|Type||Browser Extension, PUP|
|Short Description||The app is designed to assist you download from the Internet.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness advertisements. The add-on may promote the Trovi search browser hijacker.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling, its official page, Chrome web store.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By DownloadBoss|
DownloadBoss is a download manager application that is compatible with Google Chrome. The application is available for download on its official website and is also uploaded on Chrome web store. It may be promoted on other freeware websites as well. Even though the app may appear user-friendly and handy, its installation may put your system at risk. First, such applications may be designed to alter the system’s registry keys and add suspicious executable files to it. Second, ad-supported apps are known to generate unwanted advertisement and sell collected user data to interested parties (affiliate companies, digital marketing agencies, etc.).
The following paragraphs are in regard of the extension’s third party relations:
→Third Party Offers. Discover Browser Media may provide its users with the opportunity to receive special offers, products and/or services from third parties. Where you indicate the desire to receive certain offers, products or services from a third party during the applicable information collection process, your personally identifiable information that was provided during that information collection process will be shared with the applicable third party so that such third party may provide their products and/or services to you so that you do not have to complete another information collection form to purchase or receive that product or service.
→Third Party Cookies. Clicking on any third party offers may add and place cookies from third party affiliate marketers on to your computer prior to directing you to the applicable advertiser’s site. Cookies from third party affiliate marketers are used only for tracking and reporting purposes. No personally identifiable information is collected or stored by Discover Browser during this process.
Risk Evaluation of DownloadBoss
As visible by the extension’s description, it is not malicious neither is it dangerous to use. However, its relations to third parties may turn out to be endangering to your personal and non-personal information. To avoid exposing yourself to third party advertisements and data collection, you may want to consider uninstalling DownloadBoss from your system. In addition, if it was distributed in a bundled (packed) installer, you may have other ad-supported software running in the background.
How Can I Remove DownloadBoss?
The official page of DownloadBoss hosts information on its uninstallation. However, as we just mentioned, bundling may have brought more adware and PUA into your system without you knowing about it.
After manually removing the extension from the PC and the browser, you may consider using an anti-malware scanner. In addition, if you have used Trovi search or if you have clicked on an affiliate link, you may have been redirected to a page employed for phishing. Phishing is a well-known social engineering technique that has been associated with malware distribution and private data theft.
You can refer to the removal guide we have compiled below the article.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall DownloadBoss 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 DownloadBoss.
Step 2: Remove DownloadBoss from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select DownloadBoss and click “Remove”
After DownloadBoss is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select DownloadBoss 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 DownloadBoss 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 DownloadBoss
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall DownloadBoss. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the DownloadBoss will be removed.
Step 3: Remove DownloadBoss 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 DownloadBoss associated objects.
- Guide 1: How to Remove DownloadBoss from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of DownloadBoss from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove DownloadBoss from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase DownloadBoss from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall DownloadBoss from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove DownloadBoss from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate DownloadBoss from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove DownloadBoss from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove DownloadBoss
Step 2: Uninstall DownloadBoss 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 DownloadBoss 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 DownloadBoss there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of DownloadBoss from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall DownloadBoss 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 DownloadBoss 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 DownloadBoss files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as DownloadBoss, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove DownloadBoss 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 DownloadBoss 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 DownloadBoss 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 DownloadBoss 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 DownloadBoss will be removed.
Eliminate DownloadBoss 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.