An ad-supported PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) known as Free YouTube Download Manager has been reported to display advertisements to users and cause numerous other issues. The software may collect different information, from the web browsers Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. It may come bundled in the form of browser extensions. All users who have become victims of this program are strongly advised to immediately remove it from their computers.
|Name||Free YouTube Download Manager|
|Short Description||The program may display advertisements to third-party websites.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness fake advertisements as well as redirects to other potentially harmful domains. PC slow-downs and sometimes crashes.|
|Distribution Method||Via other PUPs, installed by bundling or by visiting a suspicious third-party site that is advertising it.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Free YouTube Download Manager|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Free YouTube Download Manager.|
Free YouTube Download Manager – Distribution
This application may either come as a browser extension to your browser or a program installed directly on your computer. It is usually added via bundled installers. Such may be the ones provided by third-party websites that aim to aggressively advertise other applications for profits. Here is how you may encounter Free YouTube Download Manager in the “Advanced” installation option:
Since most users tend to either not understand that the app is bundled or have a so-called “fast-clicking syndrome” they often tend to miss apps like this one slip past them.
Free YouTube Download Manager In Detail
The Free YouTube Download Manager may create registry entries and files in the following locations:
→ Files in:
%Program Files% or %Program Files(x86)%
Registry entries in:
The registry values may be inserted with a custom data that may prevent the user from deleting the program and make the program run on startup. Not only this, but the software may be added to all of the browsers that are currently installed on the user’s PC. Besides that, custom plugins, app management and home page permissions may be obtained as permissions by Free YouTube Download Manager.
Once installed and executed the program may resemble a legitimate YouTube Download helping app. However, it may use:
- Web Beacons.
These technologies may collect the following aspects of the user’s information:
- Online browsing history.
- Online clicks.
- Online searches.
- Installed extensions/add-ons.
The bottom line is that the collected information may be used by Free YouTube Download Manager to aggressively advertise applications onto the user’s computer. This may result in full usage of CPU or RAM which will slow down the machine and may even crash it.
But this is not the main danger associated with such software. Since Free YouTube Downloader may be developed only for one purpose – to drive traffic to third-party websites for profit, it may become indirectly dangerous for your computer. There are two types of websites this application may advertise besides legitimate ones:
- Scamming sites that may Phish or socially engineer their way to the user’s financial information.
- Sites that redirect to malicious URLs which may install Exploit Kits, Trojans, Ransomware and even Rootkits onto your PC.
Remove FreeYouTube Downloader Completely
To remove this program from your computer, you should be advised to act fast. We recommend using the instructions provided for the tutorial below since they will help you remove the application even if it cannot be conventionally uninstalled.