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Have you ever received random popup notifications on your PC? Have you wondered where these popups came from and how to remove them from your system. If so then this guide will walk you through just that and show you how to remove the ytmp3 cc virus one type adware which displays numerous advertisements in your browser and popups on your desktop.
What is the ytmp3 cc virus
This type of threat is what’s commonly referred to as adware or more specifically a browser hijacker which is a program typically designed to replace your homepage or insert advertising throughout your browser or in other programs.
Ytmp3 is a website which allows users to download online videos, while the website itself may be legitimate it will display the following dialog on users computers. If the Allow button is selected the website will insert a number of URL’s in your browser which will display a series of random popups on your computer.
These types of adware typically won’t cause damage or result in serious damage as their primary purpose is to generate advertising revenue however they can be annoying and slow down your computer. Almost all modern browsers include notification functionality whereby a website if granted can send notifications which will appear on the desktop or anywhere outside the browser.
Whilst this functionality can be very handy to keep informed about messages or news it can also be abused by adware to insert advertising across your computer.
This guide will walk you through the process of removing this type of adware and clearing the associated ytmp3 popups which can be rather frustrating.
In this particular tutorial we will recommend a program called ADW Cleaner which facilitates the cleanup of different adware programs, in addition we recommend MalwareBytes Premium which is an excellent anti-malware scanning program capable of detecting and removing lots of different threats.
How to remove ytmp3 cc virus
In order to get started you will need to first download and install ADW cleaner from the link above onto your computer and run through the installation process. Once installed you will see a window like so, from here go ahead and click on “Scan now” to commence the adware scan.
At this point we recommend closing out of any open programs to allow the scan to process quickly as the scan will require the computer to be restarted when finished.
From here the program will go through and scan your system for different types of adware and begin removing detected items. Upon completion go ahead and follow the prompts to remove the objects and reboot your computer.
Upon reboot you will see a text document open with all the detected items, if you like you can save or check this for your reference or simply close the file. Once the cleanup is complete you can proceed to the next step which is optional but recommended to ensure your system is clean.
Running a MalwareBytes scan (optional but recommended)
ADW cleaner will often detect most adware programs however from our experience sometimes it may leave behind some remnants on the system, ADW cleaner also doesn’t scan for other threats as it only looks for adware.
As a result we recommend running a follow-up scan with either the free or paid version of MalwareBytes to ensure your system is clean. To get started simply download and install the program from the links above and open the program followed by the “scan now” button.
Upon completion follow the prompts to remove any detected items and reboot your computer if necessary to finalize the cleanup.
Checking your browser notification settings
Once you finalize the scan to remove the core adware the notification URL’s may still be present within your browser. This process will ensure that no remaining notifications will appear on your computer and will work across the Chrome and Firefox on your PC.
Inside of chrome simply navigate to the top right-hand corner of the screen and click on the menu icon then select settings. From here scroll down and choose “site settings” followed by notifications to bring up a list of URL’s Chrome is subscribed to.
From here you can find any websites you don’t recognize or don’t want to subscribe to and use the 3 dotted menu next to the entry and click remove. After finishing simply restart your browser and the popups will be completely removed.
If your using the Firefox browser simply click the menu icon in the top right-hand corner and choose options from the list and choose “Privacy and security” from the sidebar.
Next up go ahead and click on “settings” next to the Notifications area and look for any URL’s in this list that seem suspicious or are from sites you didn’t want to subscribe to. Once you find the suspect URL simply click on it once and then choose “remove website” to unsubscribe followed by a quick browser restart.
Staying protected going forward
In order to protect your system from this type of adware the best step you can take is to always exercise caution when installing software packages to ensure you don’t accidentally proceed whilst checking all check-boxes which will often bundle other packages.
Another important tip is to ensure you don’t enable notifications for websites you don’t trust as these can infect your browser with similar types of adware and display random popups on your system.
Along with the above it’s also critical to keep all your software up-to-date, if you don’t have any antivirus protection then we recommend a combination of Avast & MalwareBytes or just the premium version of MalwareBytes depending on your use-case.
With these steps completed you can quickly rid your system of annoying pop-ups and restore your browser back to normal.
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