What is Ummy Video Downloader? And how does it function?
Ummy Video Downloader is a dubious application that claims to allow users to download HD videos as well as MP3 files online in just “2 clicks”. This program also claims that it is a useful program and is the fastest and easiest way to download videos from YouTube. Although it may really seem like a useful program, don’t let it its flowery advertisement fool you for it’s actually an adware and a PUP that could cause potential harm to your computer.
If you’re careless enough to install Ummy Video Downloader, then these things will happen to you every time you browse the internet:
- You will be bombarded with ads no matter what website you visit.
- Random web page text will be turned into hyperlinks.
- Pop-ups that will ask you to install programs or fake software updates.
- You data will be collected and may be shared with third parties.
Even though this program is not really considered to be a malicious one, it is still poses a potential threat to your security for it has the ability to keep track of your browsing-related activities to gather information about you. The information will be used and shared with third parties with the intention of delivering you ads that are based on your interests and preferences. The purpose of this is to lure you into clicking the ads so that the developers of unwanted programs like Ummy Video Downloader can generate profit. Before it can get any sensitive information about you, it’s best to get rid of it quickly.
How is Ummy Video Downloader distributed over the web?
Obviously, this shady ad-supported program is promoted by deceptive advertisements. You can get redirected to these kinds of pages if you click on suspicious links. Aside from that, you can also encounter this unwanted program through software bundles which are found on free sharing sites. Legitimate programs are bundled with suspicious ones so that when you install the bundle, the suspicious ones will be installed as well. To make sure this does not happen again, you have to be careful during the installation process since that’s where you can dissect other programs that are hidden in the bundle. You must always opt for the Advanced or Custom installation so that you can remove any programs you don’t want to install.
Uninstall Ummy Video Downloader from your browser and computer with the help of the removal instructions laid out below.
Step 1: You need to flush the DNS cache first. To do that, just, right click on the Start button and click on Command Prompt (administrator). From there, type the “ipconfig /flushdns” command and hit Enter to flush the DNS.
Step 2: Next, close the browser infected with Ummy Video Downloader but if you are unable to do so, you can close it via Task Manager. Tap Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open the Task Manager and from there, end the browser’s process.
Step 3: After that, restart your computer and then open all the browsers infected by Ummy Video Downloader. Reset all the affected browsers to default to their default state.
- Open Google Chrome, then tap the Alt + F keys.
- After that, click on Settings.
- Next, scroll down until you see the Advanced option, once you see it, click on it.
- After clicking the Advanced option, go to the “Restore and clean up option and click on the “Restore settings to their original defaults” option to reset Google Chrome.
- Now restart Google Chrome.
- Open Mozilla Firefox and tap Ctrl + Shift + A to access the Add-ons Manager.
- In the Extensions menu Remove the unwanted extension.
- Restart the browser and tap keys Alt + T.
- Select Options and then move to the General menu.
- Overwrite the URL in the Home Page section and then restart the browser.
- Launch Internet Explorer.
- Next, click the wrench icon for Settings.
- Then click Internet Options.
- After that, go to the Advanced tab.
- From there, click the Reset button. This will reset Internet Explorer’s settings to their default condition.
- Now click OK to save the changes made.
- Restart your computer.
Step 4: Next, tap the Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box and type “appwiz.cpl” in the field and press Enter to open the Programs and Features in Control Panel.
Step 5: From the list of programs installed, look for Ummy Video Downloader or any unfamiliar program that could be related to it under the list of installed programs and once you’ve found it, uninstall it.
Step 6: Edit your Hosts File.
- Tap the Win + R keys to open then type in %WinDir% and then click OK.
- Go to System32/drivers/etc.
- Open the hosts file using Notepad.
- Delete all the entries that contain Ummy Video Downloader.
- After that, save the changes you’ve made and close the file.
Step 7: Hold down Windows + E keys simultaneously to open File Explorer.
Step 8: Navigate to the following directories and look for suspicious files associated to the Ummy Video Downloader such as the software bundle it came with and delete it/them.
Step 9: Close the File Explorer.
Step 10: Empty the contents of Recycle Bin.
Once you’re done executing the given steps above, follow the advanced instructions given below to ensure the removal of Ummy Video Downloader as well as all the file residues it left behind.
Perform a full system scan using [product-code]. To do so, follow these steps:
- Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot it.
- After that, the BIOS screen will be displayed, but if Windows pops up instead, reboot your computer and try again. Once you’re on the BIOS screen, repeat pressing F8, by doing so the Advanced Option shows up.
- To navigate the Advanced Option use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
- Windows will now load the Safe Mode with Networking.
- Press and hold both R key and Windows key.
- If done correctly, the Windows Run Box will show up.
- Type in the URL address, [product-url] in the Run dialog box and then tap Enter or click OK.
- After that, it will download the program. Wait for the download to finish and then open the launcher to install the program.
- Once the installation process is completed, run [product-code] to perform a full system scan.
- After the scan is completed click the “Fix, Clean & Optimize Now” button.