How to remove (uninstall) Video Chimp

Do you see irritating advertising links on the Internet, marked as “ads by Video Chimp”? Have you noticed the name Video Chimp somewhere else in the system? If those things are true – the computer is infected by an advertising program, and this item can help you to get rid of it.

Video Chimp

What is Video Chimp

Immediately after the infestation, Video Chimp changes the settings of your browser. That's its most important function, because the essential part of this illegal scheme is the “search engine” which takes over the browser as soon as you download Video Chimp. So, Video Chimp changes your default homepage and the pre-set search and places the fake webpage instead of them. Now, instead of using the reputable Google, Bing, Yahoo or another search you like – you will browse the Net through the miserable fake search that shows untrusted links pop-up windows advertising banners and other stuff like that. Adware also corrupts the properties of the shortcuts of your browsers in a way that in case you recover the default controls, you'll see the scammers’ search system as the starting tab.

If you've already bothered to remove Video Chimp, you could realize that it reinstalls, regardless of the number of times you removed it. It happens thanks to the Video Chimp's protective algorithms, and we can define how they function:

  • The most common technique of protection is to develop a scheduled task for the reinstallation of the virus if the user had removed it. These tasks are not typically utilized by regular PC users, so Video Chimp simply develops a task to confirm if it’s installed, and if it isn't – to get and set it one more time. This task is being executed every time you reboot your computer, and thanks to it Video Chimp keeps coming back.
  • Another method has the similar goal, but it utilizes the system registry and not the Scheduled Tasks service. Scammers add a specific string to your registry and you should find and remove it, which is a bit not easy. The regular registry entries are needed for the computer to function, and by removing one of them, you might inflict significant harm to the OS.

Video Chimp, as you might have guessed so far, is adware. It’s a kind of software that cannot do anything well, as it’s created to achieve only one goal: to drive you mad. Surely, your irritation isn’t its direct aim, but you'll be mad in any case until Video Chimp does its job – distributes the advertising content. Right after the infection, it modifies the browser controls and shows you as much spam as you can bear and even more, ensuring that they have your attention. Hackers earn a little money for every click you’ve made, so you can realize why the banners keep appearing: it’s a gold mine. In the paragraphs below, we will tell you how adware got onto the PC and how you might guard it against similar threats. In case you know everything that you need on that topic and just want to get rid of the virus as soon as possible – ignore the coming parts and go to the removal guide.

 

How Video Chimp got on your computer

To make it simple, we will picture the whole process from the beginning. The vast majority of the advertisement-oriented viruses are copies of each other, replicated thousands of times and sold to various hackers with easy alterations made. Some bad guys purchased this particular copy in the Dark Web, added their logo and published it on file-exchanging sites all over the Web. That’s where you picked it up, right? Okay, you're saying that you didn’t search for a tool that will annoy you? Maybe, you needed the best screwing-it-all-up program for your machine, and somebody sent you a link to Video Chimp downloader? Missed again? OK, then, you wanted to download another program that's really helpful. Some toll-free program created by an unknown company, or a cracked version of a well-known program you didn’t want to buy.

We know this manner as the “affiliate installation”, and it's based on that scammers are uniting the installation files of a few useless programs and one useful utility to create one package. The essential feature of the package is that its name is the name of a helpful program, and you don’t know its content until it's too late. On one of the last steps, they display an offer to get additional viruses, with all checkmarks placed and the mouse cursor already hovers over “OK”. And you clicked on it. Don't forget about another technique, with the “installation manners”. It's very simple: the sophisticated installation technique is simply a pick of a folder for this software to be installed, and how many additional tools do you need. In Video Chimp's case, if you choose the suggested method of installation, you allow all the viruses from the package into your machine.

Methods to remove Video Chimp

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove Video Chimp manually

Step 1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

Step 2. Check hosts file

Step 3. Remove Video Chimp from the browser (Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari/Edge)

 

If you are MAC user, follow this guide How to remove virus from MAC

At this moment you understand how Video Chimp works, and you know in which way it penetrated the PC. You know all you need, besides the very important thing: the ways to get rid of Video Chimp. Here we go. You can uninstall Video Chimp with the help of these simple methods. One of them is what you’ve just tried to execute – DIY elimination. We know the best manner to do that, and under this paragraph, you’ll find the instructions on by-hand elimination. Its significant flaw is the impossibility to remove several advertising programs with its help because it'll take many hours to do. We offer you the easier technique: you can fully delete the virus within ten minutes with the help of Spyhunter AntiMalware. It has multiple pluses, and among them are extended signature database, 24/7 support service, the compatibility with many antiviral programs and increased operation speed. Don’t waste your time, attempting to clean the computer with free tools – try the decent antivirus. Click the link below to check the system via the toll-free version with limited capabilities.

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Instructions for manual deletion

Step 1. Uninstall software from the system

Windows 7

1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select a program and press Uninstall

2. Check the following folders for the suspicious elements

  • C:\Program Files\
  • C:\ProgramData\
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Local\

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Search for "Video Chimp" and delete these elements

 

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Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select the program and press Uninstall

 

Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by:, select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Delete unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select a program and press Uninstall

7. Remove elements like on Win7.

 

Step 2. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 3. Remove Video Chimp from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable strange extensions:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove Video Chimp

Step 2.Change homepage:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Home page
  • Put “about:blank”

Step 3. Change new tab page:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Tabs

 

Google Chrome

Step 1. Remove unfamiliar add-on:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • More Tools
  • Extensions
  • Remove add-on

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • Open a specific page or set of pages
  • Delete all specific pages

 

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1. Delete suspicious extensions:

  • Open menu
  • Add-ons
  • Extensions
  • Remove add-on

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open menu
  • Options
  • Home
  • Choose “Blank page” into Homepage and new windows

 

Opera browser

Step 1. Disable strange add-ons:

  • Open Opera;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Extensions;
  • Choose add-on and press button "Disable"

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • On Startup;
  • Open a specific page or set of pages;
  • Press button "Add a new page" and change Homepage to your favorite one.

 

Safari

Step 1. Start Safari browser

Step 2. Display a menu of General Safari Settings

Step 3. Reset Safari...

Step 4. Press "Reset"

 

Microsoft Edge

Step 1. Delete the suspicious extensions.

  • Menu
  • Extensions
  • Choose unfamiliar extension
  • Press Uninstall

Step 2. Change homepage.

  • Go to the website of the search engine you want
  • Select More actions
  • Settings
  • View advanced settings
  • Change search engine
  • Select search engine you want and Set as default

 

Video how to reset browser and remove all extensions

 

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