We have recently tested an application called Adblocker For Youtube, a browser extension compatible with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. There are many adblockers for these browsers so you can mistake this particular browser extension for a decent adblocker. In truth, however, Adblocker For Youtube is a useless application that we have classified as a potentially unwanted program and recommend that you remove it. We have found that this program connects to shady servers and is added to Windows Defender’s scan exclusion list which might suggest that this program has something to hide. As if that was not enough, this program is distributed in a rather deceptive manner, so we invite you to read this full article to get the full scoop on this program.
We are almost certain that Adblocker For Youtube is distributed using software bundles that you can download from various shady freeware distributing websites. Nevertheless, it has a dedicated distribution website for Chrome, and you can also download it from the Chrome Web Store. For Firefox, you can download it at Addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/youtube-video-adblocke/?src=api. Software distribution websites often contain bundled software installers that feature hidden additional content that can be installed on your PC without permission. Such bundles do not disclose their contents, and they often contain undesirable programs that fall into the category of potentially unwanted programs, adware, and browser hijackers. Therefore, you should always opt for custom or advanced installation settings to deselect undesirable content such as Adblocker For Youtube. We also want to note that this program often comes bundled with NewTab.club and Beback.ru.
Our main concern with this application not that it is incapable of actually blocking advertisements on YouTube because some legitimate adblockers are starting to struggle with that as well. We are concerned with the fact that this application has been configured to connect and send requests to servers based in Russia. We do not know what these servers do and the nature of their interaction with this extension. It is possible that this is program is made in Russia, but it was destined for the English-speaking market. Furthermore, we found that this program can collect the user’s info, and show ads and external links. The ads and links it might provide you with can be of unreliable nature, so you should not trust them.
However, the most disturbing aspect of this program is the fact that this application this program is added to Windows Defender’s list of excluded programs. As a result, Windows Defender will not detect it as malicious if it scans your PC. This action is highly suspicious because it indicates that this program might actually detect and delete it. Windows Defender might recognize this program as malicious, and the fact that this program adds this exception to the program is a rather malicious action in itself.
Due to the reasons outlined above, we recommend that you remove Adblocker For Youtube from your browser because while it is not a malicious program per say it, nevertheless, performs some borderline malicious actions. However, they are not enough to label this program as pure malware. The fact that this program connects to Russian servers is rather suspicious, just as the fact that it adds itself to Windows Defender’s list of exempted files.