of a certain entity, you can visit its official website and check the contacts page for reference.
Video Abductor Removal
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Video Abductor from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.