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Remove Fugdownload143(.)com Entirely

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.

NameFugdownload143(.)com
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionA browser’s homepage may be modified and you can be redirected to dubious sites.
SymptomsModifies browser settings – homepage, search engine. It may also change the new tab window and add a browser extension.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installers, Bundling, Suspicious Sites
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Fugdownload143(.)com
User ExperienceJoin our forum to discuss Fugdownload143(.)com.

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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:

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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. 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 Fugdownload143(.)com.

    Step 2: Remove Fugdownload143(.)com 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 Fugdownload143(.)com and click “Remove

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    After Fugdownload143(.)com 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 Fugdownload143(.)com and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Fugdownload143(.)com 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 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’.

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    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.

    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 Fugdownload143(.)com
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Fugdownload143(.)com. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Fugdownload143(.)com will be removed.

    Step 3: Remove Fugdownload143(.)com automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    1. Remove Fugdownload143(.)com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Remove Fugdownload143(.)com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove Fugdownload143(.)com.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove Fugdownload143(.)com.
    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 Fugdownload143(.)com 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. Remove Fugdownload143(.)com with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

    2. Remove Fugdownload143(.)com with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

    1. Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to scan for and remove Fugdownload143(.)com. 2. Scan your PC with MalwareBytes to remove all Fugdownload143(.)com associated files automatically.
    Step 1: Download Malwarebytes 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 ‘Next’ on the following 4 steps that will appear afterwards and after that click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button and check the ‘Launch MalwareBytes AntiMalware’ check box.
    Step 1: Launch MalwareBytes if you havent launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to update and then click on the blue ‘Scan Now’ button. If it doesnt start updating automatically, click on the blue ‘Update Now’ highlighted text.
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    Step 3: At this point, after clicking the ‘Scan Now’ button, the system should start scanning your PC. It may take a while but be patient – it is worth it.
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    Step 4: After the scan has been complete and all of the threats have been identified, click on the ‘Remove Selected’ button to detelete them permanently.
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    Step 5: Once the scan has completed, MalwareBytes will prompt you to restart your computer. It is recommended to save all your data you are working on before restarting.

    3. Remove Fugdownload143(.)com with STOPZilla AntiMalware

    4. Remove Fugdownload143(.)com with STOPZilla AntiMalware

    1. Install STOPZilla Anti Malware to scan for and remove Fugdownload143(.)com. 2. Scan your PC with STOPZilla Anti Malware to remove all Fugdownload143(.)com associated files completely.
    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.
    Step 1: Launch STOPZilla if you havent 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.

    4. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to Fugdownload143(.)com in the future

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

    Security engineers recommend that you back up your files immediately, preferably on an external memory carrier in order to be able to restore them. In order to protect yourself from Fugdownload143(.)com (For Windows Users) please follow these simple steps:

    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 Fugdownload143(.)com.
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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 Fugdownload143(.)com.

    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 Fugdownload143(.)com 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 Fugdownload143(.)com should be restored.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the Fugdownload143(.)com threat: Manual removal of Fugdownload143(.)com 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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