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Remove DownloadBoss from Google Chrome

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TypeBrowser Extension, PUP
Short DescriptionThe app is designed to assist you download from the Internet.
SymptomsThe user may witness advertisements. The add-on may promote the Trovi search browser hijacker.
Distribution MethodBundling, its official page, Chrome web store.
Detection toolDownload 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.).


Investigating the Privacy Policy of DownloadBoss

After having a good look at the extension’s Privacy Policy, we have discovered that it is associated with the infamous Trovi search browser hijacker and suspicious search engine:

→Third Party Technology and Services. The web search services available on the Site, through the Extension, or made available through any of our software products and/or services, as applicable, may be provided by Trovi Search and powered by Trovi search partners. For information on the web search services data collection, please visit, and the search provider’s privacy policy, as applicable. We do not endorse, nor are we responsible for the accuracy of, the privacy policies of such third party technology and service providers. The third party entities that are providing the web search services are independent third parties and are not affiliated with Discover Browser Media.

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. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
  • uninstall-virus-fig1

  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
  • uninstall-virus-fig3

    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall DownloadBoss.

    Step 2: Remove DownloadBoss from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window


    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.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu


  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate DownloadBoss and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After DownloadBoss is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    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.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on DownloadBoss
    Click ‘Uninstall’


    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.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the DownloadBoss threat: Manual removal of DownloadBoss requires interference with system files and registries. 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.

    Milena Dimitrova

    An inspired writer and content manager who has been with SensorsTechForum for 4 years. Enjoys ‘Mr. Robot’ and fears ‘1984’. Focused on user privacy and malware development, she strongly believes in a world where cybersecurity plays a central role. If common sense makes no sense, she will be there to take notes. Those notes may later turn into articles! Follow Milena @Milenyim

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