The appearance of annoying ads signed with TubeTime or “Ads by TubeTime” in your web browser means that your PC is infected with the TubeTime adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software). It makes changes to the PC settings and configures itself so as to launch automatically each time the PC is turned on. Immediately after startup, the ad supported software begins to monitor the user’s actions and insert ads directly into the open windows of the Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and MS Edge. So, if you notice that your web browser has become display this web-page, then you do not need to wait , you need to perform the few simple steps below and remove TubeTime advertisements ASAP.
The malicious programs from the adware family that modifies the settings of browsers usually affects only the Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox and Edge. However, possible situations, when any other internet browsers will be affected too. The ad-supported software may change the Target property of a browser’s shortcut, so every time you launch the browser, instead of your homepage, you will see the annoying TubeTime advertisements.
The adware is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, modifies internet browser settings and blocks them from changing. Also the adware can install additional web-browser extensions, addons and modules that will inject advertising links within the Firefox, Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge’s screen. Moreover, the adware may install internet browser hijacker that once started, will modify the browser’s startpage and search engine. And finally, the ad supported software can collect a wide variety of personal information such as what web-sites you are opening, what you are looking for the Web and so on. This information, in the future, may be transferred to third parties.
Therefore it’s very important to follow the instructions below ASAP. The instructions will assist you to get rid of TubeTime adware as well as clean your system from all unwanted pop-up ads. What is more, the steps below will help you delete other dangerous software such as unwanted toolbars and browser hijackers, which could penetrate the computer along with the ad-supported software.
How can you prevent the TubeTime adware
How to manually remove TubeTime
This step-by-step instructions will assist you delete TubeTime adware from your computer. These TubeTime removal steps work for the Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows operating system. Some of the steps may require you to close the web-browser or restart your computer. So, bookmark or print it for later reference.
- Uninstall suspicious and unknown programs by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts
- Remove TubeTime ads from Chrome
- Remove TubeTime advertisements from Firefox
- Remove TubeTime pop-ups from Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Uninstall suspicious and unknown programs by using Windows Control Panel
Press Windows key , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then click “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It will open the Windows Control Panel like below.
Next, press “Uninstall a program”
It’ll show a list of all applications. Scroll through the all list and uninstall any suspicious and unknown applications.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts
When the ad supported software is started, it can also change the internet browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument similar “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you run the internet browser, it will be redirected to an annoying ads.
To clear the internet browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text that starts with “http://” that has been added here. You need to remove it.
When the argument is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your web-browsers, as they may be infected too.
Remove TubeTime ads from Chrome
Reset Chrome settings is a easy way to get rid of the malicious and ad-supported extensions, as well as to restore the web browser’s startpage, new tab page and default search engine that have been replaced by ‘ad supported’ software.
- Open the Google Chrome, then click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will open the Chrome main menu. Click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, press the “Show advanced settings” link, that located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- Further, click the “Reset settings” button, that located at the bottom of the Advanced settings page.
- The Chrome will display the reset settings prompt as shown on the screen above.
- Confirm the internet browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, look the post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Remove TubeTime advertisements from Firefox
If the FF settings have been changed by the adware, then resetting it to the default state can help you to get rid of the redirect onto TubeTime web-site.
First, start the Firefox and click button. It will show the drop-down menu on the right-part of the internet browser. Next, press the Help button () as shown in the figure below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the web browser address bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page as on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will open the confirmation prompt, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The FF will begin a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the ad-supported software. When it’s finished, click the “Finish” button
Remove TubeTime pop-ups from Microsoft Internet Explorer
First, start the Internet Explorer, then click the button in the form of gear (). It will open the Tools drop-down menu like below. Next, press the “Internet Options”.
In the Internet Options window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click on “Reset” button.
You will now need to reboot your system for the changes to take effect.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If an unwanted ad web-page opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and delete all the tasks that have been created by unwanted applications.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard simultaneously. This displays a dialog box that titled with Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, like below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be show just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your personal computer. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then you need get rid of it. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it’s a component of the unwanted applications, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to remove, then press on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by malicious programs. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to remove TubeTime adware automatically
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install this utility to detect TubeTime threat and remove it, from the link below. When installed and updated, the free malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the personal computer.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 9, 2017
Once installed, the Malwarebytes will try to update itself and when this procedure is complete, click “Scan Now” button for scanning your system for the adware and malware. During the scan it will detect all threats present on your computer. In order to remove all threats, simply press “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes is a free program that you can use to get rid of all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about the Malwarebytes, we recommend you to read and follow the step-by-step guide or the video guide below.
Block unwanted pop-ups and other annoying web-pages
To increase your security and protect your personal computer against new annoying advertisements and malicious web-pages, you need to use application that stops access to dangerous ads and web sites. Moreover, the program can block the show of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of web-pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
After the download is finished, start the file named adguardInstaller. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown in the figure below.
Follow the prompts. When the setup is done, you will see a window as on the image below.
You can press “Skip” to close the installation application and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your personal computer, AdGuard will launch automatically and block popup ads, as well as other malicious or misleading pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your Windows desktop.
Remove TubeTime ads and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner.
If MalwareBytes cannot remove the annoying TubeTime ads from the Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for ad supported software, browser hijackers, PUPs and toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: February 8, 2018
Once downloading is finished, open the file location. Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this utility is started, you will see a screen such as below.
Now, press the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the malicious extensions and the TubeTime adware that shows annoying ads in your browser. When it has finished scanning your PC, it will show a scan report as shown below.
Review the report and then click “Clean” button. It will display a prompt. Click “OK”. When the cleaning process is done, AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your computer.
Look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the AdwCleaner to get rid of adware, browser hijackers and other dangerous software.
Once you have complete the few simple steps above, your computer should be free from the TubeTime adware and other malware. The Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and MS Edge will no longer display annoying popup ads or redirect you to unwanted sites. Unfortunately, if the step-by-step guide does not help you, then you have caught a new type of adware, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.