The Virus: What It Is And How To Remove It

Get rid of this pesky irritant

A conceptual illustration of the virus destroying a laptop computer.

 Lifewire / Theresa Chiechi

If you were looking for a way to download videos from YouTube, you may have stumbled across the virus. More of an irritant than a 'full' virus, it's still keen to disrupt your browsing activities and far from something you want on your system. affects web browsers rather than operating systems. It can disrupt service on all known web browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Opera, Chromium, and Yandex.Browser. 

What Is the Virus?

The Virus is an irritating form of adware/malware that may have a useful purpose initially, but also brings with it multiple pop-up ads, redirects, and notifications. 

Alone, it's merely irritating rather than dangerous, but it can open your computer up to the risks that come from viewing unsafe advertisements such as more nefarious viruses or trojans. 

How Does Work?

On the surface, seems like a regular tool. Its website is designed to download videos from video-sharing pages such as YouTube. Users just provide a link to the video, choose a format, then click the download button to acquire the video. 

However, uses numerous advertising networks to display pop-up ads and banners. People who access the site are often redirected to other dubious websites that can lead them to downloading suspicious files or clicking on worrying links. That issue is worsened if you choose to download the web browser extensions available through the website. 

Visiting such websites and clicking ads can be merely annoying. However, it also leaves your system less secure as if you're faced with multiple banners and advertisements, you may end up misclicking and accidentally opening one more easily than without the virus on your computer. 

It's important that you delete or avoid the threat quickly so that the problem doesn't escalate and get worse.

How Do I Know I Have the Virus? is easy to spot because it's likely that you chose to install it in the first place, and also you'll see more pop-up banners and advertisements while browsing online. These ads tend to be for unfamiliar sounding websites that sound suspicious. On older computers, you may find it slowing the system down and even making it crash if there are too many browser windows to contend with.

While and its extensions aren't likely to be picked up by your antivirus software, it's still worth running regular antivirus software scans to see if having installed has caused you any other issues. Similarly, running a malware detection tool to spot any other potential issues is a very good idea. 

How Did I Get the Virus?

Because of how works, you almost certainly chose to install it yourself or to browse the connected website. It's worth bearing in mind that it's illegal to download videos from YouTube and other similar websites which is another reason to give a wide berth. 

How Do I Get Rid of the Virus?

We'd strongly recommend you run and regularly use antivirus software as well as a malware removal app. 

Antivirus software can take several hours to complete the process, depending on the speed of your computer, but it also offers you the best methods in which to remove the malicious files. 

It's also worth installing a malware removal tool which helps detect malware like and delete it before it causes any problems.

Like antivirus software, malware scanning can take many hours depending on the size of your computer's hard drive, as well as its speed. 

You can also use System Restore to return to an earlier point on your computer before you picked up the adware. Be sure to pick a time period where you know you definitely didn't already have the virus on your computer. 

Unlike other viruses and malware, it is possible to manually remove reasonably simply by uninstalling specific apps relating to it. Both Windows and macOS have clear ways to uninstall apps you no longer want to use.

How Can I Avoid Getting the Virus Again?

There are a few specific ways in which you can lower your chances of being re-infected with (or receiving any other virus). There are also specific tips that relate directly to

  • Don't browse the website. It's illegal to download videos from YouTube anyway. Don't be tempted to use such services to circumvent the rules.
  • Don't click on banner ads. When a pop-up banner appears when browsing a website, don't click on it. Often, it's safest to go to a different website than stay on a site that inundates you with pop-up advertisements. 
  • Update your antivirus software and malware protection. Keep your antivirus software and malware protection up to date. New virus definitions are released regularly and these keep your PC informed on what to look for with new virus and malware based threats.