What is VideoCodec (Staging Test)?
VideoCodec (Staging Test) is not actually a video codec — it is an adware program that you ought to remove, since it has been set to display commercial advertisements that are annoying and unreliable. It looks like this program has not been completed yet and this version is distributed for testing purposes. However, it is highly unlikely that it will bring anything useful to the average user. This program uses deceptive advertising techniques. It promotes legitimate and potentially unwanted programs, so you might be mislead into thinking that all of its promoted items are indeed reliable. So we invite you to read this article, because its purpose is to unravel the deceit behind this program, and provide you with real facts that our researchers have found.
Where does VideoCodec (Staging Test) come from?
This program has been digitally signed by Stunning Apps, an obscure name for a software developer, so the Internet contains little to no information about it. Our researchers think that the name is fictitious, but it might be affiliated with a unreliable software developer called Reimage. VideoCodec has an official website at Videoupdater.com but it is still incomplete. This website is in its early stages of development and contains no information about VideoCodec whatsoever. However, this program is already out and is distributed using malicious software bundles. So if you have VideoCodec, then chances are that you have more malicious or potentially unwanted programs on your computer.Therefore, you should look into it. It is difficult to say which websites are actually distributing this adware. But it is obvious that they are freeware hosting websites of questionable reliability.
How does VideoCodec (Staging Test) work?
From the very outset, we must inform you that VideoCodec (Staging Test) is not a video codec. And the proof of this lays in the fact that it is not an executable application that interacts with Windows Media Player. It is installed as a browser extension for Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer. VideoCodec (Staging Test) has been set to promote several computer security programs, which are legitimate programs, but it probably does that to establish credibility for itself. Another legitimate application that VideoCodec (Staging Test) promotes is VLC media player, a lightweight and reliable player that supports many video and audio formats. However, this adware program also promotes a potentially unwanted program called Reimage, that does not perform any useful tasks
How do I remove VideoCodec (Staging Test)?
So all in all, VideoCodec is not a reliable program. Yes, it promotes legitimate anti-malware tools and other legitimate programs. But it is also apt to advertise potentially unwanted programs that are not malicious, but practically useless and are oftentimes paid. This adware program implies that Reimage is on par with reliable PC security and optimization programs which it is actually not. Therefore, you should not trust this program and remove it at your earliest convenience. Please refer to our removal instructions on how to do it.
VideoCodec (Staging Test) removal guide
Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Open the browser.
- Simultaneously click Alt+T.
- Click Manage add-ons and select Toolbars and Extensions.
- Locate the undesirable extension and click Remove.
- Open the browser.
- Click Ctrl+Shift+A.
- Locate the unwanted add-on and Remove it.
Delete VideoCodec (Staging Test) main location
- Press Windows key+E.
- Enter %PROGRAMFILES(x86)% in the address bar.
- Find and Delete the VideoCodec (Staging Test) folder.
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