MyDownloadManager is a potentially unwanted program (PUP), and to be specific – a browser hijacker. When installed, it will attach itself to your browser, change its homepage, the new tab page, the search engine and add a browser extension. You can be redirected to websites with potentially malicious content and shown sponsored search results.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The homepage of your browser will be changed and you can be redirected to sponsored sites from search results.|
|Symptoms||Sets a custom browser homepage, search engine, new tab page and adds a browser extension.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundling, Official Site, Chrome Web Store|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by MyDownloadManager|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss MyDownloadManager.|
MyDownloadManager – How Did I Get It?
The MyDownloadManager browser hijacker is normally spread across the Web through third-party installers. You can get your PC infected without being aware, that the hijacker is hiding in freeware installations and bundled packages. In these packages, additional components for installation are not always disclosed how they should be, and you can get deceived into installing PUPs like MyDownloadManager. Sometimes this can be avoided if you check the Advanced or Custom setting in an installation setup to see what you are getting.
Currently, there are two other ways you can get the hijacker onto your computer. One of the ways is if you manually go to the official site with the same name – MyDownloadManager(.)com, and add it to your browser. The other way is if you manually install it from Google’s Chrome Web store. The usual way you can get such PUPs onto your PC is if you visit suspicious sites, and you click on different ads and pop-ups.
MyDownloadManager – Detailed Information
MyDownloadManager is a browser hijacker. After installed on your computer, this hijacker changes the browser’s homepage, the new tab page, and the search engine. It also installs a browser add-on or an extension of some sort. Its official domain has the same name: MyDownloadManager(.)com.
Once your browsers are hijacked, whenever you do a search, the results will use the MyDownloadManager search engine. All browsers can be affected, especially the most popular ones, like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari. You can also install a related browser extension manually from the official domain at MyDownloadManager(.)com, by agreeing to terms (shown in the picture):
When you are using the MyDownloadManager search or its new tab page, they may display sponsored and sometimes even misleading results. You may also be shown advertisements like pop-ups and banners. Sites, to which you may be redirected, can make revenue on a pay-per-click basis. The sites may also contain malware. In some cases you may be redirected to a custom Yahoo search:
Here is a list of mostly what information may be collected:
- Your name
- Your email address
- Your country of origin
- Your nickname
- Your telephone number
- Your website
- Your title
- IP address
- Browser information
- Demographic information
- Personally identifying information
- Mobile telephone number
MyDownloadManager – Complete Removal
To remove MyDownloadManager manually from your system, follow the step-by-step removal instructions given below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of this browser hijacker completely, you should search and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware program. Installing such software will also check if your system is safe in the future.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall MyDownloadManager 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 MyDownloadManager.
Step 2: Remove MyDownloadManager from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select MyDownloadManager and click “Remove”
After MyDownloadManager is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select MyDownloadManager 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 MyDownloadManager 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 MyDownloadManager
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall MyDownloadManager. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the MyDownloadManager will be removed.