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Google Image Downloader is a doubtful browser extension that may hijack your browser and lead to some adverse impacts. It is classified as a potentially unwanted program and as a one it could land on the PC without your permission. Following infection it starts to obtain certain details from affected browser in order to inject lots of annoying ads based on your interests.
|Name||Google Image Downloader|
|Type||Browser Extension, PUP|
|Short Description||Dubious browser extension that is presented as image downloader. Instead it is known to obtain sensitive data from affected browser, inject targeted ads and make the affected system easy target of severe malware infections.|
|Symptoms||Many advertisements flood the browser and make it sluggish. Sensitive data is obtained by unknown actors.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Google Image Downloader |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Google Image Downloader.|
Google Image Downloader – Spread Techniques
In general Google Image Downloader browser extension aims to unnoticeably land on the system. For the purpose, the installation code of this potentially unwanted and harmful program is often with the help of other free third-party apps. Where it resides is in the installers of such apps. As its presence is concealed you may have missed the moment when you installed the extension especially if you regularly choose to follow the basic configuration steps. And that’s why it is recommended to always look for Advanced or Custom options and read carefully the information presented there. They could help you to prevent infections with undesired apps by providing information about their existence and option to opt out their installation.
Corrupted web pages may also be used for the distribution of Google Image Downloader browser extension. Web pages that install this nasty redirect directly on your system may be spread via social media channels, forum topics, email messages and instant messaging services.
Yet another channel used for the distribution of this nasty browser extension appears to be Chrome web store, as shown on the picture below:
Frequently used web browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari could be affected by Google Image Downloader extension.
Google Image Downloader – Potentially Unwanted and Harmful Program
Google Image Downloader is a browser extension that enables you to quickly download multiple images from Google Images at once. But don’t get tricked by this description as it is given by Google Image Downloader owners only to mislead you that you will benefit a lot if you use their extension in the browser. In fact, this extension causes more damage than good.
First of all, it accesses your browser even without asking you whether you want it or not. And that’s one of the main reasons why it is considered to be a potentially unwanted program. Second, its main purpose is to use your browser for the advertising purposes of its owners. As a result, you start to see an increased number of online ads that attempt to trick you into visiting the websites they promote. And once installed in the browser Google Image Downloader has the permission to:
- Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
On top of that, all advertising campaigns that target you are based on data that is collected unofficially from your browser. Different kind of information may be obtained by Google Image Downloader browser extension including:
- Visited URLs and websites
- Browser’s home page
- Search queries
- Search queries on the visited web pages
- Type of used browser
- Operating system type
- Internet protocol (IP) address
In addition, this potentially unwanted browser extension may unnoticeably install other PUPs like adware and browser hijackers. In case this happens you may witness changes of some basic browser. For example, the browser homepage may be hijacked by a suspicious website and the default search engine may be replaced by one of unknown origin.
How to Remove Google Image Downloader PUP
In order to remove Google Image Downloader from your PC make sure to complete all the steps listed in the removal that follows. It presents both manual and automatic removal instructions that combined will help you to remove this nasty program in full. The automatic approach guarantees maximum efficiency as after a scan with an advanced anti-malware tool you can see the exact location of all malicious files and objects created by Google Image Downloader and remove them from the infected PC. In case that you have further questions or need additional help, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us via email.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Google Image Downloader from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Google Image Downloader from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Google Image Downloader from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Google Image Downloader from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Google Image Downloader from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Google Image Downloader from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Google Image Downloader from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Google Image Downloader from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Google Image Downloader
Step 2: Uninstall Google Image Downloader and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Google Image Downloader on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Google Image Downloader there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Google Image Downloader from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Google Image Downloader and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Google Image Downloader via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Google Image Downloader files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Google Image Downloader, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Google Image Downloader from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Google Image Downloader from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Google Image Downloader from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Google Image Downloader from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Google Image Downloader will be removed.
Eliminate Google Image Downloader from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.