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DownloadMe, Ads by DownloadMe Removal

NameDownloadMe
TypeDownload Manager Program, Ad-supported software
Short DescriptionThe program appears safe to use but partners with third party affiliates.
SymptomsThe user may start viewing third party content and offers in his browser.
Distribution MethodFrom its official website, possibly in freeware installers.
Detection toolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By DownloadMe

DownloadMe is an application that fits the description of a file download manager program. DownloadMe can be downloaded from its official website – download-me.info. It may also be promoted on various freeware and shareware pages. Another way for DownloadMe to be spread across the Web is in bundled downloads. However, more information is needed to confirm the latter claim.

DownloadMe appears safe to use. However, what may be troublesome to the user are the company’s affiliate connections and data collection policies. Continue reading to learn more.

DownloadMe General Description

The program is designed to assist users in downloading files from the Internet. Besides being a download manager, the app is also supposed to provide several other services such as (from download-me(dot)info):

  • Integrated video conversion support from popular videos websites.
  • Support for FTP, HTTP, HTTPS and Mirrors.
  • Built-in format converter from FLV to MPEG, AVI and MP3.
  • Batch downloads.
  • Clipboard Monitor and Internet Explorer integration for direct download initiation.

DownloadMe Privacy Policy

As already said, the program may be friendly and may do what it is designed to do. However, users may start encountering unwanted advertisements, after personally identifiable information is obtained from them.
This is what is stated in the program’s Privacy Policy:

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As visible by the images above, the software provider may collect information from the users’ devices. Then, the software provides links to third parties’ content – advertising content, software and websites. In addition, third parties the user is linked to may provide their own tracking technologies. Finally, the software provider is not responsible for the third parties content and policies. These features are typical for ad-supported software and monetization platforms.

DownloadMe Removal Manual

Considering the privacy policy of the program, it may be better to uninstall the software. Third party content may be anything from annoying ads, to compromised websites employed for phishing.

If the user has used the program for a certain period of time, he may have to use an AV scanner to check if his system is compromised. Please refer to the removal steps situated below the article.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall DownloadMe 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 DownloadMe.

    Step 2: Remove DownloadMe 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 DownloadMe associated objects.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the DownloadMe threat: Manual removal of DownloadMe 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.

    Milena Dimitrova

    An inspired writer, focused on user privacy and malicious software. Enjoys ‘Mr. Robot’ and fears ‘1984’.

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