Google Image Downloader Extension – How to Remove It from Your PC

Google Image Downloader Extension – How to Remove It from Your PC

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This article aims to help you with the removal of redirect from affected browser and system. Follow the detailed guide at the end to get rid of this annoying website in full.

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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.

Threat Summary

NameGoogle Image Downloader
TypeBrowser Extension, PUP
Short DescriptionDubious 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.
SymptomsMany advertisements flood the browser and make it sluggish. Sensitive data is obtained by unknown actors.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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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:

Google Image Downloader malicious browser extension released on chrome web store sensorstechforum

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

Google Image Downloader browser extension permissions

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.

Our research on Google Image Downloader revealed also that one of the websites associated it drops several potentially harmful files once loaded in the browser. Unfortunately, this nasty program may cause an unexpected redirect to this website while you are browsing the net. If you have an installed and active anti-malware tool it should stop this action and notify you that your PC is endangered by malware. If you don’t, several doubtful javascript files will land on your system and infect it with coin miner virus or at least make it extremely vulnerable to severe malware infections.

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.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for three years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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