Every time, when you browse the World Wide Web with your internet browser the Vudu Search popup ads keeps annoying you? This might be a sign that your computer is infected with adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) that can end up on your personal computer in various ways. In many cases is when you download and install free programs and forget to uncheck the box for the additional applications installation. Don’t panic because we’ve got the solution. Here’s a guide on how to remove undesired Vudu Search ads from the Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Edge and other internet browsers.
What is more, the ad supported software may open advertisements depend on a web-site that you are visiting. That is, it’s clear that this ‘ad supported’ software, without your permission, steals your private information such as: your ip address, what is a web page you are viewing now, what you are looking for on the Internet, which links you are clicking, and much, much more. The adware may monetize its functionality by collecting data from your browsing sessions and selling it to third party companies. This puts your personal information at a security risk.
The adware often modify all web-browser shortcuts that located on your Desktop to force you visit various unwanted ad sites. As a result, your web browser can still redirect you to an undesired ad web-page despite your PC is actually clean of ad-supported software and other malicious software.
We strongly suggest that you perform the few simple steps below which will help you to delete Vudu Search popup ads using the standard features of Windows and some proven free applications.
Remove Vudu Search
We can help you remove Vudu Search from your internet browsers, without the need to take your computer to a professional. Simply follow the removal guidance below if you currently have the undesired ‘ad supported’ software on your PC system and want to get rid of it. If you have any difficulty while trying to get rid of the ad supported software which cause annoying Vudu Search advertisements to appear, feel free to ask for our help in the comment section below. Certain of the steps will require you to restart your machine or close the page. So, read this tutorial carefully, then bookmark or print it for later reference.
Manual Vudu Search redirect removal
These steps to get rid of Vudu Search popup ads without any programs are presented below. Be sure to carry out the step-by-step instructions completely to fully get rid of this adware that causes multiple unwanted advertisements and pop ups.
Deleting the Vudu Search, check the list of installed programs first
In order to delete PUPs such as this ‘ad supported’ software, open the Windows Control Panel and click on “Uninstall a program”. Check the list of installed programs. For the ones you do not know, run an Internet search to see if they are adware, browser hijacker or PUPs. If yes, remove them off. Even if they are just a applications that you do not use, then removing them off will increase your computer start up time and speed dramatically.
Press Windows button , 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 as shown in the figure below.
Further, press “Uninstall a program”
It will show a list of all software installed on your machine. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown applications.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove Vudu Search redirect
When the adware is started, it can also change the internet browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument like “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you launch the web browser, it will show an undesired web page.
To clear the web 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 similar to “http://site.address” which has been added here. You need to delete it.
When the text is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your web-browsers, as they may be infected too.
Delete Vudu Search from FF by resetting web browser settings
If your Firefox browser is redirected to Vudu Search without your permission or an unknown search engine shows results for your search, then it may be time to perform the web-browser reset.
Click the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and press the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu as displayed in the figure below.
A small menu will appear, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, click “Refresh Firefox” button as shown in the figure below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to restore your Mozilla Firefox web-browser settings to its original state.
Remove Vudu Search ads from Chrome
Like other modern internet browsers, the Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby restore the web-browser’s settings like newtab, start page and search provider by default that have been replaced by the ad-supported software which redirects your web browser to undesired Vudu Search web-page.
First run the Google Chrome. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display the main menu. Further, click the option named “Settings”. Another way to open the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web-browser adress bar and press Enter.
The internet browser will display the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, as displayed in the following example and press the “Reset settings” button.
The Chrome will open the confirmation prompt. You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The web browser will start the task of cleaning. After it’s done, the web browser’s settings including home page, newtab page and search engine by default back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your computer.
Delete Vudu Search redirect from Microsoft Internet Explorer
In order to restore all web-browser homepage, new tab and default search engine you need to reset the IE to the state, that was when the Microsoft Windows was installed on your computer.
First, run the Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will display the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the internet browser, then press the “Internet Options” as displayed below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then press the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” dialog box. Further, press the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button like below.
After the procedure is complete, click “Close” button. Close the IE and restart your computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your browser’s startpage, newtab and search engine by default to default state.
Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the intrusive Vudu Search web-page opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all the tasks which have been created by ‘ad-supported’ application.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard simultaneously. This shows a dialog box that titled with Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown in the figure below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Please choose the first task, its properties will be display just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your PC. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then delete this harmful task. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it’s a component of the malicious applications, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to get rid of, then click on it with the right mouse button and choose Delete as shown on the screen below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks which have been created by ‘ad-supported’ programs. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to automatically get rid of Vudu Search pop ups
The easiest solution to delete Vudu Search pop-up ads is to run an anti-malware program capable of detecting this ad-supported software which made to redirect your web-browser to various ad web-pages such as Vudu Search. We recommend try Zemana Anti-malware or another free malware remover which listed below. It has excellent detection rate when it comes to ad-supported software, browser hijacker infections and other PUPs.
How to get rid of Vudu Search pop up ads with Zemana Anti-malware
Zemana Anti-malware highly recommended, because it can scan for security threats such adware and ad-supported softwares that most ‘classic’ antivirus programs fail to pick up on. Moreover, if you have any Vudu Search redirect removal problems which cannot be fixed by this tool automatically, then Zemana Anti-malware provides 24X7 online assistance from the highly experienced support staff.
Now you can setup and use Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) to get rid of Vudu Search advertisements from your web browser by following the steps below:
Click the following link to download Zemana installation package named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your PC system.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
Start the install package after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to setup this tool on your PC system.
During setup you can change some settings, but we advise you do not make any changes to default settings.
When installation is done, this malicious software removal utility will automatically run and update itself. You will see its main window as shown in the following example.
Now click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the adware that causes unwanted Vudu Search pop up ads. While the tool is checking, you can see number of objects and files has already scanned.
After Zemana Anti Malware completes the scan, Zemana will show you the results. Make sure all threats have ‘checkmark’ and click “Next” button.
The Zemana will get rid of ad-supported software that causes multiple annoying ads and pop-ups and add items to the Quarantine. After finished, you can be prompted to restart your machine to make the change take effect.
How to automatically remove Vudu Search with Malwarebytes
Manual Vudu Search pop-up advertisements removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the ad-supported software can be not completely removed. We suggest that run the Malwarebytes Free that are completely free your machine of adware. Moreover, the free application will help you to get rid of malware, potentially unwanted software, browser hijackers and toolbars that your computer can be infected too.
Download MalwareBytes AntiMalware from the following link. Save it on your MS Windows desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
When downloading is finished, close all windows on your computer. Further, start the file called mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up like below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you setup MalwareBytes Free on the system. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is done successfully, click Finish button. Then MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) will automatically launch and you can see its main window as shown in the figure below.
Next, click the “Scan Now” button .MalwareBytes program will scan through the whole computer for the adware that causes web-browsers to open undesired Vudu Search advertisements. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient. During the scan MalwareBytes Free will detect all threats exist on your PC.
After the scan is finished, the results are displayed in the scan report. Make sure all items have ‘checkmark’ and click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) will begin to get rid of adware that causes a huge count of intrusive Vudu Search pop up ads. After the cleaning process is finished, you can be prompted to restart your machine. We suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the MalwareBytes AntiMalware to remove hijackers, ad supported software and other malware.
Run AdwCleaner to remove Vudu Search pop-up advertisements
If MalwareBytes anti-malware or Zemana Free cannot get rid of this ad-supported software, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal utility for hijacker infections, PUPs, toolbars and adware that causes multiple annoying advertisements and popups.
- Download AdwCleaner from the following link and save it directly to your Windows Desktop.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: June 30, 2021
- Select the file location as Desktop, and then click Save.
- After downloading is done, start the AdwCleaner, double-click the adwcleaner_xxx.exe file.
- If the “User Account Control” prompts, click Yes to continue.
- In the AdwCleaner window, press the “Scan” .AdwCleaner program will scan through the whole personal computer for the adware which designed to redirect your web-browser to various ad web-pages like Vudu Search. This process may take quite a while, so please be patient. When a malware, adware or PUPs are detected, the count of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is complete.
- After the scan is complete, AdwCleaner will display a screen that contains a list of malware that has been found. Next, you need to click “Clean”. If the AdwCleaner will ask you to reboot your system, press “OK”.
The step-by-step guide shown in detail in the following video.
How to block Vudu Search redirect
By installing an ad-blocker program such as AdGuard, you are able to stop Vudu Search, autoplaying video ads and remove a huge count of distracting and annoying ads on pages.
- Download AdGuard program by clicking on the link below and save it to your Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
- Once the download is done, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the installation is complete, click “Skip” to close the installation application and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will allow 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 system, AdGuard will launch automatically and block advertisements, web sites such Vudu Search, as well as other harmful or misleading sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon named AdGuard, which is located on your desktop.
How to Vudu Search pop-ups get installed onto PC
Many ad-supported software are included in the freeware installer. In many cases, a user have a chance to disable all included “offers”, but certain setup files are designed to confuse the average users, in order to trick them into installing the ad-supported software that created to redirect your web browser to various ad web-pages like Vudu Search. Anyway, easier to prevent the adware rather than clean up your PC after one. So, keep the web-browser updated (turn on automatic updates), run a good antivirus software, double check a free programs before you launch it (do a google search, scan a downloaded file with VirusTotal), avoid harmful and unknown sites.
To sum up
After completing the instructions outlined above, your computer should be clean from this adware and other malware. The Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and MS Edge will no longer display intrusive Vudu Search web-site when you browse the World Wide Web. Unfortunately, if the few simple steps does not help you, then you have caught a new adware, and then the best way – ask for help.
Please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately. Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with the annoying Vudu Search pop ups.