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Danger level 7
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

Rutube Extension

Rutube Extension is a relatively new Google Chrome browser extension that targets the Russian-speaking computer users. We can say that it is indeed a popular extension as it has already reached over 220 thousand downloads in just over a month. We have examined this tool and we cannot say that it is malicious or dangerous. In fact, it seems to work just fine displaying Russian viral and trending video and news content in your Chrome browser. We have still labeled it as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) because it can enter your computer in questionable ways followed by a number of malicious programs that can cause multiple virtual security threats on your PC. These infections may expose you to malicious third-party web content or even spy on you. Speaking of which, it is quite possible that this PUP can also gather information about your browsing habits that could be used to present to you customized content. All in all, we believe that it is best to remove Rutube Extension from your browser and inspect your system to see whether malicious threats are endangering your PC or not.

This browser extension actually promotes rutube.ru, which seems to be a news and video portal with trending material. This websites looks totally professional and legitimate at first sight, to be quite frank. This tool is available for official download in the Chrome web store, chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/rutube/pfmlgdpgagephflfijfmhjckammbifgk as well as at chrome.addthink.com/webstore/detail/rutube/pfmlgdpgagephflfijfmhjckammbifgk. Although it seems that over 220 thousand users have already installed this tool, only two have left reviews, which is a bit suspicious when it comes to seemingly popular extensions. In any case, this is really not something for which you would decide to delete Rutube Extension from your browser.

The real system security issue regarding this PUP is the fact that it can also be found spreading via freeware bundles. Such deceptive software packages can always be sort of risky to install, and mostly so when you download one from a fishy file-sharing page. Of course, there are also legitimate bundles promoted by software developers who try to keep their software free by including other tools in their package. These may contain legitimate advertisement-supported programs and PUPs, which can, of course, still be annoying but, at least, they are not malicious or cause system security issues. However, when you install a bundle that you dropped accidentally or in questionable circumstances, it is quite likely to be packed with adware programs, Trojans, browser hijackers, ransomware programs, and useless PUPs. It is easy to install such a bundle when you download free or cracked software from suspicious torrent or shareware pages, but you can also drop one when you click on unreliable third-party content. Corrupt advertisements and links can be presented to you by questionable websites as well as by adware programs, for example, that can be lurking on your system. For this reason, we suggest that after you delete Rutube Extension, you also run a full-system malware scan to find all threats in one go.

This browser extension installs an icon in the toolbar of your Google Chrome browser, next to the menu button. Clicking on this icon displays a pop-up panel with trending videos and news pieces that you can access in one click. These thumbnail links lead to the rutube.ru website. We cannot claim that this tool does anything shady because our tests show that it works just fine. It does not change your browser settings to set a questionable search engine. Nevertheless, due to the fact that this tool can appear on your system even without your permission through a freeware bundle, we do recommend that you remove Rutube Extension from your browser as a PUP even if it does not show any malicious signs itself.

Fortunately, it is very simple to eliminate this PUP as you only need to remove this extension from your Google Chrome browser. Please follow our instructions below this article if you want to put an end to this questionable tool yourself. Keep in mind that there could be more dangerous threats on your system that should be addressed before it is too late. If you do not think you can identify and detect all these potentially risky programs, we suggest that you use a trustworthy anti-malware program like SpyHunter to protect your PC automatically. Remember to update all your software frequently, too, because cyber crooks can exploit security bugs in outdated versions.

How to remove Rutube Extension from your browser

Google Chrome

  1. Open the menu by pressing Alt+F.
  2. Navigate to More tools.
  3. Open the Extension Manager by choosing Extensions.
  4. Find the unwanted extension in the list and click on the Trash can on its right.
  5. In the pop-up, press Remove to confirm.
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