84,488,480 programs installed

Should I remove YTDownloader?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
85% remove it15% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,930
United States Rank #2,452
Reach 0.2023%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 19.99 days
589.56 days >
Average installed length: 309.77 days


Please note, Should I Remove It? does not in anyway endorse the software or publisher displayed here. The page exists for informational purposes only to help you make an informed removal decision.

What is YTDownloader?

YTDownloader is a web browser extension that will integrate itself into Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. The extension/toolbar will modify the browser's search and home pages as well as various other features such as 404 errors and DNS redirections, etc as well as may change some browser settings that might cause lessen its security levels.

The software is distributed through the Adknowledge Fusion Installer, an adware download manager that provides 'free' commercial offers that are advertisement supported such as web browser extensions. Web sites that distribute this through malvertising practices include 2-fusioninstall.com, 5-pn-installer.com and others.

About  (from Goobzo)

The Software provides a suite of browser features that customize and enhance your interaction with video and other various websites by rendering download button, graphics, text, or other functional or interactive content in your browser. The Software is free to use and may include advertising. We have invested much tim...  Read more
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Starts automatically
  • Known to reinstall itself
  • Delivers various 'optional' bundled software during install
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • Most users and experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in YTDownloader.
YTDownloader.exe (408b91bc1b49c623acaf73bc84afd80a) has been flagged by the following 29 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 806 Adware.Generic.1036093
AhnLab-V3 2014.11.11 Win-PUP/CrossRider
Antiy-AVL GrayWare[AdWare:not-a-virus]/Win32.Shopper
AVG 2015.0.3284 Skodna
Avira ADWARE/CrossRider.Gen
AVware Goobzo (fs)
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.CrossAd.BAI
Bitdefender Adware.Generic.1036093
CAT-QuickHeal AdWare.Shopper.g6 (Not a Virus)
Comodo Security 20049 ApplicUnwnt
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.Generic.1036093
ESET-NOD32 8.10704 a variant of Win32/SBWatchman.D
Fortinet FortiGate 11/20/2014 Adware/Shopper
F-Secure 11.2014-20-11_5 Adware.Generic.1036093
G Data 14.11.24 Adware.Generic.1036093
K7 AntiVirus 13.185.13965 Riskware
K7GW 13.185.13972 Riskware ( 0049c6851 )
Kaspersky not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Shopper
McAfee 5600.6940 Artemis!408B91BC1B49
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.6940 BehavesLike.Win32.BadFile.tm
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.Generic.1036093
Panda Antivirus Adware/Goobzo
Qihoo-360 Trojan.Generic
Sophos 4.98 Goobzo
Tencent Win32.Trojan.Falsesign.Pavr
Trend Micro 10.465.20 TROJ_GEN.R0C1C0VJJ14
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.324 TROJ_GEN.R0C1C0VJJ14
VIPRE Antivirus 34698 Goobzo (fs)
Zillya Adware.Shopper.Win32.311
Updater.exe (1c87f08674bba40e87ead595f88f9508) has been flagged by the following 24 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AhnLab-V3 2014.11.15.00 Win-PUP/CrossRider
AVG Skodna.A8D
Avira ADWARE/CrossRider.Gen
AVware Goobzo (fs)
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.CrossAd.BAI
CAT-QuickHeal 14.00 AdWare.Shopper.r5 (Not a Virus)
Comodo Security 20086 ApplicUnwnt
ESET-NOD32 10727 a variant of Win32/ShopperPro.A
Fortinet FortiGate 5.0.999.0 Riskware/ShopperPro
G Data 24 Win32.Application.GoobZo.A
K7 AntiVirus 9.185.14021 Unwanted-Program ( 004a8e8b1 )
K7GW 9.185.14022 Unwanted-Program ( 004a8e8b1 )
Kaspersky not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Shopper.adw
McAfee Artemis!1C87F08674BB
McAfee-GW-Edition v2014.2 BehavesLike.Win32.PUP.bh
Panda Antivirus Adware/Goobzo
Sophos 4.98.0 Goobzo
Symantec 20141.1.0.330 WS.Reputation.1
Tencent Win32.Trojan.Falsesign.Eanv
Trend Micro 9.740.0.1012 TROJ_GEN.R0C1C0VJG14
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.R0C1C0VJG14
Vba32 AntiVirus AdWare.Shopper
VIPRE Antivirus 34802 Goobzo (fs)
Zillya Adware.Shopper.Win32.299
       View all 53 all detections
YTDownloader has been seen bundling various 3rd party software during the installation process. Make sure to check for and remove unused programs.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: YTDownloader
URL: www.ytdownloader.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\ytdownloader
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\YTDownloader\YTDUninstall.exe
Estimated size: 11.61 MB

Program filesFiles installed by YTDownloader

Program executable:ytdownloader.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\ytdownloader\ytdownloader.exe
Additional files:
  • converter.exe - Video Download and Convert
  • sbmntr.sys - YTDownloader Driver
  • DownloadHelper.exe - YTDownloader (YTDownloader helper)
  • DownloadAPI.dll - DownloadAPI
  • (Malware detected) Updater.exe - Update Helper
  • YTDUninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • YTDownloader.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Launch 21991' (runs on registration).
2 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • YTDownloader.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named YTDownloader.
  • Updater.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named YTDownloaderUpd.
Startup File (User Run)
  • YTDownloader.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'YTDownloader' and executes as "C:\Program Files\YTDownloader\YTDownloader.exe" /boot.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • YTDownloader.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'YTDownloader' which loads as "C:\Program Files\YTDownloader\YTDownloader.exe" /boot.

How do I remove YTDownloader?

You can uninstall YTDownloader 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 YTDownloader, 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 YTDownloader.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

Win 7 (SP1) 49%
Win 10 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 85%
Keep it 15%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 55.65%
Windows 10 36.14%
Windows Vista 4.76%
Windows XP 3.46%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 25.88%
Windows 8.1 17.69%
Windows 7 Ultimate 15.98%
Windows 7 Professional 10.46%
Windows 8 4.76%
Windows 8.1 Pro 3.73%

Distribution by countryGeography

57.79% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 57.79%
  Canada 3.48%
  United Kingdom 2.99%
  India 2.91%
  Brazil 2.48%
  Germany 2.28%
  France 2.24%
  Australia 1.59%
  MA 1.49%
  Italy 1.24%
  Romania 1.10%
  Iran 1.04%
  DZ 0.98%
  Saudi Arabia 0.94%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 32.46%
Dell 24.85%
Acer 14.46%
Toshiba 9.52%
ASUS 7.58%
Lenovo 4.62%
Samsung 2.50%
Intel 1.22%
Common models
HP 15 Notebook PC 5.29%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.01%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 4.92%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.46%
Dell Inspiron 3521 4.09%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 3.71%

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SteveG (Expert)over a year ago
Adware! Adware! Installed with LightSpark, iWebBar and ShopperPro, more crapware. Do not download and install this!