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Remove Free YouTube Download Manager Completely

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.

NameFree YouTube Download Manager
TypeAdware, PUP
Short DescriptionThe program may display advertisements to third-party websites.
SymptomsThe user may witness fake advertisements as well as redirects to other potentially harmful domains. PC slow-downs and sometimes crashes.
Distribution MethodVia other PUPs, installed by bundling or by visiting a suspicious third-party site that is advertising it.
Detection ToolDownload 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.

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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:

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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:
%AppData%
%Program Files% or %Program Files(x86)%
%User’s Profile%
Registry entries in:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MozillaPlugins\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Mozilla\Mozilla Firefox
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall

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:

  • Cookies.
  • Pixels.
  • Web Beacons.
  • Tags.
  • LSOs.

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.

Delete Free YouTube Download Manager from Windows and Your Browser

1.Remove or Uninstall Free YouTube Download Manager in Windows

Remove or Uninstall Free YouTube Download Manager in Windows.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Free YouTube Download Manager 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).
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  • 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).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Free YouTube Download Manager.

    2.Remove Free YouTube Download Manager from Your Browser

    Remove Free YouTube Download Manager 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

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    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select Free YouTube Download Manager and click “Remove

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    After Free YouTube Download Manager 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

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  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate Free YouTube Download Manager and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Free YouTube Download Manager 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 Free YouTube Download Manager 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’.

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    After Free YouTube Download Manager 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.
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    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on Free YouTube Download Manager
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Free YouTube Download Manager. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Free YouTube Download Manager will be removed.

    Remove Free YouTube Download Manager automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    1. Remove Free YouTube Download Manager with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    Remove Free YouTube Download Manager with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove Free YouTube Download Manager.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove Free YouTube Download Manager.
    Step 1: Click here to go to SpyHunter’s download instruction page.
    Step 2: Guide yourself by the download instructions provided for each browser.
    Step 3: After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to automatically update.

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    Step1: After the update process has finished, click on the ‘Scan Computer Now’ button.
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    Step2: After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any Free YouTube Download Manager files, click on the ‘Fix Threats’ button to remove them automatically and permanently.
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    Step3: Once the intrusions on your PC have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart it.

    2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to Free YouTube Download Manager in the future

    Back up your data to secure it against attacks in the future

    IMPORTANT! Before reading the Windows backup instructions, we highly recommend to back up your data automatically with cloud backup and insure it against any type of data loss on your device, even the most severe. We recommend reading more about and downloading SOS Online Backup .

    1. For Windows 7 and earlier 1. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 1. Enabling the Windows Defense Feature (Previous Versions)

    1-Click on Windows Start Menu
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    2-Type Backup And Restore
    3-Open it and click on Set Up Backup
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    4-A window will appear asking you where to set up backup. You should have a flash drive or an external hard drive. Mark it by clicking on it with your mouse then click on Next.
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    5-On the next window, the system will ask you what do you want to backup. Choose the ‘Let Me Choose’ option and then click on Next.
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    6-Click on ‘Save settings and run backup’ on the next window in order to protect your files from possible attacks by Free YouTube Download Manager.
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    1-Press Windows button + R
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    2-In the window type ‘filehistory’ and press Enter
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    3-A File History window will appear. Click on ‘Configure file history settings’
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    4-The configuration menu for File History will appear. Click on ‘Turn On’. After its on, click on Select Drive in order to select the backup drive. It is recommended to choose an external HDD, SSD or a USB stick whose memory capacity is corresponding to the size of the files you want to backup.
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    5-Select the drive then click on ‘Ok’ in order to set up file backup and protect yourself from Free YouTube Download Manager.

    1- Press Windows button + R keys.
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    2- A run windows should appear. In it type ‘sysdm.cpl’ and then click on Run.
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    3- A System Properties windows should appear. In it choose System Protection.
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    5- Click on Turn on system protection and select the size on the hard disk you want to utilize for system protection.
    6- Click on Ok and you should see an indication in Protection settings that the protection from Free YouTube Download Manager is on.
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    Restoring a file via Windows Defense feature:
    1-Right-click on the encrypted file, then choose Properties.
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    2-Click on the Previous Versions tab and then mark the last version of the file.
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    3-Click on Apply and Ok and the file encrypted by Free YouTube Download Manager should be restored.

    Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

    Remove Free YouTube Download Manager Using Other Alternative Tools

    STOPZilla Anti Malware
    1. Download and Install STOPZilla Anti-malware to Scan for And Remove Free YouTube Download Manager.
    Step 1: Download STOPZilla by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button.

    2. Scan your PC with STOPZilla Anti Malware to remove all Free YouTube Download Manager associated files completely.
    Step 1: Launch STOPZilla if you haven’t launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to automatically scan and then click on the ‘Repair Now’ button. If it does not scan automatically, click on the ‘Scan Now’ button.
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    Step 3: After the removal of all threats and associated objects, you should Restart your PC.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the Free YouTube Download Manager threat: Manual removal of Free YouTube Download Manager 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.
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    Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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