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WeDownload Manager Description and Removal Instructions

Name WeDownload Manager
Type PUP, adware.
Short Description WeDownloadManager is promoted as an application to improve the user’s online experience.
Symptoms Could run suspicious background processes. PC Slow-downs. Intrusive advertised content.
Distribution Method Via freeware packages (bundling), or from its official website and shareware pages. Possible via redirects to such pages.
Detection tool Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By WeDownload Manager

wedownloadWeDownload manager is reported to be an unwanted browser extension or add-on that may target the most widely used web browsers on an insecure PC. Originally the program poses as software that assists users to download various programs and games in an easy and fast manner. However, this particular online threat could be able to track all of the user’s online actions and display tons of annoying pop-up adverts plus cause redirects to suspicious sites. More to it than that, the site may make a user PC its target for modifications of its settings to automatically run and make itself difficult to uninstall.

WeDownload Manager – How Did I Install It?

This program may be a bit difficult to download on purpose, since it is potentially unwanted. This doesn’t eliminate the possibility of users being redirected to an individual download page, mislead by false advertising.

Another and more efficient method of publicity is if this application is inserted into the setup program of another free application. Usually, software application providers bundle applications with the purpose of providing an advertising service to their developers. They may be included in the installation steps of your favorite media player, torrent engine, file converter, DJ studio and others. Programs like weDownload Manager may be included either in the facility as ‘Include this as a free extra’ type of tick boxes or not included at all if you click on the ‘Express Install’ option, which most users tend to do.

WeDownload Manager – More about It

Once installed and running, this potentially unwanted program may initially deploy tracking cookies on the computer to monitor what the user searches for, which sites he or she visits and others. This is done most likely to display tons and tons of targeted advertisements based on those locations. For example, if the user is looking for smartphones, the ads may be smartphone related. They may vary, from smartphone promotions to ‘Is your smartphone slow and full of viruses?’ scareware ads.

Additionally, running this software actively on your browser may increase the RAM and CPU usage of it and, therefore, slow it down. That’s not the reason why this app is considered potentially unsafe, and neither are the cookies. In fact, most programs and sites use HTTP cookies and other tracking technologies, and it is a common practice. The reason this extension is considered unsafe by security experts is the fact that it may lead the user to hazardous websites that:

  • Infect user PCs with malware and inject exploit scripts on unprotected PCs.
  • Scam the user out of his information by making him fill out registration forms and surveys, promising different benefits.
  • Con the user into calling expensive customer care services or subscribe him for such SMS services.

Either way, cyber-criminals use such schemes for only one purpose – to steal your money. This is why you should not trust any suspicious sites and remove unwanted programs that may lead you to such from your computer.

Removing WeDownload Manager

A good way to eliminate this PUP is by following the uninstall manual provided below. It is highly recommended to use a reputable anti-malware to remove the program, however, since there is no guarantee that manual removal will delete all the associated files with WeDownload Manager from your computer. More, it is not a guarantee that you haven’t been infected with other malware by being redirected or by clicking on an online ad. This is why you should scan your computer asap and insure yourself for the future by seeking out malware protection.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall WeDownload Manager in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
  • uninstall-virus-fig1

  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
  • uninstall-virus-fig2

  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
  • uninstall-virus-fig3

    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall WeDownload Manager.

    Step 2: Remove WeDownload Manager from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

    uninstall-fig4

    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

    uninstall-fig5

    Select WeDownload Manager and click “Remove

    uninstall-fig6

    After WeDownload Manager is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

    uninstall-fig7

  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
  • uninstall-fig8

  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate WeDownload Manager and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After WeDownload Manager is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig10

  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig11

    Select WeDownload Manager to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.

    uninstall-fig12

    After WeDownload Manager has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
    uninstall-fig13

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on WeDownload Manager
    Click ‘Uninstall’

    uninstall-fig14

    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall WeDownload Manager. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the WeDownload Manager will be removed.

    Step 3: Remove WeDownload Manager automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all WeDownload Manager associated objects.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the WeDownload Manager threat: Manual removal of WeDownload Manager requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

    Berta Bilbao

    Berta is the Editor-in-Chief of SensorsTechForum. She is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space.

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