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Should I remove Video Ad Blocker?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
24% remove it76% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #48,901
United States Rank #44,664
Reach 0.0015%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 7.71 days
227.31 days >
Average installed length: 119.43 days


88 3.33%
83[1] 3.33%
83(1) 13.33%
83 80.00%

Video Ad Blocker


Video Ad Blocker is a program developed by PC Gizmos LTD. The most used version is 83, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. In the Mozilla Firefox browser, it will add an add-on. The main program executable is BlockAds-PC_179193.en_83.exe. The software installer includes 13 files and is usually about 6.31 MB (6,618,636 bytes). SoftwareUpdater_silent_9898_98.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 50% of users of Video Ad Blocker come from the United States, it is also popular in South Africa and Australia.

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\PC-Gizmos
Uninstaller: C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\PC-Gizmos\Uninstall_179193.bat
Estimated size: 6.31 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Video Ad Blocker

Program executable:BlockAds-PC_179193.en_83.exe
Additional files:
  • PCGizmosBHO.20.dll - Block YouTube Ads
  • PCGizmosBHO.dll
  • BlockAds-PC_136519.en_88.exe - PC Gizmos
  • BlockAds-PC_179193.en_88.exe
  • SoftwareUpdater_silent_9898_98.exe (by Auto-Update.me) - Software Updater
  • FF_Plugin.21.xpi

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • PCGizmosBHO.20.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'PC Gizmos BHO' with the class of {A817C286-3D6B-4ECD-A99C-E44E50DBC523} (PCGizmosBHO).
Scheduled Task
  • SoftwareUpdater_silent_9898_98.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Script updater task'.
3 Startup Files (User Run)
  • SoftwareUpdater_silent_9898_98.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'PC_GIZMOS' and executes as "C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\PC-Gizmos\SoftwareUpdater_silent_9898_98.exe" --update.
  • BlockAds-PC_179193.en_88.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'PC_GIZMOS' and executes as "C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\PC-Gizmos\BlockAds-PC_136519.en_86.exe" --update.
  • BlockAds-PC_136519.en_83[1].exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'PC_GIZMOS' and executes as "C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\PC-Gizmos\PC_136528.en_83.exe" --update.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • BlockAds-PC_179193.en_88.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\PC-Gizmos\PC_136519.en_88.exe'.

How do I remove Video Ad Blocker?

You can uninstall Video Ad Blocker from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Video Ad Blocker, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Video Ad Blocker.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Video Ad Blocker you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 47%
Win Vista (SP2) 3%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 24%
Keep it 76%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 53.33%
Windows 10 33.33%
Windows XP 10.00%
Windows Vista 3.33%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 24.14%
Windows 7 Ultimate 20.69%
Windows 8.1 17.24%
Windows 7 Professional 10.34%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.90%
Windows 8.1 Connected 6.90%

Distribution by countryGeography

50.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 50.00%
  South Africa 8.33%
  Australia 8.33%
  Canada 8.33%
  Sweden 5.56%
  Israel 5.56%
  Malaysia 5.56%
  United Kingdom 5.56%
  United Arab Emirates 2.78%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 24.00%
Hewlett-Packard 20.00%
Lenovo 16.00%
Acer 12.00%
Toshiba 12.00%
Sahara 4.00%
American Megatrends 4.00%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite C55-B 4.00%
Dell Inspiron 5447 4.00%
Acer Aspire E5-571 4.00%
LENOVO 20157 4.00%
LENOVO 20132 4.00%

About (from PC Gizmos LTD)

Here at PC-Gizmos we are dedicated to creating simple, easy to use tools that tweak your favorite websites to make your life easier.
Publisher URL: www.pc-gizmos.com


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