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Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

Free Youtube Downloader

Since YouTube became the most popular video-sharing website, we saw a lot of new programs promising the possibility to download YouTube videos for free. Consequently, we are going to present you one of the latest applications, Free Youtube Downloader. However, we advise you not to rush, and read this article before installing it. Although, we doubt that you would still consider installing it since Free Youtube Downloader is classified as potentially unwanted program (PUP) and a rather nasty one, because it can act in a similar way to a Trojan. This application does not work, as you cannot download any videos from YouTube with it. It seems to us that it is not only a worthless tool, but also potentially harmful one. Therefore, you should stay away from it, but if you already have this PUP on your system and consider removing it, you can use our recommended steps below the article.

The main reason Free Youtube Downloader is listed as a PUP and not a malicious application is because it is not popular enough to be extremely harmful. That is due to the fact that application’s website got blacklisted and so its popularity decreased. The site was created to promote this PUP, and it might look rather convincing with the video showing how well it works. Also, it says that the tool is the best free downloader but you can see two buttons: one suggesting to download the program and the other offering to purchase it for 19.99$, which might be confusing.

While installing it, the application settles in your Windows OS directory. It is quite unusual because legitimate programs create their separate folders. In fact, that is a quality of a Trojan as its aim is to hide in your computer and remain unnoticed.

If you try using Free Youtube Downloader, you will notice that it does not work, because with every try you will be shown an error. Even though it seems like it does not do anything at all, we assure you that it does function. After installation, this PUP starts displaying windows that may look like notifications from your system, saying that you must “Activate Windows.” The pop-up also says that you have to do it in one day or else you will not be able to use the Windows features. The window itself is very irritating as it cannot be closed that quickly. Conveniently, there are two options for the activation, so you can either activate “Windows” online or by phone using given telephone number. Some users might consider calling as it may seem like the easier option. Be aware that this is a fake notification and do not make the call as you might become a victim of fraud. For instance, they can trick you into revealing your sensitive information and later use it to extort money from you. For example, they may convince you that you must pay some amount of money and so you have to provide information about your bank account. That is why calling these schemers would be a horrible idea as they are well prepared and very convincing.

This application might seem harmless because it looks similar to many other video downloaders, but keep it in mind that it is potentially harmful. If you think about it the program itself does not work as it should, so why should you risk keeping it? As we have said before, the Free Youtube Downloader pop-ups regarding Windows Activation cannot be closed and, as the application starts with the Windows, you will receive more of them every time you turn on your computer. The only way to close them is via the Task Manager by killing the box.exe process.Also, it is the first step you must take in order to remove the PUP from your computer. Look for further instructions below the article and if you have any questions do not hesitate to leave us a comment.

Remove pop-ups via Task Manager

  1. Press Windows Key+R to launch RUN.
  2. Type Taskmgr and click OK.
  3. Click the Processes tab.
  4. Find and select the process named box.exe.
  5. Click on End Task.

Delete Free Youtube Downloader via Control Panel

Windows 8/10

  1. Launch the RUN dialog box (Win+R).
  2. Type Control Panel and click OK.
  3. Select Uninstall a program.
  4. Choose the unwanted application and click Uninstall.

Windows Vista/7

  1. Open Start menu and pick Control Panel.
  2. Choose Uninstall a program.
  3. Find the PUP and click Uninstall.

Windows XP

  1. Click on Start and select Control Panel.
  2. Choose Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Select the program and click Uninstall.

Erase Free Youtube Downloader remaining directories

  1. Launch the RUN.
  2. Copy and insert these locations one at a time:
    %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%\Youtube Download.US.
    %PROGRAMFILES%\Youtube Download.US.
    %windir%\Free Youtube Downloader.
  3. Delete Youtube Download.US and Free Youtube Downloader folders.
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