“Download Offer” is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that after being installed on a computer will attach itself to a browser, and could display numerous ads, popups, banners, potentially malicious message boxes and etc. The user may be redirected to unwanted sites and may be shown different commercial content.
|Short Description||Whenever the user is browsing the internet, many advertisements of potentially malicious sites are displayed.|
|Symptoms||The user may have installed the application without his approval. Advertisements and popups are displayed while browsing.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling, Freeware installers, Browser Extension|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Download Offer|
|User Experience||Join our forum to follow the discussion about Download Offer|
Download Offer – How Did I Get It?
The “Download Offer” PUP most often gets into your computer through third-party installers. It can sneak into your computer without your consent, by concealing itself in freeware installations and bundled packages. In these packages, additional components for installation are not always disclosed properly, and people get tricked into installing potentially unwanted programs such as “Download Offer”. Sometimes that can be avoided by clicking on the “Advanced” or “Custom” option in an installation setup to see what, exactly, will be installed.
Other ways of getting infected are by opening spam emails and downloading e-mail attachments, or by clicking on various ads and banners containing malicious content which may also add a browser extension.
Download Offer – More About It
“Download Offer” is classified as adware. When it is installed on your computer, it may change different browser settings, such as the search engine, and may also install a browser extension. It does that in order to provide you with sponsored results and lots of commercial content you haven’t actually approved of.
On the official site at “info.download-offer.com” says the following:
“Download-Offer has partnered with some of the most popular software packages in world, giving you the option to install our search settings during setup and giving them the opportunity to offer you their products for free.”
So, you at least know that you probably got this adware from a bundled package and you will get offers of products for free – you would only be aware of that before the pop-ups started showing if you actually knew of the site’s existence, but the makers of the adware apparently don’t want that.
When you try searching for something in your browser, this may show you inaccurate results and sponsored links. You may also be shown numerous advertisements in the form of pop-ups or banners, even if the page you are on is not related to them. Those ads will most commonly have a text under them stating “Ads by Download Offer”. You can also be redirected to various sites which can generate traffic from every visitor, sites that could contain other malicious content to infect your computer beyond its current infection state.
“Download Offer” may also collect different non-personally identifiable information about your internet activity and usage such as your search queries, the websites you visited, your IP address, what have you clicked on and etc.
Remove Download Offer Completely
To remove “Download Offer” manually from your computer, be certain to follow the step-by-step removal guide provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of this malware completely, you should search for and remove leftover files with an advanced anti-malware program. Installing such a program will also make sure that your system is safe from other threats you may encounter.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Download Offer 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.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Download Offer.
Step 2: Remove Download Offer from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Download Offer and click “Remove”
After Download Offer is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Download Offer 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’.
After Download Offer has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Download Offer
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Download Offer. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Download Offer will be removed.