v-Bates adware is a browser extension, plugin or addon for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, also called a Browser Helper Object for Internet Explorer. v-Bates provides ads all over your browser, it states “Join V-Bates and collect free gifts, coupons and fantastic rewards by doing just what you are doing today – shopping online. No fees, no catch, just rewards!” This v-Bates adware is installed during a update or new install of the VLC Media Player. This VLC Media Player is used alot to promote, and install adware on a victim’s computer. VLC is free from there official source and is used alot worldwide, this is the reason for promotors to distribute there adware like “v-Bates” using VLC Media Player Fake Installers.
It is advised to always read the Terms and Agreements before installing software on your computer. Do never click too fast thru the installation process [Next] button of software as you will agree to software you might not want to install. If the installer offers a Advanced or Custom option button, click it to find out if there is any other malicious software offered and installed during the installation process.