Fugdownload143(.)com is a potentially unwanted program (PUP), particularly classified as a browser hijacker. It attaches itself to a browser, modifies the homepage, and may also change the new tab window, search engine or even add a browser extension. You can be redirected to websites that prompt you to download malware disguised as necessary programs.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||A browser’s homepage may be modified and you can be redirected to dubious sites.|
|Symptoms||Modifies browser settings – homepage, search engine. It may also change the new tab window and add a browser extension.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundling, Suspicious Sites|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Fugdownload143(.)com|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Fugdownload143(.)com.|
Fugdownload143(.)com – How Did I Get Infected?
You can get infected with the Fugdownload143(.)com PUP through third-party installation setups. You might not even be informed about the installation, because the PUP can be well hidden in freeware installations and bundled packages. In such packages, additional components for installation are secretly set to be added and frequently are not disclosed properly. In that way, you may be tricked into installing PUPs like the Fugdownload143(.)com one. Most times this can be avoided by checking the Advanced or Custom setting in a setup to see what you are getting with the package.
Another way that you can be affected by Fugdownload143(.)com is if you click on advertisement pop-ups and banners. They might contain malicious content that can modify browser settings and add a browser extension.
Fugdownload143(.)com – In Detail
Fugdownload143(.)com is a browser hijacker. When on your computer, it changes your browser’s homepage. The hijacker may change DNS settings, the new tab window, and search engine, and may also add a browser extension. The main domain to which you can be commonly redirected bears the same name: Fugdownload143(.)com. All browsers can be affected, especially the most frequently used ones, like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari.
After your browser has been hijacked, if you try doing a search, you would be either redirected to the main page at Fugdownload143(.)com or prompted to install some application. Most of those applications are highly suspicious or redirect to the installation setups or pages containing malware. For the time being, the app on the top of the main page is called Artemis and we suspect that to be an Artemis Trojan we have written about before.
If you try browsing while you have the Fugdownload143(.)com hijacker, it may display falsified results. It may also display advertisements like pop-ups and banner advertisements. Currently, you are most likely to get redirected and shown the download page of DriverFinder:
DriverFinder is not a legitimate program, but is in fact malware-related, using familiar Windows icons. It will display pop-ups prompting you to download it, stating that you don’t have the latest security updates. It also claims that you need the DriverFinder tool to fix problems with your PC. All these are blatant lies trying to get you to install the suspicious program. The download page is also hosted on the Fugdownload143(.)com domain.
Remove Fugdownload143(.)com Completely
To remove Fugdownload143(.)com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of this browser hijacker completely, you should scan for leftover files with an advanced anti-malware program. Installing such an application will also protect your computer from future threats.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Fugdownload143(.)com 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 Fugdownload143(.)com.
Step 2: Remove Fugdownload143(.)com from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Fugdownload143(.)com and click “Remove”
After Fugdownload143(.)com is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Fugdownload143(.)com 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 Fugdownload143(.)com 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 Fugdownload143(.)com
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Fugdownload143(.)com. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Fugdownload143(.)com will be removed.