What is YTDownloader.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the YTDownloader.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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YTDownloader.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with YTDownloader
YTDownloader.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as YTDownloader belongs to software YTDownloader by YTDownloader.

Description: YTDownloader.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. YTDownloader.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,988,528 bytes (35% of all occurrences), 1,988,968 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The YTDownloader.exe file is not a Windows core file. YTDownloader.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. The program is not visible. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). YTDownloader.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 51% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with YTDownloader.exe occur, you can completely remove YTDownloader (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify YTDownloader.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as YTDownloader.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.Shopper.gen or not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Shopper.adw (detected by Kaspersky), and Artemis!DC6949139A14 or Artemis!F8992A269319 (detected by McAfee). Therefore, you should check the YTDownloader.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If YTDownloader has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


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Best practices for resolving YTDownloader issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with YTDownloader. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the YTDownloader.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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