What is Free Youtube Downloader?
Since you are here, it is possible that you have encountered Free Youtube Downloader, a recently created application, which looks like a tool that allows you to download YouTube videos for free, but this main feature does not work. Also, it is categorized as potentially unwanted program (PUP), meaning that users install it themselves, but later they want to get rid of it. This PUP might try to trick you into revealing your sensitive information, but it is not as harmful for your computer. Still, particular Free Youtube Downloader’s activities worries security specialists, and this is why we believe that you must learn more about this program. So if you still have doubts about whether to remove the application or not you came to the right place as we will tell you all you have to know to make a decision.
How does the Free Youtube Downloader work?
To be precise, it does not download you any videos. You can try copying YouTube links and inserting them into the program, but you will not see any successful results. So one could think that the application needs some fix and leave it be. As this PUP settles in your computer it copies its files into Windows directory where it can hide both from you and security tools. Soon enough you will see a pop-up from Windows, and it will tell you that there is a need to activate your Windows, giving you only 24 hours for that. The window itself is called “Windows activation,” so nothing close to Free Youtube Downloader and you might believe that it is really from your operational system. This pop-up displays links regarding Privacy Statement, information about activation, etc. The suspicious part is the given telephone number, which should allow you to activate Windows via phone. However, none of this is true as it is a fake warning displayed by Free Youtube Downloader. You should ignore this pop-up and avoid calling the given number. Our researchers at Anti-spyware-101.com believe that it might be an attempt at Phishing, a Social engineering technique that allows acquiring sensitive information like usernames, passwords, and credit card details for malicious reasons. For example, they can come up with a reason they need information about your bank account and the next day you might receive an email claiming to be from your bank, asking for the rest of the information that would allow cyber criminals to log in to your account. You cannot close this warning unless you kill a particular process called box.exe in the Task Manager. As you see, Free Youtube Downloader does not seem like a legitimate application that could be left on your computer. If you want to avoid the scenario we have just described you should remove this PUP right away.
How to remove Free Youtube Downloader?
Free Youtube Downloader pretends to be a video downloader while working behind your back and so the smartest move is to get rid of it. It is good news that deleting this application will be quite easy as it can be removed via Control Panel. Though, afterward, you should check the system for leftovers and delete them, too. In our prepared instructions, we listed the directories where the leftovers could be, so finding them should not be difficult. Still, leave us a comment if you have any questions or troubles with the Free Youtube Downloader removal.
Close pop-ups via Task Manager
- Press Windows Key+R to launch RUN.
- Type Taskmgr and click OK.
- Open the Processes tab.
- Find and select process named box.exe.
- Click on End Task.
Erase Free Youtube Downloader via Control Panel
Windows 8 and Windows 10
- Launch the RUN (Win+R).
- Type Control Panel and click OK.
- Select Uninstall a program.
- Pick the unwanted application and click Uninstall.
Windows Vista and Windows 7
- Go to the Start menu and pick Control Panel.
- Click on Uninstall a program.
- Find the PUP and click Uninstall.
- Click on Start.
- Find and open Control Panel.
- Choose Add or Remove Programs.
- Select the program and click Uninstall.
Delete Free Youtube Downloader leftovers
- Locate listed directories:
C:\Program Files (x86) \YoutubeDownload.US.
C:\Program Files \YoutubeDownload.US.
C:\Windows\Free Youtube Downloader.
- Erase folders related to Free Youtube Downloader.
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