Landing.savetubevideo.com is a malicious website that is closely linked with a malicious Browser Helper Object associated with a freeware application used to download videos from YouTube and other streaming video websites. A Browser Helper Object, abbreviated as BHO, is the plug-in module for Internet Explorer. There has been numerous reports of browser redirects to the Landing.savetubevideo.com website that seem to be caused by a malicious Internet Explorer BHO or, in the case of Firefox and Chrome, malicious add-ons that take over the victim's web browser without authorization.
Unlike other browser hijackers, most cases of browser hijacking involving the Landing.savetubevideo.com web page do not actually take the victim to this website. Instead, all of the victim's online activity is rerouted, so it will first pass through the Landing.savetubevideo.com website. This allows criminals to profit by artificially boosting their malicious website's traffic numbers.
Symptoms of a Landing.savetubevideo.com-Related Malware Infection
Computer users may recognize that their computer system is infected with Landing.savetubevideo.com-related malware because this website's address will appear constantly on their web browser's address bar (usually the lower part of the web browser's window) after clicking on a link or carrying out an online search on a real search engine (such as Google, Bing or Yahoo). The victim's browsing speed will usually be greatly decreased, and the victim's personal information and online activity may be tracked by a third party.
Usually, an infection of Landing.savetubevideo.com-related malware is associated with an application that is used to download videos from YouTube. While this freeware application actually does what Landing.savetubevideo.com advertises, it registers a malicious BHO that has no business being on your computer. After all, why would an application designed to save online videos need to keep track of every website you visit?
Beware of Free Applications Carrying Landing.savetubevideo.com-Related Malware
While freeware is often a great way for computer users to enhance their computer's operation on a tight budget, there is a risk that is inherent in free applications. Unscrupulous programmers will often try to boost their revenue by installing malware in their freeware applications, or requiring that the victim install a toolbar of some kind (usually containing malware) in order to offset the expenses of creating a free program. In most cases, it is up to the computer user to decide whether the free application is worth the risk of having one's online activity tracked by Landing.savetubevideo.com. However, it is usually easy to find alternatives to most popular freeware programs that are entirely malware-free.