The ListentoYouTube Virus: What It Is and How to Remove It

Dodge this pesky irritant

An illustration of the ListentoYouTube virus destroying a computer.

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If you were looking for a way to convert YouTube videos to MP3, you may have stumbled across the ListentoYouTube 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. 

ListentoYouTube 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 ListentoYouTube Virus?

The ListentoYouTube 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. 

It's part of a website that allows you to paste a YouTube link before having the contents converted to MP3, but typically the resulting file comes with adware attached to it. 

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 ListentoYouTube Work?

On the surface, ListentoYouTube seems like a regular tool. Its website is designed to convert YouTube videos to MP3. Users just provide a link to the video, then click the download button to acquire the video. 

However, ListentoYouTube 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. 

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. 

The ListentoYouTube website can also include a suspicious .exe file with your downloaded MP3s, with those files often containing a Trojan or other form of virus. 

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

How Do I Know I Have the ListentoYouTube Virus?

The ListentoYouTube virus is quite easy to spot as you're likely to be bombarded with pop-up ads and banners. Also, if you receive an additional file alongside your downloaded MP3, you know you've received some form of virus. 

The pop-up 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.

It's why it's important to run regular antivirus software scans or use malware detection tools to spot any potential issues before they get worse. 

How Did I Get the ListentoYouTube Virus?

Because of how ListentoYouTube works, the only way to run into it is if you've gone to the ListentoYouTube website and downloaded an MP3 through its services, or clicked on a suspicious advert. 

It's worth bearing in mind that it's illegal to download or convert videos from YouTube and other similar websites which is another reason to give ListentoYouTube a wide berth. 

How Do I Get Rid of the ListentoYouTube 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 ListentoYouTube and delete it before it causes any further 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 ListentoYouTube adware. Be sure to pick a time period where you know you definitely didn't already have the virus on your computer. 

How Can I Avoid Getting the ListentoYouTube Virus Again?

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

  • 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.