HDVidCodec is promoted as a browser plugin, but computer security experts classify this application as adware due to the fact that it may display commercial advertisements when you browse the Internet. This application may have more than just one way to enter your system, and that is only one of the reasons why you should be wary of this application. In case you do not remember having installed HDVidCodec on your computer, it would definitely be recommended to remove the application from the system, as you can never know what potential threats the plugin might expose you to.
The main channel of distribution for this application is naturally its official website at hdvidcodec.com/download.php. There you are provided basic information on the application, saying that if you install the plugin, you will be able to enjoy “the future of internet video with High Definition video acceleration”. Basically, HDVidCodec offers acceleration to a variety of internet services, including iTunes acceleration and HQ video acceleration. On the surface it seems that HDVidCodec is really a useful application that can improve your overall video viewing experience online.
However, the official website is not the only place where you can download HDVidCodec at. There are a lot of versions and modifications for this plugin, and you may come across the application named HDvid Codec V1, HDvid codec pack, HDvid Plugin, HDvid Codec V6.0, HDvid Web Plugin and so on. Different versions of the same application can be encountered on various websites, including hd-plugin.com and crossrider.com/apps/45971/install_page. If that were not enough, the application can also be downloaded after clicking commercial advertisements that you encounter on unfamiliar websites.
These advertisements will try to convince you that you need to download a great video codec or that you need yet another browser plugin that would improve video quality on YouTube or any other video streaming website. In addition, HDVidCodec might also be bundled with various downloaders that you come across on third party websites.
The plugin is compatible with Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer web browsers. Once it gets installed it displays a lot of pop-up ads that may lead to commercial and sometimes even corrupted websites. What is more, if you go through the installation process automatically, you may also end up installing SweetIM app on your computer as well, that would result in browser modifications – Sweet IM would be set as your default home page and default search engine.
If you do not wish to experience such browser modifications and if you do not find HDVidCodec useful, then you can always uninstall the application via Control Panel. In fact, that is something that computer security experts strongly recommend you did. After manual removal, do not hesitate to invest in a reliable computer security application that would make sure all the potentially unwanted applications are deleted from your PC, and the system is safeguarded against any undesirable threats.
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