This article aims to help you by explaining how you can remove the Download Required scam message from your computer and how you can make sure that your PC stays protected against infections in the future as well.
The Download Required scamming message has been detected by several security researchers to be displayed as a result of a browser redirection on the users computers. The scamming messages may be introduced on victims computers as a result of having a potentially unwanted program which displays advertisements and causes web browser redirects. In case you see the Download Required scamming message on your computer, it is strongly recommended to read this article in order to learn how to remove the Download Required messages from your PC and protect it against future pop-ups and browser redirects of this type.
|Name||Download Required Scam|
|Short Description||Aims to get you to download Advanced PC Fixer which is a hoax antivirus program by claiming your computer is at risk.|
|Symptoms||Your computer is redirected to the winmanager(dot)today domain with a custom URL, which is a fake Microsoft web page, displaying a scamming message.|
|Distribution Method||Via potentially unwanted programs (Adware, Browser Hijackers, etc.)|
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Download Required Scam Message – How Did I Get It
The main method via which these programs are spread accros the computers of users is as most adware are spreading for some time now – setup bundling. These types of free programs are often advertised as free extras to the current installation of the user’s computer. They often pretend to improve your web browsing experience in a way and aim to help you to get you to add them either as a browser extension or as a free extra to your current setup. The programs in most situations cannot be easily located as they reside in various different installation steps in the “Advanced” or “Custom” installation modes of affected computers. In most cases the installaters that contain the prompts to add software like the PUPs introducting the Download Required pop-ups are programs which are downloaded on a regular basis. These types of software are often free media players, codec packs, patches and other freeware. Since such freeware is free and openly distributed, some third-party websites aim to profit from this by adding adware and other potentially unwanted programs, among which adware.
Download Required Scam – How Does It Work
When you get redirected to the web page, that says “Download Required”, you immediately notice a long URL and a fake Microsoft web page, which is very well designed to look like the original. The web page looks like the following:
Message from Image:
Windows is heavily damaged! (33.2%)
Please download Advanced PC Fixer™ to remove (2) Viruses from your computer.
Virus Name: Ransomware 2.0; Trojan.Win32.SendIP.15
Infected Files: /C:\WINDOWS\System32\migration\[email protected]*fg\windows.exe;/ C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\spoclsv.ex
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Application: Advanced PC Fixer™
The “Download Required” scamming message aims to trick you into believing that important Windows files of your computer are damaged. Once it has convinced you that, the pop-up asks you to download a program which can fix your security problem, called Advanced PC Fixer. This software is one of those potentially unwanted programs known as hoax antivirus. The web page’s main goal is to get you to install it, from where the scam continues. The program shows you that your computer as been compromised by hundreds of issues instead of just the “(2) viruses” which the Download Required scam page claims. Advanced PC-Fixer also scares you by showing you screens that grab your attention and looking like the image underneath shows:
To make you believe it, the Advanced PC-Fixer program also has a phone number provided, which will likely contact you to their “support” who in fact might be the same people behind the Download Required scam page. But let’s stick to the point. The software wants you to start a scan, after which it claims to find hundreds of security and performance programs on your computer. To remove these issues, Advanced PC-Fixer wants you to purchase it’s full version, which is basically how the scammers make their money. Be advised that this program may only pretend to scan your computer whereas in fact the software may only display fake scans to convince victims that their computers are compromised. If you fall victim to such programs, make sure to always check if they are legitimate or a scam online, since a legitimate anti-malware tool will not display fake malware detections and more so hundreds of them to decieve you into purchasing it.
How to Remove Advanced PC-Fixer and “Download Required” Scam
If you are seeing the “Download Required” or having Advanced PC-Fixer installed on your computer or even both, it is very likely that it has already been the victim of intrusive software which is unwnated. This is why, to clean up your computer either manually or automatically, you can follow the removal instructions below. If manual removal Is not something that you believe will do effectively, be advised that security researchers strongly recommend to do an automatic removal, using an advanced anti-malware program. It’s main goal is to scan your computer and eliminate all unwanted and malicious files to completely secure it and protect it in the future as well, using real-time shielding technologies.
Manually delete Download Required Scam from Windows and your browser
Note! Substantial notification about the Download Required Scam threat: Manual removal of Download Required Scam 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.
Automatically remove Download Required Scam by downloading an advanced anti-malware program